How to Produce Art-Quality Prints with Adobe Photoshop CS2 and Leading RAW Converters
By Uwe Steinmueller, Juergen Gulbins
Publisher: No Starch Press
Final Release Date: June 2006
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.
If you enjoy the technology of digital photography, this book is for you
Comments about oreilly The Art of RAW Conversion:
At first glance, the casual photographer might look at this book and reject it as useful only to the professional photographer.
I claim that is not necessarily true. For anyone who enjoys the technology as well as the artistry of digital photography, this book is for you.
Chapter 1 (Introduction to RAW Files or Digital Negatives), Chapter 2 (Basic Color Management) and Chapter 3 (A Basic RAW Workflow) contain excellent information on such topics as White Balance, Sharpening, Color Models, Color Spaces, Camera Setup, Histograms, File Transfer (from camera to computer) and much more.
Chapters 4 - 8 provide in-depth discussions of various image editing software applications, including Adobe Camera RAW, Apple's Aperture, and others. The comparisons are especially helpful. But don't look for information on the very basic image editing applications such as IrfanView or Picasa.
Chapter 9, Perfecting Images, is a gold mine of information on such software tools as sharpening, noise reduction, distortion removal, and others. What is particularly noteworthy about this chapter are the supplemental notes that describe camera techniques to minimize these problems, as well as the explanations of how to use the software tools.
There is more (5 more chapters). If your camera does not provide the RAW format, or you have absolutely no interest in editing the images from your camera, then do not spend your money on this book. For the rest of you, the information in the first 9 chapters alone is sufficient for me to say that I highly recommend this book.