The Raw Power of ACR 7
Few things are more important to the modern photographer than optimizing raw photos. Today raw photos are the very foundation of the medium, just as film quality was in the past. There are many software titles that offer raw photo editing capabilities, but the tools in Adobe Camera Raw 7 (part of Photoshop CS6) and their “twins” in Lightroom 4, are unmatched in their scope and power.
Optimizing Raw Photos with ACR 7 is a 2.5 hour course (Mac OS, Windows, iOS) designed to help you master those tools as quickly as possible with a fun and easy process. Step through the ACR workflow, A to Z… whether you need the best tools for noise reduction, the ability to perfect your colors and saturation on a per-hue basis, or the option to remove distracting lens distortions, Adobe Camera Raw 7 provides the tools to get the job done.
The video below provides a glimpse into one of the most useful features, the Noise Reduction controls in the Details panel. It shows how, even with a very contrasty (and mostly dark) exposure, great results can be achieved as you zoom in and precisely manage the balance between details and smooth tones.