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Adobe Camera Raw for Digital Photographers Onlyby Rob Sheppard
Synopses & Reviews
Camera Raw is a cutting-edge format that allows photographers to perform operations that are normally performed inside the camera — white balance, exposure adjustment, sharpening — after the photo is taken, resulting in a tremendous new level of control and creativity. Yet, Camera Raw is still a mystery to many. This book shows readers how to use Camera Raw effectively and efficiently. They will learn how Camera Raw works by seeing how if affects photographs. Rob Sheppard uses his years of experience as a professional photographer and as the editor of Outdoor Photographer magazine to help readers get the best images from their cameras using Raw format. One reader described why Sheppard's Camera Raw book is the best on the market:
Rob Sheppard has produced a book on using Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) that always keeps in mind that the purpose of ACR is to help the photographer produce an image that embodies his vision. There are several books available about using ACR that describe how to use the sliders and what the effects are. Sheppard's book covers the same ground, but he also relates the technique to the artistic purpose. For example, he tells you how the shadows slider works to change the black point in a picture. But he tells you that you should not just extend it to some arbitrary limit that insures the image has the greatest range. He discusses the fact that varying the black point helps to give snap to some pictures and that increasing areas with no shadow detail may actually help to achieve the photographer's vision.
Expert photographer Rob Sheppard explains the details of Camera Raw, the steps for using it, the workflow process, and certain best practices that demonstrates how Camera Raw can empower the digital photographer. Encouraging you to use it as you see fit, he explores the enhancements in the newest generation and helps you deal with RAW's limitations, manage white balance and exposure, reduce noise (especially in night shots,) and learn to use camera settings that make the most of RAW capabilities.
About the Author
Rob Sheppard is editor-at-large for Outdoor Photographer, and is author/photographer of over 20 books including The National Geographic Field Guide to Photography and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for Digital Photographers Only. He is committed to bringing professional photographers together with technology that benefits their craft. His Web site is www.robsheppardphoto.com.
Table of Contents
About the author.
Part I Capture Workflow.
Chapter 1 What are RAW Files Really About?
A RAW start .
Why use RAW?
Do not shortchange RAW.
What is 16-bit all about?
The value of dng.
Does jpeg have a place?
Chapter 2 Shoot RAW Right from the Start.
The digital darkroom.
Understanding the sensor.
Dealing with limitations.
Exposure – more than getting brightness correct.
Reading the histogram without being an engineer.
Interpreting the histogram.
Looking at histograms: examples of good and bad exposures.
Perfect exposure with ideal histogram.
Nice range of tones from left to right.
Histogram has visual relationship to scene.
Light tones kept in range.
Restricted tonal range still needs good exposure.
Poor exposure causes color problems.
Bad light causes exposure problems.
Poor exposure causes background problems.
Exposure for shadows washes out highlights.
Filters are still necessary.
Noise raises its ugly head.
Variations among cameras.
Chapter 3 Color and RAW.
Good RAW is good color.
Adobe rgb versus srgb.
Color space for the purpose needed.
White balance: a RAWworkflow issue.
White balance in the camera.
Auto white balance.
Preset white balance.
Custom white balance.
Chapter 4 What’s New in Adobe Camera RAW?
Making RAW processing more photographic.
Some changes to the interface.
First tab changes – tonal adjustments.
First tab changes – color adjustments.
Tone curve changes.
Changes to the detail tab.
The new hsl and grayscale tab.
The new split toning tab.
How lightroom affects camera RAW.
Part II Camera RAW Workflow.
Chapter 5 A Quick Look at Camera RAW Tools and Workflow.
Finding your RAW photos.
Opening camera RAW.
The importance of reset and undo.
Camera RAW in six-part harmony.
Camera RAW toolbar.
The ideal workflow.
How to approach camera RAW.
Chapter 6 Workflow Applied.
What is your photo about?
Auto settings .
Detail adjustments – sharpening.
Detail adjustments – noise reduction.
Save your work.
Setting up camera RAW for your camera.
Chapter 7 Advanced Tonal Control.
Evaluate the image.
First adjustments – blacks and highlights.
Tone curve adjustments.
Back to basic and clarity.
Back to color.
Sharpening with the detail tab.
Evaluate, and then open or save.
Chapter 8 White Balance Decisions.
A neutral subject is rarely neutral.
Wave tonalities interpreted and more.
Cloud, water, and rocks color.
Dusk color revealed.
Chapter 9 The Noise Problems No One Talks About.
When noise becomes a problem.
Watching for noise.
Reducing noise in camera RAW.
Working to control the noise.
Looking deeper at noise.
Readjusting the image.
Chapter 10 Special Features of Camera RAW.
Special tabs of camera RAW.
Fixing lens problems.
Using the retouch tool.
Using the red eye removal tool.
Influencing color changes.
Simple batching renaming.
Duplicating processing: saving settings and presets.
Part III Making Camera RAW Work Harder for You.
Chapter 11 Tough Decisions.
No harsh contrasts.
Adjusting with soft in mind.
The detail tab.
Not the normal light.
Color or tonalities first?
Night tone interpretation.
Adjusting for the night.
Crop for evaluation.
Chapter 12 Black-and-White Processing.
Camera RAW or photoshop for black-and-white.
Camera RAW does black-and-white right.
How to think black-and-white.
Shooting for black-and-white.
Converting to grayscale.
Optimum use of color sliders.
Using split toning.
Chapter 13 Double Processing for Exposure.
One size may not fit all.
Bright sky, dark ground.
Bringing out the scene.
Processing the bright areas.
Processing the dark areas.
The merging process.
Putting two images into one.
Small area changes.
Process for the main photo.
Process for the detail.
Put them together again.
Double processing for color and tonal range techniques.
Into camera RAW.
Making the photo work.
Chapter 14 Post Camera Raw Processing.
Ansel adams and image processing.
What’s a good image, anyway?
Expressing what you want.
Interpreting an image.
Appendix A: Aalternatives to Camera RAW.
Why use other programs?
Adobe photoshop lightroom or apple aperture versus camera RAW.
Camera-specific RAW converters.
Canon zoombrowser ex and digital photo professional.
Pentax photo browser/laboratory.
Sigma photo pro.
Sony RAW software.
Independent RAW converters.
Dxo RAW engine.
Phase one capture one.
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