Acclaimed Photographer Authors Highly Anticipated Photoshop Book

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Award-winning fine artist and digital photography teacher Vincent Versace, pens "Welcome to Oz: A Cinematic Approach to Digital Still Photography with Photoshop."

With more and more digital photographers being born everyday, it's no wonder that the world's most popular photography editing tool, Adobe Photoshop, has spawned a cottage industry of instructional support.

Though there are many Adobe Photoshop books and digital photography tutorials on the market, "Welcome to Oz" is the first book written by a treasured American artist that shows digital photographers how to put themselves into the proper state-of-mind before they even open their camera case.

Shipped with a DVD that contains the source files and images used in the lessons, "Welcome to Oz" is not a run-of-the-mill, how-to book. With chapter titles like the "Tao of Dynamic Workflow" the book and DVD are designed to introduce readers to the Yin and Yang of digital fine art photography. With invaluable tips on both cultivating the inner life between an artist and audience, and the outer efforts required to create the images desired, "Welcome to Oz" could be called a wholistic approach to digital photography.

"This book is about engaging in a conversation that will lead to teaching yourself to be able to make magic," Mr. Versace explains.

A Smithsonian award laureate and instructor at Santa Fe and Palm Beach photography workshops, Vincent Versace's groundbreaking new book teaches readers to:

  • Analyze a photograph and map out exactly where and what it is that beckons for enhancement
  • Learn how Adobe Photoshop can perform basic lighting to classic "Hollywood Glamour" lighting techniques
  • Convert RGB color images into continuous tone black-and-white ones that replicate black-and-white film perfectly
  • Evoke time and its passing in still photograph images, as it is done in the cinema

Vincent Versace has spent his career learning and teaching the art of perception and how to translate it into stunning images. A recipient of the Computerworld Smithsonian award in Media Arts and Entertainment and the Schellenberg fine art award, he has been nominated three times to the Photoshop Hall of Fame. Vincent produces art for entities as various as Eco-challenge and the San Francisco Presidio National Park. Articles about his work have appeared in over two dozen photography magazines. You can see his work on the Web at

Book Details:

"Welcome to Oz: A Cinematic Approach to Digital Still Photography with Photoshop"

Vincent Versace

New Riders, an imprint of Peachpit

ISBN: 0-7357-1400-2, 198 pages, US$44.99, CDN$55.99


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