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In Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Camera Raw, Chris Orwig enthusiastically explores a Photoshop plug-in that is a must-have for any serious photographer. By working on the digital negatives in Camera Raw, photographers have more creative control over their photos, and the original files remain intact. Chris demonstrates techniques for processing images by adjusting tone, contrast, highlights, and clarity. He also illustrates methods for sharpening images, controlling color saturation, and creating dynamic black-and-white images. With a detailed tour of the interface and control panels, Chris shows how Camera Raw is a one-of-a-kind creative resource. Exercise files accompany the course.
Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is a recommended prerequisite for this course.
(Music playing.) Welcome! My name is Chris Orwig and I'm a teacher and a photographer. I'm on the faculty of the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California where we are right now. And I'm going to be your host and guide on this adventure, on this journey that we are going to take into learning how to use Camera Raw. There is something that's kind of interesting about travel and about exploration. Do you know what travel does for you? It teaches you something, it awakens your senses. Here's what happens. You are used to your surrounding environment, you are used to what you see, the people you see, the food you eat, then you travel, let's say to another country, and all of a sudden you taste new foods and you see new sites. That awakens, or enlivens your senses, and then you go home. And then back at home, there is something that you have seen before, you've seen it a hundred times, but it never was really interesting to you, but now your awareness of the object has been heightened and it has been increased and somehow traveling teaches you something really unique. And so what we're going to do in this training title is we're going to travel into the wonderful world of Camera Raw. And Camera Raw is kind of fascinating, because what we can do is we can process our images really without ever going to Photoshop. We'll learn how to correct the exposure and the tone and recover highlights. We'll look at increasing contrast or increasing clarity, working with color in regards to Vibrance and Saturation, we'll look at the tone curve. We're going to learn everything that we need to know about the interface. We'll learn some other things that are quite photographic, like converting to black and white. And converting to black and white is kind of interesting because one of my photographic colleagues was fond of saying, he said, you know, in photography a lot of times you need to reduce and simplify. Well, what happens when we remove or reduce color? Well, somehow we can add a bit more to our photographs. Like Ansel Adams used to say, paraphrasing here. He said I shoot in black and white, because if I shot in color, people would expect reality. I don't want to give them reality; I want to give them my experience and what I witnessed. That's one of the reasons why he used black and white. So we're going to look at how do we create compelling black and white photographs. In addition, we'll talk about how do we sharpen our images, how to reduce noise. And so we're going to get into all these different aspects of Camera Raw. So as you can tell, I'm pretty excited about Camera Raw and I hope you enjoy this training title and know this. It is a real distinct honor and privilege to partner with you in this training adventure.
So without further delay, let the adventure begin. Bye for now.
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