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Creative Raw Processing

with Caroline Jensen


$300 Full Participation | $150 Study Along
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Tap into the emotive power of communicating through the manipulation of color and light.

Creative Raw Processing, an expanded version of the previous course, Communicating with Color and Light, focuses on the manipulation of color and light in Lightroom, but may be translated easily to any RAW processor. Move beyond basic processing and learn how to develop your images to evoke emotion. You will learn some foundational color theory and psychology to help you understand not only the how, but the why behind the choices you make. Each adjustment will come alive as you learn to push boundaries and cover topics, such as creative curves, dodging and burning, manipulating texture, and color enhancement. Creative thinking and boundary pushing is encouraged.


Students must have a RAW processor and a basic understanding of how to import and export an image. The instructor will use various programs to demonstrate the lessons. Programs may include Lightroom CC, Lightroom Classic CC, Alien Skin Exposure, OnOne Photo RAW, Luminar, etc. This course is specific to developing an image with global and local adjustments.
Your chosen program must include these options: Temperature/Tint, Exposure, Contrast, Clarity, Highlights, Whites, Shadows, Blacks, Curves, Split Toning, and HSL. You must also have local adjustments including brushes, radial filters, and graduated filters. Programs may vary, but the instructor is experienced with most RAW processors.

what you’ll get

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4 weekly lesson PDFs (formatted for print or on-screen viewing)

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Full participation students engage in instructor-led discussion and Q&A for daily interaction and support. Study along students have full viewing access.

Custom audios/videos based on student Q&A

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Full Participation students receive extensive personal audio critiques of weekly assignment submissions.

Study Along Students have full viewing access.


80+ Videos

Weekly audio messages

Links to supplemental videos for discussion purposes

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Worksheets for color palette analysis


Lesson One


studying foundational raw processing through a unique process of deconstructing and reconstructing images

learning to evaluate noise, shadows, and highlights

experimenting with creative choices with foundational edits

exploring the relationship between sliders

beginning brush work; preparing the base image

beginning color psychology


prepare three versions of one image with basic adjustments alone

Lesson Two


exploring the tone curve and adjustment brush

effects of curves

colored curves

exploring the tone curve and adjustment brush

effects of curves

colored curves

matte and clean processing

creating tone curve presets

creating brush presets

create multiple edits of one image

color adjustment brush

beginning dodging and burning


submit two images based on curves adjustments


Lesson Three


color processing with creation intention


split toning

refining workflow

communicating with color


process one image three different ways from sooc

print one image edited three different ways and compare

Lesson Four


monochrome editing

pushing contrast limits

dodge and burn


toning black and white images


create one monochrome image

discuss color edit prints

"If you want an amazing, in-depth course that challenges you every step of the way, this is it! "

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about your instructor

Caroline Jensen is an award-winning photographic artist that lives on the wild prairie. Her passion for storytelling and creating art from the world around her has led her to photograph a wide range of subjects in her signature artistic style. She finds her niche in painterly images with dramatic light and enjoys focusing on one subject, whether that be a person, her original recipes, or flower. Her style, while ornate in processing, strives for a simplicity that guides the viewer’s eye to the heart of the image. A passionate educator and writer, Caroline has been featured in numerous publications and runs four workshops through Click Photo School. She has the honor of being named a Sony Associate Artisan of Imagery, and X-Rite Coloratti. You can find her stock images at Offset.

how it works


start learning

All class content is organized into simple steps as part of a clear, self-guided pathway inside your private online classroom. You'll check off each interactive step as you go, from completing readings and watching videos to student Q&A and assignment submissions.

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download weekly lessons

Each week, students receive a set of course materials, which generally include a PDF and instructional videos. All course materials are yours to download and keep.

Materials vary by program

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study & ask questions

Your registration includes access to a private online workshop for sharing and discussion. The workshop is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule. The instructor is present in the workshop every day to answer questions and offer encouragement.

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complete weekly assignments

Students receive an assignment to complete each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and builds upon class discussion throughout the week.


Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students post their assignments in the workshop and receive critique each week.


Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments, but they can follow along with instructor critiques of the Full Participation assignments.