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Mastering the Art of Photography

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Three Reasons To Shoot RAW

Chris Weston

Mastering the Art of Photography

Chris Weston

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11. Three Reasons To Shoot RAW
Looking at the whole process of photography, from visualisation to print, Chris explains the three key reasons for moving away from JPEG and embracing RAW.


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9 Finding Inspiration Duration:03:19
10 Slowing Down Duration:03:57
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14 WYSIWYG Duration:04:15
15 Choosing Lenses Duration:05:02
16 Perspective Duration:02:44
19 Separate And Isolate Duration:02:32
20 The Art Of Creative Exposure Duration:06:38
21 Focus On The Story Duration:04:20
22 The Passage Of Time Duration:03:00
24 Color vs. Black & White Duration:03:09
25 The Decisive Moment Duration:03:00
30 Case Study: Moody Blues Duration:03:29
31 Image Reviews Duration:03:02
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Three Reasons To Shoot RAW

let me say straight off, I always shoot raw. And there's a very simple reason the data captured by the center has to be processed. After all, it would look terrible if it wasn't. Now you can get the camera to do that processing for you, which is what all these menu options are for and that will give you a process JPEG. Or you can do the processing yourself, which is what the raw files for now, I like to do it myself because first off, the camera isn't a particularly sophisticated processing tool. For one thing, any adjustments it makes or apply to the whole image. You can't, for example, selectively adjust the brightness of the sky and leave the foreground as it was originally exposed. Neither can you, as just another example, soften skin tones without also softening around the eyes. Fine distinctions like this are really important when it comes to creating perfect prince and the camera as a processing device. In my opinion, simply isn't up to the job. Another factor and to me the most...

important is I know what I want the final image to look like the camera doesn't so which of us is more likely to produce the more authentic end product. Ever since photography was invented, image processing has been a critical component of the photographic process. The camera captures the data, and the photographer turns that data into information in the form of a finished print or digital output. Ansel Adams put it rather more poetically when using a musical metaphor. He described the negative as the score and the print as the performance however you get there. The art of photography is a combination of data capture and data processing to create a finished photograph that perfectly reflects my interpretation of the subject for me at least, requires me to be in full control of both of those elements. Yep, when it comes to photography, I'm a control freak. What can I say? That's why I don't shoot with the camera in full auto mode, and it's the reason I don't want the camera processing my images. For me, the bottom line is processing, especially if you want to create fine print or large prints or simply stunning photos is far better done working on the original raw data than on JPEG data already processed by the camera simply put with a raw file. You have loads more data to work on better, more sophisticated tools with which to work on it and much finer detail and control over it.

Class Description


  • See images with a creative eye.
  • Capture artistic photographs of the most popular subjects.
  • Choose the right lens and camera settings for the image you want to create.
  • Recognize and capture the “decisive moment”.
  • Add visual mood and emotion to your photographs.
  • Develop your own unique photographic style.
  • Find what inspires you and apply that inspiration to your image-making.
  • Fine-tune color, tone, and visual presence with easy-to-learn Adobe Lightroom adjustments.


Once you’ve mastered basic camera craft and photo-technique, what is the next step in advancing your photographic skillset? In this in-depth course, award-winner Chris Weston shares an approach to photography that has creativity at its heart, and reveals the secrets and professional techniques that will get you creating photographs that ‘sing’.

Taking you on a step-by-step journey, from vision to print, Chris shows you how to: tap into your natural creative instincts; ‘see’ much-photographed and everyday subjects with a unique vision; set a creative intention and get the camera to capture it authentically; and, with a few simple techniques, process superb print-ready photographs. Through ‘in-the-field’ examples and inspirational case studies, he reveals the nuances of composition that can make or break a photograph, and describes the creative tools that turn snapshots into stunning photographs good enough to adorn any wall.

Delivered in an easy-to-follow, down-to-earth style, using ‘real-life’ examples and ‘live’ tuition, this course builds on the practicalities of camera technique to equip you with the creativity and vision to see, capture and process compelling photographs time after time, whatever your camera or level of experience.


  • Beginners who want to create better photographs.
  • Intermediate photographers who want to refine their image-making and be more creative.
  • All photographers looking for inspiration and creativity.
  • Outdoor photographers interested in travel, landscape/cityscape, nature, sport, and wildlife photography.



I loved this course - in particular the latter part of it in which he demonstrated how post processing lets you really tell the story of the image. Another fabulous course. Thanks Chris & thanks Creative Live.

Abdullah Alahmari

Thanks a lot to mr. Chris Weston This course is great and It is a 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 course for me. Beside the other course ( mastering photographic composition and visual storytelling) both courses are Complementing to each other and highly recommended.

Charles Ewing

Fantastic course. Great photographer, teacher and storyteller!