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The Art of Color Processing: A Guide to Creative Development in the Digital Darkroom

December 3rd 2013 1:00 PM



The Art of Color Processing: A Guide to Creative Development in the Digital Darkroom is a beautifully comprehensive look at digital color processing in Photoshop utilizing the author’s own experience and photography. The imagery is both stunning and informative, giving great examples of work that can both inspire and enrich a photographer’s oeuvre.

The 75-page eBook details the different techniques used to connect and covey unique images – something that can be quite a task in an image inundated world. One of the ways this is accomplished is through color. Important factors necessary for capturing the the artistic image is broken into easy to understand sections and is a wealth of both inspiration and technical material.

With beautiful clarity, solutions are presented for color and inspirational challenges. We have all been there – trying to find our voice as a photographer or working through a new path in our work. But it is not all fluff. Different workflows are analyzed, such as composition and in-depth post-process editing. This eBook is one of many written by New England-based landscape photographer Christopher O’Donnell.

When you focus on expressing the inner beauty of your image by conveying your connection to it, then you’ll be able to create unique, individual pieces that are the result of expression rather than technical expertise.


[rewind: Recommended eBooks and DVDs]  

Content and Structure of the Book

The Art of Color Processing is divided into 5 main sections that also includes a sample image to work on:

• Introduction
• The Creative Connection
• Creating the Canvas
• Color Processing
• Final Thoughts


Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist. ~ Pablo Picasso

Each category details planning, workflow, creative development, digital processing, and includes case studies for the samples.


The post-processing materials goes into great detail on the tools most often used when adjusting color and creating a stylized image, such as Curves, Color Channels, Masks, Select Color, Dodge & Burn, and how to integrate these tools and techniques into your workflow and personal style.


The step-by-step “how-to” section serves as a great reference source for further image processing. The addition of a sample image to use as your tutorial piece is also a welcome addition to this eBook.


Bonus eBook: Exposure Blending


With your purchase you will receive a free copy of Exposure Blending: A Complete Guide from Camera to Post Process

Detailed pros and cons of single exposure post processing vs. bracketing workflows give you a clear understanding of when to use exposure blending. The step-by-step “how-to” section serves as a great reference source for further image processing.

The volume is an additional 24 page guide broken into 3 main sections:

• When and Why to Auto-Bracket
• How to Auto-Bracket
• Editing in Post Process

Thoughts and Conclusion

I chose to download this eBook on my computer and view through my eReader. As a side note, it also looks great on a tablet. Nearly every page contained vibrant images and samples, making the reading both informative and visually pleasurable. O’Donnell promises a 30-day refund guarantee, but for $19, I doubt anyone will find the need to. Not only do you receive two highly educational eBooks for less than $20, but you get a bonus image to play around with for free. I’ve always felt hands on learning to be the best way to integrate new techniques and tricks.

Within the eBook, you will find several useful references for your color processing needs. By utilizing these techniques, any photographer will have the tools needed to create gorgeous images in their own style. Feel some of the images are “too” stylized to you? No problem, just pull back on some of the adjustments. That is the glory of non-destructive editing in Photoshop.

The key to being successful in your photography is knowledge – the power to approach a scene and not only know what you would like to capture, but how to go about it. ~ Christopher O’Donnell

For other reviews on Christopher O’Donnell’s eBooks, click here.

Until Next Time . . .

Stay Inspired ~ Jules


is a Southern California based Conceptual Artist and Photographer. Her work has been featured in several print publications and selections can be seen in local gallery exhibitions. Connect with her on Facebook and Google+.

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  1. Carl Beason

    Goodoh!! I’ll be looking at more of your tutorial.


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  2. Derek

    Right now, there’s a 50% off deal on this ebook package – use coupon code “holiday” – an even better deal!

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