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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (7 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321518675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321518675
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.6 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,039,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The raw revolution that began in 2003 with the Adobe Camera Raw plug-in for Adobe Photoshop has changed the way photographers work with images. Shooting in the raw format gives digital photographers complete control over every aspect of image quality. Adobe Camera Raw makes the process of using raw files easier by providing a standardized way of accessing and working with these uncompressed digital negatives. Today serious photographers shoot raw images only. Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop was the first book devoted exclusively to the topic, explaining the advantages and challenges of using Adobe Camera Raw to produce magnificent images.

Real World Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CS3 keeps 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 best-selling book with inside knowledge of how new features let photographers optimize and convert images for the best results in Adobe Photoshop CS3. Hands-on techniques show readers how to expose and shoot for raw image capture as well as use new features such as Spot Healing. 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 raw shooting. Finally, Schewe discusses how Adobe’s latest revolutionary imaging software Photoshop Lightroom adds to the raw equation.

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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 4 Oct. 2008
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For anyone who has got themselves to the stage where they are ready to embrace RAW and move further inside the digital system which is revolutionising photography there are certain steps which must be taken.

Naturally, you will require a digital single lens reflex camera (DSLR) and start taking those pictures - saving them using the RAW option. Allied to this, you will require a suitable computer with Adobe Photoshop CS3 installed. This book is not going to teach you how to install and the basics of CS3 - so those skills will have to be mastered before you take the next step.

That next step is this book and the only way to appreciate the content is to sit down at you PC (or laptop) and start at the first page. It's a slow process but all journeys commence with the first step.

Laid out in a manner which allows the reader (user) to build on each lesson as they progress, this book may be turgid in places but, at least you can go back and go over any point again and again until mastered.

Quite frankly, if this was the only book on the subject you ever consulted, there would be very little missing from your overall skills once the content has been digested "and" fully understood.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Crawford on 17 Jan. 2009
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After reading many good reviews of this book online I tracked it down at the local bookstore to have a look and was immediately impressed with the content and the style of writing. It is probably too complicated for the complete novice as the target audience is in my opinion the intermediate or advanced user who has already decided that shooting raw's is the path to photographic enlightenment. If not they will do after reading this book. By the way I must admit to not buying the book in the store as I got it cheaper online. Shame on me!

There is a natural progression through the chapters describing camera raw, how it works, raw system overview in relation to Bridge, Photoshop and DNG, camera raw controls, workflow, metadata and automation. I've tinkered with Lightroom, Nikon and Canon raw convertors and adobe camera raw in the past, but was master of none. Reading this book has made me decide to stick to camera raw and try and become a more efficient photo processor. The chapter on automation is particularly useful as I can't calculate how much time I've wasted converting single files or jumping backwards and forwards from different applications. Ultimately less time sitting at the PC means more time actually taking pictures. The section on evaluating your images and interpretation of histograms is also useful. There are also some excellent references which aid in camera colour calibration and I would recommend using them.

If this book had an accompanying DVD with sample images so the user could replicate the actions described , I would give it 5 stars. So for this reason I've given it 4. Shame I couldn't give it four and a half.

Edit: Another reader rightly pointed out a web link to the images so I'm delighted to upgrade to 5 stars.

In conclusion I thoroughly recommend this text for anyone who works with Raw files and the fact adobe camera raw comes bundled "free" with Photoshop is a bonus.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sam-Theo on 13 Jun. 2008
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If you believe in "always aim at perfection,knowing it to be unattainable!", this book is a must have.
A manual for a knowledgeable photographer/printer,definitely not for a mere 'digital camera clicker'.
Complex subjects made simple.
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119 of 121 people found the following review helpful
An Important Contribution to Knowledge 11 Dec. 2007
By Mark D. Segal - Published on
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This book should be reviewed in the context of three key directions in which the Creative Suite developers have been moving digital imaging over the past few years: workflow and process integration, major development of the raw processing pipeline and the creation of many more user-friendly and powerful tools which directly respond to the needs of photographers. To date, the culmination of these related initiatives is the production of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Adobe Camera Raw 4.x and Adobe Bridge 2.x. The important new features of these applications are so extensive that no book dealing with previous versions of Camera Raw and Bridge will give users adequate instruction and advice about how best to use them.

This leads to the question of who should be using these programs, and therefore who should be reading this book. Anyone who wishes to maximize the quality of their photographs and have the fullest possible control over doing so should use a camera giving them "raw" files, Adobe Photoshop and Camera Raw for converting those raw files into high quality photographs, and this book to learn how to master and manage Camera Raw, Bridge and the DNG open-source raw file format.

There is, however, much more to this book than editing the appearance of photographs, as fundamentally important as that is. Reflecting the contemporary evolution of these programs, the book has three major areas of emphasis, these being a primer on the nature of a digital image and a raw file (very useful for understanding what one is working with and why some kinds of editing operations are preferable to others), instruction on how best to use Camera Raw for getting the most out of the images one has captured, and workflow (i.e. "what to do when") - emphasizing and explaining not only an orderly way of working within the Camera Raw module itself, but also how to get optimal efficiency in organizing, identifying and processing ones' images using the integrative features of Bridge, Camera Raw, and Photoshop. This structure of the book makes perfect sense given the intended integration of these applications to facilitate efficient and effective workflow.

Hence Chapters 1 and 2 provide a compact and highly readable primer on the anatomy of a digital image and a raw file and basically how Camera Raw works. If you weren't totally convinced before you bought the book why you should be working as much as possible with raw files rather than JPEGs, these two chapters will make that issue will go away.

Chapter 3 provides a handy integrative overview of how Camera Raw, Bridge, Photoshop and DNG all hang together as a system. The remainder of the book is devoted to a very detailed and comprehensive explanation of when and how to use these tools.

Chapters 4 and 5 explain the Camera Raw controls in depth - which is really important, because the last I counted there are at least 84 of them that could be independently combined in infinite ways to produce the image in the eye of the user's mind (and this excludes DNG creation and camera calibration also explained here in depth). The book explains what each of these tools do, how to use them, and most instructively, in Chapter 5, the authors present a very well selected variety of imaging situations we would all encounter, showing firstly how to evaluate what the images need done to them. Then they demonstrate in detail the individual edits performed to improve sharpness, contrast and color as appropriate to the objectives of the edits. Once you've completed reading this chapter you will have a very solid knowledge base from which to gain experience using this program to greatest advantage on your own images. I've processed about 1600 images in Camera Raw and I've run across every situation the authors cover here. I think they've done an excellent job in terms of both correct treatment of their sample images and the exposition of how to do it. It's clear, well illustrated, detailed and accurate.

That takes us to page 201, and Chapters 6 to 9 inclusive. As far as I know, you won't find a more convenient, comprehensive and detailed treatment of how to work with Adobe Bridge and Camera Raw, developing efficient workflows for handling files, folders, collections, metadata and process automation. For busy people needing to organize, recall and process large numbers of images quickly and efficiently, there is a wealth of indispensable instruction here covering the many features in these programs which make this possible.

Having read the book, I'm now keeping it beside my keyboard. It will serve as the most useful hands-on reference work that I own on Camera Raw, Bridge and DNG. It is with deep regret that Bruce Fraser is no longer with us to celebrate the accomplishment of this book, but we can take comfort in the fact that Jeff Schewe has picked up the torch, run with it and brought to fruition a remarkable piece of work which makes a really important contribution to our knowledge of digital imaging.
44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Still THE book on RAW 30 Nov. 2007
By Kent C - Published on
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Jeff Schewe and Bruce Fraser, RIP, have done an excellent job in the second edition of Real World Camera Raw. Jeff obviously believes in the view - `if it ain't broke, don't fix it' because Bruce Fraser's original concepts (and some newer ones) are still the backbone of this volume.

That isn't to say there isn't anything new - there is - Chapter Four "Camera RAW Tools - examining the Camera RAW Tools In Depth" by itself, is worth the price of the book. One could be a virtual newbie to Camera RAW and be able to convert RAW images well, just by reading and following Jeff's instructions in that chapter on all the past settings and the vast array of new and helpful settings and sliders added by the Adobe engineers for CS3. Jeff's understanding and expertise in the practical use of each setting is well demonstrated, with helpful screenshots (and tips) all along the way. Intermediate and advanced users will benefit from his `inside knowledge' and the most effective use of the new features.

And while Chapter 4 is huge, there is a lot more new material (50 pages worth with bigger & better illustrations, the penguin shots are great ), in the rest of the Chapters, including all the new settings in Bridge and the Digital Negative Converter (DNG), handling of xml files, batch, scripting and suggestions on the various ways to configure ACR and Bridge for optimum use. The information on basic and detailed workflows from camera to print coming from a working photographer is a true value and gives an insight on how a pro best utilizes the tools.

All in all, Real World Camera RAW for Adobe Photoshop CS3 still remains THEE book/bible to have on RAW conversion. Bruce would be proud.

Kent C. retouch forum [...]
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
If you are contemplating shooting Raw, this is the book you need 7 Jan. 2008
By Kit Laughlin - Published on
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I am a commercial photographer, as well as an author. I have been a photographer since the middle seventies, and grew up on film. I mention this detail, because if you are shooting digital (and most people are these days) and you are not shooting Raw format, then you are not getting the full potential from your images. I'll go further: apart from sport photogs who shoot JPEGs by necessity (instant wireless transfer of finished images), everyone can benefit from shooting Raw--the capacity to recover highlights and to lift shadows noiselessly alone (and Raw can do so much more) makes this a necessity in countries where the light is very bright--like Australia.

This book provides the understanding of 'what goes on under the hood', essential to a deep understanding of a complex piece of software, Adobe Creative Suite, and its key plug-in, Adobe Camera Raw. Following this, the authors take you through the processing of real images, step-by-step, and showing what the adjustments have done to the original. Alternatives are presented too, so the flexibility of this excellent software is revealed. Following this, the authors take you though the maze of Batch Processing--with humour and precision together--and, frankly, if you are not using Batch Processing, then you are only using a fraction of this software's potential. Do you want to save time? Batch processing is the answer, yet virtually impossible to learn from Adobe's "Help" files.

I was an advanced level user of this software before I bought this book (having used ACR since the first inception), and use Capture One Pro, and two other Raw processors, but feel that the combination of keyboard control and flexibility of workflow when processing hundreds of images makes ACR the winner. You will not need to touch a mouse if you follow the authors' directions; they reveal ALL the hidden keyboard shortcuts. Bruce and Jeff's book is the key to unlocking this power--the additional information I gained about the new sharpening features of the latest version of ACR from this book alone paid for itself in saved time on a project I have starting next week.

IMHO, this is the only book on Raw processing you will need. Once you understand all that is written here, you will be a genuine expert Raw processor yourself.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Solid advice on using Photoshop for RAW images 13 Feb. 2008
By Michael Sandman - Published on
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A digital camera that gives you photos in the usual JPEG format is doing some photo processing for you before you see the shot. The camera applies the camera manufacturer's algorithms to the way your photos should look. But if you want to do more than take good snapshots you should consider setting the camera to give you images without the automatic processing. That kind of image uses the camera's "raw" format.

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.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
If you only buy one digital photography book this year... 31 Jan. 2008
By R. Adams - Published on
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This review will be short and to the point. I was looking for a comprehensive book on Camera Raw and wanted to avoid the superficial treatment this subject gets in most books. This book succeeds on that level and countless others better than any other book I've encountered. Bruce Fraser's torch has been passed into the extremely capable and equally accessible Mr. Schewe's and we are all the beneficiaries.

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.
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