Getting to Know Color and Tonality

Camera Raw gives you control of a lot of important adjustments in your photos, but before you dive into your raw images, I explain what you need to look for and evaluate in your images before you start making adjustments to white balance, tint, exposure, shadows, brightness, contrast, and saturation. Collectively, those adjustments are referred to as overall adjustments. (Gotta love those fancy technical terms.)

It's important to understand each of these areas so you'll know what to do to an image to "make it look right" when you print it or prepare it for viewing. If you're into photos of people, you need to pay special attention to the skin tones of the people you're photographing. Whether your subjects are Asian, Caucasian, or even Martian, the last thing you want is to process a photo that makes your subjects' skin look too yellow or red (or too green or blue, depending on where their ancestors lived on this planet, or another). You want to make sure the "skin tone," the right amount of color in the skin, looks the way it's supposed to, as in the portrait in Figure 7-1.

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