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"Creative Digital Darkroom"--New from O'Reilly Media: Katrin Eismann Teaches Photographers How to Sculpt with Light and Listen to Their Images

December 19, 2007

Two fine art photographers, authors, and gifted educators--Katrin Eismann and Sean Duggan--take readers on an inspirational visual journey in O'Reilly Media's latest release, The Creative Digital Darkroom ($49.99 US).

The authors' groundbreaking new tutorial provides digital photographers with much more than the quick tips and gimmicky effects of many of today's books. Indeed, Katrin, who chairs the Masters of Professional Studies in Digital Photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and Sean, an Adobe Certified Photoshop Expert, share their expertise and artistry to help photographers think more creatively.

"Creativity is a journey. And as we journey along that road, we become better at seeing. Seeing not only what lies ahead, but also what might lie ahead, and which visual paths are more promising than others," explain Katrin and Sean. "As we become more experienced creative travelers we become more proficient with our photographic tools and learn how to use them to their best advantage."

Throughout The Creative Digital Darkroom the authors illustrate the lessons with high-profile work, including their own. "The camera and the digital darkroom are only some of the tools we use on our creative journey. Without the most important tool, however, the creative and curious mind, even the best camera and computer system are just lifeless jumbles of equipment and software code," add Katrin and Sean.

And while their highly anticipated new resource offers plenty of up-to-the-minute, in-depth, hands-on instruction in digital darkroom techniques covering a wide range of topics, Katrin and Sean also share their thoughts about photographic concepts. Readers learn how to look at the image and listen to it. They discover how changes to the delicate matrix of light and shadow tones can transform the mood and meaning of a photo. They find out how to sculpt with light and contrast. And readers discover how to imagine color and tonal changes that best express their visions for the photographs.

Available online now, just in time for holiday gift giving, The Creative Digital Darkroom features:

  • Coverage of traditional darkroom concepts and skills, translated into digital solutions using Adobe Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop Lightroom
  • The most important concepts, tools, and techniques for producing high-quality images
  • Comprehensive chapters on both black and white and color darkroom techniques
  • Clear and concise tutorials on production essentials and creative exploration
  • Inspiring original photography and creative insights

Throughout the book, Eismann encourages photographers to follow their passions. "Find a subject you're so passionate about that it keeps you up at night. Take the time and your images will literally tell you what they need." Photography enthusiasts and pros who want to improve and enhance their shots and take their photography to the next level are sure to rely on this timely and timeless new resource for years to come.

Katrin Eismann is well respected for her talent as a Photoshop expert and photographer, but above all she's considered one of the best teachers in the field. In The Creative Digital Darkroom, she takes photographers beyond quick tips and gratuitous effects using the clear, concise tutorial approach that made bestsellers of "Photoshop Masking & Compositing" and "Photoshop Restoration & Retouching." Katrin is the Chair of the Masters of Professional Studies in Digital Photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Sean Duggan is a fine art photographer, educator, and Adobe Certified Photoshop Expert with extensive experience in both the traditional and digital darkroom. Co-author of "Real World Digital Photography and "Photoshop Artistry," he's been helping photographers master Photoshop and digital darkroom techniques through his workshops for over ten years. He brings his keen understanding of the photographic process and creating the best image possible to The Creative Digital Darkroom.

More information about Creative Digital Darkroom, including table of contents, index, author bios, and samples.

The Creative Digital Darkroom
By Katrin Eismann, Sean Duggan
ISBN: 0-596-10047-7, $49.99 US
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