In the Digital Section
SA*I spent quite a bit of time yesterday at the local Barnes and Noble, browsing the digital photography and Photoshop books. I looked through PHOTOSHOP: Some of My Average Pictures and How I Made Them, by Ferdie Terkle; How To Create Totally Alarming and Incredibly Tasteless Pastiche Monstrosities Using Photoshop, by Semple Kedd; the ever popular Another Photoshop Book that Contains Everything the Other Photoshop Books Do (subtitled "And Absolutely Nothing They Don't—Our Promise To You"), by Slick Pagellan. As others have been, I was impressed by the beautifully produced Someone Else Made Money Off This Idea So Here's My Imitation by Zaphickle Zaphuffle.
I noticed that several books containing the words "for Photographers" in the title promise to waste no space on the many Photoshop features that have nothing whatsoever to do with photography, but then proceed to fill page after page with explanations of basic photographic concepts. These are probably very useful for people who don't understand ideas like "lightness" and "spotting." I admit I wasn't very impressed with Farfel Dolby's Here's Last Year's Book with a '2' After the 'CS,' or with Breaktooth Books' Master Digital Printing If You Have All The Same Software and Equipment I Have, and I'm mystified by Photoshop Explained Entirely In Pictures from We Get Fifty Bucks For This Press, as I have never met a book buyer who refuses to read. Well, okay, I have, but not one who also owns a computer.
A special mention for Gridiron Polecat's Everything I Know In Three Chapters and Then Five More Chapters, which is written in a refreshingly direct style.
All in all, I was impressed with the similarity and the layout of the books on offer. We'll try to visit and perhaps even review a few of the real highlights from time to time.
Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON
*Satire Alert. Any similarities of the names and titles in this post to actual books is purely accidental.