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Adobe Camera Raw for Digital Photographers Only 2nd Edition

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Camera Raw gives you power to make your images fit your vision

Rob Sheppard is, first and foremost, a photographer. He believes technology can support the creative process, but should never supplant it. So when he explains the details of Camera Raw, the steps for using it, the workflow process, and certain best practices, he demonstrates how Camera Raw can empower you. That said, he encourages you not to be limited by his perspective. Use Camera Raw as you see fit — because your work is your art.

  • Explore the enhancements in the newest generation of Camera Raw

  • Deal with RAW's limitations

  • Manage white balance and exposure

  • Learn to use camera settings that make the most of RAW capabilities

  • Understand and apply the Camera Raw workflow

  • Reduce noise, especially in night shots

  • Discover the creative possibilities of black-and-white with Camera Raw

  • Take full advantage of Camera Raw's special features

About the Author

Rob Sheppard is editor-at-large for Outdoor Photographer, and is author/photographer of over 20 books including The National Geographic Field Guide to Photography and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for Digital Photographers Only. He is committed to bringing professional photographers together with technology that benefits their craft. His Web site is www.robsheppardphoto.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (January 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470224576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470224571
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #824,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Conrad J. Obregon VINE VOICE on October 7, 2005
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Ansel Adams and the photographers of his era established the standard for modern photography. Get the full range of light, from the blackest blacks to the clearest whites. Adams also helped establish the rules to achieve that goal. Control the process every inch of the way, from picking your equipment until the final print, to capture your vision.

The modern digital photographer can achieve that control by using all the features of his camera and the software available to him for processing. The leading software is Adobe Photoshop. Manufacturers have adopted a format called Raw that captures the most data so that the photographer can exercise the most control in processing. Adobe has responded with Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) which helps photographers squeeze that data from the file to allow digital photographers to meet the Adams standard.

Rob Sheppard has produced a book on using ACR that always keeps in mind that the purpose of ACR is to help the photographer produce an image that embodies his vision. There are several books available about using ACR that describe how to use the sliders and what the effects are. Sheppard's book covers the same ground, but he also relates the technique to the artistic purpose. For example, he tells you how the shadows slider works to change the black point in a picture. But he tells you that you should not just extend it to some arbitrary limit that insures the image has the greatest range. He discusses the fact that varying the black point helps to give snap to some pictures and that increasing areas with no shadow detail may actually help to achieve the photographer's vision.
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I'm relatively new to PS. In the last 8 months I've worked through most of Photoshop CS2 for Digital Photographers and Photoshop CS2 One on One and thoroughly processed about 50 (not a lot) photos out of the thousand or so I've shot.

I bought Camera Raw in preparation for moving most of my photography to a DSLR and to help decide whether and what to shoot RAW vs JPG - to learn the advantages and disadvantages of RAW processing, what is entailed and how much time it might take. I've been shooting RAW now for only a month and a half and Camera Raw has been my bible for processing my mostly RAW images.

The content of this book and Rob Sheppard's writing and presentation styles are a perfect package for me. He's clear and to the point, writes in a friendly but not cute way and gives a lot of comments on why he's doing each task in the way he's chosen. He keeps the focus on getting the results the photographer/reader wants.

The book takes you through a well-defined RAW processing workflow and thoroughly covers how and why to use all of the functions on the adjustment tab and the new curves tab, with good sections on the detail and lens tabs and a brief but excellent discussion of using the tricky calibration tab function. Images are used to show each step of the process being discussed. A lot of the images apparently show subtle adjustments that in many cases I simply couldn't see on the page. Could be my eyes or being able to "see" well - or just the limitations of printing. Doing the same steps with downloaded copies of Rob's images was more helpful in seeing the effects of the adjustments on the monitor.

I found this very exciting stuff.
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By Ed Roberts on September 28, 2005
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I've been working with Raw for some time and have referred often to Real World Camera Raw, which has been the definitive book on the technology itself. However, I'm always on the lookout for a useful book. I initially was attracted to the cover and title of this one, plus the fact that Rob Sheppard is a superb photographer. So, I bought the book and I wasn't disappointed, as it takes a discussion of Raw to a whole new level. Sheppard's approach of "you're a photographer first," and "the technology serves the art" is dead-on and refreshing. Sheppard really knows his stuff, and this book is packed with highly useful Raw techniques and considerations -- all true to the "you're a photographer first" mantra. Plus, the book is graced with scores of Sheppard's stunning images. Great stuff! I'd say that this is the true "real world" Raw book.
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This is one of those rare books where the author speaks to you about a technical topic in a way that is incredibly accessible and totally focused on what YOU need to know. In this case, Rob Sheppard's discussion of Camera Raw is totally oriented around getting good photos, period. His author voice is plain and straightforward, yet seems uncannily targeted on the questions that he seems to know you have. I guess that's because these are all issues that he has had to address himself in his own journey into Raw. There's a gem on nearly every page in this book. Great images, too. Whether you already have a Camera Raw book or not, you should buy this. You won't be sorry.
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I picked this up hoping to find a more approachable alternative to learning RAW, as many of my Photoshop students wanted something easier than Bruce Fraser's Real World Camera Raw. A brief skimming of Sheppard's Camera Raw made it appear as though it would do so.

Sadly, after reading it, I can't recommend it.

Overall, it's a decent overview of the capabilities of Camera Raw, aimed at photographers without any experience with Photoshop and very little desire to understand why some of the features in Camera Raw operate the way they do. That (over) simplification does make it easier to learn the basics, but it's sadly limiting for anyone who hopes to be able to truly optimize their images.

His very sketchy explanation of the new sharpening capabilities in ACR v4, his handwaving of the importance of the Calibration tab ("pretty geeky" and hard to use--not surprising given the lack of explanation of any of its controls); the lack of detail about how Vibrance and Saturation inter-relate; the lack of detail about Clarity; the lack of use of SmartObjects when combining multiple images--all made it an unsuitable alternative for me.

Worse were the many misstatements. While rarely important, they were enough to be off-putting. Saying ColorMatch is a "wide-gamut colorspace" (It's smaller than sRGB), various misstatements about CMYK, and numerous other little inaccuracies scattered throughout reduced my confidence in it.

It is, however, very approachable, especially for those with no experience with Photoshop, and particularly for those whose background is with film. The coverage of black and white was also quite respectable.
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