February 15, 2006
Window Seat: The Art of Digital Photography and Creative Thinking is a complete view of a creative project from the artist’s perspective. Julieanne Kost, a Photoshop and creative thinking expert, has taken her own experience shooting images out of commercial airplane windows to create a unique creative seminar.
The first section of the book, The Art of Creative Thinking: The Principles, outlines Julieanne’s method for staying creative in an increasingly complicated world. In her personal stories, advice, and philosophies, you’ll find inspiration if you’re stuck or just can’t get started. You may recognize some of your own less-than-productive thought processes as she describes her own struggle to let go of the everyday flotsam of life to find a quiet mental space in which she can think, dream, and create.
The second part of the book, Window Seat: The Portfolio, is a collection of images culled from over 3000 photographs Julieanne shot from commercial airplane windows over a period of five years. The photographs are accompanied by brief commentaries addressing various aspects of the process, from the original inspiration to issues of control, subject matter, image selection, and manipulation.
The Appendix contains technical information: a discussion of the equipment and media Julieanne used to shoot the photos; how she processed the photographs using Adobe Camera Raw; the Photoshop techniques she employed to correct, retouch, and manipulate the images; her personal file management system; and how she prepares her files for printing.
This book is essential reading for photographers and artists looking for ways to stay creatively awake, aware, and alive.
Window Seat: The Art of Digital Photography and Creative Thinking
By Julieanne Kost
Published by O’Reilly
First Edition February 2006
152 pages, $39.99 US
O’Reilly has posted a story by Julieanne Kost outlining some of the techniques she used to process the images in her book. See: Walking the Talk with Julieanne Kost
Portrait by Greg Gorman
About Julieanne Kost
Photoshop Hall of Fame member Julieanne Kost joined Adobe Systems in 1993 and currently serves as the Graphic Arts Evangelist, educating graphic designers, photographers, educators, and fine artists. She is a master of both Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator and has used them extensively in graphic design, print, and photography as well as cross-media for online and multimedia productions.
Julieanne is a passionate photographer. She has had several shows of her work, and many of her images have been published. She is a frequent lecturer and teaches courses in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator at prominent industry tradeshows, distinguished fine art and photography schools and workshops, and numerous trade conferences around the world.
Additional information available at: www.adobeevangelists.com
John Paul Caponigro interviewed Julieanne for the Aug/Sept, 2000 issue of Camera Arts Magazine which is available for viewing at JP’s web site. See: DIALOGS–Julieanne Kost