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This way you can start with good basic material instead of using an editing program to ...
on 19 December 2014
If you are considering using RAW photography, or have just ventured into it, then this is a book for you. The author has achieved what he set out to do. The first half of the book explains what RAW photography is, and how this relates to the various functions of a digital camera. The second half shows you what can be achieved with editing software.
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!