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Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS5 1st Edition

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Today serious photographers shoot raw images only.Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshopwas the first book devoted exclusively to the topic, explaining the advantages and challenges of using Adobe Camera Raw to produce magnificent images.Real World Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop CS5keeps pace with new directions in digital photography and raw image processing. Jeff Schewe, a contributor to the development of Adobe Camera Raw from its beginnings, updates Bruce Fraser's bestselling book with insider knowledge of how new features let photographers optimize and convert images for the best results in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Hands-on techniques show readers how to expose and shoot for raw image capture as well as use features such as the Adjustment Brush and the Graduated Filter and the new and improved Noise Reduction, Perspective Crop, and automatic Lens Correction. 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 shooting in raw.

This edition:
  • Builds on the latest version of Camera Raw to extend control over your digital camera's raw file format to produce the best quality images.
  • Shows you how to take advantage of new features in Adobe Bridge CS5 to select, sort, annotate, and edit thousands of raw images quickly and efficiently.
  • Guides you in developing an efficient raw workflow incorporating Adobe Photoshop CS5, Camera Raw 6, and Bridge CS5

About the Author

Jeff Schewe is a professional advertising photographer and digital imaging pioneer who has advised on and contributed to the development of Adobe Camera Raw and Adobe Photoshop to the extent that his name has appeared 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.

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  • Series: Real World
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (July 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321713095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321713094
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #862,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Mark D. Segal on August 16, 2010
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Primary objectives of a photographer's work flow in digital imaging are to optimize editing flexibility, do so non-destructively and maximize image quality. There are technical reasons, well explained in this book, why it is best to accomplish as much image adjustment as possible at the raw processing stage in order to achieve these objectives. Therefore it has been a long-standing technical objective at Adobe to gradually build and expand the versatility and capability of Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) to give photographers more and better tools for maximizing image adjustment potential at the raw processing stage. As a result, the application has matured a lot over the years and the authors of this book have been very closely associated with this evolution (people and processes) from the beginning. It is no surprise, therefore, that Jeff Schewe has written what I would call the "definitive guide" to ACR 6, and indeed to a number of processes and applications closely enmeshed with it.

The book is divided into several logical stages of exposition, which altogether end-up giving the reader a very deep and comprehensive knowledge of what the program does, how to operate every detail of it, and strategies for using the program to successfully address a variety of common and not-so-common image adjustment challenges we deal with when crafting fine photographs, be it for the web or for print. The final chapters cover associated aspects of the imaging process - for example Chapter 6 on Adobe Bridge being a mini-book in its own right which provides the most comprehensive exposition of this application I've ever seen.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Klein on April 12, 2011
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As a user of Lightroom 3, not Creative Suite, I took a chance that this book would provide some good details on Lightroom. It exceeds my expectations by a wide margin. Probably 95% of this book is directly applicable to Lightroom; the only significant deviations are in the file management when Camera Raw is under control of Bridge or Photoshop whereas in Lightroom some of the file management features don't exist, or are covered in the Import function. A few other minor differences don't detract at all from the applicability of this book to Lightroom 3.

The organization, clarity of writing, and the full round trip from big-picture overview of concepts to the details of *how* to do operations are just magnificently done. While this is a book on specifically Camera Raw 6, the first couple of chapters are broad applicability to any digital photographer who wants to understand where the data in a digital image comes from (it's not very intuitive), how it is processed within the camera (surprisingly complex), and what needs to be processed externally and how the data and metadata in the image affects all steps of image processing. The tradeoffs of RAW vs. processed/compressed images (JPEG) are well addressed in a reasonably unbiased fashion.

I have about half a dozen books on various topics related to Lightroom, color, workflow, and so on, and Real World Camera Raw (RWCR) far outshines all of them in both breadth and depth of useful, practical techniques. Every feature of Camera Raw is covered, not as a checklist but with very clear emphasis on the things that are most important and always within the context of why and what is going on with the data.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Farber on February 24, 2012
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I am an digital photography enthusiast. I was looking for a detailed step by step digital editing manual using Photoshop CS5 and its Camera Raw CS5 software. I own relatively old Canon EOS 20D with 8.3 MGPX SLR camera. All my shootings are done in strictly Raw format and all my raw images are in Canon CR2 extension file type. There is no question about some benefits of this book for actually any type of photographers, however, unless you are a professional photographer and this is how you make your living but not a hobbyist like me, you are going to be somehow disappointed with the content of the book information. I am very much analytical person and my profession is in the computer programming field so I have developed this ability to learn from a book complex and highly analytical information and processes. The author of this book mostly focuses on how to organize and efficiently process your images using Camera Raw and Bridge CS5 using the concept of the Workflow without actually spending too much time on the image editing itself using the Camera Raw as a step by step manual. He only dedicated 2 chapters for using Camera Raw software and he actually did not show you and explain as if your image had that problem, you would have to use that tool to do that type of an adjustment and why. He just tells you that Jeff made highlights warmer and shadows cooler, or sometimes he would say you might have to do either Parametric or Point adjustments, or use Split Toning and so on showing some sample images that you can download but far not all of them. He did not connect the image particular problems with Camera Raw very large array of adjustments to correct them.Read more ›
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