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Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS5 Paperback – 20 Jul 2010

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (20 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321713095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321713094
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 676,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop CS5 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 bestselling book with insider knowledge of how new features let photographers optimize and convert images for the best results in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Hands-on techniques show readers how to expose and shoot for raw image capture as well as use features such as the Adjustment Brush and the Graduated Filter and the new and improved Noise Reduction, Perspective Crop, and automatic Lens Correction. 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 shooting in raw.

This edition:

  • Builds on the latest version of Camera Raw to extend control over your digital camera's raw file format to produce the best quality images.
  • Shows you how to take advantage of new features in Adobe Bridge CS5 to select, sort, annotate, and edit thousands of raw images quickly and efficiently.
  • Guides you in developing an efficient raw workflow incorporating Adobe Photoshop CS5, Camera Raw 6, and Bridge CS5

About the Author

Jeff Schewe is a professional advertising photographer and digital imaging pioneer who has advised on and contributed to the development of Adobe Camera Raw and Adobe Photoshop to the extent that his name has appeared in the software's acknowledgements. 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 bestselling 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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Primary objectives of a photographer's work flow in digital imaging are to optimize editing flexibility, do so non-destructively and maximize image quality. There are technical reasons, well explained in this book, why it is best to accomplish as much image adjustment as possible at the raw processing stage in order to achieve these objectives. Therefore it has been a long-standing technical objective at Adobe to gradually build and expand the versatility and capability of Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) to give photographers more and better tools for maximizing image adjustment potential at the raw processing stage. As a result, the application has matured a lot over the years and the authors of this book have been very closely associated with this evolution (people and processes) from the beginning. It is no surprise, therefore, that Jeff Schewe has written what I would call the "definitive guide" to ACR 6, and indeed to a number of processes and applications closely enmeshed with it.

The book is divided into several logical stages of exposition, which altogether end-up giving the reader a very deep and comprehensive knowledge of what the program does, how to operate every detail of it, and strategies for using the program to successfully address a variety of common and not-so-common image adjustment challenges we deal with when crafting fine photographs, be it for the web or for print. The final chapters cover associated aspects of the imaging process - for example Chapter 6 on Adobe Bridge being a mini-book in its own right which provides the most comprehensive exposition of this application I've ever seen.
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I found Camera Raw a bit 'long winded' myself, it goes into a lot of detail about the 'science' of digital photography and how the sensor works and all that.

What I was after was a much more concise approach that took you trough the various adjustments there are in Camera Raw and their effect. You do get this eventually but you need to wade through a lot of detail and many pages to get there.

Don't get me wrong the author is very knowledgable and obviously knows his stuff, but it was not written as I would have liked. I think a more general guide on the controls and adjustments which also included the 'science' as you went along might have been a better approach.

I can liken it to say a manual which is teaching you the controls of a car, you don't need the history of the internal combustion engine first in order to find out how each control effects the car.

So if you are after a book which will take you through the different adjustments there are in Camera Raw there may be better options out there. But if you spend the time going through this book you will eventually get the info you are after.
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I consider myself an advanced photo enthusiast - hobbyist who has dabbled in photography for at least half a century, including 'dark-room processing' in the days gone by. With unavoidable changeover to digital era, have been post-processing images in Photoshop 7 for the last 12 years.
My recent upgrade to Photoshop CS6 and concurrent interest in Raw Capture was the only reason for purchasing this book and I have no regrets that I did.
For anyone wanting a more practical 'how-to', easy to follow book, may I suggest 'Photoshop CS3 RAW' by Mikkel Aaland. But for anyone needing a reference book when in need of guidance, this book has to be my prime recommendation. Admittedly not an easy book to read from cover-to-cover, all in one go.
An excellent detailed review already exists on this site hence my attempting one will only result in duplication of facts. Finally, two very meaningful excerpts from the Preface:
"If you are reading this book because you want to be told that digital really is better than film, look elsewhere."
"If you want to be told that shooting digital raw is better than shooting JPEG, you'll have to read between the lines."
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