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"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 needs Aaland's new "Photoshop CS2 RAW" (O'Reilly).
The RAW format is becoming more and more popular with professional and amateur digital photographers, because it affords unparalleled flexibility and control during the editing process. Adobe Photoshop is the most popular and widely-used digital image editing tool in the world, and its latest version, Adobe Photoshop CS2, is quickly emerging as the best place to edit RAW images. "RAW data must be touched, molded, and shaped before it takes form. It takes time and skill to do this right," says Aaland, "and that is where this book comes in."
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.
"If you shoot RAW, use Photoshop CS2, and want great images," Aaland promises, "this book is for you."
Photoshop CS2 RAW is available for 16.49 from here