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A Complete Training Program

For Lightroom & Photoshop

  • Do you capture fantastic photos in the field, but find that your workflow bottlenecks once you bring them into Lightroom or Photoshop?
  • Do you have difficulty finding a unique creative style to call your own?
  • Have you spent hours processing a single photo, only to be disappointed with your results?
  • Do you find Lightroom and Photoshop a daunting place when you know it shouldn’t be?
  • Would you like to learn how to use both Lightroom AND Photoshop together to create “wall-worthy” landscape photographs?
  • Would you like unlimited one-on-one support to answer all your processing questions as they come up?
  • If I showed you a comprehensive, complete, and worthwhile investment in your photography that you can grow into…would you be interested?

Imagine This...

You’re standing in the middle of a field, and the setting sun warms your face.

The light is quickly fading, but you’re not worried...because you know exactly what to do.

The tripod is stable, the camera mounted, your lens attached, and your focus set.

The challenge? You need to capture the full dynamic range of light…

Otherwise, you’ll have crushed shadows and blown highlights.

Filters? There's not enough time to attach them.

You could try your luck with a single frame...

But this once-in-a-lifetime sunset is too special to take that chance.

Instead, you attach your remote shutter release and capture three sequential brackets...

Because you know exactly how to seamlessly blend them together in processing.

And once those exposures are blended together, that’s where the real fun begins...

Before you even get home, you’re already thinking of how you’ll “dodge and burn” to enhance the light…

How you’ll create vibrant colors that are balanced perfectly…

And know exactly how you'll clean, sharpen, and polish your image to make it a wall-worthy landscape.

You can’t wait to show the finished image to your friends and family...

And start to wonder if this will be an image worthy enough for your portfolio.

Maybe, just possibly, a new favorite?

You’re excited about the possibilities.

The best part? Not for a single moment did you ever doubt your abilities in the darkroom.

No confusion, no overwhelm.

You know the exact steps to take in Lightroom and Photoshop to get you that final print you can be proud of...

And this confidence is fulfilling, empowering, and immensely satisfying.

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Christopher Odonnell - CreativeRAW


My name is Christopher O’Donnell. When it comes to processing exceptional landscape photographs, most programs will teach you that MORE is better.

More tutorials.

More tips and tricks.

More actions and presets.

The result? A random collection of hit-or-miss techniques with no continuity that leaves you overwhelmed, confused, and misled.

This is an awfully inefficient way to learn Lightroom and Photoshop.

Instead, you require a proven system for creating extraordinary, fulfilling landscape photographs with total confidence…

Where even the most advanced techniques are broken down into clear and simple steps…

And you learn how to use the digital darkroom with focus, intent, and direction to create your very best images.

The best part?

You now have a faster, easier, and more enjoyable darkroom workflow that is 100% custom for YOU!


The Darkroom for Landscapes

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Here's How It Works...

First, you’ll learn the Tools.

Your mentorship includes simple-to-follow (yet incredibly comprehensive) walkthrough video lessons of every tool you SHOULD be using in Lightroom and Photoshop…and ONLY the ones which are relevant to photography.

These 24 modules are spread out over hundreds of bite-sized lessons that target very specific tools and techniques…segmented into small, manageable steps.

And with instant lifetime access to the videos, you can come back and view them again and again, entirely at your own pace.

Not only do these lessons teach you the “how”, but also the “why” for a complete understanding. You’ll dig deep into best practices and discover how to use Lightroom and Photoshop properly from the beginning.

And rather than only showing you how to overcome problems, you’ll learn how to avoid problems altogether.


Next, you’ll craft Workflows.

It’s not enough to know how and why a tool is used…it’s even more important to know how they can be leveraged to improve YOUR photographs. A hammer is simple to use, but knowing how to use it to build a house that YOU want is an entirely different story.

Through thoughtful lessons and creative exercises, I will explain exactly how to construct a workflow that makes perfect sense for you…instead of feeling overwhelmed with the limitless possibilities.

For example: when it comes to color processing, the options are endless…

  • Should you use the HSL sliders or color grading panel?
  • When should you move over to Photoshop for color changes?
  • Is it better to use curves or white balance to remove color casts?

There are many paths you can take in the darkroom for color processing. However, MORE is not necessarily better…because the overwhelm will cause inaction.

Instead, you’ll discover how to cherry-pick the tools and techniques that you can utilize best, and craft a fluid process that can be tailored to enhance any photograph.

You’ll learn how to trust your instincts and use that as your guide to developing your own processing techniques…which makes the darkroom clearer and more exciting.


The last (and most powerful) piece of “The Darkroom” is the direct mentorship and active community.

The lessons and assignments are the foundation of the program as they cover topics that are taught the same way to every photographer – much like a lecture.

However, you still need one-on-one guidance to provide that necessary context…and to have a mentor that will be proactive, dig deep, and ask the right questions that will push your limits and enhance your craft.

I’ll show you how to use the Tools and Workflows in a way that both compliments your unique creative process and provides the most simple and efficient path to your darkroom goals.

With direct (and unlimited) support from myself and a community of like-minded photographers, you’ll discover your own personal aesthetic by simplifying your workflow – not adding to it. Because your best photographs are instantly felt…and do not need to take all day to process.

This level of personal feedback requires a LOT of time on my part, which is why it’s missing from many other programs out there…

…but I know how instrumental this is to your success in the darkroom and as a photographer, which is something I care deeply about.

These three steps work together much like an apprenticeship…..where the technical knowledge, creative strategies, and personalized guidance give you the necessary clarity and momentum that will make your photography fulfilling, exciting, and unstoppable.


What is the Digital Darkroom?

Film vs. Digital


When I first became intentional with my photography, I started in the film darkroom. The entire creative process was new and exciting for me…

From choosing a specific film stock for the desired aesthetic…
developing my own negatives…
Working with the enlarger to control light and shadow…
And even the process of culling and organizing my images.

As extraordinary as it was to watch my images come alive in the film darkroom, there are MANY drawbacks that make it quite burdensome….which can slowly drain the joy out of photography.

That’s where the “digital” version of the darkroom comes in.

Lightroom and Photoshop are based on the concept of the film darkroom…an arena of limitless creativity and all the necessary tools laid out in front of you.

Many of the tools you’ll find here are actually based on film techniques…

Cropping, dodging and burning, color toning….even exposure blending and compositing.

The digital darkroom is the natural evolution from film, and opens so many more doors for your craft…

Giving you more time to spend creating your photographs, and more possibilities too.

From Idea to Execution

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When you piece together a processing workflow that is customized to YOUR creative vision, you'll be able to enhance any photograph...

And this is especially helpful for landscape photography...where the content, lighting, and detail can vary greatly.

Imagine being able to go back through your older images and breathe new life into them...

Finally creating the extraordinary photograph you originally envisioned.

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Here's what you'll learn about Lightroom...

Study Book 12 Courses

Find and Prevent Missing Images - CreativeRAW

Understand EXACTLY how Lightroom "thinks" and how to set up YOUR best workspace.

One common thread I've noticed with photographers who struggle with Lightroom is that they don't comprehend how it works fundamentally...and that is your biggest roadblock. I'll show you exactly how Lightroom connects to your images through the catalog (and what happens to your original photographs), how to import, export, and print your images the right way, and how to properly manage your catalog file(s)...making Lightroom simple and fun to use.

Tidy Up Your Collections - CreativeRAW

Flawless organization on auto-pilot.

Discover how to leverage the strongest features of the Library module for automated image organization and management. By using smart collections, keywords, virtual copies, and stacks...I'll help you create a simple and dynamic system for culling and organizing your images quickly...and will give you my personal tips for keeping your library tidy, simple, and VERY easy to manage.


Clean and enhance hidden details in your raw photographs.

Much like any creative medium, you need to properly "prime the canvas" for the creative stage. Sometimes, images are great straight-out-of the camera...but more often than not, they need some initial improvements. And if you're using raw format, you're leaving a LOT of detail on the table if you don't know how to properly enhance your images.

Learn how to clear away distractions and pull hidden detail out of your shadows and highlights...unlocking the full benefits of raw and paving the way to an exceptional photograph.


Build and strengthen the value, color, and contrast.

While there are many tools and techniques at your disposal, your time in the darkroom all comes down to:

1. identifying your creative intent
2. enhancing the qualities that help to express that vision, and
3. minimizing qualities that distract from it

And that is achieved by strengthening the relationship between luminosity, color, and contrast...and finding a pleasing balance between all three.

Discover how to create and enrich your colors, enhance the atmosphere by directing light and shadow, and enhance detail and texture to bring attention to your focal points...all with a degree of control and quality that is simply not possible with just your camera.

Most importantly, you'll learn how to genuinely love the creative process when you realize just how simple it can be to build an extraordinary portfolio.

...and Here's What You'll Learn About Photoshop

Study Book 10 Courses

When you capture a truly extraordinary photograph, you want to give it the attention it deserves....and that is where Photoshop comes in.

Many tend to avoid Photoshop altogether as it initially looks very confusing or labor-intensive...

...or perhaps they know a lot about the program, but can't piece together how to use the techniques on their own images. If you're serious about advancing your craft and creating your best landscape images of a fine-art quality...1

there is no question that Photoshop is where you need to be. Here's the good news: It's actually quite simple to use Photoshop once you learn layers, masks, and smart objects.

And once you understand these tools, even the most advanced techniques (like exposure blending or light painting) will make total sense... and you don't have to spend all day behind the computer to create an exceptional photograph.

Let me translate Photoshop for you into easy-to-follow lessons that you can start watching right now.


Deepen your dynamic range with exposure blending.

Our cameras typically can not capture the full range of detail in a single frame...which often leaves your images looking lackluster compared to the scene you witnessed in the field (this is especially true for landscape photography).

Learn how to properly bracket and blend to create images that explode with vibrant colors and exceptional detail without any enhancement....for an impactful, yet completely natural-looking landscape photograph.


"Paint with light" through dodging and burning.

Dodging and burning is absolutely the number one method for enhancing the mood and atmosphere of your photographs, which makes it one of my favorite processing techniques.

This incredible workflow allows you to literally paint light with a brush, carving out a path that leads the viewer through your frame...and I'll show you a simple (yet versatile) technique that will give you the highest quality detail and color every time.


Master advanced luminosity selections for complete creative control.

Most photographers know that luminosity masks provide the best way to make high-quality color and tonal adjustments. They can enhance almost every technique in Photoshop: crisper detail with dodging and burning…stronger, more accurate selections with exposure blending…richer, more vibrant hues with color grading...and that’s just scratching the surface. Unfortunately, many think that luminosity masks are difficult to use or take up too much time...but the reality is that luminosity masks are ridiculously easy (and free) to use thanks to recent technology.

Learn how to create, alter, and refine your selections and use them to perform expert-level masking techniques…such as exposure blending, sky replacements, composites, controlled sharpening, and adding contrast without any damage or blotchy detail.

I'll show you exactly how to create and use luminosity masks efficiently, clearly, and with absolute control...and with my engaging creative exercises, you will deepen your comprehension and learn how to use this revolutionary tool to create your very best photographs.


Construct a captivating atmosphere by enhancing the mood, light, and texture.

I'll show you how to deepen the meaning behind your frame and create an engaging atmosphere through specialized workflows.

Learn the Orton effect and Briscoe lighting, amplify the atmospheric perspective, and enhance sun rays and glows to radically expand the range of moods you'll be able to create...and nurture the development of your own ideas.


Create vivid, brilliant colors that explode with detail and light with advanced color grading.

Learn every step of my signature 5-part color grading workflow that has taken me years to develop and refine. This easy-to-follow system can be used on any photograph to enhance depth and harmony, enrich colors, and create a painterly ambiance for wall-worthy landscapes...derived solely from your unique vision.

By exploring color theory and balance, you'll learn how instantly enhance the contrast and texture of your hues with a few small adjustments...recreating the atmosphere you captured in the field (or completely transforming it).

...and all this covers just about 50% of what you'll find once you enroll. And since this is a LIFETIME membership, you are automatically "grandfathered" into all future updates.

From Idea to Execution

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The best part about this program is that it DOES NOT rely on presets or actions – meaning you will actually learn step-by-step how to process extraordinary landscapes instead of relying on automation.

This level of darkroom expertise will pay off exponentially as you'll be able to instantly know exactly how you want to enhance your images...

And know the exact steps needed to get your image there...

Making the darkroom easier, more enjoyable, and creatively fulfilling.

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Here's What Other Landscape Photographers Have to Say...

Member Reviews

Randall Huleva - CreativeRAW

Randall Huleva

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I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for the absolutely fabulous courses and tutorials that you have produced - and for being absolutely the BEST photo educator I have personally encountered.

I have had a lot of memberships over the years - many with the biggest and most famous names in this business. However, I find your sincere, down to earth and extremely knowledgeable style - all while being one of the nicest and most humble people I have had the pleasure to work with - to be far superior to them all!

Your program has been one of the best investments I have ever made in my photography. I was skeptical at first because I had heard the same “sales promotions” pitched so many times before. While most of them ended up being a disappointment, your courses have exceeded even my most optimistic HOPES of what a good course should be.

Geoff Dawes - CreativeRAW

Geoff Dawes

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Well thought out and very well produced. It is the most comprehensive and helpful course I have ever taken, and I have taken a lot of courses.

The “nuts and bolts” of the course, learning the myriad of buttons and controls, is done in such a way as to be extremely easy to follow and implement. But what puts this course a level above any other I have done is the fact that Chris explains in great detail why one would use the adjustments explained. This has meant for me that when I take a photograph my decisions are not just based on field conditions anymore, but also on what I can achieve later in post-processing.

The day I signed up to Creative Raw was the start of an incredible journey that has brought me much further than I could have ever imagined. If I had a teacher like you as a child, there would be nothing I couldn't achieve. I am so looking forward to the next batch of lessons. I have never had so much fun learning something new.

Thank you Chris, you will never know how much I appreciate the incredible tutorials that you produce.

Kevin Payne - CreativeRAW

Kevin Payne

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If you are looking for a combined source of Lightroom and Photoshop training one needs not to look any further than creativeRAW. A one-off lifetime membership fee provides access to many hours of comprehensive training which, by the end of it, your proficiency and level of understanding of Lightroom and Photoshop will have improved tremendously.

One of the other aspects that sets creativeRAW apart from other photography training sites is that Chris is always adding to the comprehensive list of training courses at no additional cost.

Chris takes the time to explain in detail the what, why and how to achieve a specific post-processing goal to ensure a thorough understanding of the topic. Lessons can either be downloaded or watched online, which if you have an Internet connection like mine which is slower than a tortoise on opiates, it enables you to download courses overnight (or whatever time suits you) and watch them at your leisure.

The courses are put across clearly, are easy to follow with Christopher’s relaxed presentation style. In addition, if like me, you find it difficult to remember everything you have learnt then creativeRAW becomes a great source of reference material which you can go back to at any time.

If still in doubt, the icing on the cake is that once you are a creativeRAW member you can email Chris with whatever question you have (on pretty much anything photography related), which for me was to recommend places on the east coast to see the fall colours where I had booked a vacation.

Thank you, Christopher, for such a comprehensive set of courses.


Wayne Gillepsie

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Chris' knowledge of Photoshop and Lightroom is off the charts and his ability to explain it to newbies like me is equally invaluable. He is so dedicated to his craft and his sharing of this knowledge with the members just shows how passionate he is to teach the world how to master the very intimidating world of Photoshop and Lightroom.

On top of that, the 24-7 one on one help is just as he states. A mere email away. I have asked him many times to explain things to me and his response is almost immediate and so helpful. He won't make you feel intimidated to ask at any time.

I can say, because I have tried other sites, that you will never get this type of support without having to pay an awful lot more and have a subscription that constantly has to be renewed with additional funds ad infinitum.

My photography has improved immensely by viewing and using the techniques that are taught at Creative Raw. There were many times that I really wanted to throw a brick through my monitor when I used Photoshop. That is no longer the case. When I get stuck now I will just send a jingle to Chris and he will get right back with a detailed explanation of what I am missing.

If you have any need to improve your skills in Lightroom and Photoshop, I would highly recommend that you become a lifetime member immediately and begin the journey to mastering these programs with Chris' help. You will not be disappointed.


Paula Buermele

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I began learning Lightroom with Chris’s classes in 2015. I was new to digital photography and I knew nothing about how to process a photo.

Chris’s method of teaching is very methodical and the lessons are presented in a logical order. I was able to build a sensible workflow right from the beginning. Most other teaching programs ignore things like lens correction and the transform tools but no stone is left unturned in the creativeRAW modules. I not only built a solid set of processing skills, I built confidence in my results.

The most important thing I learned was how to analyze my photos to see what needed adjustment. I didn’t waste time just guessing what to do or experimenting and getting a pleasing result with no idea about how I got the result or how to repeat it on other photos.

The lifetime membership option is especially valuable. I know I can count on Chris to help me work through a question or give helpful advice on how to solve a problem that eludes me. The facebook forum is also a gentle way to stay in touch with other photographers and get inspiration or simply enjoy other people’s work.

I highly recommend these courses for photographers who want their photos to reflect the beauty of their work."

Michael Fitzpatrick - CreativeRAW

Mike Fitzpatrick

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When I retired I began a quest to get back into photography and learn PS and LR. I utilized free and paid subscriptions from a variety of web sources and acquired Chris’s initial Lightroom course in a bundle.

I was blown away by the course which was far superior to any others I had seen both in terms of organization and content. I have since become a lifetime member of The Darkroom for Landscapes and never regretted it. The new website is beautiful and I look forward to completing the new PS courses.

The courses offer something for beginners to advanced users and information is presented in an easy-to-follow format that tracks your progress and offers quick links to review areas that need additional work.

It is evident that Chris cares deeply about his craft and unselfishly shares his knowledge with others. He is continually adding content and provides free one-on one-support. I would like to thank Chris for all his efforts and strongly encourage others to consider a lifetime membership. You will be happy you did.


Joen Wolfrom

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As a long-term Lightroom underachiever, I vowed that this year was my year to become proficient in Lightroom. Hence I jumped at the chance to enroll in Chris O’Donnell’s online class. Chris’s lessons, presented in a sequential learning style, set me right on-course.

The first lessons were welcome reviews with new insights presented in an informal, learning-friendly pace. Subsequent lessons gave me the much-needed information that I yearned to know and provided me with hands-on experimentation for skill-building. I am thrilled with my new-found knowledge and photo-editing skills. For me, this class has been a priceless opportunity.

Knowing this, he should be truly impressed with himself, as it’s been sunny and in the 70s and 80s these past few days and I haven’t even noticed. I’ve been immersed in the lessons and my practice images. My head is spinning; my notebook is jammed with notes, and I’m on a Lightroom high!

I so amazed at how much Lightroom has to offer that I never knew. Wow! Obviously, I have done very little processing of my many thousands of pictures. It’s daunting and somewhat laughable to think about what I didn’t know I didn’t know. :-)

My eyes are now wide open…..waiting for the next section to unveil many more concepts and hints that I now don’t know. I can hardly wait for tomorrow to appear. Cheers!

Wendy Jacobs - CreativeRAW

Wendy Jacobs

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As a novice photographer, this course was an inspiration. Previously I had looked at a number of tutorials which in the main assumed a certain amount of knowledge that I just did not have.

I then came across tutorials by Chris O’Donnell and suddenly I had found someone who was able to explain the basics of Lightroom for landscape photography in a very detailed and easy-to-understand way.

After viewing a number of free tutorials by Chris I decided to take the plunge and sign up for a lifetime subscription to his courses. This was the beginning of a great learning experience. The course was compiled in a very structured and easy to follow set of lessons, which could be viewed as often as you wished and in any order if you wanted to go over a particular area which was proving difficult.

The other way in which this course excels is in the one-on-one support. Chris makes it easy to email him with any questions and responds so quickly I was amazed at the promptness and thoroughness of his replies. Every question is treated courteously, although I am sure some of mine showed my lack of knowledge of the subject originally.

My photography has improved immensely and I have recommended to a number of my friends and to fellow members of the camera club to which I belong, that they should not hesitate to become lifetime members.


Pam Wolfe

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From beginner to professional, everything you need to know about Photoshop and Lightroom you will find with The Darkroom for Landscapes! The best deal is the lifetime membership where you pay one very reasonable cost and all future updates to the program is yours for no additional charge. You get a comprehensive course in Photoshop and Lightroom, plus free ebooks, handouts, cheatsheets, practice files, videos and more!

If you ever have a question, it's so easy to send Chris a note. You won't believe how quickly he gets back to you with a detailed, concise answer! His teaching style is so easy to understand and he explains not only how to take the steps to process your photos, but why. This to me is invaluable!

I've been a lifetime member for years and I'm always amazed at the lessons Chris continues to add, always more to learn. Best investment ever!


Larry Nevins

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I don’t typically write, but I have to this time. I want to thank you VERY much for these videos. I am an amateur photographer that is exploring using stock photography to build up another income source. Lightroom has been an enigma to me, and my fear of delving into it has kept me from doing any significant post-processing.

The course is easily the best money I’ve spent to help me overcome my fear of LR and post-processing. You’ve produced a powerful and extremely useful tool for folks like me who were afraid of LR. I’ve already been able to select and edit enough images to be able to submit to stock agencies to get started. This is a big step forward for me; one which I’ve hesitated to take for too long.

The course is tremendously valuable. Even more valuable is your willingness to answer questions and offer advice – to be a mentor. Thank you!


Mark Hawley

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I would recommend The Darkroom for Landscapes for anyone who is serious about their photography and for those that use/want to master Lightroom and Photoshop. Initially, I started with the free tutorials that Chris O'Donnell made available, but that was enough to make me want to enrol as a Lifetime Member and I am glad that I did!

Chris provides excellent tutorials that go into great detail of how to use Lightroom (LR) and Photoshop (PS), from getting used to the programs through to more complicated techniques of layer masks and exposure blending.

When I first started to use these programs I was rather overwhelmed by the steep learning curve required, but following Chris's videos has helped me to overcome my fear and really start to grasp the power and versatility of LR and PS, so that already I can start to see the difference in my photos.

My fellow members are also showing improvements with their pictures as we are able to share and comment on each other's photos. I have seen several occasions where members have listened to the suggestions of others and adjusted their photos accordingly. Similarly, I have learnt a lot from them as they are happy to share their camera settings/techniques, etc., all backed up with the one-to-one tuition that Chris offers within the Lifetime Membership.


Stephen Bavis

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I just want to let you know how pleased I am with my purchase of The Darkroom for Landscapes.

The quality of the videos is superb, taking us through the detailed steps necessary to get the best out of Lightroom and Photoshop. My photo processing has improved significantly as a result of following the techniques you explain. In part, that is helped by you providing copies of the files you work with in the videos so that we can copy what you do. The best way to learn, is to do!

I’m also impressed by the level of personal support you provide. I started the Lightroom course using an older version. When I contacted you to explain the issues I was having, you provided an older copy of the Lightroom catalog so that I could practise the techniques. You are also open to answering detailed questions, which is a big help to those of us just starting out on the Lightroom journey. Plus, your response is very quick, usually within a day (despite the time zone difference between the USA and the UK!).

In addition, the private group is very active and, therefore, very informative and inspirational.

Overall, I am very impressed and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the program to other photographers who need help in using Lightroom or Photoshop.

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And There's Three Powerful Bonuses Included to Strengthen Your Craft...


#1: Full Year Access to the "Special Topic" Advanced Courses


Once you become comfortable with using Lightroom and Photoshop as a creative tool, it’s important to keep your mind sharp and inspired by learning advanced workflows. This is why I’ve included a full YEAR of unlimited access to all of my Special Topic courses.

It’s a lot like fitting pieces of a puzzle together: the core Darkroom for Landscapes lessons provide you with the proper framework, and the Special Topic courses build directly onto that foundation. Although the topics are “advanced”, the techniques taught here are actually quite simple to implement since you’ve already strengthened your foundation…setting you up for long-term success and enjoyment in the darkroom.

Special Topics include:

  • Complete Lightroom and Photoshop Walkthroughs (start-to-finish processing)
  • Dark Proceinig in Photoshop
  • Lightroom Catalog Cleanup
  • Light and Shadow: Advanced Techniques for Dodging and Burning
  • …and more to come.

Bonus #2: Creative Assignments and Weekly Forum Discussions


The old saying does ring true, “In one ear and out the other” when it comes to retaining new skills. When learning how to master Lightroom and Photoshop, that information tends to disperse at an alarming rate as our brain is limited to what it can absorb in one sitting. You’ve probably seen this yourself after watching a tutorial video: half of the information is forgotten by the end of the day…and a week or two later, you find yourself watching the entire lesson over again.

This is why I’ve specially designed each lesson to reinforce learning pathways and help you retain these new skills easily, such as:

  • segmenting each lesson into highly-focused “bite-sized” topics (most are under 5 minutes) that are easy to digest.
  • written summaries for each lesson that review the most important highlights (these make great study guides).
  • video timestamps so you can easily jump to the exact topic you want to learn.
  • quizzes to immediately test new concepts…because you’ll remember more when you’re asked to recall something you just learned.

While these features are immensely helpful, the real value is the creative assignments and weekly forum discussions because they encourage action. You can watch video tutorials all day…but until you actually get “hands-on” with these new concepts and techniques and incorporate them into your workflow, you’re not getting the full value.

What I like most about this is that you are NOT doing busy-work to waste your time on. When you put these new skills into practice…not only do you more easily retain the knowledge, but you are encouraged to constructively think of ways to amend them to complement your unique creative vision. When you’re self-sufficient in your processing…not only is this a great confidence booster, but it is extremely rewarding to your creative development as everything finally makes sense.

#3: Full Year Access to Private One-on-One Support


A proactive instructor that checks in with you, asks how you are doing, encourages questions and self-assessments to keep you on track, and is easy to get in touch with…has been proven to be far more successful than self-guided programs that sit you in front of a library and wish you “good luck”.

I’m not talking about someone who simply answers a question when asked…because that’s only marginally helpful. The quality of support you will receive with this program goes much deeper than that.

When you ask me a question, you’re having an open two-way conversation with a friend who truly wants you to create your very best images…and can show you the best path to get there (even if that path is completely different than the one you had in mind). This is a huge time commitment on my part…but is something I feel very strongly about because I want this program to the best investment you will ever make in your photography.

This is why I’ve included a FULL year of private one-on-one support with your enrollment.

No pre-recorded webinars, no monthly group calls or “office hours”, and no limits whatsoever. It’s 100% undivided attention to YOUR personal questions, whenever you need it, and will never expire…keeping you on the narrow road towards mastering the digital darkroom.

Let's recap what you're getting in this program...

[Lifetime Access] The Darkroom for Landscapes Core Curriculum


The amount of content in the video lessons themselves is colossal....and with lifetime enrollment, you're granted full access to all program updates. College-level sessions typically run $1,000+, and lack many of the benefits that at-home, on-demand learning provides.

[One Year] Full Access to the "Special Topic" courses


The "Special Topic" courses are a fun, engaging, and inspiring way to stay creative and challenge your skill. These advanced courses are available for $100+ each, but you'll have full access to ALL topics for one full year...including NEW topics added during your access period!

[One Year] Private One-on-One Support


I know how important direct access to a qualified mentor is, especially during the very first stages of the program. A full year of support access starts at $400, which is valuable in itself...but is included with your enrollment today.

[Lifetime Access] Private Member-Only Discussion Forum


This private discussion forum is a place where you can connect with other members and learn from their unique perspectives...and encourage interesting, authentic conversations in a supportive environment away from the distractions of social media. Here you will find weekly discussions led by myself, a separate space for photography critiques, and a place to ask your own questions.

Workflow Assessment


When you enroll, your first assignment is to complete a creative assessment: a series of open-ended questions that evaluate where you are currently in your photography, and where you'd like to be. This questionnaire opens the dialog between us so I can provide you with (1) a solid starting point and (2) milestones to work towards that is 100% custom to YOU.

The Darkroom for Landscapes Training Program

You're Getting...

  • 450+ Video Lessons: 4K Streaming and HD Downloads
  • 50+ Hours of Video Content
  • 50+ Practice Files
  • 5+ Special Topic Courses
  • 15+ Cheatsheets, eBooks, and Study Guides
  • Private Member Forum Access

Specific Topics Covered

  • Constructing Your Darkroom Workflow
  • How Lightroom Works
  • Lightroom Catalog Management
  • Lightroom Importing, Previews, and Image Files
  • Lightroom Library Module Basics
  • Culling, Rating, and Organizing Images
  • Lightroom Smart Collections and Folders
  • Lightroom Keyword Management and Strategies
  • The Map Module
  • The Develop Module Basics
  • Image Recovery Tools and Techniques
  • Contrast and Luminosity Adjustments
  • Profiles and Presets
  • Color Correction and Balancing
  • Local Adjustment Tools
  • Photoshop Basics and Workspace Setup
  • Layer Types, Layer Masks, and Groups
  • Smart Objects and Raw Files
  • Adobe Camera Raw
  • Luminosity Masks and Other Advanced Selection Methods
  • Perspective Blending and Warping
  • Black and White Processing
  • Advanced Color Processing
  • Manual Exposure Blending and HDR Panoramas
  • Creating the Atmosphere
  • Advanced Dodging and Burning
  • Printing and Exporting

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$39 USD


Lifetime Program Access
Lifetime Program Updates
Lifetime Private Forum Access
1 Year Private Mentorship
1 Year of Special Topic Courses
60-Day No-Risk Guarantee


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You’re Fully Covered With a 60-Day Money-Back Guarantee

The Darkroom for Landscapes Mentorship Program walks you through the exact workflow that I use for my own photographs. I have gone through years of trial-and-error to refine and enhance a process that creates intense, dramatic landscape photographs using innovative, yet simple Lightroom and Photoshop techniques.

I am absolutely confident that you will find the same results I did and will see a dramatic improvement in your landscape images. If you feel like you haven’t got 10X the value of this program, I will promptly refund your money within 60 days of purchase. Absolutely no questions asked, and no hard feelings.

I’m happy to offer this guarantee because I am certain you will love this program. If you think there’s even a slight chance that this will enhance your landscape photography, you should enroll today as there is absolutely NO RISK in doing so.

A few video samples of what you'll find in the program...

Video Samples

Fair Warning!

If you're only looking for "hacks", shortcuts, and one-click presets that give your photographs an instant "pop"....this isn't the program for you. By investing in this lifetime mentorship program, you're doing much more than simply making a one-off purchase like a book or attending a workshop, where the value abruptly ends...

...nor is this your typical hodge-podge of random "shortcut" tutorials with no thread of continuity.

With "The Darkroom", you are investing in a cohesive, supportive learning system designed for the long-game.

I'm going to help you build a custom framework for your darkroom workflow so you know exactly what you want to create, and the correct sequence of decisions required to get there...

...because you don't need to use every tool in Lightroom and Photoshop to achieve YOUR creative goals. Not only is that massively overwhelming, but it will overcomplicate your workflow and distract you from creating meaningful images.

Instead, I'll show you how to "lean in" to your creative strengths and cultivate a craft based on your unique vision...because who wants to simply become a library of tools and techniques? This is why free tutorials can be fun and interesting for a while...but rarely do they move the needle in your creative development. They lack the necessary context and nurturing environment that will make you grow as a photographer...

...and if you've tried other courses in the past that left you disappointed, this is probably the reason. This membership is VERY different, and wholly unique.

This is a true investment that will grow with you. I am always adding more to the program, so your craft will never plateau. There are photographers who have been in this mentorship for more than five years now and they still get immense value to this day....and as you'll read below, they call it the best investment they've made in their photography.

And all without having to sacrifice quality for simplicity.

More Testimonials from Happy Landscape Photographers...

Member Reviews

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I was struggling with Photoshop and its vast array of tools and techniques, it was overwhelming. There were articles, courses, videos and so much more but none really clearly and methodically worked through what, how and why.

Having a traditional scientific education, the glitzy pumping music videos did very little. I needed a clear approach that methodically built towards a solution, repeating and expanding and growing my understanding of what and how the tools worked.

I always got the impression that when I opened Photoshop, there was an insurmountable mountain. The absence of a step-by-step guide up a path that explained why we were going that way, and the best way to approach, presented in plain non-techie English.

What made me sign up to creativeRAW was the sound, steady, and structured presentation of practical information presented via video that allowed me to watch and repeat, watch and repeat and progressively conquer that ascent step by step in the true belief that I was being led by someone who knows what he was doing and someone who really enjoyed what he did as a science and art. What amazed me was how much deeper and thorough your knowledge was – which gave me the confidence that I had a great tutor.

This has to be the most informative and well-prepared set of education tutorials I have experienced. The depth and breadth of your knowledge is awesome and is so well presented. There is so much valuable experience and knowledge here that I will have to perform a series of repeat adsorption lessons. Thank you.

Kevin McDonnell
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Chris is an amazing teacher! His lessons are clear, well organized, and presented in a way that is helpful to beginners as well as more advanced Photoshop and Lightroom users. As an older (75 years!) learner, I appreciate the pace as well as the precision with which Chris presents his lessons.

Creative Raw is a major resource for helping me to grow as a photographer and as a photo editor.

Lynn B
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I have found both your Lightroom course and Photoshop course to be an excellent learning tool. You are very patient in explaining the reasoning behind why you choose smart objects as a way to keep track of any changes now or in the future! You have provided free updates to your courses with the life membership, I am not sure if there is any other instructor out there who does this.

I would recommend creativeRAW to anyone interested in learning how to process images, they will not be disappointed.

Satish Dasari
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I value my lifetime membership to the Darkroom for Landscapes more than anything. It presents an impressive and comprehensive package of tutorials. All modules are extremely well structured and lessons are developed with great pedagogy.

I have subscribed to other membership of the kind before, but this is the only one that truly honours its commitment to one-on-one assistance when required. Questions are answered quickly and comprehensively. This membership has been a real help in my development. Thank you Chris!

Claude Hamel
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I just completed your Lightroom lessons in The Darkroom for Landscapes, and am starting your Photoshop lessons. I would not have believed it, but my attitude toward Lightroom had done a complete reverse by the time I had finished the last Lightroom lesson videos.

I am a long-time Bridge and Photoshop user. When Lightroom was first introduced by Adobe, my first reaction to it was “Why would anyone need a program like that?” It looked to me as though the program was designed for professionals as a sorting and filing program, primarily.

When I saw your offer/invitation to become a lifetime member of your Darkroom For Landscapes group I decided that this might be a good way to get a better look at Lightroom ‘today’, but with the greater incentive of the Photoshop lessons, which is what I wanted more than the Lightroom lessons.

By the time I finished those modules I had changed my opinion on Lightroom entirely. I was amazed at the tools in Lightroom today. I was particularly impressed with how easy Lightroom incorporates masking, normally something that requires lots of time to master, to do most of the work by ‘targeting’ specific areas in the photo to apply changes.

Going through your modules has definitely changed my mind about bringing Lightroom into my stable of workflow elements as an additional tool for doing those things that Lightroom does particularly well and, in some cases, better than Photoshop.

I will continue to use Photoshop as my primary image processing software but, thanks to you, I will now begin to incorporate Lightroom as one of those tools.

Thanks very much for the great package. It was a great investment and I learned a whole lot that I will be using from now on. I am now on my way to go through the Photoshop program, which I am sure, will be equally interesting and beneficial.

Richard Adduci
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I’m a professional photographer, have owned a gallery in Gatlinburg, TN (the Bar Harbor of the Smoky Mountains) for ten years. I’ve been tempted by your courses for a while now, but have hesitated because I’ve been using LR/PS forever, and didn’t want to spend time going over the basics.

I’ve just about finished the LR videos, and have enjoyed them so much! As I suspected, there’s a lot to be learned from another professional’s perspective. Especially your approach to color has been really enlightening. The individual units are very well done, and the course as a whole has a cohesive quality that all fits. I can tell you’ve put a lot of work into the course, and just wanted to share my satisfaction with you.

William Britten
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I was skeptical about a program offering not only courses but a lifetime of future program updates for no additional email support with questions and troubleshooting technical issues. But I will admit, I have been pleasantly surprised. Chris is a great trainer and his lessons are in a practical working sequence and are easy to understand. I have found that Chris is always quick to respond and continues to make improvements to keep his site and modules up to date.

I will tell you again “The money I spent for you and your program have been one of the best investments I have made”. I appreciate your quick feedback and efforts!!!!

Julie Stone
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I am so pleased to use your video series to delve into Photoshop. I was reluctant to buy into becoming a member of the Lightroom course, but in retrospect, the investment was well worth that cost – perhaps one of the best steps that I have made to improve my photography skills.

David Hull
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Chris, A quick note to tell you how pleased I am with your new output. I started with a fair understanding of luminosity masks/exposure blending...however, you clearly added to my understanding much more than I thought would happen. I think you really hit a home run (at least with me) by exposure blending a pretty complicated image and by slowly going through the blend step by step. Thank you.

Jim Vaughn
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My name is Christopher O’Donnell, landscape photographer and online educator, and I’ve been using Lightroom and Photoshop to process my photos for quite a few years now (Photoshop since 2006, and Lightroom came along a few years later).

I don’t tell you what you “should” or “should not” do. Instead, I pull the curtain back on my creative techniques and workflows, revealing my own perspective and experiences after 11+ years immersed in landscape photography...and equip you with the knowledge so you can decide how (and where) these new skills fit into YOUR darkroom workflow. The goal of my program is to get your creative gears grinding with protective “bumpers” to work within, so you can develop your own techniques with total confidence – both in the digital darkroom and the field.

Not only is this creatively satisfying, but it sets you up for future success by perfecting your craft and relying on your own skills.

Here’s the short and simple…

It doesn’t matter how skillful you are with your camera or how exceptional your photographs are. If you don’t have a proper mentor showing you how to use Lightroom and Photoshop, you’ll end up making a lot of regrettable mistakes, waste an immense amount of time (and probably money), and have an all-around miserable experience.

No one wants to waste hours “googling” tutorials for mediocre answers (at best). Instead of showing you how to dig yourself out of a hole, I’ll show you how to avoid the hole altogether by teaching you the right way, the first time. Now I still firmly believe that anyone can master Lightroom and Photoshop themselves…if they have a lot of time on their hands. However, attempting to go at this alone will result in overwhelm, confusion, and can potentially lead you far down the wrong path. Don’t go down that rabbit hole trying to learn everything, but ultimately mastering nothing.

You already know that having an experienced, dedicated mentor can make all the difference in how soon you master your craft. This program will make you more comfortable, more competent, and more confident with the digital darkroom than you’ve ever been. You’ll learn to process with intent, direction, and confidence…which will give you a more fulfilling portfolio that is a true representation of your creative vision.

If you know that the next stage in your darkroom journey is the help of a qualified mentor…then I’d like to invite you to join me in The Darkroom.

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Our Clients Say


I have used Lightroom for some time now, but still I decided to work through your program systematically from the beginning. I thought I knew the most, but in every lesson, I discover things that I didn't know. The lessons about toning and presence sliders were a complete eye-opener for me. I must practice the things you mention in the lessons, but now I understand the "why" of what I am doing.

I want to give you a big compliment. I worked in education all my life (I am retired now). First as a teacher, later as the principal of a primary school. I think you are a great teacher. The lessons have a good structure, your speech is calm and your explanation enlightening.

I will sure try exposure blending. Never did that before. I don't have a full-frame camera, so my dynamic range is not very big. So this might be a solution for some problems for me.

Summary: I am an enthusiastic participant. Thank you for all your work.

Gradus van Assen
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I have watched all your lessons up to this point. I like to point out that although I have read quite a few books on LR and have watched quite some videos from renowned educators, I have never seen such a thorough piece of work as what you have presented up to now. You show me not only the how but also the why. And, it is all about the coherence of the separate parts of( post)processing.

It has been well worth waiting for the program to open up again. To me, what you do is much like applied science! Hats off!

Greetings and with humble respect.

Peter van den Broek
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I have been using Lightroom for about four years, I have seen many tutorials on the software but none of them go as in-depth as your course. I did not know the power of the catalog system; You also explained in detail each command, and why you would want to use them. Halfway thru your lessons I started making use of the keywording system, it took me about a month to catalog all my photos that I have taken over the last five years.

Now my workflow is faster and my images are looking better. I can't thank you enough.

Andy F.
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You are a champion and must have infinite patience. I must also tell you that I could not get to sleep last night because I was buzzing with the realisation of how important your tutorials and your individual help were in improving my workflow. WOW. Major thanks to you!

Reg Gibson
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