The Digital Negative: Raw Image Processing in Lightroom, Camera Raw, and Photoshop, Second Edition

Book description

Shooting in the raw format gives digital photographers complete control over every aspect of image quality. The Digital Negative is devoted exclusively to the topic and shows you how to make the most of that control to extract the best-possible raw rendering of your digital negatives and to use Photoshop to achieve the highest quality in your images. In this update of his best-selling book, renowned photographer and author Jeff Schewe outlines a foolproof process for working with these digital negatives and presents his real-world expertise on optimizing raw images. You’ll learn hands-on techniques for exposing and shooting for raw image capture and developing a raw processing workflow, as well as Photoshop techniques for perfecting the master image, converting color to black and white, and processing for panoramic and HDR images. This second edition covers all the major updates and new features in Camera Raw, Lightroom, and Photoshop, such as GPU acceleration, Radial Filters, Pano Merge, and more.

  • Get the best tone and color from your digital negatives.

  • Use Lightroom and Camera Raw sharpening controls to maximize image quality.

  • Produce stunning black and white images.

  • Learn how to remove people from photos in Photoshop using Smart Objects and Layer Blending.

  • Use HDR in Camera Raw and Lightroom.

  • And much more!

  • Visit the book’s companion website at for sample images and more. 

    Table of contents

    1. Title Page
    2. Copyright Page
    3. Dedication Page
    4. Table of Contents
    5. Introduction
    6. Chapter 1. What is a Digital Negative?
      1. Dissecting a Digital Negative
      2. Camera Sensor Types
      3. Attributes of a Digital Negative
        1. Linear Capture
        2. Digital Exposure
        3. ETTR
        4. Sensor Noise and ISO Speed
        5. Colorimetric Interpretation
        6. Metadata
        7. Bit Depth
      4. Raw Versus JPEG
      5. Photographic Aspects of a Digital Negative
        1. Shutter Speed
        2. Lens Aperture
        3. Lens Aberrations
        4. Sensor Resolution
    7. Chapter 2. Adobe Raw Image Processing: An Overview
      1. The Genesis of Camera Raw
      2. The Genesis of Lightroom
      3. The Bridge, Camera Raw, and Photoshop System
        1. Bridge
        2. Camera Raw
        3. Photoshop
      4. The Lightroom Way
      5. The Relationship of Camera Raw and Lightroom Versions
      6. Color Management Between Lightroom, Camera Raw, and Photoshop
      7. DNG File Format and DNG Converter
        1. To DNG or Not to DNG?
        2. Adobe DNG Converter
    8. Chapter 3. Fundamentals of Lightroom and Camera Raw
      1. Lightroom and Camera Raw Defaults
      2. Lightroom and Camera Raw Functionality
      3. The Histogram
      4. Lightroom and Camera Raw Adjustment Panels
        1. Basic panel
        2. Tone Curve Panel
        3. HSL/Color/B&W Panel
        4. Split Toning Panel
        5. Detail Panel
        6. Lens Corrections Panel
        7. Effects Panel
        8. Camera Calibration Panel
      5. Lightroom and Camera Raw Tools
        1. Lightroom and Camera Raw Crop Tools
        2. Lightroom and Camera Raw Spot Removal Tools
        3. Local Adjustments in Lightroom and Camera Raw
        4. Merge to High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Merge to Panorama in Lightroom and Camera Raw
    9. Chapter 4. Advanced Raw Processing Using Lightroom or Camera Raw
      1. Tone Mapping
        1. Flat Lighting
        2. High-Contrast Lighting
        3. Blown Skies
        4. Inclement Weather
        5. Underexposure
        6. Backlit Subjects
      2. Color Correction
        1. White Balance (Global)
        2. White Balance (Local)
        3. Color Curves
        4. Color Split Toning
        5. Color Gradients
        6. HSL Color Correction
        7. Lens Colorcast Correction
      3. Color to Black-and-White Conversion
        1. Adjusting the Panchromatic Response
        2. Warm Toning
        3. Split Toning
        4. Cold Toning and Spot of Color
        5. Optimized Black-and-White Tone Mapping
        6. Color Toning Using Color Curves
      4. Maximizing Image Detail
        1. High-Frequency Edge Sharpening
        2. Low-Frequency Edge Sharpening
        3. Mixed-Frequency Edge Sharpening
    10. Chapter 5. Deploying Photoshop to Perfect Your Digital Negatives
      1. Getting Images Into Photoshop
      2. A Typical Edit in Photoshop
        1. Color Range Selection Tool
        2. Creative Progressive Sharpening
        3. Midtone Contrast
        4. Sculpting
        5. Saturation and Color Layer Modifications
        6. Blue Edge Fix
      3. Retouching
        1. Healing Brush and Clone Stamp Tools
        2. Copy-and-Paste Patching
        3. Retouching Using Painting
        4. Using Paths to Make Selections
      4. Compositing Multiple Images
        1. Creating the Composite Mask
        2. Compositing the Sky
        3. Luminance-Based Masks
      5. Color to Black and White in Photoshop
      6. Camera Raw as a Photoshop Filter
      7. Removing People Via Image Stacking
      8. Focus Stacking
    11. Chapter 6. Creating an Efficient Workflow
      1. Workflow Principles
        1. Do Things Once
        2. Do Things Automatically
        3. Be Methodical
      2. The Five Workflow Stages
        1. Stage 1: Image Ingestion
        2. Stage 2: Image Verification
        3. Stage 3: Preproduction
        4. Stage 4: Production
        5. Stage 5: Postproduction
      3. My Personal Workflows
        1. Field Workflow
        2. Studio Workflow
      4. How I Organize My Images
      5. My Digital Imaging Area
      6. Performance Tuning Your System
        1. Photoshop Performance
        2. Lightroom Performance
    12. Index

    Product information

    • Title: The Digital Negative: Raw Image Processing in Lightroom, Camera Raw, and Photoshop, Second Edition
    • Author(s): Jeff Schewe
    • Release date: August 2015
    • Publisher(s): Peachpit Press
    • ISBN: 9780134033402