The Art of RAW Conversion: How to Produce Art-Quality Photos with Adobe Photoshop CS2 and Leading RAW Converters

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Overview

The RAW file format used by digital cameras is essentially the raw data that a camera captures when it takes a photo. RAW files allow the digital photographer to edit and manipulate their photos with less data loss than in other file formats (such as JPEG). There are many RAW conversion tools, and it's often a good idea to use more than one to get optimal results.

The Art of RAW Conversion shows digital photographers how to work with the RAW files generated by a digital camera ...

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Overview

The RAW file format used by digital cameras is essentially the raw data that a camera captures when it takes a photo. RAW files allow the digital photographer to edit and manipulate their photos with less data loss than in other file formats (such as JPEG). There are many RAW conversion tools, and it's often a good idea to use more than one to get optimal results.

The Art of RAW Conversion shows digital photographers how to work with the RAW files generated by a digital camera to produce the best possible image quality in finished photos. The authors (both experts in digital photography, file processing, printing, and color management) describe the conversion tools used to enhance RAW files and maximize photo quality. All techniques covered are based on practical experience and explained with step-by-step instructions, so that readers will be able to apply what they learn and create their own fine art-quality photographs. Covers Adobe Photoshop CS and other leading RAW converters.

The authors (both experts in digital photography, file processing, printing, and color management) describe the conversion tools used to enhance RAW files and maximize photo quality. All techniques covered are based on practical experience and explained with step-by-step instructions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593270674
  • Publisher: No Starch Press San Francisco, CA
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,263,572
  • Product dimensions: 9.78 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Uwe Steinmueller, a native of Germany, has been a photographer since 1973. His first exhibitions were in 1978 in Bremen, Germany with photos from Venice, South Tirol, Germany, and France. He shares a joint copyright with his wife Bettina.

He moved to California in 1997 and began working seriously in digital photography in 1999. He currently lives and works in San Jose. He has written a number of books, two of which won the prestigious, German, "Fotobuchpreis" award two years in a row, in 2004 and 2005. Uwe is the man behind outbackphoto.com, a popular website covering quality outdoor photography using digital cameras.

Juergen Gulbins has extensive experience in writing, technology, desktop publishing, designing high-end document archival systems, and digital photography. He is a prolific author who has written and translated books on topics such as CAD, Unix, DTP, typography, Internet, document management, Linux, and various aspects of digital photography. He has been a passionate photographer most of his life.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction to raw files or digital negatives 1
Ch. 2 Basic color management 9
Ch. 3 A basic raw workflow 25
Ch. 4 Adobe Camera Raw 45
Ch. 5 Pixmantec Rawshooter (RS) 69
Ch. 6 Apple's aperture 93
Ch. 7 More Raw converters 105
Ch. 8 Adobe lightroom 129
Ch. 9 Perfecting images 145
Ch. 10 Batch processing techniques for Raw files 161
Ch. 11 Digital negative (DNG) format 171
Ch. 12 Metadata 177
Ch. 13 Profiling your camera and calibrating your Raw converter 185
Ch. 14 Creating b&w photos from color images 193
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2007

    EXTREME RAW PHOTOGRAPHY!!

    Are you an amateur or a professional photographer? If you are, then this book is for you. Authors Juergen Gulbins and Uwe Steinmueller, have done an outstanding job of writing a book that shows you how to achieve art-quality results with your digital camera. Gulbins and Steinmueller, begin by preparing you for implementing a RAW conversion workflow. Then, the authors focus on the RAW conversion process and the software you'll use to implement it. Next, they present the key features of four more converters. They also cover Adobe¿s new integrated digital photography application, Lightroom. Finally, the authors focus on more specialized topics. This most excellent book deals with the conversion of images shot using RAW format into images in a standardized image format, such as TIFF or JPEG. Perhaps more importantly, this book focuses mostly on the process of RAW conversion: what you should consider when shooting RAW, how to prepare files for conversion, and how to set up an efficient conversion workflow as part of your total image workflow.

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