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Photoshop® Lightroom® 2 for Dummies® by Rob Sylvan

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Chapter 3. Digital Photo Basics

In This Chapter

  • Getting familiar with file formats

  • Understanding bit depth

  • Understanding color spaces

  • Employing a color-managed workflow

  • Implementing a backup plan

Lightroom is intended as "the professional photographer's essential toolbox," therefore, Adobe assumes its users are already fluent with a certain level of digitalphoto-ese. Although that's certainly true for many users, it's been my experience (through helping many professional photographers with this application) that a person can be quite skilled in the art of photography without knowing a bit from a byte or an NEF from a CR2 or a DNG. I can tell you quite confidently that your experience with Lightroom improves significantly when you increase your working knowledge of a few fundamental digital photography concepts that are integral to Lightroom's operation.

Digital Photo Basics

Note

Some of these concepts are complex and involve new words and mind-numbing calculations (done by the computer not you), and some subjects have entire books devoted to just that topic alone. I'm not going to get that in-depth. What I want to do is introduce you to these fundamentals and explain how they affect your Lightroom experience.

Getting Familiar with File Formats

Digital cameras aren't just light-capturing devices, but image-processing computers as well (they even have a tiny built-in LCD screen). The act of clicking the shutter release ...

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