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Getting Started with Camera Raw: How to make better pictures using Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, Second Edition by Ben Long

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Defining a Raw Workflow

If you’re used to shooting JPEG, your shooting workflow probably goes something like this: shoot pictures, transfer pictures to computer, browse your pictures in a viewer of some kind, select pictures you like, make copies of those files, edit and adjust those pictures, print or turn the pictures into a Web- or computer-based slide show.

Raw workflow is not significantly different, but in one way it’s a little more like film workflow, since your raw file serves as the equivalent of a digital negative. Just as a film photographer must print a negative or slide to have a usable image, a raw digital photographer must process the raw data to have a usable image file. Through all of this, the original raw file remains untouched. ...

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