The Power of Adobe Camera Raw

This course is designed for those photographers that use Adobe Camera Raw in conjunction with Photoshop as opposed to those who use Lightroom in conjunction with Photoshop.

One of the first places you will see your camera file in all its glory after making the exposure will be in Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom. Although the functionality of both programmes is almost identical, on this workshop we will be focussing on Adobe Camera Raw and how to best understand its basic controls.

It is at this point in the photographic journey that we lay the foundations of what the finished photograph will be, and an understanding of the tools is critical to this process. Also essential is grasping how the tools work on conjunction with each other to bring about gradual, but profound changes. We will set out how the controls directly relate to the histogram, and how this relationship should be utilised rather than the histogram simply being a reference point for checking for correct exposure and clipped highlights and shadows.

Beginning with the Basic Panel, we will set out the importance of how these sliders hugely   influence the colours and tonality of your image even before considering localised adjustments. We will go into detail the many tools at your disposal such as the Graduated Filter, Radial Filter and how to best use the Adjustment Brush in a subtle but creative way, as well as sharpening, lens corrections, spot removal and the Hue, Saturation and Luminance Panel.

We believe that if you get it wrong at this stage of image editing, then as you move onwards you are essentially ‘recovering’ the file as opposed to ‘refining’ the file. Editing platform have changed hugely over the years and this is an opportunity to get the most  up-to-the-minute techniques with which to explore your images.

This one-week interactive online course is tailored to help you wherever you live and has been carefully designed to make you more confident in understanding and using the tools of Adobe Camera Raw and the Lightroom Develop Module. Using a combination of videos, online group sessions, sample images and teaching materials, we will be here to help you. Topics covered in detail are:

·      The power of the Basic Panel

·      Relationship of histogram and sliders

·      Use of filters Graduated / Radial

·      Using the Adjustment Brush

·      Pre Sharpening

·      The HSL Panel

·      Lens corrections




You will be provided with a number of videos and other learning material to follow at your own pace and in your own time.  The amount of time that you need to dedicate to this will down to personal preference.

The online course will commence with an hour long group online discussion where we will set out the plan for the coming week and provide you with the learning materials.   At the end of the workshop we will hold an hour long  online group meeting to see how everybody has progressed and to share any difficulties encountered.  These online video group sessions will commence at 7.00pm GMT.  Sessions will be recorded and shared with the group as additional reference material.

Online Course

DateMon 8th Mar - Fri 12th Mar 2021

TutorPaul Gallagher

and Michael Pilkington


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You will be provided with a series of videos and other teaching materials to follow. This material will be available to you for at least 6 months so you can continue to study and reference it well after the online course is finished. During the workshop there will be three one hour group sessions with the workshop leaders to discuss progress, problems and have demonstrations. All video sessions will be recorded and sent to you. Access to a closed online forum.


You will need a recent version of Photoshop CC. The purchase of a licence is not included. You will need to download and install the ZOOM video conferencing app - this should be free of charge to you.

The Power of Adobe Camera Raw