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Camera Raw: From Capture to Finished Photo

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Join 's Course: 4-Week Short Course: Camera Raw: From Capture to Finished PhotoLearn how to capture high-resolution Raw images, convert the images, and edit them in Photoshop. In addition to shooting and converting Raw images, instructor and author Charlotte Lowrie shows you how to edit and polish your high-resolution images in Photoshop, and how to use Adobe Camera Raw to apply creative effects to your images. This course is a great way to get started in Raw capture and get great finished images ready to print or post, and learn some cool Raw creative processing techniques as well.
Key Features

  1. Introduction to Raw Capture: Learn why it is the top capture choice of professional photographers.
  2. Evaluation and Conversion: How to evaluate a Raw image, and then learn how to get the best conversion of your Raw images in Adobe Camera Raw.
  3. Workflow for Image Editing: Clean up images using various Photoshop tools, tweak tone and contrast, make selective adjustments, sharpen images for different output uses, etc.
  4. Special Processing Techniques: Convert Raw images to black-and-white, correct lens aberrations, add a vignette, and create a sepia-toned Raw image.

  • Perfect for anyone who is new to Raw shooting.
  • NOTE: Course is designed for Photoshop, not Elements.
  • Try creative conversion techniques.
  • Go from capture to finished image ready for printing or online posting.
  • Perfect for serious hobbyists through intermediates.

What You Get

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  Benefits:
You get direct feedback on your photos from world-acclaimed, professional photographers. You can learn photography in this way from anywhere in the world.  
 
 
  • Learn at your pace, with structure.
  • Be guided by a real pro instructor.
  • Get your photos critiqued every week.
  • Join students from around the world.
  • Go far beyond any book or DVD.
  • Make great pictures, again and again!

Instructor

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Photography Instructor: Charlotte K. Lowrie Charlotte K. Lowrie
Charlotte K. Lowrie is an award-winning nature, portrait, and food photographer and writer. Her photography and writing have appeared in newsstand magazines including Popular Photography & Imaging, and in newspapers. Her photography and writing have also been featured on the Canon Digital Learning Center, on MSN, and in Microsoft products and advertisements. You can see her images on her Web site at wordsandphotos.org.

Charlotte is the author of 18 books including:

Charlotte's images have won awards in the International Aperture Awards and the International Aperture competitions, and in the Women in Photography Portrait competition.

Charlotte teaches four BetterPhoto PhotoCourses:

  • Learning the Canon EOS 60D
  • Learning the Canon Digital Rebel
  • Learning the Canon EOS 7D

    A Couple of Photos by the Instructor


    © Charlotte Lowrie 

    © Charlotte Lowrie 

Course Outline

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Week 1: Introduction to Raw Capture
Learn why Raw capture is the top capture choice of professional photographers. Find out why exposure is especially important in getting the most from your camera’s image sensor. Sidebar 1: What is Bit-Depth and Why Should You Care? Sidebar 2: What Is DNG and Why Is It Important?
Assignment: Capture a Raw image with optimum exposure.

Week 2: Raw Image Evaluation and Conversion
Review the goals of the Raw conversion process, learn how to evaluate a Raw image before conversion, and then learn how to get the best conversion of your Raw images. Sidebar 1: Why Is Color Space Important? Sidebar 2: More About Highlight Recovery.
Assignment: Shoot and convert a Raw image in Adobe Camera Raw.

Week 3: Workflow for Image Editing
This lesson establishes a workflow for image editing in Photoshop ranging from cleaning up images using various Photoshop tools, tweaking tone and contrast, making selective adjustments, converting images from 16- to 8-bit, and sharpening images for different output uses. Sidebar 1: Portraits: Retouching Blemishes and Wrinkles.
Assignment:  Shoot and convert a Raw image in Adobe Camera Raw, and edit it in Photoshop CS3 for final output (either for printing or Web display).

Week 4:  Special Processing Techniques
This lesson includes a variety of creative techniques including converting Raw images to black-and-white in Adobe Camera Raw, correcting aberrations, removing or adding a vignette, and creating a sepia-toned image in Camera Raw. Sidebar: Double-processing and compositing images to increase the dynamic range.
Assignment: Convert a color image to a black-and-white image in Camera Raw, and convert a color image to a sepia-toned image in Camera Raw.

 

© Charlotte Lowrie 

Requirements

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  • Digital SLR camera with any lens (or lenses).
  • The latest version of Photoshop or at a minimum Photoshop CS2, and Adobe Camera Raw. If you have an older version of Photoshop, the button and function names in the lesson text may not match what you see in your version of ACR and Photoshop, and you won’t have all of the options covered in the lessons.
  • NOTE: Course is designed for Photoshop, not Elements.

 


FAQ

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Is this course intended only for beginning/intermediate photographers or can advanced photographers take part too?
This course is open to any photographer who wants to get started in Raw shooting, processing, and Photoshop image editing techniques. At a minimum, you should have a basic working knowledge of Adobe Bridge (the file browser that comes with Photoshop) and Photoshop.  

What kind of equipment and software will I need to complete the photo assignments?
Any camera digital SLR that allows you to shoot Raw images. You don’t need a wide selection of lenses, but You will need to have the latest version of Photoshop, and of Adobe Camera Raw. Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) is included within Photoshop at no extra cost, but you may need to download the latest version from the Adobe.com Web site. ACR updates are free from Adobe. Note: This course is designed for users of Photoshop, not Elements.  

What if I have Photoshop, but it isn’t the latest version?
As long as you have Photoshop CS 2 or later, you will not lose anything during the course. However, the lesson text may not match the names of buttons and functions you see in your version of ACR and Photoshop, and you will not have the newer ACR and Photoshop options discussed in the lessons.  

How do I start Adobe Camera Raw?
You can start Camera Raw from Adobe Bridge, the file browser for Photoshop. Just right-click a Raw file, and then choose Open in Camera Raw from the menu. The Camera Raw dialog box opens displaying your Raw file. However, if you get an error message, it most likely means that you need to go to the Adobe Downloads Web site and download the latest version of ACR. ACR is updated very often to support the latest cameras, and your version of ACR may be a version before your camera was supported. 

Can I use Raw conversion programs from the camera manufacturer or Lightroom?
For the best learning experience for all students, this class is standardized for Adobe Camera Raw for Raw image conversion and Photoshop. This course does not cover other Raw conversion programs. When the new version of Camera Raw and Photoshop are officially released, the course will be updated for the new releases.  

Can I take this course if I use Adobe Elements?
No. Currently the course is concentrates only on Photoshop.  

Can we use image-editing software for our weekly submissions?
For the first two lessons, we won’t edit images in Photoshop, but in Lesson 3, we will begin editing in Photoshop. Lessons 2 through 4 concentrate on image conversion and editing, first using Adobe Camera Raw, and then using Photoshop. The goal is to learn good, basic editing techniques and workflow. So in short, the answer is yes, but also please don’t use editing to add filters such as motion blur, create watercolor effects, and so on. 


© Charlotte Lowrie 

© Charlotte Lowrie 

Do I have to be online at any specific time?
No, you do not need to be online at any specific time. The lessons are sent to your email and you are also provided the Campus Square - where you interact with your classmates and instructor. This is also where you upload your photos to be critiqued by your instructor. The instructors are very punctual and respond quickly.

Will I have access to the instructor to ask questions during the photo course?
Absolutely! Students can ask questions in the special Q&A forum set up in the course's Campus Square, or can ask the instructor via email.

Do you offer a money back guarantee?
Yes. We are confident that you will fully enjoy our courses. All the same, for our 8-week classes, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent out. If for any reason, you are not satisfied and let us know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent, you will be promptly refunded.

For our 4-week courses, we offer a 100% money back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent out from BetterPhoto. If for any reason you are not satisfied and you let the ordering department know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent, you will be refunded within 7 days. After the second lesson has been sent out, no refunds will be given.

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BetterPhoto Member Carol A. Grady
Carol A. Grady
member since: 8/23/2008
This course is a very good course to take if you are not familiar with RAW and how to use it to your best advantage. Charlotte is very attentive to detail and goes over photos with a fine tooth comb to deliver a constructive critique. I have learned quite a lot and am now more comfortable working in ACR than I ever was before.
If there is any disappointment it is that I seemed to be the only one in the course and that was not too much fun. It's nice to have other others to compare to and to learn from.

Not Charlotte's problem in the least! She is very good! I highly recommend this course.

Carol Grady

- 10/2/2012 11:00:37 AM


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April Medina
member since: 2/22/2006
Camera Raw: From Capture to Finished Photo is a great class! The lessons are clear and extremely informative. Charlotte Lowrie is absolutely wonderful! She spends a great deal of time and effort on each student. She offers detailed advice and constructive criticism on each and every photo submitted. I highly recommend this class to anyone interested in increasing their knowledge of Camera Raw. Thank you, Charlotte, for a terrific class!

- 8/9/2012 7:58:52 AM


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BetterPhoto Member Daphne  S. Sampson
Daphne  S. Sampson
member since: 6/8/2011
Charlotte was a wonderful instructor! She gave wonderful advise and break down of Camera In the Raw. I have learned so much tips and hints that has changed my photo editing so much.

Thank you again!

Charlotte

- 8/6/2012 12:17:14 PM


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BetterPhoto Member Kenneth J. Rhodes
Kenneth J. Rhodes
member since: 4/17/2012
This is the second BetterPhoto course that I've take with Charlotte Lowry as the instructor. As in Charlotte's other courses, the "Camera RAW" course is packed with extremely useful information presented in a clear and accessible style. The lessons lead you through all the essential steps of RAW image processing in Adobe Bridge and Photoshop, leading to images ready for print or sharing via electronic media. Charlotte always provides timely and constrictive feedback, and make a sincere effort to respond to questions and provide additional, very useful tips and insight. I strongly recommend this course.

- 7/2/2012 9:34:06 AM


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Katherine M. Mohren
member since: 4/8/2009
Information given in an organized manner, helping to create a natural workflow. Loved the fact that you started with one photo and continued adding steps to that photo each week. Critiques very informative and helpful! Am sorry to see the course end. This is the second course I have taken with Charlotte and I can't say enough good things about her teaching techniques! Thank you!!!

- 6/10/2012 2:50:58 PM


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"Charlotte Lowrie is a wonderful instructor. She explains everything in simple terms so that it is easy to understand. She gives quick responses to any questions and goes out of her way to make sure you understand" -Linda Pearson, former student 

"Thank you so much for your insightful critiques during this class! I looked forward to your comments each week and seeing my photos through your well-trained eyes. I learned A LOT and thoroughly enjoyed the class." -Leslee Yoder, former student 

"Charlotte’s lessons were packed full of information, she answered questions quickly and provided invaluable critiques. I would recommend BetterPhoto.com and especially Charlotte Lowrie to anybody! It won’t be long before I sign up for another BetterPhoto.com course and/or purchase many of Charlotte’s books." -Tanya Ray, former student 

"Many, many thanks for organizing such an excellent course ... I really feel as though I can cope with RAW now. Before joining your course, I could not fathom out RAW at all despite reading books, articles and friends trying to help me. Thank you again Charlotte!" -Jacky Stevens  

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