Photo Craft by Susan Tuttle and Christy Hydeck book review | Book Addicts

Photo Craft by Susan Tuttle and Christy Hydeck

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Photo Craft by Susan Tuttle and Christy Hydeck is a beautiful book on using photography to make art as well as beautiful photos.

10 out of 10 stars.  This is by far the best book I’ve read on photography, photoshop techniques to improve photos, and using photos in art.  The material covered is exhaustive and there are tons of photos to show you the befores and afters.

Photography Tips

There are photography tips throughout the book in addition to having a section devoted to knowing your camera, a section devoted to how to take photos, and a section on using a photo program like photoshop to improve your photos.  I’ve never used “noise” before and although I’ve used many of the tools and techniques in this section, I’ve never used them the way the author has.  I also have never taken photos in the RAW, but now that I know how useful they are, that’s how I’ll be taking them from now on (with the exception of my phone photos).

Photo as Art

One of the things I’ve always wanted to do is turn my photographs into art pieces, like making a photograph look like a painting.  The section on turning photographs into art has an entire how-to for doing that in addition to several other ways to use photographs in art.  It’s also not just photographs as art but making art to frame your photographs.

Table of Contents

The only thing this book is seriously lacking is a descriptive table of contents.  Instead of a list of the various projects and techniques, there are non-descriptive titles for each larger section which really isn’t helpful.  So here’s what’s covered:

  1. Digital tools and techniques (10 pp)
  2. Taking great photos
  3. Improve photos digitally
  4. Depth of field
  5. Composition
  6. 3D Images
  7. Focal point
  8. Light and texture
  9. Texture/blending modes
  10. Silhouette effect
  11. Foil transfers
  12. Pan pastels paint-over
  13. Creating a watercolor painting from a photograph
  14. Woodburning and watercolors from photographs
  15. Photographic techniques
  16. Charcoal and sandpaper vignettes
  17. White vignettes
  18. Solid fill layers
  19. Applying a vintage haze
  20. Mixed media and quotes with photographs
  21. Texture with cheesecloth and beeswax
  22. Tissue paper and wax
  23. Rainbow gradient fill
  24. Photo journaling
  25. Photo storyboards
  26. Photographing words and poetry
  27. Upcycling: what to do with forgotten photos
  28. Using resin on photos
  29. Creating a beveled frame
  30. Turning photos into abstract art

I love it for the digital techniques and tips on using your digital SLR camera, but this would be a perfect book for a mixed media artist too.

10 out of 10 stars.  The only thing this book is missing is a better table of contents.

Reviewed by Erin.

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