Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Digital Negative

I bought Jeff Schewe's book The Digital Negative from Amazon.  The book is not cheap ($49.99 most places, $30 at Amazon), is a paperback, has thin paper and less than cutting edge photo reproductions.  On the other hand, it is well-written by someone who knows his stuff and is filled with a lot of important information.  He makes going through the information, from how digital sensors work to color space, about as easy to grasp as anyone I've ever read. I still don't "know" it all, but this book is an excellent source for getting all that information in one place that links the facts in a way that makes the big picture a little more accessible.  The book is aimed at producing the best pictures possible from RAW files using Lightroom and Photoshop.  Mostly it deals with Lightroom and ACR to polish up RAW files and then Photoshop for the last bit of perfection.  I have Lightroom but am not paying the price for Photoshop.  Since shooting opportunities are slim around here right now, I have been reworking some of my older pictures using nothing but Lightroom.  The pictures may not be perfect, but they have more technical quality than the first time I worked them up.  Besides, I haven't finished the book yet so you may see them reworked yet again soon.

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