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Camera Raw Creative Techniques

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Join 's Course: 4-Week Short Course: Camera Raw Creative TechniquesAdobe Camera Raw offers creative control that extends well beyond basic conversion. In this four-week online course, professional photographer and author Charlotte Lowrie will show you creative processing techniques for Raw images and how to place Raw images within a Photoshop file to get maximum flexibility in interpreting images both now and later. In this fun, fast-paced class, you'll learn how to use Camera Raw to create sepia-toned images, process and combine a Raw black-and-white and color image for a hand-colored effect, create faded and toned photos, and you'll capture and process ultra high-resolution, High-Dynamic Range images.

Key Features

  1. Creating a Sepia-Toned Image
  2. Combining Black-and-White and Color Images via Smart Objects
  3. Toning Effects for Creative Interpretations
  4. High-Dynamic Range (HDR) Images, the Next Frontier of Digital Imaging

  • Learn how to create sepia-toned Raw images in Adobe Camera Raw.
  • Note: Course is designed for full Photoshop, not Elements.  
  • Combine two separately processed Raw images for a hand-colored effect. 
  •  Learn to use creative toning effects using Camera Raw.
  • Capture and process High-Dynamic Range (HDR) images.

$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: 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

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

    Sample Photos by the Instructor

    © Charlotte Lowrie 

    © Charlotte Lowrie 

    Course Outline


    Lesson 1: Creating a Sepia-Toned Image
    The appeal of sepia toning is as venerable as the process is old. Now you can use high-bit-depth Raw images to create a sepia effect. The range of toning options is limited only by your imagination. After conversion, we will add refine the sepia effect in Photoshop CS2. Sidebar: Discover the range of toning options.
    Assignment: Capture a portrait or still life image suitable for sepia toning.

    Lesson 2: Combining Black-and-White and Color Images via Smart Objects
    Processing a Raw image twice and placing the images as Smart Objects in Photoshop allows you to combine a black-and-white interpretation of the Raw image with a color version of the image ... all with the ability to go back and refine or reinterpret both files independently. Sidebar: The advantages of using Smart Objects.
    Assignment: Capture a still-life or other image suitable for black-and-white and color rendition.

    Lesson 3: Toning Effects for Creative Interpretations
    Capturing an image is the first step in creative vision. Processing the image is your opportunity to apply your personal vision and creative interpretation to the image through the use of color manipulation, saturation control, and creative use of color temperature and tone. Sidebar: Looking at the modern masters of creative image interpretation.
    Assignment: Capture a landscape or still life image suitable for creative interpretation.

    Lesson 4: High-Dynamic Range (HDR) Images, the Next Frontier of Digital Imaging
    Seldom discussed and challenging to master, high-dynamic range (HDR) imaging combines a series of bracketed frames in extremely high resolution, combines them, and lets you interpret the results to create a final image that reveals stunning detail in the shadows while retaining detail in the brightest highlights. The result is an image in which the detail seems supernatural for a photograph. HDR imaging is likely the next frontier of digital imaging, but it is one that you can explore today to create amazing images.
    Assignment: Capture a series of six bracketed images of a home interior or exterior or landscape that has a high dynamic range.

    © Charlotte Lowrie 

    © Charlotte Lowrie 



    • Digital camera with shutter-speed bracketing option or Manual mode.
    • Tripod.
    • Adobe Camera Raw version 3.3 (or latest release) and a recent version of Photoshop.
    • Course is set up for users of Photoshop only, not Elements.



    How advanced should I be to take this course?
    You should have a good understanding of: (1) How to capture a well-exposed Raw image with your digital SLR, (2) how to process a Raw image in Adobe Camera Raw, and (3) a basic working knowledge of using Photoshop CS2 to complete image editing.  

    Can I use the techniques in this course for any type of photography?
    Yes. While some techniques are best suited for one or another type of photography - e.g., sepia toning for still life and portraits - the course offers a broad enough range of techniques that you'll have ample opportunity to apply them to all types of photography.  

    Will I need special gear to complete the course?
    You must have a tripod for the High Dynamic Range lesson, and your camera must allow you to bracket exposures by shutter speed or to shoot in Manual mode so that you can capture a sequence of images bracketed by shutter speed. You will also need access to a computer with Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop CS2 to process images.  

    Will the course include shooting tips as well as Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop instruction?
    Yes. Regardless of the creative interpretation applied after capture, great pictures begin in the camera. I'll provide ideas to inspire you for shooting assignments and tips to help hone your skills behind the lens.  

    What's so special about High Dynamic Range imaging?
    High Dynamic Range imaging is special because it takes you well beyond the current digital capture range that is generally 16-bit images with 65,536 shades of gray. With HDR imaging, you combine six to 10 bracketed exposures into a 32-bit image with 4 billion stepless shades of gray. And that's how you can maintain detail in bright highlight and deep shadow areas.  

    Why do creative interpretation in Camera Raw instead of Photoshop?
    The best place to do creative interpretation is in Camera Raw, where you are working with image data in a non-destructive environment. As a result, you get the highest resolution image available and that translates into additional editing headroom when you take the images into Photoshop for final editing.  

    Does this course cover the Elements version of Camera Raw?
    No. The course is designed just for the full version of Photoshop. 

    © 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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