No about of books, even authored by Ansel Adams or [InsertFamousNameHere] will teach you.
What you need to have is a pre-visualization in your mind's eye. To train your mind's eye to see the image before even making it, requires creativity and thinking outside the box. You need
to be disciplined and study the images
of photographs and study the style of photographs who you wish to draw inspiration from.
By looking nothing but these amazing quality images, you are—in essence—calibrating your mind's eye to these higher standards of image making. If you want to procure these necessary calibrations and training your creative vision, here are the books that will help you to create the image in your head.
1) Professional Photoshop by Dan Margulis.
2) Katrin Eismann's books on retouching and masking.
3) Internet resources and forums like RetouchPro.com.
4) Practice, practice, and more practice.
There will always be a margin of error between theory and experiment. The more experiment you perform, the closer you will reach the expected results.
J A CALDWELL wrote:
I am not great at teaching myself & I feel like I learn best by hands on less just from a book.
I feel like I have a decent base knowledge of cs5 lr5 but need to take the next step in my ability to retouch my images. I still don't necessarily understand what the terminology means and how some thing impact the tools.
I bought the complete raw work flow guide and will force myself through it but I'm wondering if anyone has any advice as to where to start as far looking online for tutorials that are poignant and yet not boring.