Apr 012014
Introduction to Photoshop / Lightroom class

Introduction to Camera RAW in Photoshop/Lightroom –

Understanding the capabilities of the RAW format image and the how to non-destructively modify it in Camera Raw  – 3 hr – $160




  • The Class

    Photoshop / Lightroom RAW tone curve adjustmentsThis class is designed to be an Introduction to shooting Raw format with your camera, downloading and managing your shots, and using the Adobe Camera Raw adjustments interface utilized in Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 4 and newer versions.

    The RAW format captures data in the image that can be modified and manipulated in a non-destructive manner. It contains minimally processed data from the image sensor of a digital camera and is known as Raw files because it is not yet processed and therefore is not ready to be printed or edited. There are dozens of raw formats in use by different makes and models of cameras.

    Our class will cover the correct camera settings for capturing the image, storage methods and file management, and precise adjustments that can be made before conversion to a “positive” file format such as PSD, TIFF or JPEG for storage, printing, or further manipulation.

    Please see Pre-Reqs for this class. NOTE: Bring a laptop with Photoshop CS5.5 OR Lightroom 5 (or newer) installed and operating.

    3 hrs. $160


    • Saturday – July 26, 2014 – 9am
    • Saturday – August 23, 2014 – 9am or 1pm
    • Saturday – September 11, 2014 – 9am or 1pm
    • Saturday – October 25, 2014 – 9am or 1pm
    We’ll explore:
    • Fine tuning you camera exposure for RAW format
    • Downloading and Image Management using Metadata and Keywords in Photoshop / Bridge / Lightroom
    • Maintaining original Raw format vs. converting to the Digital Negative (DNG) format
    • Adobe Camera RAW / Lightroom RAW modifications using the following:


    Basics Tab
    White Balance
    • Temperature
    • Tint
    Tonal Adjustments
    • Auto and Default
    • Exposure
    • Contrast
    • Highlights
    • Shadows
    • Whites
    • Blacks
    Edge Contrast and Color Saturation
    • Clarity
    • Vibrance
    • Saturation


    Lens Corrections Tab
    • Distortion
    • Vignetting


  • What To Expect

    This class will be a combination of taking photographs with your RAW format capable digital camera, downloading the images to your laptop and applying basic non-destructive adjustments and corrections.

    • An easy walk up to 1/4 mile over the course of the class

    Class Size – 10

    We have designed this class with superb comfort and quality in mind. For these reasons, we have purposely limited this class to only 10 photographers, and with 2 instructors. Having a small group allows us to be highly efficient while ensuring personal attention and the ultimate intimate educational experience.

    Getting to the Class Location

    You will need provide your own transportation.

    What to Bring

    Required Equipment

    We instruct on all DSLRs including Nikon, Canon, Fuji, Sony, Pentax, and more

    DSLR or other RAW Format capable Digital Camera

    This class requires a Digital SLR Camera (DSLR) or other camera that has the capability to capture images in a RAW format such as CR2, NEF, SR2, RAF, PEF, KDC, MEF, and RW2.
    We will be utilizing your camera’s RAW shooting capacity to capture and download your images to Photoshop / Lightroom.

    Laptop - Apple Mac ProLaptop

    Bring a laptop with Photoshop CS5.5 OR Lightroom 5 (or newer) installed and operating.  (See computer requirements for Photoshop / Lightroom)
    Be sure to bring a working charger for your laptop and have your battery fully charged.
    If you wish to use dual monitors please bring an additional flat-screen monitor.

    Other Things to Bring


    Tranquility and Stability are prime in Photography.
    To achieve this, we many times need  a sturdy tripod will help improve your compositions and get sharp images.
    A tripod also allows you more time to determine what settings and focus you need to execute your creative insight.

    Extra batteries

    Bring at least 1 or 2 extra batteries. Batteries drain much quicker while using long exposures and in Cold temperatures. Just like running out of Memory Space to save that perfect last image of the day, dead batteries can spoil the trip.

  • FAQs

    >> Why only RAW Digital?

    RAW Digital photography offers unique non-destructive control and manipulation opportunities that are not possible in JPEG images.

    >> When to arrive?

    All students are expected to arrive on-time per the instructions and to work together as a group to learn, not only from instructors, but also from each other.

    >> What to Bring?

    Each Class suggest different Things to Bring.  Please read the “What To Bring” Tab on the individual Class page for specific details.

    >> Is transportation provided?

    Each student is responsible for their own transportation to and from the class meeting location.

    >>  Does weather ever alter or cancel events?

    Only if conditions pose a safety risk. Often, poor weather can make for dramatic photographic opportunities, so if rain is forecasted, pack a light jacket or rain poncho and bring something to keep your camera dry (a hotel shower cap is ideal).


    >> What happens if I have to cancel?

    When you reserve a spot, it won’t be available for anyone else, therefore we can not offer a refund unless the cancellation is 90 days before the workshop date. This policy is necessary to assure that WDP can:

    • Keep the cost to our Students to a minimum
    • Guarantee a limited number of Student enrollment per workshops
    • Maintain a high number of Instructors to Student ratio

    However, there is an exception to every rule. If, for some reason an Expedition or Workshop  is cancelled by WDP, you will be entitled to a refund, or may choose a credit for a different date. [Read more…]

    >>  Create better photographs!

    These workshops will help you develop technical and creative skills to produce photographs at a Professional level while you build friendships and have fun!




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