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Understanding RAW Photography (The Expanded Guide: Techniques) Kindle Edition
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After a couple of introductory chapters on RAW cameras, how computers work with RAW files and the impact of lenses on photographs, the book becomes seriously informative on using your camera to take RAW images. Shutter speed, aperture, depth of field, the use of metering, histograms, etc., etc., are all gone into sufficient detail to enable you to take control of the pictures at the camera end of the process before you begin to edit the result. This way you can start with good basic material instead of using an editing program to attempt to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. This information is changing me from a 'snapper' to a 'photographer' (after many years!). Two helpful chapters on workflow and image storage precede really important sections on how to use various editing suites, such as Adobe Camera RAW and Adobe Lightroom. One weakness of this book is that the author does not offer advice or support for the free editing software that is available. After being enlightened by the potential of Adobe products (generally out of my pocket's ability) you will need to get a manual on Paint or Gimp.
I, personally, would use these latter chapters as an overview rather than step-by-step tuition. I opted for "Teach Yourself Photoshop Elements 12", (a 50-part course from Future Publishing) to get at the detail.
However, Understanding RAW Photography is a really helpful introduction for complete RAW beginners. Make sure you have a really good manual for your camera, and detailed instruction on your preferred editing software. Then you'll be a photographer!
Part of the remaining 82 pages is taken up with glossary and index and archiving and Lightroom. The RAW content is very elementary.
Update 17/4/15 - I have now finished reading through the book. I only post-process in Lightroom so I didn't bother to read the chapter on Adobe Camera Raw. The chapter on Lightroom is, inevitably, very high level but is does give an insight into how to use two of the modules. Obviously there are complete books dedicated to LR and how to get the best from it.
It is written by someone who knows his subject very well but also is a renowned photographer in his own right.
I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to know more about Raw processing.
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Need to understand the possibilities of a new camera with RAW recording...early days but seems easy to read about what can be a complicated subject.Published 12 months ago by Demon chef
Great book on RAW photography and a good book to buy if anyone needs help in this amazing area of photography.Published 20 months ago by Ken
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