I have been asked by several Islanders when my spring workshop will be….and that’s a good question. There is a need, I think, for a workshop for beginners because I think both Lightroom and Photoshop can be intimidating for the first timers. I’ve heard so many times from folks that to learn them appears to be a daunting task, and something that they just can’t do on their own. I agree on that. I’ve been using Photoshop for 15 years and feel pretty competent, but there is always more to learn.
My idea for beginners is to have two half day workshops. The first 4 hour day would be a hands on lesson on the fundamentals of the two programs. I’m assuming that participants of course have one or the other. Personally, if I were to have only one, it would be Lightroom, because it is the closest thing to the darkroom and designed just for photographers. There are some things that it cannot do, but for beginners, it has almost everything that you’ll need.
The first day will be an introduction on how to take your pictures….understanding your digital cameras and how to set them up for maximum postproduction effect. Then we will focus on the basic fundamentals of how to use the program. Using some of my pictures, I will show step by step how to take the initial image and make it into a photograph with impact/emotion. The task would then be for the participants to take some of their own pictures during the next week (or two), develop them and present them for a critique to the class on the following workshop. At this point, further discussion and “show and tells” would help with the fundamental understanding of these two powerful programs. I’ve always said, that whatever you can imagine, you can make it so.
Photoshop and Lightroom are programs that will actually make you giggle with glee. The basics are easy to learn. If you start with a good image and you understand the step by step method of development, you can make taking pictures a wonderfully enjoyable event.
So, if you are interested in a workshop, probably after May 1st, then let me know. The only requirements would be that you have a camera and hopefully a laptop computer with either Photoshop or Lightroom installed. The workshop will be held at my studio on Bainbridge Island. The cost for the two days will be $90.00.