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This course provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 7, the Photoshop CS6 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate raw format images. Raw images are minimally processed in the camera; they're effectively the exact data recorded by the camera's sensor. Author Chris Orwig shows you how to control a raw image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, and sharpness—with far more precision than is possible with JPEG images. The course also introduces the new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues associated with raw content, so that photographers can best leverage this powerful format.
As I've already mentioned in a previous movie, we can work with Camera Raw with different file formats. Whether that's JPG, TIF or different type of Raw files the native RAW file or DNG Format. And here what I want to do is focus in on the pros and the cons of working with these different file formats. Well, here you can see we have three images which look pretty similar. We click on this one, you'll notice that this is the Raw file, this is the one straight out of the Camera Raw. Here in the METADATA placard, we can see the file size in regards to the dimensions, and also in this case showing us that this file is 14 Megs.
With this file was just saved out as the TIF again the same dimensions but a larger file size, and then we have the JPG file, again the same dimensions but much less data. We'll let's go ahead and click on all of these photographs while holding down the Cmd key on a Mac or Ctrl key on Windows to select all three. Next we'll go to our File pulldown menu and choose Open in Camera Raw. This will open up all three photographs, you can see these over here in the Filmstrip.
Well, one of the things that I want to do, is I want to turn on something which is called the Clipping Indicator. We'll be talking more about this later, but for now you can see it turns on this Indicator here showing me that I have clipping in this image. Well, I have clipping or in other words, I've loss of detail or a lack detail there in this image and that's a problem. Yet, if I compare this, say with the TIF file, what we are going to notice is that there is much less clipping. And then if we compare that say to the Raw file well, there is even less.
This may be helpful to see if we exaggerate our Exposure here little bit. I am going to add two stops of Exposure here, on all three of these images. And then I want to compare the results. As we look at these results in a second, we'll have different types of loss of detail. Here is the JPG which shows us the area where we've clipping, then here's the TIF file a little bit less clipping, and then with the RAW file still so even less, less in this area of the photograph. And the whole point is that these different file formats, will they contain a different kind of depth of data.
The RAW file has so much and because the RAW file has a lot, well, we can swing these controls really far. Whether that's too increase the Exposure or to recover the Highlights and again we'll talk about how we can do these things later. Yet here I just want to point out that the RAW file gives us the most flexibility, there is the most depth with that file. The next we have the TIF file, a little bit less and then much lower than that is the JPG file. Now that doesn't mean that it's a bad to work on JPG files and Adobe Camera Raw.
It's actually kind of amazing, it's amazing that we can apply these non-destructive adjustments to a file like this. Yet, it's worth pointing out that this file it's a little bit more delicate, what then is the advantage of using JPG files? Well, the advantage of course is file size, sometimes all you've is a JPG and sometimes that file size is going to be much smaller. So perhaps you can be a little bit more a quick in your overall workflow. The disadvantage is that we can't push it as hard in regards to processing the photograph or recovering detail on the shadows or sharpening or reducing noise.
The most ideal scenario is to work with a Raw format. We have different RAW files, we can work with, we can either use the native Raw file or file format which is called the DNG Format. We'll be talking more about that format later. But for now I just wanted to introduce you to this whole idea, of how we can process these different files. Well, here I don't want to apply any of these changes so I am going to go ahead and click Cancel. Adobe Camera Raw will ask me, are you sure you want to Cancel? Yup! I do.
That will then just return these to the Default settings. As if I've never opened them in the Adobe Camera Raw.
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