Dodge & Burn: Leading the Eye with Lightroom and Photoshop
Sorry for the delay in posting this review, I usually get these out on release date of the book. Being on vacation without internet access hampered my communications, but also helped me relax. I did find it somewhat ironic that Dodge and Burn was released just after I spent several days in Yosemite (including a hike up Half Dome which will be another blog post). When I think of Yosemite, Ansel Adams work comes to mind immediately and from what I have read he was a master of dodge and burn in the lab. I really believe if Ansel Adams was around today, he would buy this book! Piet Van den Eynde has really hit a home run with Dodge and Burn by giving you everything you need to enhance your photos with this technique that has been in practice for many years. Workflows using either Lightroom or Photoshop are covered in the book.
Note: I do not own photoshop and rely strictly on Lightroom for my post processing with a couple of plugins, therefore I cannot comment on the Photoshop portion of this package. However I imagine the experience is very similar with the use of the custom panels developed by Piet for Photoshop. He uses Lightroom 4 for his workflow in the book, but also includes some advice with respect to process versions in LR 3 & 4.
There is no assumption on your knowledge of dodging and burning as Piet takes you through some background information on the technique and why we use it. This helps as you dive into the workflow descriptions used in the Lightroom develop module. Piet provides time saving techniques to apply dodging and burning in both a global and localized manner with a step by step walk through. His "path of least resistance" philosophy to getting the job done makes a great deal of sense with all of us being restricted in some way with the amount of time available to edit. The full package includes the images used by Piet in his case studies so that you can follow along and practice at the same time.
Piet goes into detail using the Photoshop Dodge and Burn panels as well as a discussion on some third party plug ins that could also help with the process. You can check out a video at Piet's site for some background on the panel itself.
The "lite" version includes the complete Dodge and Burn book and the lite version of the Photoshop panel. The "Full" version includes the same Dodge and Burn PDF book and the Full version of the Photoshop panel. If you are strictly a Lightroom user, then you should stick with the lite version.
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