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Monday, November 13, 2006

RAW Resources

In response to Carl's post below called "Rain, and Noise," Ernest Theisen wrote: "I am just starting to learn CS2 Camera Raw. Can anyone recommend a good book for a novice?"

Carl responds: Adobe has several excellent "white papers" on camera RAW covering both tone and color control and workflow management. Authors are Bruce Fraser and Jeff Schewe. Very good stuff, though pretty dense so you need to go over it several times to pick up all the packed-in hints. Best of all, they're free downloads. Just go search the Adobe site for them.

Mike responds: For those who might want an actual printed book, I'd recommend Bruce Fraser's Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS2 or Photoshop CS2 RAW by Mikkel Aaland, which I think can be assumed to be a safe bet because my friend Michael Reichmann wrote an introduction for Mikkel. (I also think it's safe to assume you don't need both.)

All things considered, Bruce's Real World Camera Raw is the single best book I've ever bought about digital photography. It has a higher proportion of necessary information than any other book, and it had more of an effect on how I work than any other book. It's lost its pull for me now that I've already read it, but I remember just vacuuming up everything in it the first time I encountered it. That one gets a "strong buy" recommendation from me.



Blogger Carsten Bockermann said...

One more vote for "Real world Camera Raw". Even after using ACR for two years or so, the book gave me some very useful info.


4:19 PM  
Blogger Andy Radin said...

another strong vote for Real World Camera RAW. Best digital photo book I've yet read.

5:12 PM  
Blogger Ernest Theisen said...

Thanks everyone. That is just what I was looking for. I ordered it from Amazon. E

8:18 PM  
Blogger chas3stix said...

Jon Canfield has a book out named "Raw 101" and I think Jon does a great job explaining the complexities of RAW.

9:42 PM  
Blogger Ken Tanaka said...

Fraser's book is the seminal work on the subject of RAW, particularly Adobe's Camera Raw converter. Uwe's book on RAW is a broader survey of the current tools and their individual characteristics.

1:06 AM  
Blogger Fazal Majid said...

Apple has an excellent intro that's not specifically tied to Aperture:

2:13 AM  
Blogger Olaf Ulrich said...

And here another vote for Bruce Fraser's Real-World Camera Raw book. But while it sure is useful, it still is only the second-best digital-photo book. The best ever, in my humble opinion, is Bruce Fraser's book on image sharpening (also in the Real-World series).

Also note the webpage you'll find the (short) list of errata , and you can download some of Bruce's raw image files he used in the book, to practice hands-on. The password for downloading the image files is given in the book. The errata page can be accessed without a password.

-- Olaf

6:58 AM  
Blogger Dave New said...

Don't forget (for those that have an expensive technical book habit) that Bruce's books (and plenty of other titles on Photoshop, et al) are available on Oreilly's Safari bookshelf, at

1:38 PM  

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