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Learn a virtually foolproof method for working with negatives and optimizing raw images in this second edition of The Digital Negative: Raw Image Processing in Lightroom, Camera Raw, and Photoshop. The book, written by renowned photographer and bestselling author Jeff Schewe, teaches techniques for exposing and shooting in raw while also showing you how to develop a raw processing workflow. This updated edition includes content covering features added in Lightroom CC 2015.1, Camera Raw 9.2, and Photoshop CC 2015.2, including GPU acceleration, Radial Filters, Pano Merge, and more.
The book demonstrates how to use Lightroom and Camera Raw sharpening controls to maximize image quality and extract the best possible raw rendering of your digital negatives. Additionally, it teaches you how to take advantage of Photoshop to do what those two programs aren't equipped to do. This is a book about the essence of raw image processing, regardless of the imaging application employed. Instead of serving as just another Lightroom or Photoshop book, it shows how cross-application integration can yield better images than ever before.
Benefit from lessons on producing stunning color-to-B&W conversions and processing panoramic and HDR images. Accompanying sample photos provide inspiration and let you see the results you want, so you'll know when you've achieved them in your own work.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: What Is a Digital Negative?
Dissecting a Digital Negative
Camera Sensor Types
Attributes of a Digital Negative
Sensor noise and ISO speed
Raw vs. JPEG
Photographic Aspects of a Digital Negative
Chapter 2: Adobe Raw Image Processing: An Overview
The Genesis of Camera Raw
The Genesis of Lightroom
The Bridge, Camera Raw, and Photoshop System
Camera Raw Plug-in
The Lightroom Way
The Relationship of Camera Raw and Lightroom Versions
Color Management between Lightroom, Camera Raw, and Photoshop
DNG File Format and DNG Converter
To DNG or not to DNG?
Adobe DNG Converter
Chapter 3: Fundamentals of Lightroom and Camera Raw
Lightroom and Camera Raw Defaults
Lightroom and Camera Raw Functionality
Lightroom and Camera Raw Adjustment Panels
Tone Curve panel
Split Toning panel
Lens Corrections panel
Camera Calibration panel
Lightroom and Camera Raw Tools
Lightroom and Camera Raw Crop tools
Lightroom and Camera Raw Spot Removal Tools
Local Adjustments in Lightroom and Camera Raw
Merge to High Dynamic Range (HDR) & Merge to Panorama in Lightroom & Camera Raw
Chapter 4: Advanced Raw Processing Using Lightroom or Camera Raw
White balance (global)
White balance (local)
Color Split toning
HSL color corrections
Lens colorcast corrections
Color to Black-and-White Conversions
Adjusting the panchromatic response
Color toning and spot of color
Optimized B&W tone mapping
Color toning using color curves
Maximizing Image Detail
High-frequency edge sharpening
Low-frequency edge sharpening
Mixed-frequency edge sharpening
Chapter 5: Deploying Photoshop to Perfect your Digital Negatives
Getting Images into Photoshop
A Typical Edit in Photoshop
Color Range selection tool
Creative progressive sharpening
Saturation and Color layer modifications
Blue edge fix
Healing Brush and Clone Stamp tools
Retouching using painting
Using paths to make selections
Compositing Multiple Images
Creating the composite mask
Compositing the sky
Color to Black and White in Photoshop
Camera Raw as a Photoshop Filter
Removing People via Image Stacking
Chapter 6: Creating an Efficient Workflow
Do things once
Do things automatically
The Five Workflow Stages
Stage 1: Image ingestion
Stage 2: Image verification
Stage 3: Pre-production
Stage 4: Production
Stage 5: Post-production
My Personal Workflows
How I Organize My Images
My Digital Imaging Area
Performance Tuning Your System
About the Author
Jeff Schewe is a Chicago-based, award-winning, professional advertising photographer and digital imaging pioneer. In addition to teaching and leading workshops, he is a member of the Photoshop Hall of Fame at Photoshop World and has co-authored Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS5, Real World Image Sharpening with Adobe Photoshop, Camera Raw, and Lightroom.
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Raw image processing in Lightroom, Camera Raw, and Photoshop software