Adobe (R) Photoshop (R) Master Class: John Paul Caponigro

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For any course in Photography, Computer Graphics, Digital Imaging, or Visual Communications that uses Adobe Photoshop.

The personal vision of internationally recognized fine-art photographer John Paul Caponigro serves as the focal point of this book. Students gain insight into Caponigro's creative process and learn how Photoshop can help them develop their own aesthetic and craft. By showcasing his work and carefully explaining the steps he took to produce it, the author provides insight into both his creative method and his Photoshop techniques. Each chapter in this elegantly designed, four-color book is organized around a specific visual theme (atmospheric perspective, selective focus, and split-toned or subdued-color images, for example). Chapters begin with an introduction to the visual concept followed by a step-by-step illustration of the process leading to its realization. This book is a visual treat and an inspiration.

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John Paul Caponigro specialises in compositional landscape photomontages which he creates in Photoshop, superimposing rocks and stones, cloud forms, water and lighting effects with landscape backdrops. His compositions are executed with a high degree of technical competence and in Adobe Photoshop Master Class he describes his methods.

There is a basic introduction to technical concepts at the beginning of the book and each chapter provides specific instruction on how to achieve a particular effect. But the bulk of the book is devoted to Caponigro's thoughts on "visual problem solving". At their most practical, these deal with techniques for converting colour images to black and white, extending dynamic range, creating duotones and digitally simulating alternative photographic processes.

Caponigro then attempts to explain the purpose of his compositions. If you're a fan, these are the parts of the book you will find most illuminating; others may find the tone a touch precious.

Caponigro on technique is fine--"Never forget light. If you photograph an object from many angles without rotating the object ... the direction of light in the separate images will not be cast from a consistent angle ... the separate images will no longer share a single reality".

Caponigro on his own work--"The land encloses the figure. The figure encloses the land. Who's pregnant with whom? The earth with the woman, or the woman with the earth? A portion of us is made of earth. A portion of the earth is made of us. One gives voice to the other". Excruciating. --Ken McMahon

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