Recommended Books for Photographers

Photoshop and post-processing

The books below has been picked by the editor of DPanswers as the best books about photoshop and post-processing.

Real World Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers
by Conrad Chavez & David Blatner
This is an in-depth book about Photoshop CS4 firmly focused on the needs and demands of the professional digital photographer. It helps readers understand core workflow tasks, main print and web output options as well as the commercial printing information necessary to hand off images for prepress. It also covers digital file formats, colour settings and colour management, image adjustments, sharpening, noise reduction, and image filing and organisation using Bridge. It also covers the functions available in Photoshop Extended that are relevant for photographers.
The late Bruce Fraser was one of main consulting contributors to Photoshop and its Camera Raw plug-in. In this book, he and co-author Jeff Schewe show you in detail how to process real images, and what effect the adjustments have. The book will help you establish a professional workflow for your RAW images, and teach how to save time using batch processing and keyboard shortcuts. The books discussion about how to use the advanced sharpening features in ACR is worth the price of the book alone.
If you are a photo enthusiast and just want to buy one book to learn about using Photoshop CS5, this is the one you want. It has a down to earth and easy to understand presentation, and is filled with useful short­cuts, tips and tricks. It has an easy-going style, and even offer some doses of humor.
(If you are using another version of Photo­shop, Scott Kelby also has similar books for Photoshop CS4, Photoshop CS3, Photoshop CS2, Photoshop Lightroom, and Photoshop Elements.)
The 123 of digital imaging
by Vincent Bockaert
This is not a conventional book, but an interactive series of tutorials on CD with more than 5000 pages of content. It covers every­thing you need to know about digital cameras, digital sensor technology, and digital work­flow. Its tutorials on post-processing and digital image editing, covering Photoshop CS, and Photoshop Elements, and Nikon Capture NX is very well organized and suitable for self-study. Runs on both Microsoft Windows and MacOSX.
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