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Subject: Re: im missing the point re ACR 3.3 vs Pshop CS2



Glenn,

Well, I will give this a shot at least. But it isn't going to be very technical. As you are aware, the raw image from the camera is entirely unprocessed by the camera. No sharpening, no color or white balance adjustments, everything is completely bypassed and the raw image is an uncompressed capture. The reading I have done indicates that Camera Raw enables you to make more precise adjustments, and will enable you to recover more blown highlights and extreme shadows because of the nature of the file. I like to use the Curve control quite a bit. I use the controls in camera raw to get the image as close to what I want in the end using the precision that Camera Raw affords me. Then, after the conversion, Photoshop has the tools to finish the job. If you're concerned about having files big enough to submit to stock agencies just save your images as 16-bit TIF images and you won't have any problem.

Like I said, this is not a technical answer. It is a grossly condensed summary of some reading I have done. Hopefully, someone with a lot more knowledge will be able to enlighten you more.

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