Raw Processing Tutorial Worth a Look

Raw Processing Concentrate is described as "A real-world guide to creating stunning images with Adobe Lightroom." The creators of this tutorial, Rob and Lauren Lim of Photography Concentrate, are two photographers based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. They bring their experience and passion for the art of photography to these lessons.

This is not the usual module by module introduction to Lightroom. Rather it is a way to approach the processing of your raw images using Lightroom as your tool. Rob and Lauren were kind enough to give me a copy of the tutorials for review and I have to say I did enjoy them. There are over 5 hours of video tutorials. A small portion of the time is spent covering the Library module and Lightroom's export features. The majority is spent examining the techniques available to you in the Develop module.

The techniques presented in the videos are sound and can be quite useful when you are faced with how to address an image and what road to take it down from an artistic perspective. If you are struggling with how to process your images or just a bit overwhelmed by all of the options Lightroom affords you, then this tutorial is for you.

The tutorial is reasonably priced at $34.95 and can be downloaded. Rob and Lauren are working on iPad compatible versions of the videos in case you want to view them there. Watching the video on your iPad while following along in Lightroom can reinforce what the video is teaching.

In addition to the videos, Rob and Lauren also include the original raw files used in the videos, 16 presets for you to use and learn from, and a couple of easy reference "cheat" sheets for sliders and shortcuts.

One shortcoming, in my opinion, is that the videos are based in Lightroom 2. A video about the new features of Lightroom 3 is included. The techniques themselves are, for the most part, the same in either version so you can still follow along. There are a few techniques, however, that would benefit from some of the new features in Lightroom 3.

You can read more about the tutorial (and view a sample of the video) at http://www.photographyconcentrate.com/video-tutorial-raw-processing/. Then you can decide if this is right for you. I think it's definitely worth a look!

Rob and Lauren have graciously offered Lightroom Secrets readers a $5.00 discount. Just use the coupon code LS2010.