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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.
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Some of the most significant points I took away from this book were 1) the inner workings of Bridge's cache and how to take advantage of the optimum settings for your digital workflow. 2) the true advantages of DNG in terms of metadata and long-term accessibility. 3) The importance of designing and following a digital workflow that helps alleviate the burdens of processing hundreds of digital negatives following a shoot. 4) Using the full range of features available with Bridge and converting it from a simple file browser to a workhorse for digital image processing, sorting, viewing, and cataloguing. This book has changed my complete outlook on Bridge and has made it a central part of my workflow.
I am recommending this book to anyone who's been on the fence about RAW, DNG format, or Bridge. It is simple a masterful product that is both incredibly practical as well as a joy to read.
If you have a digital SLR, you have the ability to take raw files. (A few non-SLR digitals have the ability to take raw files -- the Canon G9, for example.) Each camera manufacturer has its own type of raw file -- Canon's use the extension .CR2, for example. But all raw images need to be opened by a photo editing package that can read the specific type of raw file your camera produces, like Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.
The major advantage of using raw files is that you have more control over fine tuning the image, and the major disadvantage is that you will probably have to do some fine tuning.
Photoshop CS3, the current version of Adobe's industrial-strength photo editing software includes Adobe Camera Raw ("ACR"). ACR recognizes the raw formats from virtually all manufacturers. If you understand the basics of Photoshop or PS Elements, you can use ACR on your own right out of the box, because the basic screen is reasonably intuitive. But "Real World Camera Raw with...CS3" does a great job of helping you get a lot more out of ACR, and there's quite a lot to get. The book explains what raw images are in both technical and non-technical terms and then takes you through the multiple options for preparing them in ACR. The authors clearly know Photoshop from the inside, all the way down to the software code. The in-depth explanations of how Photoshop works are there is you want them. But they don't throw a blizzard of tech talk at you. The instructions are there in plain language to help you make efficient, effective step-by-step use of Adobe Camera Raw. You can stop after Chapter 5 and you'll be a solid intermediate user, or you can absorb the whole book and emerge with an even more in-depth understanding.
The book is written for photographers who have at least a basic understanding of color and of Photoshop, so it's not the first book on photo editing to read. (A good choice would be "Adobe Photoshop CS2 One-on-One" by Deke McClelland -- excellent and less expensive than his DVD-based CS3 version.) But "Real World Camera Raw...CS3" is a great next step as you move up the Photoshop learning curve.
The first half of Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS3 gets right to work with Adobe Camera Raw and provides the instructional intro to the software and what can be done working with images shot in raw. Lightroom did impress but this book helps the user to make great strides image editing and editing that only the raw format can most effectiviely provide the photographer.
The second half of the book goes into workflow beginning with Bridge CS3 but I have less need for that portion of the book and continually work with the Raw application topics. The levels and flexibility of Adobe Camera Raw 4.1+ are powerful assets in creative image editing as a stand alone or in conjunction with Photoshop CS3.
The book is written clearly and let's the reader/user work as they learn. It is money well-spent if you wish to capitalize on the creative potential of raw photography. I did not give the book the full five star rating solely because of the emphasis upon workflow beginning with Bridge in the latter half of the book.
This is one of the most productive books I have read to date within my library of digital photography books!
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