Feb 25 2006
“RAW data is the holy grail of digital photography,” says photographer Mikkel Aaland, a pioneer of digital photography and author of nine books, including O’Reilly’s “Photoshop for the Web” and the
award-winning “Shooting Digital.” “Anyone who is serious about digital
photography and wants to produce the best possible picture needs to shoot and process RAW.” And anyone who intends to do that could use a copy of “Photoshop CS2 RAW” (USD$34.99, maybe cheaper through Amazon.com).
This highly visual, full-color, comprehensive guide explores the entire RAW process from when, why, and how to shoot RAW, to using the Adobe Camera Raw plug-in converter and new Bridge navigation software. “Photoshop CS2 RAW” focuses on Photoshop editing techniques–on mastering CS2 tools, controls, and adjustments to:
- Decide when (and when not) to shoot RAW
- Organize and manage your RAW images in Adobe Bridge
- Automate RAW capture and processing with scripts and actions
- Achieve optimal tonal control and accurate color with Camera Raw
- Sharpen RAW images smartly
- Create stunning black-and-white images from your RAW files
- Save and archive DNG files
There’s also plenty of expert advice on automating RAW workflow and creating contact sheets, picture packages, and even web photo galleries.