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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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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 morePublished on July 3, 2012 by OneCaringPhysician
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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
Innovative photo-editing,not only for photographers.
Camera Raw accessible for everybody. Worthwhile reading and trying it out
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 morePublished on July 29, 2009 by Enrique Ivern
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 morePublished on June 20, 2009 by D. Branigan
This book was suggested to us as a purchase for PRO PHOTO 101 at Brooks Institute of Photography here in Santa Barbara,CA. Read morePublished on June 7, 2009 by Elisa Maria Argiro