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Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS3 Paperback – November 17, 2007

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About the Author

Jeff Schewe is a professional advertising photographer and digital imaging consultant who has advised on and contributed to the development of Adobe Camera Raw and Adobe Photoshop to the extent that his name appears in the software’s acknowledgements. A summa cum laude graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, Jeff is a past President of the Advertising Photographers of America (APA) and is one of 65 photographers worldwide recognized as a Canon Explorer of Light.

Until his death in 2006, Bruce Fraser had been an internationally known author, consultant, and speaker on the topics of digital imaging and color reproduction. His many best-selling books included Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop, Real World Adobe Photoshop, Real World Image Sharpening and Real World Color Management.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (November 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321518675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321518675
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,667,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book should be reviewed in the context of three key directions in which the Creative Suite developers have been moving digital imaging over the past few years: workflow and process integration, major development of the raw processing pipeline and the creation of many more user-friendly and powerful tools which directly respond to the needs of photographers. To date, the culmination of these related initiatives is the production of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Adobe Camera Raw 4.x and Adobe Bridge 2.x. The important new features of these applications are so extensive that no book dealing with previous versions of Camera Raw and Bridge will give users adequate instruction and advice about how best to use them.

This leads to the question of who should be using these programs, and therefore who should be reading this book. Anyone who wishes to maximize the quality of their photographs and have the fullest possible control over doing so should use a camera giving them "raw" files, Adobe Photoshop and Camera Raw for converting those raw files into high quality photographs, and this book to learn how to master and manage Camera Raw, Bridge and the DNG open-source raw file format.

There is, however, much more to this book than editing the appearance of photographs, as fundamentally important as that is. Reflecting the contemporary evolution of these programs, the book has three major areas of emphasis, these being a primer on the nature of a digital image and a raw file (very useful for understanding what one is working with and why some kinds of editing operations are preferable to others), instruction on how best to use Camera Raw for getting the most out of the images one has captured, and workflow (i.e.
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Jeff Schewe and Bruce Fraser, RIP, have done an excellent job in the second edition of Real World Camera Raw. Jeff obviously believes in the view - `if it ain't broke, don't fix it' because Bruce Fraser's original concepts (and some newer ones) are still the backbone of this volume.

That isn't to say there isn't anything new - there is - Chapter Four "Camera RAW Tools - examining the Camera RAW Tools In Depth" by itself, is worth the price of the book. One could be a virtual newbie to Camera RAW and be able to convert RAW images well, just by reading and following Jeff's instructions in that chapter on all the past settings and the vast array of new and helpful settings and sliders added by the Adobe engineers for CS3. Jeff's understanding and expertise in the practical use of each setting is well demonstrated, with helpful screenshots (and tips) all along the way. Intermediate and advanced users will benefit from his `inside knowledge' and the most effective use of the new features.

And while Chapter 4 is huge, there is a lot more new material (50 pages worth with bigger & better illustrations, the penguin shots are great ), in the rest of the Chapters, including all the new settings in Bridge and the Digital Negative Converter (DNG), handling of xml files, batch, scripting and suggestions on the various ways to configure ACR and Bridge for optimum use. The information on basic and detailed workflows from camera to print coming from a working photographer is a true value and gives an insight on how a pro best utilizes the tools.

All in all, Real World Camera RAW for Adobe Photoshop CS3 still remains THEE book/bible to have on RAW conversion. Bruce would be proud.

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I am a commercial photographer, as well as an author. I have been a photographer since the middle seventies, and grew up on film. I mention this detail, because if you are shooting digital (and most people are these days) and you are not shooting Raw format, then you are not getting the full potential from your images. I'll go further: apart from sport photogs who shoot JPEGs by necessity (instant wireless transfer of finished images), everyone can benefit from shooting Raw--the capacity to recover highlights and to lift shadows noiselessly alone (and Raw can do so much more) makes this a necessity in countries where the light is very bright--like Australia.

This book provides the understanding of 'what goes on under the hood', essential to a deep understanding of a complex piece of software, Adobe Creative Suite, and its key plug-in, Adobe Camera Raw. Following this, the authors take you through the processing of real images, step-by-step, and showing what the adjustments have done to the original. Alternatives are presented too, so the flexibility of this excellent software is revealed. Following this, the authors take you though the maze of Batch Processing--with humour and precision together--and, frankly, if you are not using Batch Processing, then you are only using a fraction of this software's potential. Do you want to save time? Batch processing is the answer, yet virtually impossible to learn from Adobe's "Help" files.

I was an advanced level user of this software before I bought this book (having used ACR since the first inception), and use Capture One Pro, and two other Raw processors, but feel that the combination of keyboard control and flexibility of workflow when processing hundreds of images makes ACR the winner.
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