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Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS2 [Paperback]

Bruce Fraser
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23 May 2005 0321334094 978-0321334091 1

Call it a control thing, but until recently–or, more specifically, until the availability of digital raw camera formats–you simply weren’t ready to make the move to digital photography. Raw formats, however, changed all of that by allowing you to retrieve images before any in-camera processing has been performed. Photoshop’s Adobe Camera Raw plug-in makes that process even easier by providing a standardized way of accessing and working with these uncompressed digital negatives in your favorite image-manipulation software. In the first volume devoted exclusively to the topic, best-selling author Bruce Fraser shows you how to take advantage of Adobe Camera Raw to set white balance, optimize contrast and saturation, handle noise, correct tint, and recover lost detail in images before converting them to another format. After learning about the raw formats themselves, you’ll discover hands-on techniques for exposing and shooting for digital raw, using Bridge, Adobe’s new standalone file browser, to preview images and automate tasks, and building a workflow around the digital raw process.



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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (23 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321334094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321334091
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 18.9 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 745,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Call it a control thing, but until recently–or, more specifically, until the availability of digital raw camera formats–you simply weren’t ready to make the move to digital photography. Raw formats, however, changed all of that by allowing you to retrieve images before any in-camera processing has been performed. Photoshop’s Adobe Camera Raw plug-in makes that process even easier by providing a standardized way of accessing and working with these uncompressed digital negatives in your favorite image-manipulation software. In the first volume devoted exclusively to the topic, best-selling author Bruce Fraser shows you how to take advantage of Adobe Camera Raw to set white balance, optimize contrast and saturation, handle noise, correct tint, and recover lost detail in images before converting them to another format. After learning about the raw formats themselves, you’ll discover hands-on techniques for exposing and shooting for digital raw, using Bridge, Adobe’s new standalone file browser, to preview images and automate tasks, and building a workflow around the digital raw process.

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Bruce Fraser is an internationally known author, consultant, and speaker on the topics of digital imaging and color reproduction. In addition to authoring Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop, he is a contributing editor for Macworld magazine and co-author of the best-selling books Real World Adobe Photoshop andReal World Color Management.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Real World Camera Raw Photoshop CS2 19 July 2007
By Herbie
Format:Paperback
No doubt this will be updated now CS3 has arrived. I was recommended this book by a Photoshop expect in the UK, he is one of the best printers I know and wins many exhibition awards. Anyone who shots in Raw should get this or CS3 version of this book. However the book is fairly thin at 300 pages of large text and a bit repetitive.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A guide that works 2 Sep 2005
Format:Paperback
Finally a book that provides an understandable explanation of the program functionality, an outline of all features and establishes techniques that can be used in practice, that work, to allow users of the program to be up and running in a correct and established manner in the shortest time possible.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice book about new technics 3 Aug 2007
By Lana
Format:Paperback
Think Bruce Fraser made good job with writing this book. I decided to read it only because my dad bought good photo camera that makes RAW-images.

Very interesting and good book, but sometimes too much explanation some of them repeated too often. Would very much recommend to people who are new to Camera Raw, Raw pictures and DNG format. If you're photographer - it's book for you.
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118 of 120 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Short Book for Serious Photographers 14 Jun 2005
By H. Domke - Published on Amazon.com
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Fraser's previous version of this book was excellent. This one is even better. It remains short and to the point but he has improved the illustrations and his text is clearer than ever. Plus he illuminates the powerful new features of ACR and the new "light table" called Bridge. In reading it I felt like he invited me into his mind to follow along with him, watching the decision making of a Master.

This book is for serious Photographers who want to squeeze every last drop of quality out of their image capture, in other words for anyone who is going to be using the RAW processor built into Photoshop CS2.

He does not throw in a lot of unnecessary fluff; just clear "Real World" examples that you can use in your day-to-day work.

One idea that I have picked up already and will use every day is "Highlight recovery" using the exposure slider. I had always figured that burned out highlights meant a trip to the trashcan. "Not necessarily so" he says and not something other RAW processors can do.

Highly recommended for intermediate to advanced users.

He has given me more useful advice for Photoshop than all other writers combined.

Henry Domke

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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent guide for pros, but needs tighter editing and better printing 2 Jan 2006
By Bob Carpenter - Published on Amazon.com
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You need to understand RAW mode to get the most out of your digital photos. The fundamental reason is that they contain more editing headroom. By shooting in RAW, you can ignore all the camera settings other than ISO, exposure and shutter. This book also explains the linearity of camera sensors versus the non-linearity of our perception, which is why you want to expose as close to clipping highlights as possible. All of the other corrections are done by the camera to the RAW image, including sharpening, contrast and brightness control, noise reduction, spectral correction, barrel/pincushion distortion correction, color correction (tint, saturation and especially white balance), etc. etc. This effectively means I can ignore 90% of the menu options on my camera and only worry about exposure.

For me, the RAW converter can grab an extra stop of highlight detail over Canon's in-camera converter (EOS 5D) and does a better job at noise reduction. That alone is worth shooting in RAW.

I came to this book after seeing it recommended in Martin Evening's "Photoshop CS2 for Photographers" (an absolute gem) and the Adobe classroom in a book (a dud). Like Evening's book, this one assumes you're serious: you have print or web customers, need to calibrate color, need to archive, and want to automate as much as possible yet still retain creative options. Most of it's about gamma (digital's Zone System for contrast and highlight/mid/shadow detail) and color correction.

I found this book to be rather repetitious and far too filled with rah-rah-RAW prose. An even bigger chunk just walks you through the menus, buttons, etc. The remaining bit is worth the price of admission -- it tells you how to understand the conversions and then set up your workflow for the best balance (for you) between automation and creative control. I also like that it's written for photographers; if you don't understand histograms and gamma, this is probably not a good starter book.

Ironically, the images in this book are horrible. They're about the size of medium format transparencies (60mm or 2 1/4 inch square). I couldn't tell the difference between most of the compare-and-contrast pairs. Nor could my wife. The other drawback is that it's another Photoshop book that's being sold by the pound -- heavy paper, huge font, and very wide margins. Please make the pictures bigger next time.
47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good primer for the new Raw features 29 July 2005
By Patrick Holt - Published on Amazon.com
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CS2 introduce a lot more functionality in camera Raw and this book I think was the 3rd book out on the subject after cs2 was released. The 2 main things this book will give you are

1. How to use the new features in Camera Raw and Adobe bridge to do some work on your images before you pass them into photoshop, this includes cropping and curves.

2. A good introduction to workflow- in fact if you have this book I don't think you need the other cs2 workflow book out there. This one is pretty through even including automation techniques.

Overall I'm pretty happy with this book, I found some the information a bit useless for me, but someone else may find it invaluable. The whole metadata section and how to edit the xml file for example.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another one for your library 28 Sep 2005
By Michael Ross - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've been a long-time fan of this book, which is probably the definitive work on the topic. However, both my library and real-world knowledge of Raw have been greatly enhanced by the addition of a new, complimentary book -- Rob Sheppard's "Camera Raw for Digital Photographers Only," which features a "you're a photographer first," approach and takes a discussion of Raw to a whole new level. Sheppard is an actual working photographer, and his savvy perspectives from the field benefit from his cool images. Sheppard's book is different than Fraser's, and it adds great value to the overall body of knowledge on Raw.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Improved my workflow, helped a lot 28 Feb 2006
By David Lisowski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Besides the advantages of camera RAW, the integration with Bridge and the automation possiblities are something I never considered. I thought Bridge was another glorified picture browser. Not so! I have set up several automated actions so I can let the machine do much of the default processing. This is important since getting my Canon 20D my picture backlog has been growing much faster than I can whittle it down. For image quality the RAW processing is much superior to handling 8-bit JPEGS. Several minor editing mistakes. The section on calibrating your camera using a macbeth color checker could use more work including a hue/sat color chart as a reference. Instead of a 10 min job, I still can't get my RGB values right. Yeah, he's right every adjustment throws off every other. Overall this book is a winner.
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