Jeff Schewe’s new book, The Digital Negative, was recently released and it’s very good. Jeff knows a tremendous amount about digital post processing and is closely tied to the Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop development teams. Putting those two things together, Jeff’s book is a wonderful resource for digital photographs using Lightroom and Photoshop (via Adobe Camera RAW or ACR).
But what about the folks who prefer Apple’s Aperture?
Here’s my overview of the chapters, focused on how much value an Aperture user would get out of each.
Chapter 1: What Is A Digital Negative? Good information for Aperture users.
Chapter 2: Adobe RAW Image Processing an Overview Not helpful for Aperture users.
Chapter 3: Fundamentals Of Lightroom and Camera RAW This is pretty specific to Lightroom and ACR, but Aperture has many of these tools, too.
Chapter 4: Advanced RAW Processing Using Lightroom or Camera RAW Good techniques here for Aperture users; just translate specific sliders to Aperture.
Chapter 5: Deploying Photoshop To Perfect Your Digital Negatives Aperture users can “round trip” to Photoshop, too!
Chapter 6: Creating An Efficient Workflow More good information for Aperture users.
So you’ll see that, other than chapter 2, there’s plenty of good stuff here for digital photographers using Aperture. To help with chapters 3 and 4, you might want to look back at some of my older posts in the Translating Lightroom category.
For an example of this translation, I’ll use the image presented on page 136 of the book to illustrate a technique for working with images in high-contrast lighting without resorting to High Dynamic Range (HDT) tone mapping. I asked Jeff for permission to use that image in this blog post, but he declined, so maybe you have an image of your own to follow along with.
The first changes Jeff made to his image were to increase Exposure, reduce Contrast, reduce Highlights and lighten Shadows. All of these are tools that exist by the same names in Aperture.
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