Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Camera Raw

with Chris Orwig
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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Camera Raw
Video duration: 0s 7h 4m Intermediate


In Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Camera Raw, Chris Orwig enthusiastically explores a Photoshop plug-in that is a must-have for any serious photographer. By working on the digital negatives in Camera Raw, photographers have more creative control over their photos, and the original files remain intact. Chris demonstrates techniques for processing images by adjusting tone, contrast, highlights, and clarity. He also illustrates methods for sharpening images, controlling color saturation, and creating dynamic black-and-white images. With a detailed tour of the interface and control panels, Chris shows how Camera Raw is a one-of-a-kind creative resource. Exercise files accompany the course.

Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is a recommended prerequisite for this course.

Topics include:
  • Navigating the new CS4 interface
  • Processing images
  • Correcting exposure and tone
  • Enhancing color creatively
  • Creating dynamic black-and-white images
  • Sharpening images and reducing noise
  • Using the new Adjustment brush to make localized corrections
  • Using the new Graduated Filter tool
  • Learning Camera Raw shortcuts
Photoshop Camera Raw


(upbeat music) - Welcome, my name is Chris Orwig, and I am a teacher and a photographer in the faculty of the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California where we are right now. And I'm gonna be your host and guide on this adventure on this journey that we're gonna take into learning how to use Camera Raw. There's something that's kind of interesting about travel, and about exploration. You know what travel does for you? It teaches you something. It wakens your senses.

Here's what happens: You're used to your surrounding environment. You're used to what you see, the people you see, the food you eat. And then you travel, let's say to another country and all of the sudden you taste new foods, and you see new sights. It awakens or alivens your senses. And then you go home, and then back at home, there's something you've seen before. You've seen it a hundred times, but it never was really interesting to you, but now, your awareness of that object has been heightened, has been increased. And somehow, traveling teaches you something really unique. And so what we're gonna do in this training title, is we're gonna travel into the wonderful world of Camera Raw.

Camera Raw is kind of fascinating, right? Because what we can do, is we can process our images, really without ever going to Photoshop. We'll learn how to correct the exposure, and the tone, and recover highlights. We'll look at increasing contrast, or increasing clarity, working with color in regards to vibrance and saturation. We'll look at the tone curve. We're gonna learn everything that we need to know about the interface. We'll learn some other things that are quite photographic, like converting to black and white. Converting to black and white's kind of interesting, because one of my photographic colleagues was fond of saying he said, "you know, in photography, "a lot of times, you need to reduce and simplify." Well what happens when we remove or reduce color? Well somehow we can add a bit more to our photographs.

Well like Hansel Adams used to say, paraphrasing here, he said, "I shoot in black and white "because if I shot in color, people would expect reality. "I don't want to give them reality. "I want to give them my experience of what I witnessed." That's one of the reasons why he used black and white. So we're gonna look at how do we create compelling black and white photographs? In addition, we'll talk about how do we sharpen our images, how do we reduce noise? And so we're gonna get into all of these different aspects of Camera Raw. So, as you can tell, I'm pretty excited about Camera Raw, and I hope that you enjoy this training title.

And know this, It is a real, distinct honor and privilege to partner with you in this training adventure. So without further delay, let the adventure begin. Bye for now.

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