Turns out it was a tutorial book by a famous retouch artist from Germany that has earned fame through his unique and highly skilled photo retouching skills. It includes several pages of his images in print along with sparse text talking about everything from hiring makeup artists, models, lighting and accepting criticism. The text is well done for someone who's first language isn't English and has some useful information especially for those photographers starting out building their first portfolio. Having said that, there isn't much text. I was able to read the book cover to cover including taking time to look at the images in under an hour.
The photos inside the book range from jaw dropping amazing to OK for my taste. But that's photography isn't it? We can't all love the same looks. The images are really high quality though and the retouching is top notch. It's a joy and inspiration to flip through the images in print on paper. One of my favourite things to do, look at and feel photographs on paper.
|Olympus E5 with 35-100 f2.0 lens. ISO 200 1/160 sec f4.5|
Enough of that though, what people really buy this book for is the attached CD which contains over 4 hours of step-by-step video tutorials on Calvin Hollywood's Photoshop techniques. I've been through most of them, some of which were old news to me and some of which were really amazing tools for me to learn. The photo in this post was inspired by Calvin.
I'd say if you are looking for a series of tutorials on photo retouching and haven't found satisfaction online, then this book would make a good addition to your library. It has some simple techniques and some more advanced multi-step techniques. While Calvin warns you in the beginning that you should not be a total beginner with Photoshop before you try and follow along, I think that most users should be able to follow his step by step instructions with relative ease.
Having great images to start with for the edit though is really the key and he points this out himself. Get it right in camera first and you will be able to use this Photoshop advice to turn a good image into a great one. That was advice I also heard from Scott Kelby on his Light It Shoot It Retouch It seminar and I think it is worth stating to everyone.
Photoshop can make a Good image a Great image and a Great image an Incredible image, but it will never make a Bad image Incredible or Great. Get it right in camera. Learn your craft, and polish it in post production.
Thanks for popping by the blog. If you live in the US I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I ended up shopping online with BHphoto for some great Black Friday deals so thank-you for that tradition as well!