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Old 6th of March 2011 (Sun)   #1
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Default Best course/book on post processing raw...

So I'm trying to learn lightroom and processing raw photos. I'm not sure I have the eye or the knowledge or things like color correction/adjustments and post processing.

I can use presets and make the photos look good, but I'd like to go deeper and learn on my own..

Is there a book/course/tutorial you'd recommend?

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Old 6th of March 2011 (Sun)   #2
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Default Re: Best course/book on post processing raw...

A classic is "Real World Camera Raw" (there is a CS5 version out):

http://www.amazon.com/Real-World-Cam.../dp/0321713095

Since Lightroom and Photoshop CSx share the same "Raw processing engine" the learnings would apply equally.

Three good Lightroom books are by Scott Kelby, Victoria Bampton and Martin Evening -- one or any combination of the above would be excellent additions to your library.

Then, there are two premier for-pay training sites -- Lynda.com and KelbyTraining.com have Lightroom material.

Kelby also hosts LightroomKillerTips.com which has a ton of useful stuff. And then, AdobeTv has free Lightroom tutorials.

Of course, these are all specifically Adobe Camera Raw/Lightroom-centered resources -- since that's what your are using they should all be helpful. The "bigger picture" of understanding Raw and the fundamentals of Raw processing will work themselves into these books and tutorials. As you go and have specific questions you wonder about, some combination of asking here and googling should get you plenty of info.

And then, spend time in our Raw, Post Processing and Printing sub-forum -- read the stickies and check posts because helpful topics come up there all the time:

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/...splay.php?f=18

Lastly, check out our RAW Conversion Thread for many cool and inspirational examples of what you can work with!
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Default Re: Best course/book on post processing raw...

Best book I saw -- Real World Camera Raw (Ah, I see it above -- get it)
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