Photography and digital image manipulation

Advanced photo processing with David Clapp

Ref: SWE10831


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About this course

Expand your Photoshop and RAW processing skills and push your photography to a higher standard. Using invisible image processing, you are transported right to the moment the image was captured.

Course Description

Many digital photographers are used to a set approach to photographic processing, with many spending most of their time in RAW processing software, without really uncovering the power of Adobe Photoshop.

Photography is a level playing field, with everyone owning quality camera equipment, because in 2020 there are no poor cameras. It is the work we put into photographic processing that seperates us, and David Clapp is an expert in this field.

The course begins with a look at David’s own approach to photography, a colourful display of his professional work with a close look at the ‘wiring under the board’. David’s images cover a wide range of subjects, from landscape and seascapes to travel photography, architectural photography, travel portraiture and more. He will then go through an intensive look at RAW processing and show you the correct way of processing RAW files from start to finish, with a look at the technical details, from colour space to colour profiles, building presets to speed up workflow, mapping, GPS tagging, keywords and more.

The Photoshop section of the course will be an intensive look at professional image processing. It is here that the true magic really happens. David will look at a number of important fundamentals in his professional work; luminosity masking, complex selections, making selections by tone and colour, building your own actions, workflow and image output as well as adding polish to your images.

David’s ethos is one of invisible image processing, so the viewer is transported right to the moment without the distractions of handing ownership to the computer. Advance your processing skills and push your photography towards an enviable standard.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • Memory Stick / Hard Drive
  • A note of your Adobe ID login, if you have one
  • Pen and notebook
  • Although taking photographs is not part of the course, you are welcome to bring your camera equipment if you want to take advantage of photographing the College and Gardens during breaktimes/evening.

Available to buy

  • Available from tutor:
  • Tutorial hand outs and course notes, RAW files and recorded videos to support the course content.


David Clapp

David Clapp is one of the UK's most successful landscape, travel and architectural photographers. A jack of all trades, he began working as a writer, contributing imagery and words for photography magazines. This lead to a career as a full-time professional in 2009, amassing a strong position as a global stock photographer


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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