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The Digital Photographer’s Notebook: A Pro’s Guide to Adobe Photoshop CS3, Lightroom, and Bridge by Kevin Ames

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Chapter 11. Adobe Camera Raw 4

DIGITAL CAMERAS SHOOT DIGITAL NEGATIVES. At first glance, that statement seems to be yet another example of my amazing grasp of the obvious. A traditional photographic film-based color or black-and-white negative could not be changed after being developed. Those negatives could, of course, be printed using a myriad of techniques to display their content.

RAW files have been traditionally thought of as the real digital negatives because they can’t be changed either. Settings in RAW converters determined how the data was copied into a Photoshop-editable file—JPEG, PSD, or TIF.

Some RAW shooters look down their noses at JPEG shooters. I admit to having done some of that down-looking, too, because I simply could not ...

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