Photoshop Astronomy

Photoshop Astronomy
$39.95
Item # 9780943396859
  • Author: R. Scott Ireland - Publisher: Willmann-Bell (2005)
  • Photoshop Astronomy teaches you how to use Photoshop software to process your astrophotography like a pro.
  • This book is packed with tutorials and step-by-step instructions.
  • Photoshop Astronomy contains steps is explained in great detail...beginners will see results immediately!
  • Softbound edition measures 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches, contains 280 pages and includes DVD with full resolution images used in the books tutorials
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Photoshop® Astronomy



"I remember my first one-day class on how to use Photoshop in 1997. During the long drive home I was excited by the possibilities of what I had seen a Photoshop Master accomplish. However, as I began work on my own images I had great difficulty implementing what I had “learned.” Even though I had diligently scribbled notes during the entire class, when faced with the power and complexity of the program, I hardly knew where to begin. Photoshop was speaking a language, indeed it was a language — one that I had not yet learned. Over the years that followed I gradually learned Photoshop’s language. In hindsight, what I really needed was a primer that outlined, step by step, exactly how to optimize my images and why I needed to do it in a particular way — a book that cut no corners or assumed that, as a beginner, I did not need to understand the big picture, complex techniques or why things worked.

I have written Photoshop Astronomy to do just that. It is packed with tutorial examples that are specific to astronomical imaging. Each Photoshop step is explained in great detail. A beginner will see results immediately. But make no mistake; this is not a “Photoshop for Dummies.” I have not avoided complex material or procedures. Quite to the contrary, I have included difficult, extended image-processing tasks along with the simpler ones. Once you see how even the difficult procedures are worked with my step-by-step examples, their “difficulty” vanishes. There are many things within this guide that even seasoned digital imagers will find challenging and useful. I have also included explanations of how and why things work. “Do this” and “Do that” are not sufficient. It is my firm belief that to speak the language of image processing you must understand the meaning of its “words” and their syntax. I have seen this method work during the many seminars I have conducted for amateur astronomers across the United States."
-- L. Scott Ireland

About the Author



R. Scott Ireland has lived in South Florida since the age of six. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in music performance, and a Master of Business Administration Degree in finance. Scott has also passed the Uniform Certified Public Accountants examination, and he holds a ranking of Candidate Master in correspondence Chess from the U.S. Chess Federation. As an avocation, Scott has pursued lifelong interests in Astronomy, nature photography and Chess. He is a past President and honorary life member of the Southern Cross Astronomical Society. Scott is a member of the Puckett Supernova Search Team, and was a co-discoverer of Supernovae 2003fd and 2004gw. He is also a member of IAVCEI (International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior) and Volcano Watch International.

Scott’s photographs have been published internationally in many books, textbooks and periodicals, and have appeared in various museum and gallery exhibits. His publication credits include Nature’s Best Magazine, Nature Photographer Magazine, the National Audubon Society Field Guide to Florida, the Peterson Field Guide to the Stars and Planets, Odyssey Magazine, Sky & Telescope Magazine, Introduction to Observing and Photographing the Solar System and Mercury Magazine. Scott’s images of the Soufriere Hills Volcano on Montserrat were selected by University College, London for use in their volcano hazard mitigation literature being distributed to governments and volcanologists throughout the Caribbean. His images of the Mount St. Helens eruptions of October 2004 have been published and archived for scientific use by the Smithsonian’s Global Volcanism Program. Scott was a member of the National Geographic team sent to Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica to film the documentary entitled Volcano Hunters. Two of Scott’s images were among the winners of the prestigious annual Nature’s Best Magazine international photo competition, and will be exhibited at the Smithsonian in late 2005.

About the cover photo:
The bright star in the upper middle of this photograph is S Mon. It is surrounded by dark dust and glowing gas. The area below and slightly to the right of S Mon is called the Fox Fur Nebula because of its color and texture. Tony Hallas took this photograph using a 14.5” f/8 RCOS Classical Cassegrain and an SBIG STL-11000 CCD camera mounted on an Astro Physics 1200 GTO mount. The exposure was 180 minutes through AstroDon H-a and RGB filters (LRGB 120:60:60:60). Copyright 2005 by Tony and Daphne Hallas.

Photoshop® is a registered trademark of Adobe Systems Incorporated.
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SKU 9780943396859
Manufacturer Bookstore
Author R. Scott Ireland
Publisher Willmann-Bell
Cover Type Soft Cover
Number of Pages 270
ISBN Number 9780943396859
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Recommended
I bought this book about four years ago and I have learned a lot from it. Image processing is very demanding and this book delivers enough depth to allow an amateur astrophotographer to process their images with Photoshop. In combination with Ron Wodaski’s The New Zone System for Astro Imaging the reader will have the best two books on astroimage processing with Photoshop that are currently available. Besides image processing per se, the book covers some important things that other books leave out, such as color spaces, monitor calibration, and accurate output to printers and similar devices.

The only real downside with this book is that it is a bit outdated. Photoshop itself as undergone numerous updates since this book was written, and some of these are important for astrophotographers to be aware of (for example, the excellent denoising routines available through the Camera Raw interface). It is also important to note that Photoshop is not typically used in isolation for astroimage processing. Dedicated software for calibrating and stacking images is required, at minimum. Since there have been many important developments and updates in this area (e.g. Pixinsight, CCD Stack, Astroart) the reader will need to learn how to use these tools through other sources.

Overall, anyone interested in astroimage processing with Photoshop should buy this book, as well as the The New Zone System for Astro Imaging book.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by Theaetetus / (Posted on 6/2/2013)
Photoshop the hard way
If are interested in all the intricate details of using Photoshop, you will like this. The author seems obsessed with going into great detail about the steps he uses and even has you do things the most difficult way for learning purposes.

Obviously this was not what I was looking for
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by Russ / (Posted on 8/31/2007)
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  • Soft cover edition of Photoshop Astronomy
  • DVD with full resolution images used in the books tutorials
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