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February 22, 2006

Window Seat: The Art of Digital Photography & Creative Thinking--Be Inspired, Creative, and Productive

Sebastopol, CA--Art, technology, craft, and creativity meet and merge in Julieanne Kost's Window Seat: The Art of Digital Photography & Creative Thinking (O'Reilly, US $39.99). Impossible to pigeonhole, this uniquely innovative book is part philosophical guide for creative thinking, part artist's portfolio, and part technical tutorial.

Photographer, creativity guru, and Adobe digital imaging evangelist, Julieanne Kost frequently travels on business by air. Constantly challenging herself to see the world with a fresh eye, she recognized the graphic potential of images seen from her window seat and shot thousands of photos over a five-year period. On one level, this book documents that process and presents a stunning portfolio of more than 150 evocative images of air, water, earth, light, and shadow.

This personal project is the second part of Window Seat. Preceding it is a philosophical yet practical treatise on creativity, offering 18 things anyone can do to see, think, and work more creatively. Her list, reassuringly down-to-earth, includes such suggestions as:

  • Be open to whatever comes your way
  • View every challenge as a possible discovery
  • Integrate work and art, to the benefit of both
  • Take up an interest in something you know nothing about
  • Replace your thoughts with intuition
  • Visualize first, Photoshop second
  • The third part of this seminar-in-a-book focuses on the imaging techniques Julieanne uses to infuse an image with the emotion the camera cannot capture. Using Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop CS2, she provides instructions for capturing and managing images, processing raw files, sizing and cropping, removing imperfections, making global and selective tonal changes, adding color, preparing images for print, and more.

    Even if you are not a photographer or Photoshop adept, Window Seat: The Art of Digital Photography & Creative Thinking will open your eyes and your mind to fresh insights and new perspectives. The next time you fly, the view from your window seat might surprise you.

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    Window Seat
    Julieanne Kost
    ISBN: 0-596-10083-3, 152 pages, $39.99 US
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