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In Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6, Chris Orwig provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 6, the CS5 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate images in non-destructive and now even more efficient ways. This course covers the benefits of the raw processing, which makes it possible to more precisely control an image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, sharpness, and more—including new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues. Learn the entire Camera Raw workflow, from opening and resizing, toning and cropping, to sharpening and saving. Exercise files are included with the course.
The Camera Calibration panel was really designed to help us create accurate color. And if you are interested in digging deeper into this topic, what you can actually do is learn a little bit about how you can create a profile for your camera. And then you can access that profile from this pulldown menu here. Now in order to do this, you need to get some other devices, like you need to get a ColorChecker chart, and then you need to have something which actually generates a profile. So what I want to do here is simply recommend one option for you if you are interested in digging deeper into this topic.
Well, the option that I use is called the ColorChecker Passport. It's put out by the folks at X-Rite, and it is a phenomenal tool. It works so well. The nice thing about this is that if you scroll down here to the right, you will notice there are a number of different movies, which describe how you can use this tool and how you can use it with Photoshop or with Lightroom, and that's really helpful because you don't just have something that you buy. You have to figure out. You have these tutorials which can walk you through this process. Now the other thing that I want to highlight here is that if you navigate to X-Rite's blog, there is a great post, and this post talks about how you can create profiles with this ColorChecker chart, whether in Photoshop or in Lightroom.
And here you can see it's focusing on Photoshop and Camera Raw and how you can access those profiles. Now one of the things that I have to point out is that when you are using this, you, of course, need to create profiles for different lighting situations, different times a day, studio, open shade, outdoor, full sun, whatever it is. But the advantage of creating those profiles, of course, is that it can then help you create much more accurate and also more intriguing and interesting color. So I want to go ahead and scroll to the top just so you can see the name of this post here.
The name of it is CREATING DNG PROFILES WITH THE COLORCHECKER PASSPORT. So again, if you go to their blog and do a search for that, CREATING DNG PROFILES WITH THE COLORCHECKER PASSPORT, you can read more about this. Now it will start off by talking about Lightroom, but then as you make your way down the page, just pass Lightroom, you will see that you can also create these profiles in Photoshop. And it does point out that if you are not working with the DNG format, that's no big deal. You simply open up a raw image with a ColorChecker chart in it or that Passport in it.
You can then create that DNG file. And what we will do next is we will use this software, which will then guide you through this process. It will allow you to create this profile for your particular camera. All right. Well I just wanted to highlight that resource. Again, if you are interested in digging deeper, into getting more accurate color with Adobe Camera Raw, check that out. And if nothing else, at least navigate to X- Rite site and watch a few of these movies. I think you will find those to be informative and also pretty helpful.
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