Vision & Voice: Refining Your Vision in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
Author: David duChemin
Publisher: New Riders Press; 1 edition
Publication Date: 2010-07-22
ISBN-10: 0321670094
ISBN-13: 9780321670090
Paperback: 272 Pages
Vision & Voice: Refining Your Vision in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (Voices That Matter)
What if your image could only communicate one thing: one major idea, overarching theme, or driving emotion? If you identified this, you’d discover your vision for that image—the internal, invisible guiding principle that directs both how you capture the image and how you develop it in the digital darkroom.
Without vision, you likely find yourself flailing both behind the camera and in front of the computer—indiscriminately shooting and arbitrarily moving sliders in hopes of stumbling upon something great every once in a while. With vision, you bring direction and intention to both the creation and development of all your images.

Vision & Voice: Refining Your Vision in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is about identifying your vision and using Lightroom’s Develop module to give voice—that outward expression—to your vision. Photographer David duChemin begins with the fundamentals of a vision-driven workflow, where he discusses everything from vision and style, to the importance of mood and color, to the crucial role of histograms and of getting the best possible digital negative to work with. After demonstrating how the Develop module’s tools affect the aesthetics of your image, duChemin then offers a straightforward approach to developing your images in accordance with your own personal vision: identify your intention, minimize the distractions, maximize the mood, and draw the viewer’s eye—all while leaving room for play and serendipity. Finally, duChemin applies this approach to 20 of his photographs as he takes you into his own digital darkroom and, beginning with the original RAW file, works step by step through the development of the final image.

Vision & Voice: Refining Your Vision in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (Voices That Matter) (Paperback)
Author: David duChemin
ISBN: 0321670094
Publisher: New Riders
Book Price: USD 38.24
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  1. He continues his vision journey, I have purchased all 3 of his books and his e-books and I won’t stop.

    Vision & Voice: Refining Your Vision in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

    David Kingham09-13 14:16
  2. David duChemin’s first book Within the Frame taught me how to see differently as a photographer; I’d never had difficulty with composition but it was the first book to show me how to use composition to tell a story.

    So I was eagerly waiting for his new book Vision & Voice and it didn’t disappoint. You should know that although I’ve been using Photoshop since 1997 I’ve only just started on Lightroom.

    V&V isn’t a guide to using Lightroom per se although it does dedicate half of the book to explaining the basic features of the Develop module. This was really useful to a LR beginner like myself, but maybe not so much to a seasoned user.

    Where the book really shines though is when duChemin takes us through not just the what of his Lightroom tweaks but also his whys. I’d always leaned towards post-processing as an exact science but his approach helped me veer away from that nerdy technical side of me to a more artistic, subjective approach to my photographs – to express not what should be, but what I want it to be, as he says (and I paraphrase) not what an event was, but what it felt like.

    It’s not all theory, as the other half of the book is dedicated to 20 hands-on tutorials, on beautiful photographs duChemin’s taken that you can download for use. This is the part that really shines as you get to go through his process and learn some nifty LR tricks along the way.

    I can’t speak for more experienced users of LR, but I highly recommended Vision & Voice for LR newbies like myself, as well as photographers who want to learn how to post-process according to vision and voice (hey!) more than numbers and techniques.

    Vision & Voice: Refining Your Vision in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

    Alvin Soon09-13 15:57
  3. I usually don’t write reviews of the books I buy but I have to this time.

    Please read the other glowing reviews here then listen to me when I tell you to BUY THE BOOK. Yes it’s that good.

    You don’t have to own Lightroom. I use Aperture and while the sliders are different the concepts and affects are the same.

    Caution, this is not a book on how to use lightroom. It’s a book about making your image match your vision

    So, if you really want to take your photos to the next level and you want your images to look the way the scene “felt” when you pressed the shutter, BUY THE BOOK.

    And, no I didn’t get paid for this. I had to pay for the book just like you. Nuff said.

    Vision & Voice: Refining Your Vision in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

    Videobikerdude09-13 18:08
  4. Straight to the point, David DuChemin has created another fine work with Voice & Vision. It’s the perfect ending (rounding out?) to Within the Frame and Visionmongers series. Don’t expect to glean a great deal of understanding of Lightroom 3 from a technical standpoint, although you’ll get a strong overview of the Develop module. It’s more like the other books in that it is a look at the heart of the creation process…the passion of it, not the step by step. A true delight to read, and I’m sure, read again.

    Vision & Voice: Refining Your Vision in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

    Ron Kochanowski09-13 19:49
  5. I usually don’t write reviews, but this time I simply *had* to.

    This book comes at the very right time, if not for the whole photography world, at least for me. I’m a physicist, so the geek in me is pretty present, but I do strive to let my right brain express itself more. So all David DuChemin’s mantra about vision (event though it might sound a bit too religious at times) is really what I need. A perfect balance between geekery and art, between how and why. Brilliant.

    Other reviews explain in depth what this book is and what it’s not, so I won’t go there. I’ll say that instead : get it, read it, absorb it, and then get go develop (or re-develop, for that matters) your beautiful images in Lightroom ! That’s what the book did to me. Urged me to go to the digital darkroom with a fresh eye and a fresh mind. And that’s invaluable.

    Highly recommended.

    Vision & Voice: Refining Your Vision in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

    Laurent Aphecetche09-13 21:16

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