Steinmueller is the co-author with Jurgen Gulbins of the
newly-released book “ The Art of RAW Conversion” (No Starch Press,
$39.95 ISBN: 1-59327-067-4). Beautifully printed with many color
illustrations, the book is an excellent guide for digital
photographers, from top pros to advanced amateurs, who wish to learn
how to properly convert their RAW files into striking images. Uwe
Steinmueller recently corresponded with us at The Digital Filmmaker
for a brief Q and A about his new book.
prompted you to write this book?
I used RAW on many different digital SLRs since 2000 (I also review
DSLRs). In 2002 I started writing e-books on RAW (maybe the first in
the world) to help readers to lose the fear of RAW and to get the
best possible quality from their images. I wrote since then many
updates of my RAW books (German and English). I wrote also books on
digital workflow and fine art printing.
What topics do you cover in
I want to cover all you need to get real world results. The images
are a main part of my language. If a reader does not like our images
he better checks out a different book. But if he likes them then I
tell all I know (at a certain point in time of course) to make such
pictures (our eyes are not include though :-) ).
It is not about covering all sliders and deep image theory. All is
about photography: means images. For every page we write we work at
least 5-10 hours on real images. We are not pixel pushers but
photographers and this is the view we take on all topics.
Tell our readers a little
about your photography background.
I photograph with my wife for over 30 years (we have a joint
copyright). Since 2000 all 100% digital. I quote from our book
Bettina and Uwe Steinmueller have been taking photographs for over
30 years now as a team.
They even share a joint copyright and, in the case of a few
pictures, aren’t quite sure who actually took them. Bettina is the
driving force for artistic framing while Uwe controls the technical
process in the digital darkroom. Influenced by the different scenery
and light in California, they have developed a new style over the
last five years. Uwe is recognized all over the world as an educator
in the field of digital photography. He writes and publishes
electronic and printed books about “Digital RAW Workflow”. Uwe is
also the editor of his own digital web magazine “Digital Outback
Photo” that is one of the worldwide leading digital fine art photo
web sites. Digital Outback Photo and the book’s website can be found
What is the most important
reason that you would recommend for shooting RAW files?
Optimal quality and control.
Is there any one RAW file
converter that you consider superior to others? If yes, please
Not really. But I use right now mainly RawDeveloper and LightZone.
What do you think about the
adoption of a standard RAW file format, such as Adobe's DNG, as a
universal format for camera manufacturers?
Good idea and has my support. But too many economic reasons for the
main players Canon and Nikon not to follow.
Is there anything else you
would like to add?
The main point for photography are images. Technique is just a tool
to make them better. We make books for photographers from
photographers and write only books about photography related topics.
Roger Richards is the Editor and Publisher of The Digital
Filmmaker, and Multimedia Editor/Producer at The Virginian-Pilot in
Norfolk, Virginia. Richards now produces video essays and digital
short films for the Web, as well as working on documentary photography
projects. He began his photojournalism career
in 1979, focusing on political and social themes in the Caribbean, the
civil wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua and then joining the Gamma
Liaison photo agency in 1988. Based in Miami and then Europe, his work
with the agency included the US invasion of Panama, political upheaval
in Haiti, civil war in Croatia and the siege of Sarajevo. He is a
former Associated Press photo bureau chief in Bogotá, Colombia, and a
staff photographer at the Washington Times in Washington, DC, from
1997-2000. He is the recipient of numerous awards from the National
Press Photographers' Association, the White House News Photographers'
Association, Pictures of the Year International, the Society of
Newspaper Design, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Virginia
News Photographers Association. He became a digital filmmaker in 1998,
focusing on projects about war in the Balkans. He was awarded the
first White House News Photographers' Association sabbatical grant for videojournalism in 2000 and was one of the first graduates of the
famous Platypus Workshop that trains photojournalists how to become
digital filmmakers and videojournalists. He is now a member of the