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Awesome Digital Projects: Panorama, HDR, B&W, and Toning

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Join 's Course: 4-Week Short Course: Awesome Digital Projects: Panorama, HDR, B&W, and ToningDiscover many exciting photographic possibilities in this 4-week online course. The goal is to extend what your camera can do, and capture more, then combine those captures in Photoshop to bridge concept with result. This course - taught by Richard Lynch, author and digital imaging specialist - differs from classes that look at shooting and post-processing separately by requiring both. Students are challenged to relate shooting to post-processing through four projects: HDR photography, shooting panoramas, converting images to black-and-white, and colorizing and toning black-and-white images. All the techniques in the course can be mixed to achieve creative new images.

Key Features

  1. Creating a Panorama
  2. Creating High-Dynamic Range (HDR) Images
  3. Converting Images from Color to B&W
  4. Toning and Colorizing Images

  • An intermediate-level course for both Photoshop and Elements.
  • Learn the technique for producing exciting and dramatic images through the  High-Dynamic Range (HDR) process.
  • Discover how to produce eye-catching panoramas - by shooting several images in succession and then stitching them together using Photoshop or Elements.
  • Find out how to get the best results of converting color digital images into black-and-white photos that have visual impact.
  • Learn to create new works of art from your photos by colorizing selectively and by creating toning effects.  

$198.00 USD

What You Get


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!



Photography Instructor: Richard  Lynch Richard Lynch
Richard Lynch has written 9 books on Photoshop and image editing. His expertise was born following interests in photography and design, honed as the editor and designer of a photography book publishing house and perfected by working with his own images. His photographic techniques and Photoshop work are steeped in darkroom tradition and photographic theory. He has spent more than 20 years adapting the darkroom to solid digital techniques, and is confident that he can make any image more than it was when it was shot using the digital darkroom.

American born and a US resident, Richard currently lives in Romania where he runs photo tours. He teaches courses for digital photographers and hobbyists in photography and Photoshop online and in the classroom. His articles have been in a variety of publications online and in print, including Popular Photography, PCPhoto, Advanced Photoshop, Digital Photography Techniques, and Photo Techniques. His books tend to fall outside of the series typical series algorithm. His latest book, The Adobe Photoshop Layers Book (, was the first and only book devoted specifically to Photoshop layers when it first came out in 2007. A completely new edition of the layers book was released for 2012.

In his ‘spare’ time, Richard experiments with both modern and vintage equipment (like manual-focus lenses, extension tubes, modifications), and devises new and better schemes for image editing (often in the shower). His creative prose has been published in a variety of literary magazines and online. A culinary background and interest in malt beverages led him to competitive beer brewing, and has won awards for his brews in national competitions in the US. Richard enjoys target shooting, a skill not unlike photography, and has a strong knowledge of pellet guns and rifle optics born of his interest in camera lenses and plinking little plastic army guys. He lives to follow his interest, sneak in a little fun, and is in possession of more camera and computer equipment than anyone realistically needs – but he can justify all of it.

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Course Outline


Lesson #1: Creating a Panorama
Panoramas are pictures that are extended, usually to give a broader feel. You can make them by simply cropping a wide-angle shot, but you can also build panoramas from multiple shots to enhance resolution and enlargement possibilities. In this lesson, we’ll look at how to shoot several images in succession and stitch them together using Photoshop or Elements. Part of the process relies on controlling the exposure, and part on working with Photoshop to get the shots combined seamlessly. Both automated and manual compositing is covered, though our focus is on how to control and master manual results.

Lesson #2: Creating High-Dynamic Range (HDR) Images
High Dynamic Range images are an option for capturing scenes that may be difficult or impossible to light or expose correctly. To create what is known as an HDR image, the photographer takes multiple exposures of the same scene to grab detail in the highlight, midtones and shadows, then combine these images in Photoshop/Elements to create a single image with an enhanced dynamic range. Instruction covers setup and the concept of exposing different ranges of the scene, as well as both automated and manual means of combining images. This section will talk about HDR (high-dynamic range) shooting as a strategy. The results can lead to exciting and dramatic images that would be otherwise impossible to shoot in a single exposure with current digital cameras.

Lesson #3: Converting Images from Color to B&W
Converting color digital images to black-and-white can be a challenge if you want to get the best results. This lesson looks at some basics of shooting for black-and-white, and some not so basics of making the optimal conversions using various separation techniques, digital filtering, Channel Mixers, and more. The lesson also includes some information on shooting digital infrared with filters and converted cameras for those who want to be more extreme! You choose how you want to shoot it and how to get the most out of your subject.

Lesson #4: Toning and Colorizing Images
Converting images from color to black-and-white - as done in lesson #3 -leaves you with many options to create new works of art from your photos. Colorizing selectively by adding back from the original color, imitating hand-coloring effects, or creating toning effects like sepia, duotone, tritone, and more, are all options covered in this lesson. This lesson runs the gamut from the quick-and-dirty fun techniques to sophisticated pro techniques for controlling the character of toned black-and-white for the best results.

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© Richard Lynch 



  • Richard's Correct & Enhance course, or equivalent experience using Photoshop or Elements.
  • Photoshop CS, CS2, CS3, CS4, CS5, or Photoshop Elements 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8.
  • A camera with manual exposure capabilities (along with the manual for reference).
  • A tripod (a monopod can serve in a pinch).
  • Recommended: Richard's Leveraging Layers course or equivalent experience. A cable or wireless shutter release.



What will this course do for me?
This course will enhance what you are able to do with your photography. It will expand the physical dimensions of what you can shoot (panoramas and knitting images), increase the depth of potential detail that you can capture (HDR images and compositing), and help you explore creative avenues in tone and color (conversions to black-and-white, creating duotones, and colorizing images). 

I use Elements, instead of Photoshop. Can I take this course?
Yes! This course is intended for Photoshop AND Photoshop Elements users and contains instruction for both. The instructor has written four books on each program and is very well versed in using either. 

I have never used Photoshop or Elements. Should I take this course?
No. This course is intended for experienced Photoshop or Elements users. A better option for a beginner is my Photoshop 101 course. Photoshop 101 was meant to prepare you to get comfortable with Photoshop or Elements. As this is a more advanced course, my Correct & Enhance course is recommended as well. Leveraging Layers is suggested. 

What equipment will I need?
We'll be covering some diverse shooting conditions, so you'll need a camera that can be controlled manually, your camera's manual for reference, a cable-release and a tripod. As we will also be covering post-processing, you'll need a computer and Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. 

Do I need a digital camera?
A digital camera is suggested. It is possible to take the course using a film camera, but the course is written for those with digital SLRs. 

Do I need a printer at home?
No. None of my Photoshop courses require that you have a home printer. There is an optional, fun exercise in lesson #4 that you can try on a home printer, but it is not required. 

Do I have to shoot new images for this course?
It is strongly recommended. Part of the fun of the process is following it from concept to result. You could possibly use existing images, but doing so will lose an entire dimension of the course. 

© Richard Lynch 

© Richard Lynch 

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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