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Digital Negative, The: Raw Image Processing in Lightroom, Camera Raw, and Photoshop, 2nd Edition

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Digital Negative, The: Raw Image Processing in Lightroom, Camera Raw, and Photoshop, 2nd Edition

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  • Copyright 2015
  • Dimensions: 8" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 336
  • Edition: 2nd
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-403341-8
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-403341-9

Shooting in the raw format gives digital photographers complete control over every aspect of image quality. The Digital Negative is devoted exclusively to the topic and shows you how to make the most of that control to extract the best-possible raw rendering of your digital negatives and to use Photoshop to achieve the highest quality in your images. In this update of his best-selling book, renowned photographer and author Jeff Schewe outlines a foolproof process for working with these digital negatives and presents his real-world expertise on optimizing raw images. You’ll learn hands-on techniques for exposing and shooting for raw image capture and developing a raw processing workflow, as well as Photoshop techniques for perfecting the master image, converting color to black and white, and processing for panoramic and HDR images. This second edition covers all the major updates and new features in Camera Raw, Lightroom, and Photoshop, such as GPU acceleration, Radial Filters, Pano Merge, and more.

  • Get the best tone and color from your digital negatives.
  • Use Lightroom and Camera Raw sharpening controls to maximize image quality.
  • Produce stunning black and white images.
  • Learn how to remove people from photos in Photoshop using Smart Objects and Layer Blending.
  • Use HDR in Camera Raw and Lightroom.
  • And much more!

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Table of Contents

The Digital Negative
Raw Image Processing in Lightroom, Camera Raw, and Photoshop
Jeff Schewe

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
What Is a Digital Negative?
    Dissecting a Digital Negative
    Raw versus JPEG
    Camera Sensor Types
Attributes of a Digital Negative
        Linear capture
        Digital exposure
        Sensor noise and ISO speed
        Colorimetric interpretation
        Bit Depth
        Raw vs. JPEG
Photographic Aspects of a Digital Negative
        Shutter speed
        Lens aperture
        Lens aberrations
        Sensor resolution

Chapter 2
Adobe Raw Image Processing: An Overview    
The Genesis of Camera Raw    
The Genesis of Lightroom    
The Bridge, Camera Raw, and Photoshop System    
        Camera Raw Plug-in
The Camera Raw Filter in Photoshop
The Camera Raw Smart Object in Photoshop
The Lightroom Way    
The Relationship of Camera Raw and Lightroom Versions
        Subscription License
        Perpetual License
Color Management between Lightroom, Camera Raw, and Photoshop
DNG File Format and DNG Converter    
To DNG or not to DNG?
Adobe DNG Converter

Chapter 3
Fundamentals of Lightroom and Camera Raw
Lightroom and Camera Raw Defaults
Lightroom and Camera Raw Functionality
The Histogram
Lightroom and Camera Raw Adjustment Panels
        Basic panel
        Tone Curve panel
        HSL/Color/B&W panel
        Split Toning panel
        Detail panel
        Lens Corrections panel
        Effect panel
Camera Calibration panel
Lightroom and Camera Raw Tools
Lightroom and Camera Raw Crop tools
Lightroom and Camera Raw Spot Removal Tools
Local Adjustments in Lightroom and Camera Raw
        Adjustment Brush
        Graduated Filter
        Radial Filter
        Filter Brush
    Soft Proofing in Camera Raw and Lightroom
    Presets in Camera Raw and Lightroom
    Snapshots in Camera Raw and Lightroom
    Virtual Copies in Lightroom

Chapter 4
Advanced Raw Processing using Lightroom or Camera Raw
Tone Mapping
        Flat lighting
        High-contrast lighting
        Blown skies
        Inclement weather
        Under exposure
        Backlit subjects
Color Correction
        While balance (global)
        White balance (local)
        Color Curves
        Color Split toning
        Color gradients
        HSL color corrections
        Lens colorcast corrections
Color to Black-and-White Conversions
        Adjusting the panchromatic response
        Warm toning
        Split toning
        Color toning and spot of color
        Optimized B&W tone mapping
        Color toning using color curves
Maximizing Image Detail
        High-frequency edge sharpening
        Low-frequency edge sharpening
        Mixed-frequency edge sharpening
Balancing sharpening and noise reduction

Chapter 5
Deploying Photoshop to Perfect your Digital Negatives
Getting Images into Photoshop
A Typical Edit in Photoshop
Color Range selection tool
Creative progressive sharpening
Midtone contrast
Saturation and Color layer modifications
Blue edge fix
Healing Brush and Clone Stamp tools
Copy-and-paste patching
Retouching using painting
Using paths to make selections
Compositing Multiple Images
Creating the composite mask
Compositing the sky
Luminance-based masks
    Using the Camera Raw Filter in Photoshop
Convert to Smart Filter
The Camera Raw Filter
Color to Black and White in Photoshop
Photomerge for Panoramic Stitching
Merge to HDR Pro
Processing HDR for Lightroom and Camera Raw tone mapping
Focus Stacking

Chapter 6
Creating an Efficient Workflow
    Workflow Principles
        Do things once
        Do things automatically
        Be methodical
    The Five Workflow Stages
        Stage 1: Image ingestion
        Stage 2: Image verification
        Stage 3: Preproduction
        Stage 4: Production
        Stage 5: Postproduction
    My personal workflow
        Field workflow
        Studio workflow
    How I Organize My Images
    My Digital Imaging Area
    Performance Tuning Your System
        Photoshop performance
        Lightroom performance



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