This is about the computer side of digital photography and RAW images in particular. Shooting an image in RAW is one thing; it then has to be processed (developed) using a computer. So, successful digital photography requires knowledge of a camera and computer software. We offer a learning programme that de-mystifies the jargon and guides you to better image-making. We use tuition, examples and hands-on use of software tools. Time is best spent with a camera, not at a computer, so our aim is to show you how to do post-processing fast - no more than 2 minutes per image. We use Lightroom and Photoshop in our courses but the principles apply equally to other products on the market, such as Elements, Affinity, Luminar.
We start at the beginning ...
PP1: ORGANISE, BACKUP AND FIND IMAGES
Save time and avoid loss of data by getting it right from the beginning. This course takes you through how to get images from camera to computer, the ways to organise images on a computer, to back up images and to find them when needed. It may sound basic but it is the most important step in post-processing. We also cover ways to organise images already on your computer and we offer a separate service to help you re-organise your images safely.
3 hours, £30/person, max 5 people
PP2 and PP3: THE ESSENTIALS OF POST-PROCESSING
We split this into two sessions so there is plenty of time for hands-on and to answer questions. We go through the software tools that enable a digital RAW image to be developed, covering:
- things to understand to process images successfully (calibration, dynamic range, colour space, workflow, histograms, cropping and straightening, lens and camera adjustments, and white balance);
- tones (exposure, highlights, whites, shadows, blacks);
- presence (clarity, dehaze, vibrance, saturation);
- colours (hue, saturation, luminance); and
- getting detail right (sharpening, noise reduction).
We discuss examples of workflow and ways to minimise time spent at a computer.
2 x 3 hours, each session £30/person, max 5 people
PP4: FUSE AND RIPEN
in this course we recap on the most useful features of post-processing, with time trials, and we introduce more specific techniques such as: HDR, panorama stitching, focus stacking, monochrome, making work available on the web and social media, printing an image and making a photobook.
3 hours, £30/person, max 5 people
In 2018 we have added courses for more advanced subjects:
FS: FOCUS STACKING
Focus stacking is a technique to overcome limitations of cameras and lenses that result in too narrow a depth of field. This is encountered with close-up and macro photography but also with landscapes and low light photography. A series of images of a subject is taken, identical except for their plane of focus, and the results are “blended” or “stacked” together. This hands-on course covers the principles and issues involved, simple techniques including hand-held, up to more sophisticated techniques with software and hardware for complex subjects. This course includes practical exercises with your own camera.
6 hours, £60/person, max 5 people
Stitching enables a large image to be produced from a number of individual images shot horizontally and/or vertically. It enables a perspective to be captured that is beyond that of a single shot. Also it can produce an image of very high resolution for printing on a large scale while retaining detail. We discuss the techniques of taking images to be stitched and the software solutions to stitch them. We also demonstrate hardware aids to assist complex stitching subjects. This course includes practical exercises with your own camera.
3 hours, £30/person, max 5 people.
We explore when monochrome can be better than colour, and different ways to convert to monochrome: simple and fast techniques to advanced software such as Silver Efex Pro 2. This is a hands-on course.
6 hours, £60/person, max 5 people.
We look at the interaction between Lightoom, Camera Raw and Photoshop, and particular features of Photoshop such as: layers, blending, making selections and re-touching.
4 hours, £40/person, max 6 people.
This course explains the steps from an image on a computer screen to an image printed on paper. We explore: the meaning of "archival", colour space, calibration, printer profiles, inks, different papers and different ways to mount and display images (e.g. mounts, lamination, frames, board, dibond). This is a hands-on course using our A3+ and A2+ printers.
6 hours, £60/person, max 6 people