There is more meat on a single page of this book than you will find in entire sections of other books. The upside to this is that it really does contain great material, and I truly believe that you will understand fundamental concepts of optimized image acquisition and good processing technique if you are able to digest and understand this material. The downside is that it requires that you really work through the examples (at a minimum) or work through a session with Ron (as a best case) to really get a good understanding of what's going on. This takes time, an open mind, and lots of practice before it will start sinking in. Trust me on this. You may think you understand it, but it truly takes practice before it all starts to make sense."...the eBook contains comprehensive information on how to get the shot right the first time and how to process both rapidly and consistently. Extensively revised and with 35 new pages, it includes working images, RAW files, and tools designed to teach you about luminosity, exposure, reading the histogram, composition of various image styles, tips and tricks. The digital workflow is described in tremendous detail, including digital transfer, file management, image selection, processing in Nikon Capture as well as methods for using the same techniques in Adobe Photoshop CS RAW, and a number of post-processing techniques."
Short answer - it offers a lot of Ron's course material in printed form.Jay Luto said:So why should I buy Ron's book. What is so special about it that I definitely need to spend my 80$ on it.
Pros / Cons from those who have it ?
Excellent question. I have found that Ron's book has several things that other books don't. First, it has a very detailed tutorial on the use of Nikon Capture (and PS CS RAW) with image files that allow you to "follow along" on your own PC/Mac. Second, the book offers practical tips on acquisition and post-processing that go beyond most photo books in both clarity and immediate application. And finally, not being an artistic person, I find myself drawn back to a discussion of composition that is simple, easy to digest and straightfoward to experiment with. On the latter point, Ron makes available to his workshop participants a large set of image files that demonstrate different compositional techniques. I'd say the book is aimed at the intermediate to advanced amateur, and pro shooters who want to learn more about post processing and the "Reznick method".realeyz said:Who is his book aimed at? All types of photographers? All levels of photography? For someone who has already done a very large degree of their own discovering like Ron has done would they get much out of it? What about pure beginners to photography? There are many other books on the subject so is Ron's book really different or will it be covering material that is covered elsewhere?
I can't add more than what has been described. I must have bought 10 different Photoshop book, including the latest PCSC RAW. It doesn't take long to find the "meat" 20-30 pages and the rest is u-huh, uh-huh...and what else? So I've spent $29.95, $39.95 and higher "for THAT?"realeyz said:Who is his book aimed at? All types of photographers? All levels of photography? For someone who has already done a very large degree of their own discovering like Ron has done would they get much out of it? What about pure beginners to photography? There are many other books on the subject so is Ron's book really different or will it be covering material that is covered elsewhere?