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Mastering Exposure and the Zone System for Digital Photographers by Lee Varis

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First Steps: RAW Processing Controls

As I’ve stated earlier, I believe that most of the creative work, post capture, should happen in Photoshop, and the RAW processor is best used to set up the overall color balance and deliver as much detail as possible everywhere in the image. In general, most RAW process software does not provide enough serious numeric feedback to allow for complete color and contrast control—the ones that do suffer from clumsy interfaces that make it difficult to perform adequate corrections. ACR and Lightroom offer the most elegant user interface but still suffer somewhat in the numeric precision department. Figure 4.1 shows the Develop module of Lightroom. We have seen how to use the percentage numbers just under the histogram ...

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