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The Digital Negative: Raw Image Processing in Lightroom, Camera Raw, and Photoshop [Paperback]

Jeff Schewe
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13 Sep 2012 0321839579 978-0321839572 1
Shooting in the raw format gives digital photographers complete control over every aspect of image quality. The Digital Negative: Raw Image Processing in Lightroom, Camera Raw, and Photoshop is devoted exclusively to the topic and shows you how to make the most of that control. Now that raw image processing technology has matured as an essential aspect of digital photography, you need a modern book that takes a seasoned approach to the technology and explains the advantages and challenges of using Lightroom or Camera Raw to produce magnificent images.

Renowned photographer and bestselling author Jeff Schewe outlines a foolproof process for working with these digital negatives and presents his real-world expertise on optimizing raw images. You’ll also learn hands-on techniques for exposing and shooting for raw image capture and developing a raw processing workflow, as well as Photoshop techniques for perfecting the master image, converting color to black and white, and processing for panoramic and HDR images.
  • Get the best tone and color from your digital negatives.
  • Use Lightroom and Camera Raw sharpening controls to maximize image quality.
  • Take advantage of Photoshop to do what Lightroom and Camera Raw can’t.
  • Produce stunning black-and-white images.
Visit the book’s companion website at for sample images and more!

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (13 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321839579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321839572
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 20.1 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Jeff played host at his studio to some of the key meetings in Lightroom’s early development. With The Digital Negative, he pulls together his years of bridging traditional photography and digital photography and shares it with the broader photographic community.”
– Mark Hamburg
Fellow, Adobe Systems, Inc.

About the Author

Jeff Schewe is an award-winning professional advertising photographer and digital imaging pioneer. He teaches and leads workshops and is a member of the Photoshop Hall of Fame at Photoshop World. Jeff co-authored Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Real World Image Sharpening with Adobe Photoshop, Camera Raw, and Lightroom. Visit the book’s companion website at for sample images and more!

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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I recently received this book from my wife for my birthday, which shows that she must have paid attention to my minor rants about a digital camera RAW file being the equivalent of the film negative and that it needs "developing" to produce the image. My rants were normally triggered by people making statements along the lines of "I took this in RAW and have done nothing to it, so the colours are exactly correct".

Mr Schewe's detailed examination of the make up of a RAW file makes clear that the data as it comes from the camera is not in any useful sense a usable image, as no colour space is assigned and it is just a matrix of encoded luminance values. He gives a good overview of the processes that a raw converter must go through to demosiac and apply a tone curve to arrive at a starting point for the processing of the image, and shows what can be achieved with images that on first glance appear to be hopeless cases. As a bonus, many of the example images in the book can be downloaded from the book's website ([...]) so that you can practice the adjustments yourself on the same images as the author used.

I've never met Mr Schewe, but from his writing style, which is direct and to the point (almost blunt), I suspect he doesn't suffer fools gladly, and this book makes no concessions to beginners. However, I find that to be the book's strength, since there's no waffle and handholding, just solid information delivered with no bull. So, if your (digital) photography has advanced to the point where you realise there's more to be extracted from your RAW images than just opening them in the camera manufacturer's software and then saving them as a jpeg, this book is highly recommended.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
This book starts off on a journey through all the stations essential to the perfecting of your digital images. It begins with the basics, then accellerates through Lightroom intermediates, to increasingly advanced stuff, until by about 3/4 of the way through (about page 206) when it goes flat out, with some really advanced, useful and exquisite photoshop techniques. From there the foot is taken off the pedal and it gently slows, finally ending with a few handy preference tips etc.

For all the above I heartily recommend it, but I am disappointed by one area where it does fail. It fails by omitting something which most similar books include. There are no links (AFAICS) to download: actions, images and work (.psd) files to practice his techniques on, which for the really advanced techniques (around pages 206-211) it really needs; nor, and equally as important, does it have screenshots full size, which we also need because most of the Lightroom screenshots are (IMO) too small to read clearly without the assistance of another pair of glasses to double up or a magnifying glass. ( I can read the text OK btw). I accept that maybe we don't need to see every tiny detail of the panels etc and perhaps just need the general gist (but then why include them?) but it is irritating not to have access to larger versions, or the work files, via a link.

There are parts of the book (around page 206) where some of it will require anyone but advanced photoshop users to try it several times to understand it properly. Fine - I like trying new things but although I understand the concepts, as I go through the techniques in my mind I can see tiny points that might trip me up and so I would really have expected links to working files and ideally a small video showing the process.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 6 July 2013
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AT last a substantial book that treats the reader as an intelligent experienced photographer. Very difficult subject matter treated in a way that is easy for the reasonably intelligent non-techie to understand. No padded off-subject waffle. Should be compulsory reading for the serious photographer
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Valiant attempt - worth reading 17 Feb 2014
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The author has tried hard to understand the complex science underlying digital photography. It's clear he found it a struggle (which is not a surprise: he's a photographer, not a physicist). As a result the early chapters' coverage of the fundamentals is just a little confused and not as convincing a platform as it could be for the later chapters' practical recipes. It's a valiant and useful attempt, that would be well worth another try in a second edition. Meanwhile this edition is certainly useful, and so much better than the regurgitated rubbish plucked from the air that others writing in this topic deliver.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new classic reference. 31 Mar 2013
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As an old school film photographer that cut my teeth on books by Adams, Coote and Langford, when I made the change to digital working I looked hard for similar knowledgable tomes on the new technology and was greatly disappointed.

Eventually, over the years, a few authors started to appear that really got to grips with the essential science behind the art that a photographer needs to understand. The late, great, Bruce Fraser was one of these that will be sadly missed but Jeff Schewe has produced in this volume an essential reference that should be on the shelf of any one that wants to actually be in control of their photography instead of just being a slave to the technology.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Digital Negative by Jeff Schewe 29 Jan 2013
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Excellent book. Easy to follow. Goes beyond just instructions on what slider to use but ensures a complete understanding - which makes it all far easier
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book.
For anyone serious about digital photography and how the camera/software interface works, this really is a very good read. Read more
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Published 5 months ago by David PM Young
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I expected.
I bought this book as a gift for friend who has just taken up this expensive hobby and needed all the help she could get, without me holding her hand all the time all that time... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book yet on raw processing
This book contains everything you need to know about processing your RAW files in Lightroom or Camera Raw. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Derek Watkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book excellent companion to 'The Digital Print' (by same author)
Superb book was exactly what I was looking for and wanted, well written good clear explanations without being too verbose nice style and informative, recommended especially as a... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Paul
3.0 out of 5 stars good book
I always think that when you read a book full of explanatory, that if you learn a couple out of ten ideas, then it has been worthwhile. This book fits that bill for me.
Published 7 months ago by steve
5.0 out of 5 stars very comprehensive.
I am well pleased with this book on raw prosessing, it is so well explained, I do most of my raw in lightroom, and, even though I no my way around it I still have learnt a lot from... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Thomas C. Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars clear and fun
Schewe has the abklkty to convey information crisply and clearly, becaise he semms to understand why things are done as wel as how. Read more
Published 10 months ago by peterc
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This book The Digital Negative: Raw Image Processing in Lightroom, Camera Raw is an excellent book for serious amateurs and people doing photography courses or degrees .. Read more
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