I just wrapped preliminary recording for a new DVD with my publisher, Peachpit. This one is aimed at blending modes and adjustment layers for photographers, and you get to see me forget… um… demonstrate my favorite techniques right on your screen! Well, more precisely, you get to watch my Photoshop desktop and listen to me describe what’s going on while I work.
Like my books, the DVD is structured to show you a path rather than give precise directions. Unlike the books, this one is focused entirely on photographic work flows. My editor and I felt this would be more productive for video learning since video tends to me more targeted to specific audiences. My books cover rather large range of possible users because books tend to be easier to browse quickly – as you skim the pages, something might catch your eye that would otherwise ignore because it’s not part of your usual routine. Video doesn’t really let you do that, supporting instead a more linear approach and concise headings that you are more likely to skip over if the exact topic isn’t familiar or interesting to you.
There are a few examples right from my book, but those are presented in a different way than in print. Other techniques and images are completely new to the video, so there’s only a little overlap. If this one does will with audiences, I’ll release a 2nd DVD for graphic designers and illustrators, including compositing techniques.