Workflow from Capture to Archives from Focal Press attempts
to clarify the issues photographers have to deal with on
a day to day basis. As with many of the books from this imprint,
it is well laid out, easy to follow and has a nice combination
of technical content, useful illustrations and excellent
writing. It starts with the basics and builds from there.
The first three chapters deal with describing what RAW is,
as well as covering the technical issues related to shooting
in RAW and handling the resulting files.
Subsequent chapters take an extremely brief look at the different flavors
of RAW converters and tools. The book then focuses on native converters,
and then moves on to an examination of RAW-capable software including
Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Camera Raw and its use with Adobe Photoshop
CS and Bridge. Adobe Lightroom and Apple Exposure are also featured
with an in-depth look at their relative merits.
RAW Workflow from
Capture to Archives ends with coverage of the concepts of asset management,
file storage and archiving. The Glossary at the end of this
book is excellent and adds a suitably detailed finish to an already
excellent volume. Overall, I enjoyed the read. It is one of the best
books on this subject and has something for readers of all experience
Cons: No coverage of Linux-based solutions. Some of the
third-party applications are touched upon only too briefly.
laid out. Easy to read. Excellent coverage of the issues.
RAW Workflow from Capture to Archives is an excellent publication.
It has something for digital photographers at all skill
levels and is a solid book for anyone who wants an introduction
to the issues surrounding RAW-based image handling and
processing. Highly Recommended.