Photoshop Tutorials with Holger Pooten

Earlier this week our MA Photography group had a Photoshop tutorial with photographer Holger Pooten. This I found to be very useful as I use Photoshop often within my practice. Just when you think that you know all there is to know about the Photoshop software, you find out that there are more techniques than you had originally thought. It is believed that most photographers only use a small percentage of Photoshops editing tools and these will be specific to the type of photography that they are involved with.

We began by looking at colour management:


We discussed the importance of calibrating your equipment so that you have a consistent workflow. However, calibrating your camera can be a little impractical, especially if you are shooting outside or taking pictures for documentary purposes. Calibrating your camera may be a good idea if you are primarily shooting in a studio with the same lighting set up. Corrections can be made in Photoshop. We also discussed the benefits of shooting in RAW.

Screen Shot 2014-08-01 at 15.20.43

We were shown the best way to deal with our RAW files whilst preparing and editing them in Photoshop.



The points highlighted are the most important and most commonly used.

Screen Shot 2014-08-01 at 15.22.31


The 4 most important elements within Photoshop are:

  • Hue / Saturation
  • Contrast
  • Colour
  • Brightness


I found this lesson to be really informative and surprisingly I did learn something new, as well as different ways (some easier) to complete a task. We will be continuing with more Photoshop Workshops next week and we are free to ask questions and seek advice on techniques that are specific to our final images for the upcoming Final Major Exhibition. I believe that we will be looking at Lightroom too.


Screen shoots are taken from a presentation compiled by Holger Pooten. His work can be viewed via the link below., (2014). Holger Pooten Photography. [online] Available at: [Accessed 1 Aug. 2014].

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