Digital Abstract Macro Photography (One Off)

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Get ready to view your photographs as more than simply the images they have captured as you learn how to digitally transform them. Rather than a traditional step-by-step guide to photography, “Digital Abstract Macro Photography” is meant to inspire with its images. It offers digital photographers a glimpse into the world of possibilities that exist for transforming traditional photographs into unique, abstract works of art. Each featured photograph is accompanied by a series of images, reflecting the major stages of the creation process. Take your vision to the next level as you discover the eye-catching techniques that can be applied to your photographs.


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Reviewed by :-

etalieninaz (goodyear, arizona)

For the creative person

Although most of the images in the book are truly abstract, few are “true” macro photography. And as other reviewers have stated, the author uses Photoshop plug-ins on most of the images. In fact there were so many plug-ins used, I thought the book might’ve been published (or sponsored) by some association of companies that offer Photoshop plug-ins. The plug-ins that the author uses throughout the book are:br /1.Corel KPT Collection (Color Equalizer, Channel Surfing filter, Reaction, Screen Norm blend, Collection Blur, Gel, Lens Flare, Notch Blur, Spin Blur, Zoom Blur, Fiber Optic)br /2. Imaging factory (Color Correction Color Equalizer)br /3. Color Efex Pro (Infrared, Sepia, Bi-color, Pop Art filters, BW Dynamic Contrast, Pen tool)br /4. Power Retouche (Sharpen Color Editor, Edgeline)br /5. Flaming Pear (Glitterato, Aetherize, Glow, Glare)br /6. Dfine (noise removal)br /7. USM (sharpening)br /8. Auto/FX (Auto Eye, Mystical Lighting Enhance Strength, Mystical Tint Tone Color (Antique Photo br /Sepia, Soft Posterize, Color Mixer) br /9. Corel Painter(Lighting, 3D Surface Texture)br /10. Focal Blade Pro (sharpening)br /11. Buzz Pro 3 (watercolor filter, Edges Color)br /12. Andromedia (Reflection, Scatter Light, Star, Velociraptor, Etch filters)br /13. Xaos Tools (Paint Alchemy Abstract, Segmation)br /14. Alien Skin (Xenofex 2 Constellation filter, Edges, Diamond Plate, Bevel Boss)br /15. Fred Miranda’s (Highligh/Shadow)br /16. Neat Image (Noise Removal)br /17. Photo Wiz Focal Blade (sharpen)br /18. Eye Candy 4000 (Water drops, Fire, Drip, Bevel Boss, Nature, Swirl)br /19. Photokit (Sharpener)br /20. Movie Prime (Lens Flare)br /21. Grain Surgey (Noise removal)br /br /However, many of the above effects that are done with these plug-ins can be accomplished with the tools and filters provided in CS2 or 3. br /br /If you set aside all of the negatives, you will find the book to be inspiring. There are a few images in the book that say “wow!” and are well worth the price of the book. If you are a creative person, it’s an absolute must buy. br /


Reviewed by :-

Desert Rat (Palm Springs, CA)

Great pictures, not much useful advice.

This book has beautiful full color abstract photos and some general ideas on how to create them. The problem is (as stated by the author in the introduction) that he uses a number of 3rd party filters and tools which can be quite expensive for the non professional. Most of these effects can be achieved with Photoshop alone and the book would be much better if he described those methods in addition to the 3rd party techniques.


Reviewed by :-

Alexei Lebedev (New York, NY USA)

digital overkill is not abstract

While it would be correct to say that most of the photographs in this book are abstract, it would be more accurate to describe them as poor and overprocessed in photoshop, with instantly recognizable digital effects such as edge detect, posterize, charcoal, glowing edges, wild tinting and colorization, etc. Gratuitous applications of various fringe filters, ilke Photo Wiz Focal Blade or Xaos Segmation, abound.br /br /In the “Salsa” photograph, you can clearly see the accidental click with a photoshop brush (it happens on Windows when you try to bring a window to the front and accidentally plant a blotch of foreground color).br /br /What the author has done, for the most part, is taken the most average-looking, uninspired photographs, like that of the bottom of his sneaker, and tried to make them work by applying “interesting” effects. The problem is that abstract or not, a picture needs an idea to give it a reason to exist.br /br /To be fair to the author, the very first few photographs look very reasonable and are done in taste. But once the author exhausts the repertoire of contrast, sharpen, and curves, it seems that he begins to grow increasingly desperate trying to fill the rest of the book with content.br /br /The macro section is particularly disappointing: featuring just nine photographs out of the total of over a hundred, with almost non-existent depth of field, and instances of dirt, hair, cigarette butts, magnified slime, sprinkled generously with magnified digital noise, it’s underwhelming considering that Macro is in the title of the book.


Reviewed by :-

E Miller (New York, NY)

Beautiful Book

Not only is this book an inspirational, it is also chock full of easy to follow techniques. What struck me about this book was that theinformation is not your run of the mill Photoshop, boring, overused techniques. Rather the author comes up with many techniques that differ from what everyone else is doing. I am a graphic designer who is learning to do his own photography so I will have more control over the final product. I am glad I purchased this one and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to do some awesome photographic technques.


Reviewed by :-

J. Erb (Florida)

Wonderful Inspiration

As a Web Designer I am always looking for inspiration and creative ideas. It’s easy for me to whip up a Web design but there are times when I need something truly inspirational and unique. I am sometimes “creatively challenged” and need outside inspiration. Ken’s book is pure inspiration. The book is what it says it is, a book which is “meant to inspire with its images”br /br /I recommend this book to any creative person who needs that spark of inspiration or to anyone who wants to expand the possibilities with their digital imagery.br /


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  1. Amazon Review By :- etalieninaz ( goodyear, arizona ) says:

    Reviewed by :-

    etalieninaz( goodyear, arizona )

    For the creative person

    Although most of the images in the book are truly abstract, few are “true” macro photography. And as other reviewers have stated, the author uses Photoshop plug-ins on most of the images. In fact there were so many plug-ins used, I thought the book might’ve been published (or sponsored) by some association of companies that offer Photoshop plug-ins. The plug-ins that the author uses throughout the book are:br /1.Corel KPT Collection (Color Equalizer, Channel Surfing filter, Reaction, Screen Norm blend, Collection Blur, Gel, Lens Flare, Notch Blur, Spin Blur, Zoom Blur, Fiber Optic)br /2. Imaging factory (Color Correction Color Equalizer)br /3. Color Efex Pro (Infrared, Sepia, Bi-color, Pop Art filters, BW Dynamic Contrast, Pen tool)br /4. Power Retouche (Sharpen Color Editor, Edgeline)br /5. Flaming Pear (Glitterato, Aetherize, Glow, Glare)br /6. Dfine (noise removal)br /7. USM (sharpening)br /8. Auto/FX (Auto Eye, Mystical Lighting Enhance Strength, Mystical Tint Tone Color (Antique Photo br /Sepia, Soft Posterize, Color Mixer) br /9. Corel Painter(Lighting, 3D Surface Texture)br /10. Focal Blade Pro (sharpening)br /11. Buzz Pro 3 (watercolor filter, Edges Color)br /12. Andromedia (Reflection, Scatter Light, Star, Velociraptor, Etch filters)br /13. Xaos Tools (Paint Alchemy Abstract, Segmation)br /14. Alien Skin (Xenofex 2 Constellation filter, Edges, Diamond Plate, Bevel Boss)br /15. Fred Miranda’s (Highligh/Shadow)br /16. Neat Image (Noise Removal)br /17. Photo Wiz Focal Blade (sharpen)br /18. Eye Candy 4000 (Water drops, Fire, Drip, Bevel Boss, Nature, Swirl)br /19. Photokit (Sharpener)br /20. Movie Prime (Lens Flare)br /21. Grain Surgey (Noise removal)br /br /However, many of the above effects that are done with these plug-ins can be accomplished with the tools and filters provided in CS2 or 3. br /br /If you set aside all of the negatives, you will find the book to be inspiring. There are a few images in the book that say “wow!” and are well worth the price of the book. If you are a creative person, it’s an absolute must buy. br /

  2. Amazon Review By :- Desert Rat ( Palm Springs, CA ) says:

    Reviewed by :-

    Desert Rat( Palm Springs, CA )

    Great pictures, not much useful advice.

    This book has beautiful full color abstract photos and some general ideas on how to create them. The problem is (as stated by the author in the introduction) that he uses a number of 3rd party filters and tools which can be quite expensive for the non professional. Most of these effects can be achieved with Photoshop alone and the book would be much better if he described those methods in addition to the 3rd party techniques.

  3. Amazon Review By :- Alexei Lebedev ( New York, NY USA ) says:

    Reviewed by :-

    Alexei Lebedev( New York, NY USA )

    digital overkill is not abstract

    While it would be correct to say that most of the photographs in this book are abstract, it would be more accurate to describe them as poor and overprocessed in photoshop, with instantly recognizable digital effects such as edge detect, posterize, charcoal, glowing edges, wild tinting and colorization, etc. Gratuitous applications of various fringe filters, ilke Photo Wiz Focal Blade or Xaos Segmation, abound.br /br /In the “Salsa” photograph, you can clearly see the accidental click with a photoshop brush (it happens on Windows when you try to bring a window to the front and accidentally plant a blotch of foreground color).br /br /What the author has done, for the most part, is taken the most average-looking, uninspired photographs, like that of the bottom of his sneaker, and tried to make them work by applying “interesting” effects. The problem is that abstract or not, a picture needs an idea to give it a reason to exist.br /br /To be fair to the author, the very first few photographs look very reasonable and are done in taste. But once the author exhausts the repertoire of contrast, sharpen, and curves, it seems that he begins to grow increasingly desperate trying to fill the rest of the book with content.br /br /The macro section is particularly disappointing: featuring just nine photographs out of the total of over a hundred, with almost non-existent depth of field, and instances of dirt, hair, cigarette butts, magnified slime, sprinkled generously with magnified digital noise, it’s underwhelming considering that Macro is in the title of the book.

  4. Amazon Review By :- E Miller ( New York, NY ) says:

    Reviewed by :-

    E Miller( New York, NY )

    Beautiful Book

    Not only is this book an inspirational, it is also chock full of easy to follow techniques. What struck me about this book was that theinformation is not your run of the mill Photoshop, boring, overused techniques. Rather the author comes up with many techniques that differ from what everyone else is doing. I am a graphic designer who is learning to do his own photography so I will have more control over the final product. I am glad I purchased this one and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to do some awesome photographic technques.

  5. Amazon Review By :- J. Erb ( Florida ) says:

    Reviewed by :-

    J. Erb( Florida )

    Wonderful Inspiration

    As a Web Designer I am always looking for inspiration and creative ideas. It’s easy for me to whip up a Web design but there are times when I need something truly inspirational and unique. I am sometimes “creatively challenged” and need outside inspiration. Ken’s book is pure inspiration. The book is what it says it is, a book which is “meant to inspire with its images”br /br /I recommend this book to any creative person who needs that spark of inspiration or to anyone who wants to expand the possibilities with their digital imagery.br /

  6. Amazon Review By :- etalieninaz ( goodyear, arizona ) says:

    Reviewed by :-

    etalieninaz( goodyear, arizona )

    For the creative person

    Although most of the images in the book are truly abstract, few are “true” macro photography. And as other reviewers have stated, the author uses Photoshop plug-ins on most of the images. In fact there were so many plug-ins used, I thought the book might’ve been published (or sponsored) by some association of companies that offer Photoshop plug-ins. The plug-ins that the author uses throughout the book are:br /1.Corel KPT Collection (Color Equalizer, Channel Surfing filter, Reaction, Screen Norm blend, Collection Blur, Gel, Lens Flare, Notch Blur, Spin Blur, Zoom Blur, Fiber Optic)br /2. Imaging factory (Color Correction Color Equalizer)br /3. Color Efex Pro (Infrared, Sepia, Bi-color, Pop Art filters, BW Dynamic Contrast, Pen tool)br /4. Power Retouche (Sharpen Color Editor, Edgeline)br /5. Flaming Pear (Glitterato, Aetherize, Glow, Glare)br /6. Dfine (noise removal)br /7. USM (sharpening)br /8. Auto/FX (Auto Eye, Mystical Lighting Enhance Strength, Mystical Tint Tone Color (Antique Photo br /Sepia, Soft Posterize, Color Mixer) br /9. Corel Painter(Lighting, 3D Surface Texture)br /10. Focal Blade Pro (sharpening)br /11. Buzz Pro 3 (watercolor filter, Edges Color)br /12. Andromedia (Reflection, Scatter Light, Star, Velociraptor, Etch filters)br /13. Xaos Tools (Paint Alchemy Abstract, Segmation)br /14. Alien Skin (Xenofex 2 Constellation filter, Edges, Diamond Plate, Bevel Boss)br /15. Fred Miranda’s (Highligh/Shadow)br /16. Neat Image (Noise Removal)br /17. Photo Wiz Focal Blade (sharpen)br /18. Eye Candy 4000 (Water drops, Fire, Drip, Bevel Boss, Nature, Swirl)br /19. Photokit (Sharpener)br /20. Movie Prime (Lens Flare)br /21. Grain Surgey (Noise removal)br /br /However, many of the above effects that are done with these plug-ins can be accomplished with the tools and filters provided in CS2 or 3. br /br /If you set aside all of the negatives, you will find the book to be inspiring. There are a few images in the book that say “wow!” and are well worth the price of the book. If you are a creative person, it’s an absolute must buy. br /

  7. Amazon Review By :- Desert Rat ( Palm Springs, CA ) says:

    Reviewed by :-

    Desert Rat( Palm Springs, CA )

    Great pictures, not much useful advice.

    This book has beautiful full color abstract photos and some general ideas on how to create them. The problem is (as stated by the author in the introduction) that he uses a number of 3rd party filters and tools which can be quite expensive for the non professional. Most of these effects can be achieved with Photoshop alone and the book would be much better if he described those methods in addition to the 3rd party techniques.

  8. Amazon Review By :- Alexei Lebedev ( New York, NY USA ) says:

    Reviewed by :-

    Alexei Lebedev( New York, NY USA )

    digital overkill is not abstract

    While it would be correct to say that most of the photographs in this book are abstract, it would be more accurate to describe them as poor and overprocessed in photoshop, with instantly recognizable digital effects such as edge detect, posterize, charcoal, glowing edges, wild tinting and colorization, etc. Gratuitous applications of various fringe filters, ilke Photo Wiz Focal Blade or Xaos Segmation, abound.br /br /In the “Salsa” photograph, you can clearly see the accidental click with a photoshop brush (it happens on Windows when you try to bring a window to the front and accidentally plant a blotch of foreground color).br /br /What the author has done, for the most part, is taken the most average-looking, uninspired photographs, like that of the bottom of his sneaker, and tried to make them work by applying “interesting” effects. The problem is that abstract or not, a picture needs an idea to give it a reason to exist.br /br /To be fair to the author, the very first few photographs look very reasonable and are done in taste. But once the author exhausts the repertoire of contrast, sharpen, and curves, it seems that he begins to grow increasingly desperate trying to fill the rest of the book with content.br /br /The macro section is particularly disappointing: featuring just nine photographs out of the total of over a hundred, with almost non-existent depth of field, and instances of dirt, hair, cigarette butts, magnified slime, sprinkled generously with magnified digital noise, it’s underwhelming considering that Macro is in the title of the book.

  9. Amazon Review By :- E Miller ( New York, NY ) says:

    Reviewed by :-

    E Miller( New York, NY )

    Beautiful Book

    Not only is this book an inspirational, it is also chock full of easy to follow techniques. What struck me about this book was that theinformation is not your run of the mill Photoshop, boring, overused techniques. Rather the author comes up with many techniques that differ from what everyone else is doing. I am a graphic designer who is learning to do his own photography so I will have more control over the final product. I am glad I purchased this one and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to do some awesome photographic technques.

  10. Amazon Review By :- J. Erb ( Florida ) says:

    Reviewed by :-

    J. Erb( Florida )

    Wonderful Inspiration

    As a Web Designer I am always looking for inspiration and creative ideas. It’s easy for me to whip up a Web design but there are times when I need something truly inspirational and unique. I am sometimes “creatively challenged” and need outside inspiration. Ken’s book is pure inspiration. The book is what it says it is, a book which is “meant to inspire with its images”br /br /I recommend this book to any creative person who needs that spark of inspiration or to anyone who wants to expand the possibilities with their digital imagery.br /