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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.
I found that there's no better way to learn Adobe Camera Raw than to look at a practical and a realistic example of how we can use Adobe Camera Raw in order to process some of our images. And here in this chapter, I want to provide you with a little bit of a bird's eye view of an overview of a workflow in regards to how we can use Adobe Camera Raw. And the particular project that we are going to work on has to do with a photo shoot that I did recently. Just a couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of doing a cover photo shoot for Triathlete Magazine.
If you navigate to my site, chrisorwig.com, from there, you can go to my blog, where you can find a post which includes a behind-the-scenes video of this particular cover shoot. What we are going to be doing is working on a few images that are going to be printed in the magazine. Well, let's make our way over to Adobe Bridge in order to take a look at these photos. This first photo is going to be printed full page, and they really liked this image. Let's go ahead and take a look at how it looks. We will press the Spacebar to take this image to Full Screen View mode. Now, it's a good photograph, it's raining, it has some good emotion and I also like the black and white conversion.
Well, how was this image created? I will go ahead and press my Right Arrow key and here you can see the original file. Unfortunately, the image is completely underexposed. I thought this image would be a good practical example of how we can use Adobe Camera Raw in order to take this image from looking like this, as captured, to looking like something like this that has a little bit more life and grit and vibrance, much more compelling and engaging photograph. Now, Camera Raw doesn't only work when you miss your Exposure, but I find that working on an image like this, where I did just completely miss my Exposure, can illustrate how Adobe Camera Raw really works. All right.
Well, I will press the Spacebar key in order to exit out of this view. I also want to highlight one other image which we will be looking at, and it's this one down here. Here's another perspective of that same moment in time, just a little bit more pulled back. In this case, my Exposure is a little bit better, yet I want to take a look at how we can process both of these images in order to get them ready for being printed in the publication.
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