by Uwe Steinmueller and Jürgen Gulbins
June 2006, 240 pp.
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Ansel Adams never would have surrendered his negatives, but countless digital photographers surrender their images to their cameras built-in image converters. The Art of RAW Conversion, written by an expert in RAW photography, will show you how to regain creative control of your photos by working directly with the RAW file format.
This practical and beautifully illustrated guide explains the advantages of working with RAW files, which are the digital equivalent of film negatives, and then how to use RAW converters to create the best digital image from each shot. Mixing clear explanations with striking photographic examples, The Art of RAW Conversion covers today’s most popular and innovative RAW converters (such as Camera RAW, RawShooter, Lightroom, and Aperture) and how to get the best results from each.
Whether you’re an amateur or a professional, The Art of RAW Conversion will take you beyond mere point-and-shoot photography, and show you how to achieve art-quality results with your digital camera.
About the Author
Uwe Steinmueller has been a photographer since 1973 and has been exhibiting his work worldwide since 1978. In 1999, he launched the web magazine Digital Outback Photo, which attracts about 4 million visitors per year, and currently focuses on digital workflow, RAW file processing, and the printing process.
Jürgen Gulbins is a prolific author who has written and translated books on topics such as CAD, Unix, DTP, typography, Internet, document management, Linux, and various aspects of digital photography.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction to RAW Files or Digital Negatives
Appendix A: Glossary
"Beautifully printed with many color illustrations, the book is an excellent guide for digital photographers, from top pros to advanced amateurs, who wish to learn how to properly convert their RAW files into striking images."
"A great overview... If you are an amateur just getting into photography or a professional who is moving to digital, The Art Of RAW Conversion will be a useful addition to your library."
"Thanks to this great & easy to follow book, anyone who wants to work with RAW now can do so without too much effort."
"The guide is beautifully illustrated and includes many examples."
"The layout of the pages is especially attractive and helpful . . . an important addition to our library."
"The Masters Speak . . . Myriad of tips, tricks and knowledge bits . . ."
"The book is delightful to behold. The choice of type, images, layout and even the media are all top class . . . It's well worth adding to your digital imaging and photography library."
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"Photo dominance: This fully illustrated resource tackles techniques for working with RAW files."
Q&A with author Uwe Steinmueller: "Beautifully printed with many color illustrations, the book is an excellent guide for digital photographers, from top pros to advanced amateurs."
"The book looks and feels like a classy affair . . . it's a full-colour production on quality paper, and it appears that great care has been taken with the layout and design. It's bang up-to-date, and the bibliophiliac in me really appreciates it . . . written with an easy and enthusiastic style by people who are passionate about their art."
"This book will give you everything you need to get the most out of your RAW images . . . beautifully printed in glossy color."
"This is for the neo-pro who wants to get the most out of his camera."
"Beautifully illustrated and includes many examples."
5/5 stars: "Finally we have access to the RAW workflow expertise of Uwe Steinmueller in book form. And what a beautiful print version this is!"
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"Overall the presentation is good . . . illustrations are colorful, quality paper, high readability and a great introduction to RAW, which will also fill in any knowledge gaps of the seasoned pros."
"This is a fantastic book . . . a beautiful book, easy to read and thorough."
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"For those who are in the market for a Raw converter, or just want to know how to get the most out of their Raw files, The Art of Raw Conversion will help you along the way."
"The magnificent images within the book are almost reason enough to purchase the book . . . While I am not a pro photographer, I took a lot away from this book."
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"This book is beautiful - inside and out . . . In the end, your photots will be much better for it."
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"Simply put, the book is a plug-in for your brain that will soup up your digital camera (and every future digital camera you'll ever own) and drastically increase the quality of your photos . . . It is as if someone has invented a fork that makes every bite of food taste much better, without raising the cost or caloric content of the food."
"It didn't take us long to appreciate a new title by Uwe Steinmueller and Jurgen Gulbins from No Starch Press . . . they take a different approach we found valuable."
Book excerpt: "As a springboard to understanding later discussion of RAW converter software, this sample chapter from the book takes a close look at the process of in-camera file compression to JPEG format."
"Guides readers through the art of color management and -- with tons of screen shots from Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lighthouse -- provides a workflow you can follow to filter out imperfections and correct the lens distortions in your would-be masterpieces."
"Focuses on how to maintain creative control of photos by working directly with the RAW file format . . . the new volume reflects the growing popularity of RAW workflows."
"A great guide that can help make my RAW adventures less time consuming and more productive."