PhotoShop for Beginners

Introductory Photo Editing Concepts (Photoshop, Corel Afershot Pro, and Phase One’s Capture One!) The information can also be utilized for other programs like Picasa and Gimp.

We also cover workflow for Photographers.

Sit back, relax, and learn! You don’t even have to bring a laptop. We supply the workbook with all the steps we perform in class.

Want to learn how to fix the one set of blinking eyes from your otherwise perfect family portrait? Join us as we explore the basics and beyond of using Adobe Photoshop and Elements, as well as AfterShot Pro and Capture One to boost the look of your photographs. We’ll talk about options to Photoshop due to their move to expensive software rentals in “the cloud”.

This in-depth introduction to photo editing will teach you everything you need to start using programs to improve and enhance your own work.

This demonstration and lecture format class features projects designed to help you when you get back home to work with and manipulate your photos. It is not a class designed for you to follow along on your computer and do the projects in class ~ due to the varying levels of experience of participants. There are too many levels of student ability to allow for that. Every step is outlined in the take-home workbook.

Taught by Gene Taylor, a Certified Professional Photographer, you’ll leave with the knowledge and confidence to begin using Photoshop or other programs on your own photography projects.

The emphasis is on Photoshop CS6 and Elements, but students with other programs such as  Corel Paintshop Pro, Gimp, etc. will benefit by applying the general editing knowledge picked up from the class. Free 30 day trail versions are available at or We also highly recommend any of Scott Kelby’s books on Photoshop.

This class is lecture and demonstration and is not slow paced. We do send you home with our workbook so you’ll have everything that was covered in class and you’ll be able to recreate the projects in a step by step manner.

Topics to be covered include:

  • “Developing” your photos in AfterShot Pro, Capture One, or Adobe Camera Raw (part of Photoshop). Every photographer should be doing this!
  • Basic tools in Photoshop
  • Programs other than Photoshop… including options from Corel and Capture One
  • Calibrating monitors, it really helps!
  • Layers and adjustment layers
  • Optimizing your photograph
  • Working with Camera Raw
  • Portrait retouching including wrinkles, blemishes, and skin softening
  • Tips and techniques
  • High Dynamic Range
  • Avoiding the tacky and trendy
  • Editing work flow and backing up your files
  • Getting your photos printed

Photoshop can do gazillions of things. What we cover in this brief class is what we do as photographers to make our photographs better. We describe our process from the photograph, to loading it onto our computer, processing in Camera Raw/Bridge, and how we tweak each photograph in Photoshop when needed.

Dates offered

  • Classroom settings are no longer offered. We’re now doing only one-on-one and small groups  by appointment. Call at 864.386.8284 or email for more information.

What you’ll need

You may bring your laptop for note taking, but the class isn’t structured for personalized computer help. We provide a workbook with exactly what is covered in class so you can work step by step at your own pace. This is not a hands-on Photoshop class. In our sessions we’ve learned that some people will attend who have no idea how to transfer a file from one folder to another or who don’t have software installed correctly. With a six hour class we’d get very little covered if we tutored each student.

* Child care is not provided. Do not bring children.

The cost

$150 for the 4-5 hour course ~ one-on-one. This price includes handout material. Meals, drinks, or snacks are not provided. Parking is extra.