Photoshop for Photographers Course Outline

Photoshop for Photographers Course Course Outline

  • Unit 1
  • Unit 2
  • Unit 3
  • Unit 4
  • Unit 5
  • Unit 6

Unit 1 Digital Fundamentals

  • Lesson 1.1 The Eye of the Digital Photographer

    In Lesson 1.1: Eye of the Digital Photographer, we introduce you to the world of digital photography and show you how to visualize a wonderful composition through the lens of your viewfinder.

  • Lesson 1.1 The Eye of the Digital Photographer

    In Lesson 1.1: Eye of the Digital Photographer, we introduce you to the world of digital photography and show you how to visualize a wonderful composition through the lens of your viewfinder.

  • Lesson 1.2 Choosing a Digital Camera

    In Lesson 1.2: Choosing a Digital Camera, we will explore the most effective ways to use a camera when creating a digital image. Beginning with an analysis of digital versus film, we will begin to guide you through the process of working with the most practical camera for your specific compositional goals.

  • Lesson 1.3 Using a Digital Camera

    In Lesson 1.3: Using a Digital Camera, we will begin to dive into the actual mechanics and techniques of capturing a quality digital photo. From navigating camera controls to exploring different exposures, this lesson will introduce you to the proper techniques of digital photography.

  • Lesson 1.4 Digital Image Capture

    In Lesson 1.4: Digital Image Capture, we’ll explore the elements that make up a digital imaging system, describing the entire process of taking a picture, from the moment you press the shutter release button through to the end product.

  • Lesson 1.5 Digital Imaging Systems

    In Lesson 1.5: Digital Imaging Systems, we will take a look at computer system requirements, image storage, and finally, the different output possibilities for the digital image we’ve acquired. We’ll start by looking at Photoshop, the place where you'll do most of your post-processing.

Unit 2 Photography Principles

  • Lesson 2.1 Developing Your Eye

    In Lesson 2.1: Developing Your Eye, we will begin to harness your natural ability to create beautiful images as we channel the most effective photographic techniques of visual organization and storytelling. Learn to establish the message you wish to send about your subject and the feelings you wish to convey as you compose the perfect snapshot in your viewfinder.

  • Lesson 2.2 Color

    In Lesson 2.2: Color, we will continue to develop your eye as a digital photographer as we delve into topics dealing with color theory. From hue to saturation, color can add countless possibilities to your photos.

  • Lesson 2.3 Lighting

    In Lesson 2.3: Lighting, we will look at one of the key topics in the study of professional photography. Whatever type of camera you use, light plays a key role. And, almost anything is possible when the photographer takes control of lighting using artificial light sources.

  • Lesson 2.4 Choosing a Scanner

    In Lesson 2.4: Choosing a Scanner, we will start by exploring the many different purposes and functions of a scanning device. Learn to master the simple and affordable art of scanning, archiving editing and sharing your favorite photos as you develop a seamless and effective routine with your equipment.

  • Lesson 2.5 Using a Scanner

    In Lesson 2.5: Using a Scanner, we will delve into the more technical specifics of operating the scanning device of your choice. We’ll walk you through the manual as you gradually learn how your new equipment works. Start by navigating automated features then move on to use more advanced manual controls.

Unit 3 Post Capture Software

  • Lesson 3.1 From Image Capture to Image Editing

    In Lesson 3.1: From Image Capture to Image Editing, we will focus on the proper ways to move forward after capturing a new image as we introduce you to your image editing software and the standard editing interface. Learn the basic fundamentals as well as how to import new images into Photoshop.

  • Lesson 3.2 Photoshop Installation

    In Lesson 3.2: Photoshop Installation, we will start by walking you through the process of installing this powerful application on your computer. Whether Mac or PC, this tutorial will get you rolling with the software and well on your way to image editing.

  • Lesson 3.3 Photoshop Software Interface

    In Lesson 3.3: Photoshop Software Interface, we’ll start off with a comprehensive tour of the interface. Learn to customize your personal workspace to optimize your efforts as you familiarize yourself with the internal functions of Photoshop tools. Master the most effective keyboard shortcuts and interface customizations as you develop a process most fitting to your personal goals.

  • Lesson 3.4 Importing

    In Lesson 3.4: Importing, we’ll help you develop a system for structuring folders and files as you learn to better organize your work. Develop a functional system of organization that will enable you to seamlessly access images years down the road at the click of a button.

Unit 4 Image Enhancement

  • Lesson 4.1 Organizing

    In Lesson 4.1: Organizing, we’ll dive into one of the most exciting stages of the overall editing process- sorting. At this step, you’ll finally be able to get a clear look at what you’ve captured as you start to distinguish the good from the bad as you keep and discard certain images. We’ll help you rate, label and reject images as you better learn to sort and organize your work in the most practical way.

  • Lesson 4.2 Camera RAW

    In Lesson 4.2: Camera RAW, you’ll start working with what’s known to many as a digital negative- the full, unprocessed image information captured by your camera’s sensor. With complete control of your image files, from here you’ll be able to make all the image processing choices you’d like to apply to any given image.

  • Lesson 4.3 Layers

    In Lesson 4.3: Layers, we will begin to explore the various ways in which you can create a new layer in your Layers Panel. From creating and deleting to moving and aligning, we’ll help you navigate the most effective methods for keeping your panel as organized as possible.

  • Lesson 4.4 Adjustment Layers

    In Lesson 4.4: Adjustment Layers, we’ll start out by developing a comprehensive understanding of Adjustment Layers and Clipping Masks. From there, you’ll learn to apply color and tonal tweaks to any image without damaging its pixels in any way. You’ll also learn the convenient method for applying said color and tonal effects to certain portions of an image while leaving the remainder untouched.

  • Lesson 4.5 Advanced Editing

    In Lesson 4.5: Advanced Editing, we’re going to transition from global adjustments (ones that alter the entire image) to local adjustments (ones more specifically targeted). We will explore two fundamental concepts used to isolate specific sections of a given image in an effort to refine the scope of your applied effects.

Unit 5 Final Touches

  • Lesson 5.1 Sharpening

    In Lesson 5.1: Sharpening, we will learn to enhance the finite details of your images. Detecting the edges and increasing the contrast between the adjacent pixels of said edges, this will help you achieve a more well-defined look as you develop the final version of your photo.

  • Lesson 5.2 Black-and-White Techniques

    In Lesson 5.2: Black-and-White Techniques, we’ll discuss the benefits of going black and white, one of the biggest leaps in creative decision making you can make as a photographer in post-production. From there, we’ll navigate the steps in effectively doing so.

  • Lesson 5.3 Retouching and Restoration Techniques

    In Lesson 5.3: Retouching and Restoration Techniques, we will learn to understand the concept of working non-destructively as you develop the proper workflow. From navigating retouching tools to rightfully applying red eye reduction, learn to edit your images while keeping these best practices in mind.

  • Lesson 5.4 Advanced Tools and Projects

    In Lesson 5.4: Advanced Tools and Projects, we’ll start by learning the best methods for converting, placing and resizing Smart Objects- the other files separate from your PSD. From there, we’ll start working with filters, adding text and using Actions to further enhance your image.

Unit 6 Output Basics

  • Lesson 6.1 Output Basics

    In Lesson 6.1: Output Basics, we will start to visualize the final destination for your visual capture as we develop the most effective method for getting it there. Whether you’re hoping to hang an inkjet print on the wall or send a picture to a distant relative via email, this is the section in which we’ll master the most seamless methods of output execution.

  • Lesson 6.2 Printing

    In Lesson 6.2: Printing, we delve into the step-by-step process of Photoshop printing. Just as traditional film photographers create test strips, you’ll learn to process different parts of your file in differing ways in order to create a similar way of viewing your images clearly.

  • Lesson 6.3 Exporting for the Web

    In Lesson 6.3: Exporting for the Web, you’ll learn the most effective methods of creating images and graphics to be shared on the internet. While some designers have made a habit of using multiple platforms in an effort to complete this task, you’ll learn to effectively master all steps involved within the one tool of Photoshop.

  • Lesson 6.4 Presentation

    In Lesson 6.4: Presentation, we will explore a variety of different framing and matting options in an effort to best present and share your finished work with family, friends or clients. We’ll elaborate on two different types of framing jobs as you develop a better understanding of the framing method you feel would best present the type of work you typically do.

  • Lesson 6.5 Portfolio Development

    In Lesson 6.6: Portfolio Development, we talk about your future as a Photoshop proficient photographer. You’ll learn to establish and promote a personal brand as you interact with potential clients in this growing industry. We’ll help you develop a clear marketing message and delve into the various career options available to you moving forward.