11 Master Files

The photographer’s most important and likewise most difficult task is not learning to manage his camera, or to develop, or to print. It is learning to see photographically—that is, learning to see his subject matter in terms of the capacities of his tools and processes, so that he can instantaneously translate the elements and values in a scene before him into the photograph he wants to make.


Master files contain all the original image data (details and colors), as captured by the camera and converted from RAW (this is the layer shown as Background in Photoshop), and the subsequent edits that were made in the form of layers. Master files represent the best data that we have for the image, and are not explicitly ...

Get The Landscape Photographer's Guide to Photoshop now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.