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Photoshop for Photographers: The Basics

May 3 - 4, 2008
Stephen Johnson Photography Studio, Pacifica, California
$400 - Contact Seán Duggan to register / 530-477-8494

This two-day class is an introduction to Adobe Photoshop CS3 designed for photographers by a photographer.  Participants will be guided through the Photoshop interface and learn the basic tools, techniques and concepts used in the editing of photographic images. We will cover the basics of working with digital images with the aim of fostering a familiarity and comfort level that will serve as a strong foundation for further exploration with this powerful software. The class enrollment is limited to 10 students, which is a good size to allow for time to work on the techniques as well opportunities for one-on-one instruction.

The new state-of-the-art digital lab at Stephen Johnson's studio is an excellent venue for a hands-on class. And for additional inspiration, the adjacent gallery displays Stephen's inspiring large format digital landscape photography from With a New Eye: The Digital National Parks Project. For those interested in coming early, or staying on after the class, nearby Highway 1 provides access to some wonderful coastal scenery.

Tent Rocks, New Mexico

    The main topics for the class will include:

    • Essentials of the Photoshop Interface
    • Adobe Camera Raw Basics
    • Tonal Correction with Adjustment Layers
    • Dodging and Burning with Adjustment Layers
    • Working with Selections
    • Converting Color to Black & White
    • Spotting and Simple Retouching
    • Resizing  & Cropping
    • Sharpening

    All example images used in the class will be provided. You can also bring a few of your own images to work with during the class as there will be time for you to work on images to practice the techniques covered.


    Acadia National Park, Maine

    Who Should Take This Class
    This class is for photographers who are new to Photoshop and who want to learn the basic techniques for using the program to improve their images. Familiarity with basic computer skills is required.

    Seán Duggan is a photographer, author and educator with extensive digital imaging experience that is grounded in a traditional fine art photographic background. He is the co-author of The Creative Digital Darkroom (O’Reilly Media, 2007), Photoshop Artistry (New Riders 2006) and Real World Digital Photography (Peachpit Press 2004). An Adobe Certified Photoshop expert, his Photoshop for Photographers tutorial column can be seen regularly in Layers magazine. In addition to teaching online Photoshop for Photographers classes at San Francisco’s Academy of Art University he also provides consulting services, one-on-one training and leads workshops at venues across the country.


    This workshop is financially dependent on adequate class registration. Where minimum enrollment requirements are not met, the class will be canceled, and a full refund given. You will be notified at least one week in advance if a workshop is not going to take place. Please take this into accont if you are maing any travel and lodging arrangements. Student initiated cancellations received prior to one month before the workshop will receive a full refund. A 50% refund will be given for notice received 2 weeks immediately prior to the workshop (a full refund less a $50 overhead fee will be given if another student is able to fill the spot from a waiting list).


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