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Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS4 [Paperback]

by Bruce Fraser, Jeff Schewe
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December 24, 2008 0321580133 978-0321580139 1
The Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in for Adobe Photoshop has changed the way photographers work with images. Shooting in the raw format gives digital photographers complete control over every aspect of image quality. Camera Raw makes the process of using raw files easier by providing a standardized way of accessing and working with these uncompressed digital negatives. Today serious photographers shoot raw images only. Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop was the first book devoted exclusively to the topic, explaining the advantages and challenges of using Camera Raw to produce magnificent images. Real World Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CS4 keeps pace with new directions in digital photography and raw image processing. Jeff Schewe, a contributor to the development of Camera Raw from its beginnings, updates Bruce Fraser’s bestselling book with inside knowledge of how new features let photographers optimize and convert images for the best results in Adobe Photoshop CS4. Hands-on techniques show readers how to expose and shoot for raw image capture as well as use new features. Readers will also learn how to use the latest version of Adobe Bridge to manage the thousands of images--and gigabytes of data--that result from raw shooting. Finally, Schewe discusses how Adobe’s latest revolutionary imaging software Photoshop Lightroom adds to the raw equation.

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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 Photoshop Camera Raw and Adobe Photoshop to the extent that his name appears in the software's acknowledgements. 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 bestselling 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: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (December 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321580133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321580139
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #840,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very broad scope, excellent writing... February 9, 2009
Format:Paperback
First off, it is worth noting the organization and intent of this book is very close to that of the edition for CS3 so reviews of the CS3 version may be of use to you even though this newer edition of course contains lots of new material related to the new features of ACR 5.2.

Second, note I said ACR 5.2 above. 5.2 was a bit unusual for Adobe in that it actually introduced some very important new features over 5.1 rather than just new camera profiles. Fortunately publication of this book was held until 5.2 was released so that these new features could be covered here.

Third, one should very much be aware that really only a portion of the book is specifically dedicated to the Camera RAW controls and how to use them (specifically Chapters 4 and 5). The earlier parts of the book mostly focus on RAW shooting and conversion in general and the later parts of the book focus on a work flow using Camera RAW and Bridge. This seems appropriate since discussing the concepts of RAW shooting in general is applicable to Camera RAW and many photographers use Camera RAW primarily because it fits into a Photoshop based workflow so smoothly. That said, do yourself a favor and use the look inside feature on this book to examine the contents and get an understanding of how much of the book is dedicated to these "ancillary" topics! If you already know about RAW and shoot it extensively then chapters 1-3 may be of limited interest to you. If you don't process so many photos that workflow is an issue for you or you already have a workflow that you feel is so mature you don't need any more ideas or input then the later part of the book might not be of interest to you.

With those qualifiers out of the way I can easily give this book five stars.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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Given the spectacular improvements and advances incorporated into Adobe Camera Raw version 5.2, I awaited the arrival of this book with great expectations. That it does not disappoint is meant as the highest praise from my perspective. That it already addresses ACR 5.2 is most welcome, as the feature set increased very substantially from 5.1 to 5.2.

Mr Schewe is to be commended for keeping the fundamentals laid out by the late, lamented Bruce Fraser, as well as for covering what's new in a thorough, clear and understandable way.

If you're shooting RAW, this book is essential reading. The leap forward in this version of ACR is astonishing, and one would waste a great deal of time in trying to figure everything through any other means. Warmly recommended.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the Raw February 10, 2009
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As I was reading this book, I was reminded of the small child's review of a book about penguins: "This book told me more about penguins than I really wanted to know." Except of course that for the intermediate user of Photoshop, you should want to know what this book has to say.

Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) is a plug-in built into Photoshop CS4 (PSCS4) that provides adjustments to digital images taken in the RAW mode. Most PSCS4 books include a chapter on the use of ACR that will useful for those just getting used to the plug-in. However to get the full benefit of ACR's capabilities for the rapid processing of images, it helps to consult a book dedicated exclusively to ACR.

This book is credited to Jeff Schewe and the late Bruce Fraser. Fraser, a well known and liked PS guru, was responsible for earlier versions of the book and his hand is still visible. The book includes not just instructions on the use and capabilities of all of ACR's buttons, sliders and options, many of which are not immediately obvious, but also chapters on Adobe Bridge, the control center for PSCS4, as well as chapters on workflow, metadata and automation. The book does a fine job of clearly explaining all of these tools and even expert users may find that ACR has help that they didn't know existed. Even though most of ACR's functions can also be accomplished in the main PSCS4 software, ACR can be faster, adjustments are never destructive, and you will need a converter anyway for raw files.

Although the book contains a lot of useful information, the chapter which showed actual examples of the use of ACR to adjust particular images really helped to understand the usefulness of the plug-in.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for ACR users April 28, 2009
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This is a book that I will read more than once. I have Camera Raw for Photoshop CS2 and it was very helpful. When I upgraded to CS4 I wasn't sure if I should buy the updated edition of this book but there is so much that is new in Camera Raw since CS2 that it was well worth the price - I was not at all disappointed. The late Bruce Fraser's text updated by Jeff Schewe is a must read if you want to get the most out of Camera Raw. Very clearly written and not "dumbed down", yet does not assume that the reader is already a Camera Raw expert. The authors discuss RAW in general and workflow as well as great detail about every control in ACR for Photoshop CS4. A must read!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Camera Raw With Adobe Photoshop CS4 April 4, 2009
By R. Ogan
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This is an excellent book for someone (like myself) that is not up to speed with Cameera Raw. Goes from the nuts and bolts of the program to the Work flow. Highly recommend this book.
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Good and courteus service, great product, great company and nice people to do business with, Sure would buy again if needed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Digital Files ONLY available if you buy CS5 version of this Book
WARNING: Those wishing to do the exercises in Chapter 5 for Real World Hands-On will find that this book is already considered obsolete... Read more
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Camera Raw

This was a painful read. It is full of mind numbing details to the point that it is hard to get the big picture. Read more
Published on November 30, 2009 by Tenna Merchent
5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic from Bruce Fraser et al.
Another classic must-have from Bruce Fraser (now deceased), a true guru and Jeff Schewe. Highly Recommended!
Published on September 28, 2009 by Michael Brochstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Innovative photo-editing,not only for photographers
Innovative photo-editing,not only for photographers.
Camera Raw accessible for everybody. Worthwhile reading and trying it out
Published on July 30, 2009 by Jan Vanovertveld
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as always
Every time a new Photoshop release comes out, with a new ACR, I buy a new edition of this book. Clear and complete, very useful to review concepts and take advantage of new... Read more
Published on July 29, 2009 by Enrique Ivern
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book!
I'm very happy with Real World Camera Raw - it does exactly what the title suggests and was well worth carefully reading through the chapters. Read more
Published on June 20, 2009 by D. Branigan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lifeline at Brooks
This book was suggested to us as a purchase for PRO PHOTO 101 at Brooks Institute of Photography here in Santa Barbara,CA. Read more
Published on June 7, 2009 by Elisa Maria Argiro
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for those using Camera Raw
This is the 3rd revision of this series, and the best yet. If you are using Camera Raw (and if you are not you should be), this is a must have. Read more
Published on March 15, 2009 by Paul Beiser
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ACR & Lightroom have the same capabilities as far as RAW processing is concerned but completely different interfaces. Other functions of Lightroom are available through Bridge. Lightroom is a somewhat smoother workflow, but otherwise they are pretty similar.
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