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Total Training for Beginners

New offering perfect for the new and uncertain By Stephen Schleicher

Since many of the most popular content creation application have been around for years, many training seminars, tutorials, and videos are aimed at demonstrating the latest updates to get the season professional up to speed.  But what about those that are just getting into the biz?  What about those hobbyists, part-timers, or even those brand new to this technology?  What kind of training is available to them?  Total Trainings Digital Photography and Adobe Photoshop Workflow Guide is the answer.

Some may question this latest release from Total Training.  After all, dont they already have a complete Photoshop series selling like hotcakes?  That may be true, but I can guarantee that my parents, students (at all levels), and those just starting in the digital photography arena are going to be totally confused and befuddled with the huge amount of information being thrown at them.  With a dramatic increase in the number of digital cameras being purchased for everything from family photos to web images, and the growing need for users to be able to manipulate and correct these images in an editing application like Adobe Photoshop, Digital Photography and Adobe Photoshop Workflow Guide gives just enough information for these users to be productive.

So what is covered?  The DVD can really be broken into two main sections; Digital Cameras and Photoshop essentials.  On the Digital Camera side, Maffitt spends about 40 minutes going over some of the pros and cons of selecting a digital camera, as well as some dos and dont dos when capturing images.  What this section is not is a look at how to take great pictures.  That information would easily fill a volume the size of Total Trainings complete training series.  I felt comfortable with the amount of information presented in this section and think it is fine for the target audience.

Host Brian Maffitt talks about the different types of digital cameras that are available, as well as some dos and don't dos of digital photography.

The second, much larger section of the DVD covers how to do basic, yet important, image manipulation in Photoshop.  While Brian uses Photoshop CS in this series, most of the information presented will also work in Photoshop 7.  Just like the complete Photoshop training series, Brian spends a little time on the interface and what features the new users will need to know to work effectively.  He then goes on for the next hour and fifteen minutes on how to correct color cast, correct images with bad backlighting, how to bring out details in shadows and highlights, correct red-eye, and how to use many of the powerful tools found inside the application.  The single DVD wraps up with a discussion on the best ways to print high quality images from Photoshop.

While power users of Photoshop may say not enough information is being presented in this series, I think that the right amount is covered to get the new user up and running in no time.  The benefit of this workflow guide is once the user is comfortable with the basics, they can upgrade to a more complete series from Total Training.

Overall I was impressed with this product as a way to get the new users familiar with the products they need to deliver high quality images for their photo album or a website.  Total Training did not water down the quality of their product simply because they are reaching out to a different audience.  Everything you have grown accustomed to in Total Trainings robust series is here as well.  For those of you who are getting your feet wet in digital imaging, I highly recommend Total Training Digital Photography and Adobe Photoshop Workflow Guide as your first training guide.

Total Trainings Digital Photography and Adobe Photoshop Workflow Guide is available from Total Training for $49.00.

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Stephen Schleicher has crossed the country several times over the last couple of years going from Kansas to Atlanta , Georgia, and Southern California. In his time traveling, he has worked as an editor, graphic designer, videographer, director, and producer on a variety of video productions ranging from small internal pieces, to large multimedia
corporate events.

Currently, Stephen shares his knowledge with students at Fort Hays State University who are studying media and web development in the Information Networking and Telecommunications department. When he is not shaping the minds of university students, Stephen continues to work on video and independent projects for State and local agencies and organizations as well as his own ongoing works.

He is also a regular contributor to Digital Producer, Creative Mac, Digital Webcast, Digital Animators, and the DV Format websites, part of the Digital Media Online network of communities (www.digitalmedianet.com), where he writes about the latest technologies, and gives tips and tricks on everything from Adobe After Effects, to Appleā??s Final Cut Pro, LightWave 3D, to shooting and lighting video.

He has a Masters Degree in Communication from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. As a forward thinker, he wrote his Thesis on how Information Islands and e-commerce would play a major role in keeping smaller communities alive. This of course was when 28.8 dialup was king and people hadnā??t even invented the word e-commerce.

And, he spends what little free time he has biking, reading, traveling around the country, and contemplating the future of digital video and its impact on our culture. You can reach him at [email protected]

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