The best book or article on Digital Camera Raw capture and Adobe Camera Raw that I've read, written by The Expert(s). The first half of the book is a very clear and understandable coverage from what RAW capture is, high bit processing and through to using the Adobe Camera Raw plug-in. The second half of the book is the "Industrial Strength Production Techniques" sub title, covering the integration of the ACR plug-in with Photoshop's File Browser and Actions to automate the mass conversion of digital camera RAW files, and how to write your own metadata templates (!). In other words, it's aimed at the professional or very experienced Photoshop user. So although it is far better than many books aimed at the amateur home user, it is not a recipe book for "how to get the best image quality" out of your RAW shots.
This book is a must for people who want to get the best out of using RAW and editing before bringing them into PhotoShop CS. The book takes you through the Camera Raw application and explains what to do and what not to do. It opened my eyes to clipped hightlights and shadows and that the histogram on the back of most digital cameras is a JPEG compressed histogram. It covers automation and workflow issues as well as how to process images efficiently and in the right order.
As a novice to the world of digital photography this book really is a valuable reference when it comes to learning and understanding the RAW image format. It starts with the basics and takes you to new levels of knowledge which has helped to improve my photographic skills.
No doubt this will be updated now CS3 has arrived. I was recommended this book by a Photoshop expect in the UK, he is one of the best printers I know and wins many exhibition awards. Anyone who shots in Raw should get this or CS3 version of this book. However the book is fairly thin at 300 pages of large text and a bit repetitive.
Finally a book that provides an understandable explanation of the program functionality, an outline of all features and establishes techniques that can be used in practice, that work, to allow users of the program to be up and running in a correct and established manner in the shortest time possible.
Think Bruce Fraser made good job with writing this book. I decided to read it only because my dad bought good photo camera that makes RAW-images.
Very interesting and good book, but sometimes too much explanation some of them repeated too often. Would very much recommend to people who are new to Camera Raw, Raw pictures and DNG format. If you're photographer - it's book for you.