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ISBN-13: 978-0321713094 ISBN-10: 0321713095 Edition: 1st

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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: 9.3 x 7.6 x 0.8 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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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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The tradeoffs of RAW vs. processed/compressed images (JPEG) are well addressed in a reasonably unbiased fashion.
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40 of 43 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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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Magnus Lewan on December 9, 2010
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Admittedly this book has useful hints and tricks about using Camera RAW, but there are also a lot of less useful sections.

Many sections are not tightly linked to RAW processing, like the chapter about Adobe Bridge, where the authors go to details like configuring workspaces. Useful? Yes if you have not already read several other descriptions about configuring workspaces in Bridge. But it is not in any way necessary knowledge to adjust RAW images.

There is an entire chapter dedicated to meta-data and another one to automation. Both of those contain useful information, but it is not directly linked to improving your RAW pictures.

One annoying thing with the book is that it partly is written like an ad. Expressions like "remarkable" and "impressive" may accurately describe what the authors feel about parts of Camera RAW, but I am more interested in facts than emotions. In addition, they try to sell Adobe's DNG format to the reader. There are many good reasons to use DNG but also many good arguments against. The book is heavily biased in favour of DNG, omitting crucial facts for anyone who may use the book to get an objective understanding of the issue.

Those were the main negative points.

What is left is still mostly very useful and interesting descriptions of how one can, could and should use Adobe Camera RAW. The authors describe not only what different settings change, but often also how and why they should be used. The subject is often complex, but they manage to describe it in a fairly simple way. About any reader, no matter how much experience s/he has of photo editing, will probably find at least a few things that are useful.
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