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The raw revolution that began in 2003 with the Adobe Camera Raw plug-in for Adobe Photoshop has changed the way photographers work with images. Shooting in the raw format gives digital photographers complete control over every aspect of image quality. Adobe Camera Raw makes the process of using raw files easier by providing a standardized way of accessing and working with these uncompressed digital negatives. 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 Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CS3 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 best-selling book with inside knowledge of how new features let photographers optimize and convert images for the best results in Adobe Photoshop CS3. Hands-on techniques show readers how to expose and shoot for raw image capture as well as use new features such as Spot Healing. 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 raw shooting. Finally, Schewe discusses how Adobe’s latest revolutionary imaging software Photoshop Lightroom adds to the raw equation.
118 of 120 people found the following review helpful
An Important Contribution to Knowledge,
This review is from: Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS3 (Paperback)This book should be reviewed in the context of three key directions in which the Creative Suite developers have been moving digital imaging over the past few years: workflow and process integration, major development of the raw processing pipeline and the creation of many more user-friendly and powerful tools which directly respond to the needs of photographers. To date, the culmination of these related initiatives is the production of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Adobe Camera Raw 4.x and Adobe Bridge 2.x. The important new features of these applications are so extensive that no book dealing with previous versions of Camera Raw and Bridge will give users adequate instruction and advice about how best to use them.
This leads to the question of who should be using these programs, and therefore who should be reading this book. Anyone who wishes to maximize the quality of their photographs and have the fullest possible control over doing so should use a camera giving them "raw"... Read more
44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Still THE book on RAW,
This review is from: Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS3 (Paperback)Jeff Schewe and Bruce Fraser, RIP, have done an excellent job in the second edition of Real World Camera Raw. Jeff obviously believes in the view - `if it ain't broke, don't fix it' because Bruce Fraser's original concepts (and some newer ones) are still the backbone of this volume.
That isn't to say there isn't anything new - there is - Chapter Four "Camera RAW Tools - examining the Camera RAW Tools In Depth" by itself, is worth the price of the book. One could be a virtual newbie to Camera RAW and be able to convert RAW images well, just by reading and following Jeff's instructions in that chapter on all the past settings and the vast array of new and helpful settings and sliders added by the Adobe engineers for CS3. Jeff's understanding and expertise in the practical use of each setting is well demonstrated, with helpful screenshots (and tips) all along the way. Intermediate and advanced users will benefit from his `inside knowledge' and the most effective use of the new... Read more
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
If you are contemplating shooting Raw, this is the book you need,
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This review is from: Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS3 (Paperback)I am a commercial photographer, as well as an author. I have been a photographer since the middle seventies, and grew up on film. I mention this detail, because if you are shooting digital (and most people are these days) and you are not shooting Raw format, then you are not getting the full potential from your images. I'll go further: apart from sport photogs who shoot JPEGs by necessity (instant wireless transfer of finished images), everyone can benefit from shooting Raw--the capacity to recover highlights and to lift shadows noiselessly alone (and Raw can do so much more) makes this a necessity in countries where the light is very bright--like Australia.
This book provides the understanding of 'what goes on under the hood', essential to a deep understanding of a complex piece of software, Adobe Creative Suite, and its key plug-in, Adobe Camera Raw. Following this, the authors take you through the processing of real images, step-by-step, and showing what the adjustments... Read more
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