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Chapter 1. Digital Camera Raw: Exploiting the Digital Negative

1. Digital Camera Raw: Exploiting the Digital Negative

Perhaps the greatest challenge that faces shooters who have made, or are in the process of making, the transition to digital is just dealing with the gigabytes of captured data. You can make some gross judgments about the image from a camera’s on-board LCD display; but to separate the hero images from the junk, you have to copy the images from the camera media to a computer with a decent display, which is a major challenge for those of you who are used to getting rush-processed chromes back from the lab and sorting them on the light table.

Digital raw files present a further bottleneck, since they require processing before you can even see a color image. This book tells you how to deal with raw images quickly and efficiently, so that you can exploit the very real advantages of raw capture over JPEG, yet still have time to have a life. The key is in unlocking the full power of three vital aspects of Adobe Photoshop CS2—the Adobe Camera Raw plug-in, the standalone Bridge application, and Photoshop actions. Together, these three features can help you build an efficient workflow based on raw captures, from making the initial selects, through rough editing for client approval, to final processing of selected images.


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