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The Complete Raw Workflow Guide: How to get the most from your raw images in Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom, Photoshop, and Elements [Paperback]

Philip Andrews
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17 Oct 2007
One of the most important technologies a photographer can master is shooting and working with raw images. However, figuring out the best way to work with raw files can be confusing and overwhelming. What's the advantage to working in raw? How do you manage, organize, and store raw files? What's the best way to process your files to meet your photographic needs? How do Photoshop, Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw work together? Is it possible to keep your photos in the raw format and still enhance them extensively? Philip Andrews answers these questions and more in his all-new essential raw workflow guide.

Whether you are a beginner just starting to explore the intricacies of shooting raw, or a seasoned pro looking for a better workflow, this book provides all of the information you need to know to create stunning images from your raw files. As well as covering the most popular raw software packages such as Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom, it provides general information that you will find useful no matter which software you prefer. Clear, precise step-by-step instructions will help you get from start to finish with essential tips and tricks along the way. Packed with inspirational images and clearly marked screenshots pointing out the exact information you need, you'll be on your way to creating a better, faster, and more efficient raw workflow in no time.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press (17 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240810279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240810270
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 19 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 403,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Quotes from Amazon reviews of Andrews et al./RAW Workflow from Capture to Archives:

"I am not an expert, but as someone trying to improve my skills with Raw, this book definitely covers the waterfront. I am very pleased. It has a very nice mix of text pictures and examples. Very easy to follow, and offers a wide choice of options for editors, setting up a workflow and covering the subject."

"You'll take all your pix in RAW after reading this. This excellent book presents a thorough, in-depth discussion of capturing, processing and manipulating images from digital cameras...the book is very well written, and makes both the camera and computer concepts and techniques accessible to a wide spectrum of readers, including experienced file photographers new to digital photography, casual digital photographers wanting to improve their camera and/or software skills, and Photoshop users who want to learn more about digital photography."

About the Author

Philip Andrews is Adobe Australia's official Photoshop and Elements Ambassador. He is an experienced photographer, author, magazine editor and online course creator. He was previously a lecturer at the Queensland School of Printing and Graphic Arts, Australia and Nescot, England. He is a beta tester for Photoshop, an alpha tester for Photoshop Elements and a Photoshop specialist demonstrator for Adobe Australia. Contributing numerous articles and videos to AdobeTV and the inspirational browser, Philip is a leading source in adobe information and instruction. Philip is also co-founder of an online photography training college. He's a regular contributor to several magazines including Shutterbug, Amateur Photographer, Australian Photography and Better Photography, he is senior contributing editor for Better Digital, columnist for What Digital Camera and Co-editor and publisher of Better Photoshop Techniques magazine.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Sensible, broad and easy to follow. 31 Jan 2009
By M. Hunt
Although I've been shooting raw for 10 months I've always felt my workflow could be better. The best thing about this book is that it acknowledges that different people work in different ways and is designed around 4 main products: Photoshop Elements, Photoshop, Lightroom and Bridge. OK, so they're all Adobe products but I suspect that 90% of photographers shooting raw files will have Adobe products in their system.

Canon and Nikon proprietary products are touched on but despite the 2008 publication date the book is short on information and certainly lacks a certain something on Capture NX. Having said that, the author is careful to point out known issues such as Capture NX stopping Adobe Camera Raw working in Elements and he offers a solution rather than leaving the reader to find the soloution on the web. He also provides good, thorough accounts of what the controls do in ACR, how to use them and how to structure workflow in ACR, Elements, PS, Lightroom and then goes on to look at more detailed use. I would throroughly recommend this book to photographers new to raw since he starts literally at the beginning i.e. setting up to shoot raw and the factors that make it different from shooting jpegs - and for the more experience user the book will offer new ideas.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit text heavy 6 Sep 2010
When I bought this book I was new to photographing in RAW and found this book perhaps a bit advanced for what I needed. I've probably just flicked through the 350 pages once as it's like studying for a university degree when reading it!! Perhaps I should have gone for something less detailed...
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I was at a point where I knew a bit about RAW and had worked with it for sometime but felt I needed something more organised or systematic to help me get further. Most of the time I use LightRoom which deals with RAW seamlessly. I also have the Photoshop Lightroom 2 book by Martin Evening (which I would really recommend).

I think the problem with this book is that it is trying to be all things to all people. I doubt many people use Elements, CS4 and Lightroom. As such only portions of the book will really be of detailed use to each reader. The bits that there are are good but some of it is rather basic (if you are quite new to RAW and its ideas this may well be a good book for you) and a little too simplistic for me. The valuable bit were good but did not make up much of the book for me. Look at it carefully - it certainly is not bad but equally it is not for everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book on Camera Raw Processing 6 April 2008
By The Book Collector - Published on
I my humble opinion, this is the best book on understanding Camera Raw processing and gaining the hands on experience in a user friendly way.
Why? The book is written in plain straight forward English, with plenty of screen shots pertaining to the application interfaces. The layout of the book is very user friendly. Unlike many other instructional books, the pictures here are large enough to easily see all the details. The book is divided logically into independent chapters regarding both the hands on process and the more in detail background information. You can focus on those chapters you are interested in, or just read the book from A to Z.
I checked and bought several books on this subject and The Complete Raw Workflow Guide is clearly the winner!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. 20 Nov 2009
By shortfuse - Published on
I am an amateur photographer and have been shooting in raw for over a year now. I think this has to be the best book on Camera Raw I have seen to date. The author not only discusses the actual application of Camera Raw, but also talks about setting up your workflow, camera(not brand specific), and how to take better pictures while set up to shoot raw. The chapters are in-depth and full of useful information you would actually use on a regular basis. He also touches on some often overlooked aspects such as the best way to download your raw images, organize them and protect them. No book on Camera Raw would be complete without a chapter on Lightroom, but it's not overdone and keeps the focus on Camera Raw. Another nice feature of this book is the addition of a chapter for editing pictures in Photoshop including photo restoration. Overall, I would highly recommend this book for anyone who would like to take their photography to a new level via post processing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a revelation! 21 Nov 2012
By Ned Middleton - Published on
As I have mentioned in my reviews of other books associated with digital photography, my own personal conversion from film to digital has been a very steep leaning curve and not all the products I have purchased were useful. Furthermore, I have been very disappointed with some of the books I have purchased and, as I have written only earlier today, some books are far too expensive - just because they cover an aspect of the overall subject.

This, however, is an exception to that statement.

What I need is books about the subject which are written by `VERY' knowledgeable people - not just those who have read a few books on the subject and believe themselves capable of educating the masses.

In am studying this subject as hard as I possibly can. I read an item - often several times until it sinks in, and then try and put that item into practise with both cameras and computer at hand - and I get very angry when it simply doesn't work.

This book is a revelation! The instructions and explanations are easy to follow and the graphics are superb. In short, it is easy to follow what the authors are trying (and - succeeding) to impart and all photographers will be richer for having studied this work.

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST Book on Camera Raw 9 Jun 2009
By Brian M. Stoppee - Published on
When writing "Stoppees' Guide to Photography & Light" I had a great deal of research to do for the chapter on camera raw. I would have LOVED to have this book. Philip Andrews has done an excellent job. The depth of his exploration on the topic fully deserves the name "Complete." If you're new to this and starting with Photoshop Elements, Philip has you covered. If you're a long-time Photoshop Extended user, Mr. Andrews has plenty to share with you as well. From one author to another, "There Cheers" (if not four or five)!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful! 2 Nov 2009
By Bonita Yagiela - Published on
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I'm still reading it but it's been very useful so far. I'm not as good on the computer as my sons (not many people of my generation are) but he explains things well. I have the "Lightroom" program but I always found it too difficult to use and relied instead on "Digital Photo Professional" by Canon to work on my Raw files. I've finally ventured back to "Lightroom" and it's beginning to make sense. This will be a great reference for a long time for me. Bonnie Yagiela (PS I have a Canon 20D and a 50D, Adobe CS4 and Lightroom.)
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