hen I first switched from film to shooting digital, I was amazed at the quality of the photos I was getting from those older 3- and 5-megapixel sensors. The JPEGs I produced are still staples in my portfolio today. When I graduated to more advanced digital cameras and started shooting photos in raw format, however, I felt that my photographic capabilities had suddenly shot through the roof!
I played and experimented with other raw converters when I started, but always used Camera Raw for my more serious work. Why bother mastering another software program when I could just use Camera Raw? After all, I was perfectly happy with the results I was getting from converting my raw images with Camera Raw.
I've reached the point where I can open a raw file in Camera Raw, make color and tonal adjustments, and then open the image in Photoshop to make any necessary edits and apply finishing touches. Often the color and tonal values I worked up in Camera Raw are right on — and those adjustments are a lot quicker to make than the same adjustments in Photoshop. After you get some practice with the steps in this part's chapters, I suspect you'll come to the same conclusion!
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