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Photographers who want to upgrade from iPhoto, or who are simply ready to take control of the digital images accumulating on their hard drives, will find powerful and easy-to-use photo management tools in Apple's Aperture 2. In Aperture 2 New Features, instructor Derrick Story takes an introductory look at photo processing and manipulation, and explores Quick Preview, RAW 2.0, .Mac Web Gallery, and the many new features in Aperture 2. The course follows a professional photographer's workflow, showing viewers how to incorporate his techniques into their everyday practices.
One of the new tools that we get by virtue of having RAW 2.0 is the recovery slider. I touched on this a little bit earlier when I was talking about how to turn on the display to show hot and cold areas, and that's a nice combination. That's a nice view to work in when you're recovering highlight detail. Now in order to use the recovery slider, you do have to be working in RAW fine tuning 2.0. The recovery slider's right down here in the exposure brick, and you'll notice if I switch my RAW decode to 1.1, the recovery slider won't work, so if you have older images that you want to use the recovery slider with, make sure that you update them to the new RAW profile, the new RAW fine tuning 2.0.
Once you do that, then the recovery slider is active. Now I'm going to take a shot here and we'll go back to our wedding, because weddings are so perfect for this sort of thing, and I'm going to double click on the image, and I recommend that you go up to view and you turn on Highlight Hot & Cold Areas, and then that way I can see the actual areas where I'm losing detail in the highlights is here in red, and so there's no detail in any of this area here. Now what the recovery slider allows me to do is that there is actually head room in this file.
There's information that Aperture can pull from the other channels to help recover these highlights, and it does so very intelligently. All I have to do is slide my recovery slider here and basically I can take out all of the areas that don't have detail, or add detail to all the areas. I may not want to do that. It depends. You're always walking a balance here between how the image looks and what your indicators are giving you, but I don't mind a few little highlights right there, and that's all there is to it, so the main thing to remember is that if you want to use the recovery slider, that you have to have RAW fine tuning 2.0 turned on, and then that I recommend that you also use the Highlight Hot & Cold Areas.
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