Bringing Your Image to Life

Often, the very initial stages of editing an image can literally mean the make or break of a finished photograph. Faced with so many choices of software, tools and sliders, it is all too easy to embark on a journey whereby the outcome is undecided. It is all very well and good to have an understanding of the tools and how they work, but this is little use if we have not decided how and why we are applying them and when.

This is very commonplace and can lead to a photograph that bears no relationship to the moment when you made the exposure, the reason you got your camera out of the bag in the first place.  We believe that the completion of the photographic journey, the process of encountering the RAW camera file to the finished image, is one that should be a considered approach, rather that one of chance.

There are no hard rules in image editing, but there are many pitfalls that can lead the photographer to recovering the file rather than refining the file, and this must begin with interpretation of the file and setting out the journey which will realise its full potential. This begins with visualisation and what you want to finished image to look like, considering the qualities of the RAW camera file and understanding its potential.

RAW camera files are to the digital world what a negative was to the film world. They often look flat and lifeless and bear no resemblance to what you saw when you were there with your camera. It is at this point where it is very tempting to have a go at some of the sliders and tools in the hope that we will get a good finished image.

During this online workshop we will set out where to begin and what to look for. You will have access to videos that break down how to get the best qualities from your files and follow the complete journey that we have established over many years. We have always said that computers cannot make beautiful photographs for us, it is us, the photographers, that have to do that by the decisions we make.

This this extensive two-week interactive online course is tailored to help you wherever you live and has been carefully designed to make you more confident in understanding how to best interpret your images at this critical stage and to harness the very best during that decision-making process. 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;

•    Reading the histogram
•    Visualisation of the image
•    Using adjustment sliders in sequence
•    Creating three-dimensionality
•    The decision-making process
•    Understanding tone and temperature
•    Sharing our complete workflow


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 course will commence with an hour and half long group online discussion where we will set out the plan for the coming weeks and provide you with the learning materials. We will hold mid-course an hour and a half online group session to talk about progress and any possible issues with using your new skills. We will also be on hand to show you live how to deal with these issues.  During the second week you will have a one hour 1 to 1 video conference with one of the leaders to review and discuss some of your images. At the end of the workshop we will once again 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.

Given the interactive nature of this workshop places will be limited.

Online Course

DateThu 3rd Dec - Thu 17th Dec 2020

TutorPaul Gallagher

and Michael Pilkington

No longer available

DateMon 25th Jan - Fri 5th Feb 2021

TutorPaul Gallagher

and Michael Pilkington


Now Booking


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 and half group sessions with the workshop leaders to discuss progress, problems and have demonstrations. In addition, during the second week you will have a one hour 1 to 1 video conference with one of the workshop leaders to review and discuss some of your images. 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.

Bringing Your Image to Life