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EXCERPT: Photoshop CS2 RAW

200602bc_pspcs2rawHow do the best photographers turn RAW data into beautiful images? Bestselling author and award-winning photographer Mikkel Aaland shows you how. His straightforward, visually oriented instruction will take you step-by-step through the process of capturing, organizing, and optimizing RAW images. You'll learn how to produce the best possible digital images, using Photoshop CS2, Adobe Bridge, and Camera Raw. Aaland--whose pioneering work in digital photography dates back to 1981--draws on his own 30 years of experience, as well the expertise of over 10 top-notch professional photographers who generously share their tips and techniques. His personal, easy-to-follow style illuminates and inspires, but doesn't intimidate or needlessly complicate. You'll get immediate results when you apply these solutions-oriented techniques to your own photographic work.

This book teaches you how to:

Decide when (and when not) to shoot RAW
Organize and manage your RAW images in Adobe Bridge
Automate RAW capture and processing with scripts and actions
Achieve optimal tonal control and accurate color with Camera Raw
Sharpen RAW images smartly
Create stunning black-and-white images from your RAW files
Save and archive DNG files
And much more

"Mikkel Aaland has combined a creative photographer's sensitivity with a widely published author's clarity of expression." --Michael Reichmann, photographer and publisher of

Download (PDF) Chapter 5: Advanced Tonal Control

"Photoshop CS2 RAW" by Mikkel Aaland, published by O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00851-1, 232 pages, $34.99 USA