My friend Julia Kuzmenko McKim has done it again and released yet another eBook called “Digital Photo Retouching: Beauty, Fashion & Portrait Photography“. I had the honor to be involved with the proofing and launching processes of the product, so I was able to check it out before it went live. I must say this: this is one of the most comprehensive and useful book I have read, as far as photo retouching is concerned.
I have watched hours and hours of tutorial videos online, but since they are video format, it is hard to consume the content when you’re on the go. With this book, you can just load it up into your iPhone or iPad, or Kindle, and off you go. How convenient is that! Also, the eBook is interactive, so there are links you can click on and they will take you to some exclusive tutorial videos online. In case you were wondering, yes, Julia has made it available for you to purchase the entire video collection for a discounted price.
My thoughts on the eBook: the book is filled with gorgeous work that Julia has done over the years. For each photos, the technical aspects are broken down to equipment used, camera settings, and her retouching workflow. Julia then goes into details on how to retouch the photo from hair, makeup, to skin tone and texture, eye, lips, etc… Photoshop voodoo techniques such as dodge and burn, clone and patch, and frequency separation are explained in a step-by-step manner that even a monkey could follow. Okay, I kid, maybe not a monkey, but definitely someone who is not even familiar with Photoshop. This is not to say the eBook isn’t for a seasoned photographer or retoucher; there are always new things to learn/improve, and this book will help you just that.
If you are someone like me, then your Photoshop skills are somewhere between “Wow, that picture looks like it should be on Sephora’s store walls” and “Okay, I think I know where that button is”. After reading this eBook, I felt like my Photoshop skills just got boosted up a notch. For example, I would have never thought to reroute the shortcut keys to change your brush size (the ‘[‘ and the ‘]’ buttons) so somewhere else more convenient to your left hand so that you wouldn’t have to move as much (I’ve rerouted my keys to the ‘Q’ and the ‘W’, respectively). This is just one of the features that the book offers to make you become a better retoucher.
Aside from instructions and tips, Julia has also included some goodies within the content: links to other resources like brushes and artists to follow, actions and brushes that she uses on a daily basis so that in case you want to adopt to her style of retouching, you’d have all the tools you need.
If you are serious, or want to be serious, about your craft, this eBook is a no-brainer. It is definitely a good investment for anyone who is looking to improve. I mean, who isn’t exactly, right?
Enough with the nonsense. I’ll end this blog post with a link to purchasing Julia’s Digital Photo Retouching: Beauty, Fashion & Portrait Photography eBook, which is below $90. In the event that my writeup was too long and your lazy bum didn’t read, here’s the preview video of what the eBook is all about.