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Photographers in the digital age are inundated with software so Digital Photo Pro talked to the experts to get the ins and outs on two of the most popular RAW processing packages on the market
We discuss RAW workflow a lot in the pages of Digital Photo Pro. Having the ability to work smoothly and quickly with RAW files is key to getting the most out of them. It's a simple fact—if you can't make RAW files work efficiently, you'll end up wasting a lot of time or just switch back to JPEG. If we assume you want the power of the RAW file, then JPEGs simply aren't acceptable.
Myth: Color space has the most important effect on color
Do you use Adobe RGB? Is sRGB a pro format? Should pros really start using ColorMatch RGB? Or is there some other new color space permutation that will give even better results? The problem with this discussion on color space is that it assumes the digital camera has captured the correct colors in the first place and that all you need is the right color space to get the most from those colors. Digital cameras don't quite work that way, unfortunately.
Adobe's proposed standard RAW file format could be the key for the long-term protection and viability of image files
Adobe Systems, Inc., has announced a standard RAW file format initiative called Digital Negative (DNG). Since Photokina and Photo Plus Expo last fall, there has been much discussion regarding DNG with a certain degree of skepticism exhibited by photographers, camera companies and the photography industry in general. Why did Adobe, a software company, introduce a standard RAW file format and what are its motives? Are camera companies going to adopt the standard? The most important question to many photographers is, Why should we care one way or another?
Create a polished and professional presentation efficiently with specialized software
For a pro, presentation is everything. Just as a finely crafted portfolio case adds value to your images, a little design work with page layout software can show off your photography in the best possible light. With programs such as Adobe's InDesign or Quark's QuarkXpress, it's simple to put multiple images on a page, add your company's logo and include additional text if appropriate to your pitch.
DxO Optics Pro's Highlight Recovery brings overexposures back to life
Areas of an image lost to overexposure or excessive brightness can seldom be recovered, and digital sensors tend to be particularly sensitive to excessive burning in whites and brights. This “highlight clipping” occurs when the photosites of the sensor fill with the maximum amount of information they're capable of containing. In other words, the image becomes blown out.
After a lengthy public beta and considerable time and thought in development, Adobe Lightroom arrives. Will the application become your ultimate workflow tool?
After more than a year of “public preview” and several years of internal development, Adobe has shipped Adobe Lightroom. Lightroom is a workflow application designed specifically for digital photographers, particularly photographers who shoot RAW captures, although Lightroom also can handle RGB JPEGs, TIFFs and PSD files and use its processing controls to adjust them as well as RAW files.
By using the inherent capabilities in your image-processing software, you can work efficiently and exercise greater control over all of your images.
H.G. Wells once said, “Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative.” Sounds pretty harsh, but many would say it's reality. To meet this imperative, today's photography adapts with digital innovation and imagination and addresses the restraints of time and knowledge.
Developed quietly and unveiled dramatically, the new image workflow software from Apple is a professional application that handles RAW files in a novel way to put some speed in your digital work
In October 2005, amid the backdrop of the PhotoPlus trade show in New York, Apple unleashed a new software package for professional photographers: Aperture. Developed secretly and introduced with the usual flair for the dramatic that's now synonymous with an Apple product announcement, the new application has generated more excitement than just about any other software product in quite some time.