Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS2
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Bruce Fraser is an internationally known author, consultant, and speaker on the topics of digital imaging and color reproduction. In addition to authoring Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop, he is a contributing editor for Macworld magazine and co-author of the best-selling books Real World Adobe Photoshop and Real World Color Management.
Call it a control thing, but until recently–or, more specifically, until the availability of digital raw camera formats–you simply weren’t ready to make the move to digital photography. Raw formats, however, changed all of that by allowing you to retrieve images before any in-camera processing has been performed. Photoshop’s Adobe Camera Raw plug-in makes that process even easier by providing a standardized way of accessing and working with these uncompressed digital negatives in your favorite image-manipulation software. In the first volume devoted exclusively to the topic, best-selling author Bruce Fraser shows you how to take advantage of Adobe Camera Raw to set white balance, optimize contrast and saturation, handle noise, correct tint, and recover lost detail in images before converting them to another format. After learning about the raw formats themselves, you’ll discover hands-on techniques for exposing and shooting for digital raw, using Bridge, Adobe’s new standalone file browser, to preview images and automate tasks, and building a workflow around the digital raw process.
118 of 120 people found the following review helpful
Essential Short Book for Serious Photographers,
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This review is from: Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS2 (Paperback)Fraser's previous version of this book was excellent. This one is even better. It remains short and to the point but he has improved the illustrations and his text is clearer than ever. Plus he illuminates the powerful new features of ACR and the new "light table" called Bridge. In reading it I felt like he invited me into his mind to follow along with him, watching the decision making of a Master.
This book is for serious Photographers who want to squeeze every last drop of quality out of their image capture, in other words for anyone who is going to be using the RAW processor built into Photoshop CS2.
He does not throw in a lot of unnecessary fluff; just clear "Real World" examples that you can use in your day-to-day work.
One idea that I have picked up already and will use every day is "Highlight recovery" using the exposure slider. I had always figured that burned out highlights meant a trip to the trashcan. "Not necessarily so" he says and not... Read more
33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Decent guide for pros, but needs tighter editing and better printing,
This review is from: Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS2 (Paperback)You need to understand RAW mode to get the most out of your digital photos. The fundamental reason is that they contain more editing headroom. By shooting in RAW, you can ignore all the camera settings other than ISO, exposure and shutter. This book also explains the linearity of camera sensors versus the non-linearity of our perception, which is why you want to expose as close to clipping highlights as possible. All of the other corrections are done by the camera to the RAW image, including sharpening, contrast and brightness control, noise reduction, spectral correction, barrel/pincushion distortion correction, color correction (tint, saturation and especially white balance), etc. etc. This effectively means I can ignore 90% of the menu options on my camera and only worry about exposure.
For me, the RAW converter can grab an extra stop of highlight detail over Canon's in-camera converter (EOS 5D) and does a better job at noise reduction. That alone is worth shooting... Read more
47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
Very good primer for the new Raw features,
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This review is from: Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS2 (Paperback)CS2 introduce a lot more functionality in camera Raw and this book I think was the 3rd book out on the subject after cs2 was released. The 2 main things this book will give you are
1. How to use the new features in Camera Raw and Adobe bridge to do some work on your images before you pass them into photoshop, this includes cropping and curves.
2. A good introduction to workflow- in fact if you have this book I don't think you need the other cs2 workflow book out there. This one is pretty through even including automation techniques.
Overall I'm pretty happy with this book, I found some the information a bit useless for me, but someone else may find it invaluable. The whole metadata section and how to edit the xml file for example.
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"This book is filled with "industrial strength production techniques” to make using RAW work to its very best.”
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August 1, 2006
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