Raw Workflow from Capture to Archives

1st Edition

A Complete Digital Photographer's Guide to Raw Imaging


  • Philip Andrews
  • Yvonne Butler
  • Joe Farace
  • Description

    'Raw Workflow from Capture to Archives' provides specific, practical explanations and how-to instructions for the digital photographer mastering this process. The most comprehensive book devoted to simplifying raw workflow, this guide will demystify raw functions in the camera, raw converter, image processing and enhancement software, and digital asset management programs. Not restricting itself to a single workflow this valuable resource discusses the latest applications that deal with raw files, including special plug-ins, stand alone programs and custom applications. Shooting raw gives you complete creative control over your images and is the hottest topic in digital photography today. Learn how to take advantage of the benefits of raw to increase your creative control and streamline your raw workflow in this informative guide.

    Key Features

    *The how-to guidebook on RAW file capture, processing and creativity! * Straightforward example workflow solutions for Adobe Photoshop CS2, Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0, Aperture and Lightroom and other software innovations for raw imaging * Demystifies raw functions in the camera, computer, during download, and conversion, and finally during image processing


    Professional, semi-professional, advanced amateur and enthusiast photographers who are new to digital imaging and/or raw capture. Also, the allied professional group: Photoshop professionals, web artists, graphic artists, fine artists and others who use photography in their work.

    Table of Contents

    Section One: Raw Basics Raw School 101 What is Raw? An extra processing step Behold the new negative Why bother with Raw? Why not just stick to JPEG? When only the best will do! Making the switch Raw as a Learning Tool Advantages of Shooting Raw Raw Disadvantages Proprietary and Open RAW file formats A little more background information please! I’ll be back with you in a byte Working with bit files? Eight or sixteen? EXIF? What is EXIF? sRGB Color space: You Pays Your Money and Takes Yer Chance Perfection? Shooting in Raw Mode Getting set to shoot in the Raw Changing your wokflow to accommodate Implications for capture variables or camera parameters Capturing your fist Raw picture 01 Enablling the Camera 02 Determining pixel dimensions 03 Picking bit depth 04 Adjusting color settings-saturation, white balance and color space 05 Managing the tones-contrast control 06 Applyigng sharpening and noise reduction 08 Establishing exposure Exposure essentials Shooting tethered Raw versus non-raw capture workflow Raw Capable Cameras Other considerations when capturing Raw Downloading Raw Files Camera to computer Card Reader to Computer Connections Operation System based downloads Windows step by step The Microsoft Raw Image Thumbnailer and Viewer for Windows XP Macintosh Step by step Camera specific download Nikon’s download manager Software spec


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    About the authors

    Philip Andrews

    Philip Andrews is Adobe Australia's official Photoshop and Elements Ambassador. He is an experienced photographer, author, magazine editor and online course creator. He was previously a lecturer at the Queensland School of Printing and Graphic Arts, Australia and Nescot, England. He is a beta tester for Photoshop, an alpha tester for Photoshop Elements and a Photoshop specialist demonstrator for Adobe Australia. Contributing numerous articles and videos to AdobeTV and the inspirational browser, Philip is a leading source in adobe information and instruction. Philip is also co-founder of photo-college.com an online photography training college. He's a regular contributor to several magazines including Shutterbug, Amateur Photographer, Australian Photography and Better Photography, he is senior contributing editor for Better Digital, columnist for What Digital Camera and Co-editor and publisher of Better Photoshop Techniques magazine.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    A professional photographer with over 25 years of experience and proud Adobe Ambassador for the company’s digital imaging products.

    Yvonne Butler

    Yvonne Butler is a professional photographer, writer, consultant, and digital workshop trainer. Yvonne’s passion for photography is closely followed by her ongoing sense of urgency to capture the beauty of people, objects, and special locations around the world. She has amassed a representative body of black-and-white and color images taken in over thirty countries, many of them so-called third world countries, while she works on specialty abstracts and close-ups as fine art form. Her work has appeared in several magazines, websites, brochures, and collateral materials of the digital workshop groups for whom she leads workshops or consults. Yvonne was the creator and former director of the four-year-old Shutterbug magazine digital workshop series. Forever falling back on her foundation in teaching, professional platform presentation and group facilitation, information technology, and photography, she now conducts her own digital workshops throughout the US and the world. Her platform and training skills have been honed over the past 35 years. She specializes in presenting technically difficult subject matter in simple, clear, friendly language, almost always using hands-on approaches. Yvonne is a member of Professional Photographers of America and she is a Charter Member of the Bellamax Advisory Board of Professional Photographers (www.bellamax.com). She is represented by galleries on Cape Cod and in Toronto, Canada. She holds a master’s degree in information systems from Northeastern University School of Engineering and has taken extensive doctoral-level coursework in communication at the University of South Florida. Send her an email message at Yvonne@yvonnebutler.com.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Photographer and Marketing/Project Development Consultant for the photography and other industries, has been involved in photography for over 35 years and digital imaging and processing for the past four years.

    Joe Farace

    Author of more than 25 books and over 1600 magazine articles, Joe Farace has been a regular contributor to Shutterbug magazine since 1994 with his Digital Innovations and Web Profiles columns. He was the original editor of eDigitalPhoto magazine and contributes to magazines such as Photo District News and PHOTO Techniques. He holds workshops and seminars at FOTOfusion, Palm Beach Photo Workshop, Shutterbug and Popular Photography and Imaging, has spoken at the PPA national events and New England Council of Camera Club's annual conference.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Author of more than 25 books and over 1,600 magazine articles, Joe Farace has been a regular contributor to Shutterbug magazine since 1994. He was the original editor of eDigitalPhoto magazine and contributes to magazines such as Photo District News and PHOTO Techniques .


    "With this new book everyone can learn how to use all of [that] data to do the same thing. It has very easy to follow instructions, and it takes all of the mystery out of the Raw process. Everything is fully illustrated to make it even easier to see what it all means as you go step by step through each chapter." - Apogee Photo Magazine, November 2006 "A book devoted to RAW imaging? That's right. They are few and far between but RAW is a central aspect of any professional photographer's working day. Learn how to take advantage of the format and customise it to work for you." Digital Photographer Magazine, Issue 47 You'll find good workflow and management techniques, backed up with solid foundational explanations of theory. If you want to understand how RAW works, and how best to make it work for you, this is a good option.- Photoshop User, Oldsmar, FL, March, 2007