RAW Workflow from Capture to Archives, by Philip Andrews, Yvonne Butler and Joe Farace, ISBN: 0-240-80752-9

Reviewed by: Mario Georgiou, September 2007
Published by: Focal Press
Requires: N/A

MSRP: US$39.95, GBP£24.99

RAW Workflow from Capture to Archives deals with one of the most important issues affecting digital photographers today. Most digital cameras today are capable of recording images in JPG. However being a lossy format, JPG is far from desirable for use by imageers and professional photographers. Some cameras even support recording to TIF, however the format of choice is actually the cameras native format—RAW. RAW data of course varies from camera to camera and as a result there are many flavours to choose from. Nikon's NEF, Canon's CRW and so on. There has even been an attempt to standardize the data by Adobe, in a format called Digital Negative (DNG). As a result of this the photographer is spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting a preferred format. RAW is ideal because it is somewhat equivalent to the film negative. There is however one distinction, which is that you can effectively and losslessly reprocess the original RAW data over and over again.


RAW Workflow from Capture to Archives from Focal Press attempts to clarify the issues photographers have to deal with on a day to day basis. As with many of the books from this imprint, it is well laid out, easy to follow and has a nice combination of technical content, useful illustrations and excellent writing. It starts with the basics and builds from there. The first three chapters deal with describing what RAW is, as well as covering the technical issues related to shooting in RAW and handling the resulting files.

Subsequent chapters take an extremely brief look at the different flavors of RAW converters and tools. The book then focuses on native converters, and then moves on to an examination of RAW-capable software including Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Camera Raw and its use with Adobe Photoshop CS and Bridge. Adobe Lightroom and Apple Exposure are also featured with an in-depth look at their relative merits.

RAW Workflow from Capture to Archives ends with coverage of the concepts of asset management, file storage and archiving. The Glossary at the end of this book is excellent and adds a suitably detailed finish to an already excellent volume. Overall, I enjoyed the read. It is one of the best books on this subject and has something for readers of all experience levels.

Cons: No coverage of Linux-based solutions. Some of the third-party applications are touched upon only too briefly.

Pros: Nicely laid out. Easy to read. Excellent coverage of the issues. RAW Workflow from Capture to Archives is an excellent publication. It has something for digital photographers at all skill levels and is a solid book for anyone who wants an introduction to the issues surrounding RAW-based image handling and processing. Highly Recommended.

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