Adobe Camera Raw

Outside of, but connected to Photoshop, there is a great plugin called Camera Raw. It provides a lot of tools that can help you get the best out of your images, especially those taken in the Raw format (which you should be using.)

The easiest way to get to Camera Raw is through Adobe Bridge. Bridge is likely not in your dock, so you’ll have to find it in your Applications folder or search for it with Spotlight:

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Bridge allows you to browse for photos, so you can navigate to your folders yourself, or search for images

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You could make things easier for yourself and export the photos you want from iPhoto. Select a photo, go to the File menu, and choose Export:

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You can choose your location (all work should be in your Drive or DropBox folder!) and your file name (the file name should reflect the task you are completing or the technique you are demonstrating)

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of course you could always cheat and just drag it out of iPhoto on to your desktop (although this gives you less control over what’s being exported! You can’t rename or choose a version of the photo, etc.)


Once you find a photo in Bridge that you’d like to adjust, right click on it and Open in Camera Raw…

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As you go through the Raw videos, I would like you to adjust some of your photos using the tools demonstrated, and drop off a BEFORE and AFTER version of the photos you fix. NAME THE FILES CORRECTLY so that I know which photos are showing which technique:

Example: files named RAWBasicControlsBEFORE and RAWBasicControlsAFTER

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Demonstrate the techniques in:

  • 03_BasicControls
  • 04_Colour_WhiteBalance
  • 06_CropTool
  • 07_BlackWhite
  • 08_ReduceNoise_Sharpen

Again, drop off a BEFORE and an AFTER image, and make sure the file name tells me WHICH VIDEO/TECHNIQUE you used!

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