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The Landscape Photographer's Guide to Photoshop by Guy Tal

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8 RAW Conversion

Though I may not distinguish at exposure, I can distinguish later in leisure those images given by Spirit from those given by the wisdom of my psyche, from those forced out by suppressed forces demanding attention.

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The process of converting a RAW file into a viewable image made of pixels is often compared to the development of film. In both cases, impressions of light recorded using a light-sensitive surface are converted into a visible image. However, this is where the similarity ends.

While similar in principle, RAW conversion and film development are quite different. Color film development generally relies on standardized processes such as E6 for transparencies and C41 for color negatives. These processes leave ...

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