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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.
In the previous movie we talked about how we can use the Camera Calibration controls in order come up with some creative color looks, like with this photograph here. Yet one of the reasons why we have these controls isn't just to create creative color. It's also to create accurate color. So therefore what I want to do is exit Camera Raw and I want to pull up a web site where I think you might find a few helpful resources if you want to dig deeper into creating your own Camera Profiles. So I'm going to go ahead and open up this site.
The first location is xritephoto.com. If you navigate to the site and then do a search underneath the Products section for ColorChecker Passport, it'll take you to this area on the site. The ColorChecker Passport is a phenomenal little tool. It's is relatively inexpensive and you can use this by capturing an image of it in your photograph. It also comes with software which helps you to create profiles. If you scroll around a little bit, you'll notice they have some free tutorial movies as well about how you can work with this tool whether you're integrating this with Lightroom or Photoshop.
The other thing that I want to highlight is that it you do a search on their blog, that's blog.xritephoto.com, you can find this article which was written a little while ago, but is still really good. This article goes through the process of how whether you're using Lightroom or Photoshop, how you can create what's called a DNG profile. Here, I'm going to scroll down a little bit until we get to the section on Photoshop. This allows you to export your images whether they're Raw or JPG or whatever, to this DNG file format.
In doing this you can then build or create a Custom profile. Once you've that Custom profile built off of one of these ColorChecker charts, it'll then save that profile inside of Adobe Camera Raw. There you can select that from this pulldown menu and by having one of these Custom profiles inside of your Camera Profile dialog in Adobe Camera Raw it can just ensure that you have even more accurate color. So if you're interested in becoming a bit of a color expert, again, I recommend that you navigate to one of these sites and you'll learn a little bit more about this particular tool.
If nothing else, it may provide you with some valuable information about this whole process, of how we can try to create more accurate and interesting color.
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