Adobe Photoshop Beginnings
Live Coaching Course
Begins January 12, 2013 through February 9, 2013
You are invited to our 5 Week Basic Course on Adobe Photoshop. As a photographer, your job does not stop at the push of the button. Together, we can bring your photography to a whole new level of quality.
Pre-recorded training videos of someone talking to themselves will not leave you motivated to finish. Even if you put the time in, it does not mean that they will be showing you all the best practices. In fact, most of the videos I have watched have been filled with terrible advice, no matter how large of a brand name website they have, or how much they charged for the videos.
I am a 20+ year Adobe Photoshop Professional. However, just because I spend every day using Photoshop to retouch images, does not mean I know how to teach.
For that, I would like to briefly give you a few quick Testimonials:
“It was very helpful for me. This type class can easily conform to any student's level of expertise. Thank you John for hosting the class.” – Don Janelle
“John offers valuable instruction on a variety of photo processing topics for people at all levels. With so much professional experience, he's able to share pitfalls and personal tips, too. He is thorough and really cares about empowering his students.” – Sue Fenton
“I will attend future Meetups in this group.” – Phil Widmer
“John Knows is stuff.” – Yvon N'Chonon
“Complex subject that was presented in an understandable way.” – Ira Dick
Now that I have established myself as a credible trainer, let's talk about the actual classes. I have been teaching Photoshop classes for the past year in front of a live audience. During that time I have learned what you, as a photographer and student, want to know about.
I have developed a training schedule that will give you everything you need to become extremely knowledgeable in Photoshop. Spending the extra weeks learning will give you the time you need to absorb the information. I could cut corners and shorten each class, or skip lessons. But I would rather know my students learn, and retain, everything they expect to.
Here is why an 5 week course with other students works:
• 5-6 Hours of class, will engulf you in the topic. I am not boring, and keep you engaged.
• People as serious as you, will be in the class. Peer pressure is a strong motivator.
• We can focus on the single topic, not jumping around getting distracted.
• If we do this for 5 weeks straight, I guarantee you will know this stuff inside and out.
• Mixing in homework (watch videos, retouch samples, etc), will teach even more.
Unable to Attend Every Class?
If you are not able to attend every class, not a problem. Each class is going to be recorded, and posted online for easy downloading. You can catch up with the class at your convenience, over the next week.
This course will cover the most important points that a Photo Retoucher needs to know, to create perfect images. Here’s a breakdown of some of the topics that we’ll be covering in our 5 weeks together.
While the results are impressive, the skill set was not. A basic knowledge of Layers, Color Range, Levels and Defringe were all that is needed.
• Digital Fundamentals - This class includes everything you need to understand the basics of working with images before putting them under the digital blade. This presentation will be heavy on the mechanical aspect of what images are, and best practices of handling them. RAW vs TIF, sRGB vs AdobeRGB, etc.
• Photography Studio Workflow - Are you ready to get into the details needed to build your studio properly? Once you have the images on your memory card.... then what? This is filled with important information that will make your Photography Studio work more smoothly. Detailed information about various hardware and software options.
• RAW Processing - After the shoot, but before Photoshop, there is the RAW processing. This step will easily make, or break, your images. This class will help walk you through many different images, and show you what changes will make your pictures jump off the page.
• Tools and Palettes Overview - This overview of the Photoshop interface will go over the most important tools and palettse in Adobe Photoshop. I will show you how each one works, then move onto the next. It helps define the possibilities for new users.
• Working with Photoshop Layers - Text Layers, Adjustment Layers, Smart Objects and Pixel Based Layers are just the starting point. There are Vector Layers, Layer Styles, Blending Options, Groups and Masks just to name a few of the myriad amount of options that are available to you. The order of your Layers makes a big difference in the appearance of your image.
• Photoshop Cloning - This class goes into amazing detail about the topic of cloning. Removing Blemishes, duplicating objects, and other hiding or extending. This is one of the more important retouching techniques, and requires time dedicated to the topic. If I could think of it, its in here.
• Tools and Palettes Details - Revisiting the Photoshop tools and palettes. This time, we limit down the available tools, only to the ones of most value. This time we will discuss each checkbox and pull down menu. Most importantly, I reveal the skills of how to actually use them.
• Masking Simplified - How do YOU select objects in your photographs? Magic this or Magnetic that? Bottom line, using the automated tools in Photoshop will make the change, but will also make it look fake and amateurish. Learn how professionals properly create masks. We will go over which tools work best in which situation.
• Color Correction - Tools - I am going to show you what I use in my professional retouching workflow, and what order I do them in. This is an invaluable resource, in cutting through the clutter of color correction tools available.
• Final Review - The strength of this is to show you how to improve your eye for detail. Being a good photographer, and a good retoucher, are two completely different things. We will also go over professionally printed ads, and discuss what works, and what doesn't.
• Final Images - Wrapping up the class, we will be working together on an image from beginning to end. This will bring together everything you have learned over the past few weeks. This will give you a hands-on, real time walk though, so you can see a photograph or two, from a retoucher's point of view.
As I said, I have been teaching these same classes for the past year. The difference is that now I am streamlining them all, into a single seminar designed to teach you everything you need to know, in an organized way.
I like to under-promise, and over-deliver. If we do this, you will have my full attention for the next 5 weeks. Anything you need to know about Adobe Photoshop, I'll be there to answer for you.
Again it looks harder than it is. Levels, Selective Color, and some cloning for cleanup. It's less about 'what' to do, and much more about 'where' to do it.
Give me 5 weeks, and you can:
• Check "Learn Adobe Photoshop" off your to-do list.
• Ask me any Photography/Freelance/Photoshop question you want for 5 weeks.
• Get full access to me via phone or priority email.
• Work on weekly assignments to improve your hands-on experience.
• You will have full access to any images, videos, notes or other material created for the course.
• Get a Certificate of Completion - You may even land a new job because of it!
What I Supply:
• Weekly Assignments
• Recorded Classes for re-watching (available next day)
• Images the class will work on together
• Detailed notes on the topics covered during class
• Most topics have pre-recorded content that can also be watched through the week
I have asked several existing members on this, and the consensus is that a price of $249 meets the budget.
In the end, it boils down to this: If $249 seems like too much, for 25 hours of classes, it's not. That's only $10.00 per hour. You can't even see a movie for that. If $249 seems like such a steal, that's because it is. The competition is $975 for only 18 hours, teaching only the tools, not necessarily the skills or techniques. Go ahead, compare their curriculum to mine. Even several promoted topics are banned from my classes because they are of bad practice; like "Saving as PSD", Shadow/Highlight, and Magnetic Lasso.
I just can't see charging you $32.00 per hour. I do not have all the overhead of an overpriced school. They need to pay rent, instructors, office personnel, etc... I don't.
If you look at the rest of the classes scheduled during this time period, you will see that each class session is listed. You do NOT need to register for anything except this ONE CLASS. Your seat will be saved for you. The other classes listed are for your reference only, to learn more about the classes for that day. It also gives others the opportunity to come to just that one class if they want to.
If you have any questions at all, please email me at [masked]
Testimonials From Digital Fundamentals:
"Excellent overview workshop for this group's meetup. Good tips on what I need to do to make my 8x10 prints look better next time. Looking forward to other sessions." – Bill
"I got a lot of information from John's presentation even though I don't necessarily have the need for that level of detail as an amateur photographer. However, the class was well worth it to gain an insight into the process and have an understanding of terms I wasn't very well versed on. He knows his stuff, and answered everyone's questions." – Ira
Testimonials From Photoshop Tools and Palettes:
"The meetup was fantastic. John is a great teacher, and I learned a lot." – Joseph Haddon
"Informative. Thorough overview of basics." – Tanya Livingston
"I thought the class was awesome! Very excited to apply what I have learned." – Roxanne Moreland
Testimonials from Masking Simplified:
"Comprehensive, fast paced, but enough time for Q&A." - Wayne Richardson
“A lot of information, interactive, and well paced.” – Patrick Philpot
"This was a good topic and was very informative. Professional masking and selection techniques were discussed and demonstrated. The instructor was willing and able to answer any questions that we had. I would recommend this to others." - Phil Widmer
Testimonials from Photoshop Cloning:
"Very nicely done." – Kathy Radziunas
"Easy to follow. I wasn't "lectured" at." – Sue Fenton
"Good Value. The quality was good." – Phil Widmer
"Fantastic presentation of the various tools, their general uses, and the drawbacks or unintended behaviors experienced in their use. Multiple tools were used to solve the same problems to contrast the process and the results. A fantastic meetup!" – Jeff Dutton
"Excellent workshop…and a DVD to review it all! Cloning is vital and all aspects were presented generously and frankly with the pros & pitfalls. The "Clone Arranger" was masterful & thorough & I learned an immense amount. Thanks, John!" – Sue Erazmus
Testimonials for Color Correction:
“Excellent course, great level of detail, very good instruction, came away a lot of very useful, new information to work with.” – Patrick Philpott
“Very thorough. Got some great tips. John was really devoted to helping us.” –Sue Erazmus
Testimonials for Portrait Retouching:
"I best liked the interaction between students and instructor. John answered any and all questions we posed. Great value for the money and time invested." – Don Janelle
"Excellent class. Learned some very important techniques to bring my post processing to the next level." – Sebastian Fama
This is a Live Webinar. You will be able to use your Internet Browser and speakers to join us remotely. You can even "raise your hand" and ask questions. The class itself is being hosted with The Art of Retouching Studio Meetup Group, located in New Haven, Connecticut.