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

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Chapter 1. What is a Digital Negative?

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Water swirling over a blue iceberg in Antarctica. The blue iceberg is made of glacial ice resulting from a high concentration of color, microorganisms, and compacted ice with little or no air. Shot with a Canon EOS 1Ds MII as ISO 200 with a 400mm lens at F5.0.

A digital negative is a raw capture from the sensor of the camera with little or no processing but with camera-generated metadata. Why do I call these files digital negatives? Well, it’s what Thomas Knoll (the guy who wrote Camera Raw) calls them, and they are like an analog (film) negative in that, without some sort of processing or printing, they ...

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