HDR & RAW Photography Course. Learn how to take High Dynamic Range Photographs - email glen@digitalphotographycourses.co.uk

Course Timings


9.30 -10am Arrival, coffee & biscuits 10.00am camera settings & theory

11am-12.30pm Photography session 1

12.30 -1.00pm light lunch (included)

1pm-2pm Practical Photoshop 1

2pm-3pm Photography session 2

3pm-5pm Practical Photoshop 2

5pm Questions & course feedback


DSLR Course Requirements


Digital SLR Camera

Extra lenses - optional

External flashgun - optional

Fully charged battery and/or a spare

Empty memory card

Any other kit you need explaining

change of shoes if wet.


Please ensure you have a fully charged battery as we will be using your camera a lot and batteries do to tend to run out. For batteries and cards at huge discounts visit



Royalty Free RAW File


Below you will find a royalty free sample RAW file and a corrected JPG you can download and have a play with. You are welcome to use these files or pass them on as you wish but please remember they are my copyright.If you do reproduce them please credit me as the photographer and link back to this web site.


RAW Sample Small


Download Instructions


To download these sample files using Internet Explorer please right click and choose "Save Target As" or in Firefox choose " Save Link As". You will need some form of RAW editor like Photoshop or the Camera RAW software that came with your camera.


Sample RAW file 11MB

Sample JPG - Corrected 2MB


RAW & HDR Course Sunday 16th June 2019 - Spaces

HDR Church

Maximum of 4 Students

This is one of my favourite courses because I'm a great fan of shooting into the sun. I just love those long shadows and the fabulous cloud formations with the sunlight streaming through. HDR allows us to create photographs which are more like the image you saw when you took the shot.

For the morning practical photography sessions you will require a tripod with a remote release. The editing session will require a laptop computer with Lightroom installed.

Nik Collection HDR eFex 2 Pro. - https://nikcollection.dxo.com/ $60

Previously we have always used the excellent Photomatix HDR editing program, which costs about £75 for the full version, but is also available as free trial. We also demonstrate the Nik Collection HDR eFex 2 Pro but as this previously was about £120 we've worked with Photomatix. HDR eFex 2 Pro has now reduced to $60 so we now use this. You can get a trial version here. https://nikcollection.dxo.com/

The Nik Collection also includes several other Lightroom plug-ins, including HDR eFex 2 Pro, and these are now covered on the Lightroom Course.

Note: Please do not book this courses unless you have already attended our Beginners Photography Course first.

RAW & HDR Course Sunday 16th June 2019 - Spaces 

HDR-RAW 2016
Laptop with Photoshop installed?
Attendees Name / Comments

What is HDR Photography

Photography plus HDRHDR stands for High Dynamic Range. The human eye is great at seeing a very wide contrast range but unfortunately digital cameras record a much more limited tonal range. HDR is a method of taking several images and combining them in special software to give a much truer representation of what the eye actually sees. If you find the landscape images your camera takes don't actually look like what you think you saw then this is the best photography course for you. A tripod and a laptop PC with Photoshop installed would be very useful for this course but we do have spares if required.

The RAW and HDR Photography Course is split between taking photographs and editing them in Photoshop so you will require a laptop computer, with Photoshop or Photoshop Elements installed, plus a tripod and a remote release. Please contact us before booking if you lack any of these items.

HDR Sunset

RAW & HDR Photography Course

There is an option to save money by paying for a Beginners Photography Course followed by a Level Two Photography Course in advance. Individual courses are £135 but two courses cost £250 which is a saving of £20.

Most Saturday Beginners Photography courses are followed by a Level Two course the following day. This is helpful for people who may be traveling some distance or who would like to attend both courses during the same weekend. You can, of course attend on a later date if you prefer. If choosing this option below please contact us first to confirm availability of your chosen Level 2 course. 

Why do we need HDR Photography?

When we look at a high contrast scene, like a sunset, our eyes and brain can see detail in the bright areas but also in the shadows. This range of tones is called the dynamic range. Try using this simple analogy to grasp the idea.

The HDR Ruler


Imagine a three foot ruler, marked off in inches along it's length.The full 36 inch length of it represents the tonal range we can see with our eyes. Now imagine just 8 inches of the ruler - that represents about the same tonal range as a JPG image. At about 12-14 inches that about the equivalent of a good RAW file and about 16 inches would be about the same as film.

In HDR we take several pictures and then use specialist software, like Photoshop, to blend several Low Dynamic Range images into one HDR image.

Up until the advent of RAW & HDR photography most of these pictures have tended to to suffer from dark foreground but shooting in RAW and HDR has added a whole new dimension to this form of photography. A recent student just could not believe how creative this technique was and every second comments was "this is brilliant. I wish I had known about this before now."

Three Pictures Become One


The Digital SLR plus RAW & HDR Photography course is usually run as a private tuition course or in a small groups. It concentrates on landscape photography using the RAW file format & HDR techniques. These intensive photography & Photoshop courses are aimed at producing exhibition quality images for print or web use and are more suited to intermediate photographers.

It's helpful if you have a laptop with some version of Photoshop installed but we do have spares.  

Don't HDR pictures always look manipulated & false?

Absolutely not! One of the biggest complaints about a lot of HDR images is that they look "False" or "Unrealistic". On this course we will demonstrate a several different techniques to producing realistic HDR images that do not look false. This will involve showing you a selection of blending techniques which can produce a more lifelike and pleasing image.

Medbourne Bridge Medbourne Church Interior

RAW & HDR Course Outline

The course starts with an explanation of the difference between the JPG, RAW and HDR formats before going straight into a practical photography session to put the theory into practice. We'll spend about an hour taking photographs in the RAW format before loading the images onto a PC and adjusting them in Photoshop to see just how much detail is achievable. After lunch we'll travel to another location where you will be able to take another landscape photograph using the the techniques you learned in the morning. By this time you should be able to visualize the finished image before you actually take the shot.

Please Contact Us If You Have Any Questions

email - glen@digitalphotographycourses.co.uk or call 0116 279 6906

Student Testimonials

This is the best course I’ve done so far. Very interesting and taught in a way that I feel I can confidently replicate.
Paul Rose.

Another brilliant course. I’ve learnt some new skills to go home and play with. Becky Porter.

Glen is so patient and he teaches in variety of different ways which are all excellent. This course answered all my questions. Lightroom is next on the list.
Jenny Burden

Another really enjoyable course which was well paced and made easy to learn the topics. Glen always takes the time to explain the details without having to go too deep. Suresh Thalange.

Thanks Glen. I feel I understand HDR better and I have enjoyed experimenting with the different presets and programs available. Kirsty Taylor.

Another excellent course. I just need to practice. Lynda Schlemmer.

Yet another informative and inspiring course. I can’t wait to go out and put it into practice.
Chris Bluett

I’m so impressed! I love this technique and Glen’s simple explanations mean I’ll be able to explore this more tomorrow.
Jane Allwright

I enjoyed this course very much. Dave Allen.

An interesting course where everything was explained clearly and I now understand what HDR & shooting is all about. I’m hoping for a nice sunset tonight to practice on.
Pauline Bellamy

I have attended several of Glen's courses and on every occasion I have found the sessions enjoyable and extremely informative.

I went on this HDR and RAW photography course with some trepidation, as I was concerned that it would be very technical, and be mostly about elaborate editing in Photoshop.

On both counts I was wrong. As usual Glen's calmly paced, easily understood tuition, followed by practicing the techniques, with a very useful review of the shots in their before and afterwards states.

In the most basic terms, I picked up invaluable tips on how to quickly improve the photos I've already taken. The terms "Bracketing"and "blending" sound very technical, but they are simple methods of accurately capturing the detail in a contrasting landscape shots (e.g. ground dark, sky light).

This training really helped with my understanding of the tonal range and contrast variations in a photograph , but more fundamentally, composition and the visualization of the finished picture before the shot was taken.

The session on RAW was excellent - this technique is simple, and relevant for those few 'special' landscape shots, that will benefit from some editing to bring out the contours of clouds, for example.

The editing in Photoshop was simple - the results from the session are images I would put on a wall!

I can't recommend this course highly enough, there really were some "eureka" moments, where all the knowledge I've picked up on Digital SLR photography all fell into place.

Marc Darling

Hi Glen,I just wanted to say thanks for the course, it was a great day, worth every penny. It's a great relief to now know that the expensive camera I have purchased and the new Nikon 18-200 zoom will be now be used correctly & hopefully I will be able to produce some fantastic picture in Borneo. I've recommended you to a lots of people, and I intend to see you for one of the wildlife courses in the future. Thanks again for superb day.

Craig Rogers

I just wanted to thank you again for the photography course today. I thought that it was going in way over my head but you made it seem so much easier. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely be booking other courses. Excellent course full of useful information. I was thrilled with the amount I learned. Thank you.

Becky Holmes

Glen really tries hard to avoid the jargon and keep the instructions simple and understandable. His tuition focuses on getting the basic building blocks in place. He is definitely knowledgeable and he has certainly inspired me to practice my new skills and learn more. An excellent photography course.

David John