Book Review: Scott Kelby’s 7-Point System

I recenly had the joy of reading Scott Kelby‘s fantastic book, Scott Kelby’s 7-Point System for Photoshop CS3.

I know all the buzz right now is about CS4 but there are still many of us using CS3 – or even CS2 – and are looking for new tried and true methods and techniques to enhance the images we produce.

This text is classic Kelby in style and form. We are once again treated to another round of Scott’s wit and wisdom as he lets us into his groundbreaking system that is not only easy to use, but produces remarkable results as well. Where The Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers was a general book on Photoshop, introducing the tools of the trade, the 7-Point System is the next step to show us how to use some of those tools in the act of creating compelling photos.

Scott takes his readers on a journey from mediocre or even seemingly unusable images to bright, colorful, contrasty images with depth and interest. It is my opinion, as with most books of this sort, that it is merely a starting point, a source of suggestions for users to adapt and make their own as they develop their own styles.

I could take you through the whole process, but the book is such a terrific resource that it’s worth picking up for anyone interested in bringing their images to the next level. Instead I will show you a before and after of one of my shots from our recent photowalk. It’s not a great image, one that would probably be disregarded before using the system. Granted, it’s still not great but it’s been turned into a decent image:

Before:

After:

Comments:
  • I own this book and agree with your review – for those people wishing to take their post processing skills and apply them to bring out the best in their pictures, this book is definitely a must read. (Nice shot by the way…)

    October 27, 2008 at 10:45 am

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