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Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS2 Paperback – June 2, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0321334091 ISBN-10: 0321334094 Edition: 1st

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About the Author

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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (June 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321334094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321334091
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,485,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Highly recommended for intermediate to advanced users.
H. Domke
This book is clear, well written, organized in an easy to understand way and packed full of information.
Susan Leith
Best of all Mr. Fraser's anaylysis of workflow while using Camera Raw is indispensible.
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118 of 120 people found the following review helpful By H. Domke on June 13, 2005
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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 something other RAW processors can do.

Highly recommended for intermediate to advanced users.

He has given me more useful advice for Photoshop than all other writers combined.

Henry Domke

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Bob Carpenter on January 2, 2006
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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 in RAW.

I came to this book after seeing it recommended in Martin Evening's "Photoshop CS2 for Photographers" (an absolute gem) and the Adobe classroom in a book (a dud). Like Evening's book, this one assumes you're serious: you have print or web customers, need to calibrate color, need to archive, and want to automate as much as possible yet still retain creative options. Most of it's about gamma (digital's Zone System for contrast and highlight/mid/shadow detail) and color correction.

I found this book to be rather repetitious and far too filled with rah-rah-RAW prose. An even bigger chunk just walks you through the menus, buttons, etc.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Holt VINE VOICE on July 29, 2005
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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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michael Ross on September 28, 2005
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I've been a long-time fan of this book, which is probably the definitive work on the topic. However, both my library and real-world knowledge of Raw have been greatly enhanced by the addition of a new, complimentary book -- Rob Sheppard's "Camera Raw for Digital Photographers Only," which features a "you're a photographer first," approach and takes a discussion of Raw to a whole new level. Sheppard is an actual working photographer, and his savvy perspectives from the field benefit from his cool images. Sheppard's book is different than Fraser's, and it adds great value to the overall body of knowledge on Raw.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David Lisowski on February 28, 2006
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Besides the advantages of camera RAW, the integration with Bridge and the automation possiblities are something I never considered. I thought Bridge was another glorified picture browser. Not so! I have set up several automated actions so I can let the machine do much of the default processing. This is important since getting my Canon 20D my picture backlog has been growing much faster than I can whittle it down. For image quality the RAW processing is much superior to handling 8-bit JPEGS. Several minor editing mistakes. The section on calibrating your camera using a macbeth color checker could use more work including a hue/sat color chart as a reference. Instead of a 10 min job, I still can't get my RGB values right. Yeah, he's right every adjustment throws off every other. Overall this book is a winner.
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