A few months ago we started revamping the curriculum at the Peoria Art Guild when it came to photography classes. The current “Intro” class introduces about a half-dozen post-processing tips and tricks: adjusting levels, color correction, portraiture retouching tips, etc. – but we don’t get very deep. On purpose.
Jeff McSweeney teaches a more advanced Photoshop-oriented class for the Guild but really we don’t have anything to fill the gap between our intro and his complexity. That’s where we’ve come up with a Camera to Computer class that focuses on getting students experience with more then the basics. I’m working on a creating that specific curriculum but I’m struggling with two things.
First – I think I want to avoid getting specific to one piece of software. I think I want to teach concepts that are universally workable in almost any imaging program, be it Elements, Lightroom, Photoshop, or *gasp* some non-Adobe product. I think it’s a better idea then say teaching a “Lightroom” class or an “Elements” class. Is that a good idea?
Secondly, this would probably be about a 20-hour class. I’ve come up with a lot of topics, listed below. What do you think are good topics? What do you think is definitely a more advanced topic? Here’s the list:
- Camera Raw
- Image, Canvas Size – Resizing
- Layers / Adjustment Layers
- Shadows and Highlights
- Blend Modes
- Color Correction
- Black and White Conversions
- Noise Reduction
- Image Cleanup: Healing/Cloning
- Transform / Free Transform
- Adding Text to Images
It’s a lot – and it’s certainly a lot for 20 hours… What do you think?
I also had another photo instructor ask me my opinion of good introductory books – not about post-processing, but about photography in general. I advised she look at Scott Kelby’s two volume Introdcution to Digital Photogtraphy, Bryan Peterson’s “Understanding Exposure” (and Understanding Shutter Speed) tomes, and Rick Sammon’s “Complete Guild to Digital Photography books. What books matter to you?
Finally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Scott Kelby’s KelbyTraining.com website – a great place for video classes – particularly on post-processing – but there’s more out there. There’s also the outstanding training site lynda.com – which Adobe considers their official site for training – a little pricey but outstanding instruction. Where do you go on the Internet to educate yourself on photography?
Never stop learning. Never stop challenging yourself.