Getting Started with Camera Raw: How to make better pictures using Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

Getting Started with Camera Raw: How to make better pictures using Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

by Ben Long
     
 

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How to make better pictures using Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

Working with digital photographs in raw format isn’t just for pros. Today, point-and-shoot cameras can capture images in raw format, giving shutterbugs of all stripes additional control and editing flexibility for richer, more vibrant photographs. If you’re ready to learn how you

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How to make better pictures using Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

Working with digital photographs in raw format isn’t just for pros. Today, point-and-shoot cameras can capture images in raw format, giving shutterbugs of all stripes additional control and editing flexibility for richer, more vibrant photographs. If you’re ready to learn how you can use Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements to make the most of your camera’s raw capabilities, this book is the place to start. Author and photographer Ben Long introduces you to the raw format, explaining when it offers advantages over your camera’s default options, and then shows you how best to use it. In this book, completely updated for Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop Elements 7, you’ll learn:

  • How your digital camera captures and stores data
  • The pros and cons of working with Camera Raw data versus standard JPEG files
  • How to sort and process images using Camera Raw in Photoshop Elements and Photoshop
  • Basic Photoshop and Photoshop Elements editing techniques, such as adjusting for exposure, brightness, contrast, and saturation
  • How to work with the Camera Raw histogram to improve the color and tone of your images
  • Great techniques for shooting to get the best from the raw format

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The Barnes & Noble Review
By default, digital cameras heavily process their “raw” sensor data in order to deliver your image. With that data, however, you can gain far greater control over your images and repair problems you couldn’t fix in JPEG or TIFF. “Raw” has a reputation for being difficult -- and it was, until Ben Long demystified it. Using Long’s new book, even relatively inexperienced photographers can master Adobe’s Camera Raw toolset -- and experienced photographers will have a field day.

Long explains how your camera makes raw files, illuminates the basic color theory you’ll need, and thoroughly familiarizes you with Adobe Camera Raw’s interface and workflow. Then, you’ll discover the true power of "raw”: in tweaking white balance, fixing overexposures, making localized corrections, and beyond. You’ll even walk through creating 32-bit high-dynamic range images: photos that look almost impossibly real. Bill Camarda, from the January 2006 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780321592132
Publisher:
Peachpit Press
Publication date:
02/13/2009
Edition description:
Second
Pages:
258
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Ben Long is a professional photographer based in San Francisco. He is the author of numerous magazine articles and books on digital photography, including Real World Aperture and Real World Nikon Capture NX 2. He writes a digital photography column for CreativePro.com. Visit Ben at his Web site: www.completedigitalphotography.com, where you’ll find how-to articles, reviews, and even free software!

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