I help passionate landscape photographers make perfect sense of Lightroom and Photoshop.

I help passionate landscape photographers make perfect sense of Lightroom and Photoshop.

I believe that anyone can create meaningful images in the digital darkroom without feeling overwhelmed by technology...if they follow one simple strategy:

Learn it once, and learn it right.

My guides are crafted to break down even the most advanced workflows into simple steps that anyone can follow...and you can get started right now.


Free Lightroom Workflow Cheatsheet

This PDF cheatsheet outlines the exact start-to-finish Lightroom Classic workflow I go through whenever I import new photos, with dozens of my best tips and tricks. Save time and frustration by learning how to better organize and process your own images.

Learn how nature photographers use Photoshop in four simple steps.

When it comes to processing landscapes in Photoshop, there are only four main concepts you need to know: layers, masks, smart objects, and luminosity masks.

And once you learn them, even the most advanced techniques (like dodging and burning or exposure blending) will make total sense.

I've simplified these pillars of Photoshop into easy-to-follow guides that you can start reading right now. 


Welcome! I'm Christopher O'Donnell.

Creating masterful images in Lightroom and Photoshop is a very simple process:

Step 1: Identify your creative vision for the image.

Step 2: Minimize distractions.

Step 3: Enhance the atmosphere.

Now here’s the key to darkroom success that many photographers completely miss out on:

The technical knowledge of Lightroom and Photoshop presented in a clear, actionable blueprint that guarantees extraordinary results for every image you process.

It’s the perfect marriage of “left-brain” and “right-brain”….creative mastery boiled down to a science.

There’s no magical shortcut to this step (but I think you knew that already).

This is where I come in.

I’ve spent the past 11 years refining my creative process and packaging it up into The Darkroom System.

This is a proven workflow that has given photographers the skills and knowledge to create an extraordinary portfolio they are proud of.

It’s a system that gets your creative gears grinding with protective “bumpers”  to work within, so you can develop your own techniques with total confidence. 

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


Randall Huleva

“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!”


Geoff Dawes

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


Wendy Jacobs

“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 subscribers.”


Kevin William Payne

“The courses are put across clearly, are easy to follow with Christopher’s relaxed presentation style and become a reference resource you can keep going back to. Thank you, Christopher, for such a comprehensive set of courses.”


Mike Fitzpatrick

“I was blown away by the course which was far superior to any others I had seen both in terms of organization and content. It is evident that Chris cares deeply about his craft and unselfishly shares his knowledge with others.”