Contrary to what you may have heard about a delay, Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS3 is shipping–NOW! And, boy, am I happy.
RWCR CS3 (I kinda like to shorten the title a bit because I’ve gotten real tired of typing the whole phrase, over and over) was a labor of love that was done to honor the lasting memory of Bruce Fraser, my co-author, business partner and good friend. And while he isn’t around to see the end result, I have a pretty good idea that Bruce would be pleased.
I kept a lot of Bruce and did a good job (or so I’m told) of updating the book for Camera Raw 4.x, which as you know is arguably the largest and most impressive update yet to Thomas Knoll’s little raw processing plug-in. In fact, Thomas reviewed the new chapters and made sure I didn’t screw up hardly at all. I also owe special thanks to Zalman Stern, the “other” engineer on Camera Raw who answered a lot of my really stupid questions and actually admitted that several “inconsistencies” I found with Camera Raw while writing were actually bugs and not me going crazy.
And no, if you DID pre-order the book from Amazon and you received a message saying the book was delayed until December, well, Amazon is wrong. I don’t know what Amazon was thinking (apparently it was some accidental automated message) but I’m here to tell you that the book was always scheduled for “Fall 2007″ and I would say that a shipping date of November 8th, 2007 falls under the heading of “on time”.
Just to prove that the book is finished (and give an insight to the printing process), I’ve even written a little story about my adventures down to Courier Printing in Kendallville, Indiana. No, I didn’t ride my motorcycle as I had planned. The forecast was for rain and I’m not stupid. It was a very interesting trip and rather impressive to watch this huge, honking press churning out really well reproduced images from both Bruce and myself. See the story under the PhotoshopNews.com Featured Stories category: Printing RWCR CS3.
I’m also planning on writing a story about how I handled the color management for the book. I did all the separations after a couple rounds of color proofs and profile making.
So, I hope you get the chance to check the book out–or, better yet buy one or two! You can put them around the house for easier reading options.
Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS3
By Bruce Fraser and Jeff Schewe
Paperback: 384 pages
Dimensions 7-1/2 X 9-1/8
Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (November 8, 2007)
List Price: $44.99
Street price: about $35.00
Additional information on www.RealWorldCameraRaw.com
The RWCR CS3 cover includes photos shot by Jeff on the most recent Antarctic Photo Expedition with Michael Reichmann of the Luminous Landscape in February, 2007. See the story about the 2007 trip and additional shots from 2005.