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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit pricey - but worth the money., 4 Oct 2008
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Ned Middleton (British professional underwater photo-journalist & author) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS3 (Paperback)
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.

NM
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A manual for the perfectionist:, 13 Jun 2008
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Sam-Theo (Leicester.UK) - See all my reviews
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive guide to camera raw, 17 Jan 2009
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Stephen Crawford (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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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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