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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.
Here I want to introduce you to the Camera Calibration Panel. So what exactly is this panel and why might it be helpful? Well, typically you'll do one of three things here. You may change your process version, or perhaps select a different Camera Profile, or maybe you'll customize the color by using these different sliders that you can see here. Well, let's start off by talking about our Process version. You notice in the lower right-hand corner of this image, there is an exclamation point. That's warning me that this image has been processed in a previous version of Camera Raw.
Well, to the update that I can either click on the exclamation point or I can go to the Process Version, and I can click on this pulldown menu and then I can choose the most recent version of Camera Raw. In doing that, I can then take advantage of the latest and greatest that Camera Raw has to offer. The next thing that we might do here is choose a particular Camera Profile. Well, these profiles show us a different interpretation of the color in our photographs. Let me zoom in and let's take a look at a few of the different profiles.
Here I'll select the Zoom Tool and I'm going to click on this image a few times and here we can see the color in this photograph. It looks pretty nice, and a lot of times when we think of color, we maybe think of it as correct or incorrect, but what color is in reality is a little bit more about color relationships. Each camera sensor renders or creates colors in different ways. We can see that as we click through these different Camera Profiles. Here is Adobe Standard. Well if I want to choose a different profile, I could choose something say like Camera Faithful, and seeing that we can see that my color is now even more muted. Compare these two.
Here is Standard and then here we have Faithful and you can use this Camera Profile as a starting point for the color in your image that you will then further modify. Let's say we want really vibrant and bright colors, maybe we'll try the profile for Camera Landscape. In this case you can really see how it's bringing out all of these beautiful colors. Let's then compare that to the default setting of Adobe Standard. This now just seems a little bit too desaturated and you notice that there are different names for these profiles and the names don't always work perfectly.
These are a few pictures of people. So you might think well, I'll try Camera Portrait, but in that case Camera Portrait, it just kind of looks a little bit strange. Sure, the Reds are bright, but the color palette doesn't work for this photograph. This kind of illustrates an important point when working with Camera Profiles. When you're selecting one of these preinstalled profiles, you need to experiment a little bit. As you click through these different options, just make a selection and when you find one that you like, you can then use that as a starting point for processing your photograph.
After having selected the profile, you could go over to the Basic Panel for example. Here in the Basic Panel I can process this image by bringing some light into the Shadows, increasing my Contrast, and also increasing the Clarity a bit as well. Now that I've done this, we can see our before and after here with these basic adjustments, and then if we go to one of the tabs at the end here, we can see our overall before and then now our after. So starting off with that Camera Profile, which gave us those nice bright and vivid colors, we're able to really simply process this image so that it looked better.
One of the reasons why you may choose one of these Camera Profiles is to select a good starting point for the color relationships and the color values in your photographs. You can then go ahead and navigate to the other panels to continue your workflow.
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