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Two new editing tutorials will be open up for you each month of your membership. Scroll to the end of the page for the complete list of tutorials and available dates for each.

Inspawration Editing Process & Rationale: Start here!

In this FULL, step by step tutorial, we delve Em's editing process. A lot of people ask: "How would you edit xyz" or "Can we have an editing tutorial on abc"... but the fact of the matter is, 90% of her edits follow this same basic process or set of steps, adjusted to each individual photo. Starting here, you can get a feel for not only her "base process" but also the rationale for why she uses this workflow. Duration: 1hr 10mins

Deep Forest Greens

Hijinx in Green: Full Tutorial

This is a full start-to-finish editing tutorial in both LR and PS. We are editing puppy Hijinx, constructing a panorama to fix our composition, and shifting from these pale green tones into deeper, richer greens. Length: 1hr 50 mins.

Editing Pets & People: Ike & Cecilia Tutorial

Let's edit this CUTE photo of Ike and Cecilia amidst the mossy woods. We're going to pull contrast from the background, brighten up the dark dog, work on her skin, and shape the light from above, all in 1 hour of video.

Edit Together: Forest Sheltie

Combine 3 RAW file images to create one panorama, giving Pitrie enough room below his feet and space above his head space for him to look into. We also use a fern overlay for some foreground blur/to add a bit more depth, then do quite a bit of work to create a "deep dark forest" mysterious mood. Length: 1hr 30min

Edit Together: Forest Boxer

Using LR & PS, we work on this photo of a Boxer, getting light on the face, shaping the light, shifting the colours of the greens to create more contrast with the dog, dodge/burn/contour the face, and more. Length: 1hr 25min

Sadie in the Woods: Full Tutorial

Full editing tutorial of Sadie in the woods. This started as a live session but my computer died. Normal process including removing a person by using another photo of the location, shaping the light (a lot) shifting colours more toward cyan, enhancing the hazy effect in the background. Length: 45 minutes

Warm Orange

Inspawration Editing Process & Rationale: Start here!

In this FULL, step by step tutorial, we delve Em's editing process. A lot of people ask: "How would you edit xyz" or "Can we have an editing tutorial on abc"... but the fact of the matter is, 90% of her edits follow this same basic process or set of steps, adjusted to each individual photo. Starting here, you can get a feel for not only her "base process" but also the rationale for why she uses this workflow. Duration: 1hr 10mins

Edit Together with Em & Sabrina

Join Emily and Sabrina as we welcome the Learning Journey members of April 2023 aboard with a super exciting editing tutorial - we take one of Sabrina's images and take it in turns editing, explaining the process, talking about what we do differently and why, and giving you two options for how to edit the one photo! Length: 1hr 50

Edit Together: Winter Sunshine

Join Em & Sabrina for another live edit! This time, a simple backlit photo of Border Collie Zap in the winter grasses. We may make a panorama using extra photos, and will take it in turns to discuss our editing process as we work - let's see if we end up with dramatically different photos! Length: 1hr 40

Backlit Journey: Full Tutorial

Full editing tutorial on an under-exposed photo of Journey, with some blown out highlights. Full process as a "stand alone" tutorial - prior knowledge of LR radials & PS masking/adjustment layers required. Length: 1hr 10 min

Backlit Amie: Full Tutorial, PS Only!

This full tutorial uses PS only, but NO RADIAL FILTERS. If you use an editing program that doesn't have radials, this is for you. We edit an underexposed, backlit image of Amie, brightening her, darkening highlights, shaping the light, bringing more warmth to the colours, with a focus on non-destructive/reversible editing. Length: 1hr 15min

Golden Heather: Full Tutorial

Follow my normal process with a couple of extras, using LR & PS to make this bold and vibrant portrait of Luke in the purple heather, with warm golden backlight. Flip the image, clone some heather, and add some colour to the heather are all covered here. Length: 1hr 20 min

Edit Together: Flower Crown

Full tutorial, following the normal process, removing the slight green tint, warming up the image, creating an open vignette, dodge & burn/contouring. Length: 1hr 18min

Reflections: Full Tutorial

Full tutorial, working on a very underexposed image. Lots of white balance & colour adjustments, brightening up the dog while keeping it natural, but keeping the sky highlights dark. Length: 30 minutes

Edit Together: Forest Vizsla

Working on a Vizsla (orange dog) in the woods. Adding more richness to the colours, spotlight effect & shaping the light, contouring/dodge & burn, motion blur bokeh. Length: 1hr 20min


Flower Magic: Blossom Editing Tutorial by Sabrina Theden

In this tutorial, I (Sabrina) will show my whole editing workflow from start to finish with a hawthorn blossom photo. We are going to work on a photo, that normally might have ended up in the trash - at least for me before I knew what was possible in editing and how I could do it. So with a few tricks and adding flowers from a different photo, we will save the image and turn it into a pretty flowery portrait! [Length: 2 hours]

Edit Together: Spring Theme

Full tutorial using curves layers and making a bit of a "pastel" look, changing colours, masking the dog, solid colour layers to fix parts, face contouring. Length: 1.5 hours.

Golden Light Avi

Full tutorial of a slightly under-exposed image of black(ish) poodle Avi on an overcast day, warming up the background and faking golden hour through several techniques to make it more believable. Shifting colours of the flowers, brightening Avi up, and other various techniques. Length: 1hr

Your Image, My Edit: Amie

Full tutorial, balancing exposure, lots of selective colour and colour harmony, shifting lime greens to a deeper cyan green. My true process as I play & experiment with colours & mood. Length: 57 minutes

Cool Winter

Journey in the Woods: Full Tutorial

An older tutorial before masking updates, following (perhaps) an older process. Adding light to the face, a spotlight effect, slightly altering colours and other normal steps. Nothing overly fancy! Length: 56 mins

Edit Together: Snow

Edit a snowy photo of Loki with us. There are actually a LOT of files to download, so feel free to work on any. We use Lightroom and Photoshop, talk about colour-grading, turning things blue, shaping the light, working on difficult snow eyes and plenty more in this live lesson. [Duration: 1.5 hours]

February 2024 Community Connect: Edit Together

In this Edit Together, we edit a photo provided by Vanessa, of her sheltie Lilo. It was a really magical photo, with beautiful (but strong!) rim-light, and some gorgeous haze in the background. We flip a few elements of the background to improve the composition, fix the blown fur highlights, cool down the blues and add a touch of magenta. Length: 1hr 50min

Snowy Wonderland

Full tutorial of a slightly underexposed Journey with a relatively high ISO. Brightening the dog, shaping the light, shifting the colours to this cool-magenta tone, using gradients, adding a snow overly, dodge/burn, etc. Length: 1hr 15min

Everything Else

Edit Together: Christmas Edition

In this Edit Together, we work through a Christmas photo of Journey, dealing with weird colour casts, a big angle problem, masking in a 2nd image to fix it, using content aware fill to fill in gaps, adding a bokeh overlay to fill a small space, a little bit of shaping the light, and dodge and burn. Duration: 2 hours

Editing Dogs in Landscapes

Let's use Lightroom and Photoshop to edit a photo of the boys and I in a landscape in Scotland. Clouds, mountains and less light-shaping than normal, as well as editing the group of us, all play a part in this tutorial.

Mountain Sunshine

We are going to take a pretty flat, boring mountain scene featuring Loki, bringing out details in the clouds, brighten it up Loki, add some sun with an overlay and some rim-light around his fur to make the sun more believable, shifting colours, removing distractions (grass), but keeping it bright & light. Length: 1hr 8mins

Edit Together: Styles Edition

We're going to take one raw file and treat it in two different ways: one darker, cooler and moodier, and the other brighter, warmer and happier. Normal process up to a point. Lots of curves layers to shape light and change the mood, lots of selective colour & colour changing options to go either warm & orange or cyan and moody. Length: 1hr 30mins

Hanging in a Branch

Full tutorial, though it's a bit older now, before LR's masking update, so lots of normal radial filters to prepare the image. Plenty of curves layers to shape the light naturally around the branch, working on the greens of the moss and red/brown in background, fixing colour casts, etc. Length: 52mins.

Tutorial Schedule

New tutorials are available as part of your membership each month! For each month you’re a member, a new one will open up. If you decide to leave us and return in the future, you will need to start this time from the beginning. 

Available now

the Inspawration Photography editing process & rationale





Journey in the Woods





Christmas Edit Together





Winter Sunshine

After 1 month

Forest Sheltie (edit together)



Edit Together: Em & Sabrina edition!

After 2 months

Forest Boxer (edit together)


Flower Crown (edit together)

After 3 months

Backlit Amie (PS only)


Sweet bluebell Journey (edit together)

After 4 months

Backlit Journey



After 5 months

Your image, my edit; springtime Amie


Editing pets and people: Ike & Cecilia

After 6 months

Flower Magic (by Sabrina)



Golden light Avi

After 7 months

Sadie in the Woods (edit together)



Forest Viszla (edit together)

After 8 months

Snowy Wonderland


Mountain Sunshine

After 9 months

Edit Together: Styles edition


Hanging in a Branch

After 10 months

Editing dogs in Landscapes

Snow! (edit together)

After 11 months

Golden Heather

After 12 months

Dreaming in Green

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