FOCUS GROUP: Beginner's Photo Shop

  • May 1, 2013 · 7:00 PM
  • The "Attic" (Above the Cariage House)

Beginner's Photo Shop



Group will meet in the Focus Room of the Attic.  This group will only study Photo Shop and no other post-processing program.  Program to be used will be CS 6, but any version of Photo Shop is acceptable.  (Please know which version you have).

Meeting will not last over 2 hours, preferably 7 - 8:30 pm

First meeting will be May 1, with meetings continuing on an every other 2 week basis.

Laptop with any version of Photo Shop must be downloaded on the computer.

Meetings will consist of part video, part discussion, and part hands on utilizing individual laptops.   And, specific members in the club, highly skilled and willing to help teach, will be asked to join this group to help teach, help with hands on, and help answer questions, provide explanations an clarifications, etc..

Group will learn as a team, at a slow pace, and will not move forward until everyone in the group is comfortable with and knows the subject of the day.   The hope is that everyone in that group, in time, will be able to maneuver around in Photo Shop easily and will have a clear understanding of all the tools available. 

When individuals of this group (the team) feel they are ready to "fly on their own", a club "Post-Processing" Focus Group will be initiated on one of the opposite Wednesday evenings at 7 pm and all from this group and others from the club who have Photo Shop experience and knowledge will be invited to join, creating the new Post-Processing FG.  This will consist only of those with PS knowledge at that time, but the newly formed Photo Shop FG, will be blended with the next Beginners FG on Elements or Lightroom once those complete their series of meetings and are comfortable.   In this manner is how this FG will grow.

Each Beginner's group, as a team, will decide when it is ready to "move on" to the next step, and when ready to move away from the Beginners Level.

The Post-Processing Focus Group will evolve and it will become one with many PP programs.  Whenever at least 5 members are ready for a Beginners FG in the futue, one will be started again.

If you missed this first "forming the focus group" meeting...and meet the criteria stated above, please join us on May 1.   But, you will need to notify me early to make sure I have enough seating for everyone.

Carol:  [masked]





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  • Connie

    Great start. I really enjoyed the pace and the information given. I'm looking forward to additional sessions.

    May 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It looks like this is the beginning of what is going to be a good learning experience. Everyone seemed to be comfortable with the class and people quickly got to know each other.

    May 2, 2013

  • Eric Scott M.

    Great turnout. Thank you to everyone for coming out tonight!

    1 · May 1, 2013

  • Carol T

    Marvin, I sent you an email. But the Attic is on the 2nd floor of the Carriage House. Access is the middle door off 14th street (that is the street just south of the Propylaeum).

    May 1, 2013

  • Marvin T.

    I have no idea where the Attic is, in the building, I assume it's up! But I'll be there at 7 sharp. I'm excited and looking forward to it because I've never used photoshop before. This class will be perfect for me.

    May 1, 2013

  • Mike M.

    Hey Carol,
    I think I'll give you guys some time to get going since based on our first meeting I probably will be ahead of the curve for a little while. I look forward to the topics being posted, I was going to ask if you could do that so I can see when the stuff I'm struggling with or just don't really use comes up and maybe I can jump in at that time.

    April 30, 2013

    • Carol T

      Hi Mike! Thanks for being so thoughtful! I know there are some curiosity seekers going to be in the class...and we'll just have to work around we talked...this is to be for BEGINNERS only in the begining. Eric plans to have a "Lesson Plan" with topics that he'll expect us to work on at each meeting. We won't be trying to cover 10- 12 different items per meeting or even close. Our goals is to have at least one or two that we learned per meeting...and learned well. Then the next meeting practice and build on that...and keep going. I remember you said you have some background, but I'm not sure how much...but with the program being so big...who knows. So, I think Eric posting those will benefit both you/others.

      May 1, 2013

    • Carol T

      You will always be welcome to long as you don't ask the class to attempt anything outside of the realm. We will me meeting in the Focus Room, but could spread out into the Dining Room (the room we were in that first meeting). So, it could be that those a little more advanced could meet in the Dining Room while we're in the Focus Room (I never thought of that before). That would give us 6 or more seats...and, you could work on anything you want. Would be up to you.. Being in 2 different rooms, there shouldn't be any disruption. BUT, to respond to your questions... YES, Eric will be posting. I know he will make handouts too of reference material and keyboard shortcuts for each attendee. I'll make additional extras for "others" to have. Thanks for this idea...!!!!

      May 1, 2013

  • Carol T

    To all: The first few meetings will be strictly baby-steps for beginners. If folks are beyond this, I discourage you from coming. We cannot be bogged down with folks who already know. The whole idea of this FG is to get those who need to "get started" placed on track and given that attention they need. Since I am one of those, I don't know how long it will take. But, we will not move forward until everyone in the group is ready to move forward.
    As far as the Next Session...there won't be a beginners "next" session for a long time. This group, once up and running, will open its doors to those who have a bit of skill (at least able to maneuver around) .

    April 30, 2013

    • Carol T

      My fear is that we will have people want to come to this that really needs to wait several meetings, then come. We will NOT zoom ahead on anything advanced. That is for much, much, further down the road... If this proves to be highly successful, we may move to the "Down Under" of the Propylaeum (or other larger facility)...or, simply have 2 meeting nights.
      Please keep in mind: This is NOT a class. Eric (and others who will be helping in that capacity) will not be teaching you.

      April 30, 2013

    • Carol T

      This FG is not an alternative to a teacher led class. You will be teaching yourself via a variety of media, etc. that Eric (and others) will be providing you. Eric and others will be there to assist you with understanding, etc., etc. If you are reading this and you have a good grounding and understanding in PS, let me or Eric know...if you are interested in lending a hand. We plan to have 2-3 at a table and allow Eric to move from table to table to assist as we move forward.
      We will use videos, handouts, and possibly a book. Eric is investigating some books he feels to be worthy. So, bottom line...if you are not a beginner, then this group (at this time) is not for you.
      You all will get to be a part...later on... If we find we need more space, we'll find it..

      April 30, 2013

  • Carol T

    Section 5 (This is the end, finally):

    Once we get our feet on the ground, I'll be posting the topic for that evening's, if it is something you have been struggling with or just want to know, you will get the hint to join us. We will be limited to 20 - 25 is the only problem. So, you will need to RSVP; but preference will be given to the beginners.

    Hope all this helps...


    April 19, 2013

  • Carol T

    Section 3:

    So...not knowing where your skills are, you will be welcome to come, and in time a regular in the group.
    Which version you have/will get? That doesn't matter...that's purely up to you. I have CS6 because I pay a monthly subscription fee for all the Adobe programs. I got it for my own personal use, and to be able to share with all of you. Elements or a lower version of PS may well do all you want; so, don't feel you need to run out and get PS CS6. Just when you come to the meeting, do have some comparable version on your laptop.

    Eric Scott Miller is one of the many more advanced members in our club, and he has graciously offered to help us get started. We will try to not wear Eric down, and will be calling on others both in the club and from outside to help us as we march along. Several have offered to help...just not every meeting. So, we will blend both videos, book learning, hands on, open discussions (frustrations allowed), critique our work...

    April 19, 2013

  • Carol T

    Section 2:

    If you are an Elements beginner, I'm sure there will be similar tools, commands, etc. If not, please hold off for a while; let me and the others in this group get some familarity with the program. We want this to be a positive experience for all.
    In time...Yes, I would love for this to be a Focus Group for ALL Post-Processing programs, where members can come and bring some of their pictures, talk about how they arrived at the results they did; get creative ideas from other members, etc., learn new tools in these programs and share that with others in the room.
    Problem is, there are some of us (me included) who just aren’t there yet. I (we) want to learn all this, but first we need to step back and be patient learning the basics. So...this is what I want anyone who wants to join us to considerate of our need to have some time to get caught up with the rest of you. We will get there, but just give us a little additional space and time first.

    April 19, 2013

  • Carol T

    This is Section 1 of many:

    I've had a couple people ask about Elements (various versions) it is somewhat of a streamlined version of Photoshop. I've told them no for several reasons: 1) I wasn't going to have table space for PS beginners an Elements both 2) we need to focus on BEGINNING Photoshop, and bring Elements in later.
    I have purchased more tables and chairs; so now I can open this up to more than the 6 - 8, possibly 20 (25 max). So, if you want to come, OK. BUT, if you are advanced in any respect, I need to ask you to wait a few meetings as this is totally a beginner PS group. Hopefully, after a few meetings, we will start to feel we can maneuver around in the program....and at that time will open the doors to others.
    I have promised the group (and myself) that we will move SLOW as I don't want us (part of the group) to zoom on ahead and leave some sitting not knowing. We will pace ourselves according to the overall acceptance of the whole group.

    April 19, 2013

  • Laura A.

    I currently have Photoshop Elements 11. Is this version sufficient for participating in this focus group? I would really like to participate and am willing to get another version if necessary.

    April 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be out of town for the first meeting of the series. Unless there is a chance I can catch up to be ready for the 2nd meeting, I have to pass :]

    April 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Correct me if I am wrong, but this is for PS CS. I am waiting for PS Elements.

    April 12, 2013

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