Inside RAW Files

A look at how cameras capture raw image data and why maintaining copies of your RAW files is an important and easy way to protect your most critical images
Text & Photography By George Jardine
Back when the first really good DSLRs were starting to become available, the vast majority of photos still were being taken on film. So when you picked up a digital camera for evaluation, you naturally compared it to film. The quality of film was the bar. The new digital images…

Hi-Tech Studio: HDR Software

Get the full tonal range, create distinctive effects and make your images stand out with High Dynamic Range technology
By The Editors
HDR (high dynamic range) photography, in theory, is capable of displaying more of the range from shadows to highlights than the human eye can see. HDR merges together several images at varied exposures to capture the full range of tones. The final image, when created this way, is technically a…

Maintain Flexibility

Using Smart Objects in conjunction with Adobe Camera Raw gives you the ultimate nondestructive means of filtering that there is within Photoshop
Text & Photography By George Jardine
Camera Raw 1.0 first appeared as a $99 plug-in for Adobe Photoshop 7 in 1999. The ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) plug-in only supported a few cameras in the beginning, but shooting RAW was quickly recognized by early digital adopters as the way to go, and things took off. After the…

Defaults: A Double-Edged Sword

The pros and cons of using Develop defaults in Adobe Lightroom and Camera Raw
Text & Photography By George Jardine
Whenever you import new photos into Lightroom, they always come in with the same basic set of settings. Every control is generally set to zero, with a few notable exceptions, such as the controls in the Detail panel. And these default settings seem to be the same for every camera.…

The RGB Shuffle

How to go from RGB to Photoshop and back
By George Jardine
In the article "The RAW File Shuffle" (DPP, September/October 2011), we took a look at the process of taking a RAW file to Photoshop for editing and then completing the round trip, bringing the file back to the Lightroom catalog again. This time, we look at that same process for…

DPP Solutions: Scanning Revisited

Use the most up-to-date scanning software to get more detail and resolution from your best film images
By Tim Grey
While I'm often surprised by just how many photographers have never captured an image on film, the reality is that most photographers who have firmly embraced digital photography still have a collection of film images. Perhaps in the excitement of all the latest developments in digital camera technology those "old"…
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