While we've highlighted hands-on photographic workshops in a variety of genres, we have not yet touched on some live software seminars around the country, some one-day events and others several day events. Carol Dragon, noted be one of the country's best instructors, will be doing a once-a-week Photoshop course in New York City, which allows for the working professional a unique college course-type environment. Many others offer one-day events such as the Kelby Training Live, and still others offer multi-day events as sort of a "bootcamp" experience for photographers. These courses are definitely in-person and live. While this approach appeals to some, others may find the online courses more accessible with the added ability to replay the course in the comfort of their own home as many times as they'd like. Such online courses such as lynda.com and Kelbytraining.com are inexpensive and can accompany seminars or be the sole method for learning these sometimes difficult software programs.
PHOTOSHOP RETOUCHING BY CAROL DRAGON, NEW YORK CITY (May 9-June 6, 2012, Wednesdays 6-9 pm)
Carol Dragon teaches at the International Center of Photography in New York and has done a number of workshops in Italy, Dubai and Maine. The September 2011 issue of PDN magazine ranked her as one of the top photography instructors in the article "The Best Photo Workshops: A Reader Survey." Carol is a Hasselbald Beta software tester and a presenter at Canon Live Learning Events. She consults for corporations, studios and individual photographers. Clients include CBS, Scholastic Publishing, AOL Time Warner and Anson Mills. She has a BFA and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Workshop Website
ADOBE PHOTOSHOP LIGHTROOM 4.0 WORKSHOP WITH NEVADA WEIR, SALT LAKE CITY (May 19-May 20, 2012)
Transition to a productive digital workflow in just two days. Organize and enhance your photography for personal satisfaction and presentation in a two-day, hands-on Lightroom 4.0 workshop with one of four leading experts in digital photography. Lightroomworkshops.com offers a quick, creative, start-to-finish workflow intensive program for photography enthusiasts, serious amateurs, and working pros. Expect lots of personal attention in these workshops. You will enjoy the accelerated, yet personalized pace, grow as a photographer, and expand your skills in just two days. Learn Lightroom by doing and walk away knowing. Bring your laptop with the current version of Lightroom 4 installed, your photography, and your focus—our digital photography experts bring a passion for patient, interactive teaching gained from leading hundreds of workshops worldwide. Expect to learn to download, organize, manage, develop, and present digital photography using your own laptop, ensuring a smooth transition to digital workflow. Walk away with a new perspective and straight forward grasp of the application, as well as time-saving tips, so you can spend less time in front of a computer and more time behind the camera. Workshop Website
THE ADOBE PHOTOSHOP LIGHTROOM 4 WITH MATT KLOSKOWSKI, SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (MAY 25, 2012)
Taught under the Kelby Training Live banner, participants will be taught by Matt Kloskowski, one of the world’s top Lightroom experts. Sit tight as he shows photographers an insider’s view of Lightroom. From start to finish, from image capture to final print – photographers see it unfold right in front of them, as they learn step-by-step how to take control of the digital photography workflow. This seminar will teach how to take photography to an amazing new level of productivity, efficiency, and fun with real world insider techniques that will make the photographer's life easier, and free up time so that photographers can do what they really want with their photography. Workshop Website
ADOBE PHOTOSHOP FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS BY SANTA FE WORKSHOPS, (July 8-July 13, 2012)
This workshop, taught by Josh Withers, details the approaches, techniques, and strategies employed in modern day image making, whether for use in representational photography, or complex, expressive collages. Specific topics provide a comprehensive understanding of fundamental Photoshop concepts and functionality, including layers and layer masks, blending modes, channels, and history. Participants become familiar with the cutting-edge tools within Photoshop, including setting up custom actions, correcting color for image consistency, manipulating photographic elements, and advanced retouching procedures. The workshop offers best practice techniques based on Josh’s numerous and stimulating classroom demonstrations, as well as individually tailored, one-on-one tutoring. Subject matter is explained in detail, with plenty of opportunity allowed for individual exploration and experimentation. Although no prior Photoshop knowledge is required, participants must be very comfortable with computer navigation skills and have a strong sense of file management. Workshop Website
ADVANCED PHOTOSHOP TECHNIQUES BY MAINE MEDIA COLLEGE, MAINE (July 29-Aug 4, 2012)
This advanced workshop offers expert guidance for Photoshop® users who have mastered the fundamentals and want to explore Photoshop’s most powerful, lesser-known features. If layers and masks are second nature and intermediate workshops no longer excite, this workshop opens the door to advanced retouching techniques, silhouetting and advanced selection techniques, luminosity masks, clipping masks, vector masks, advanced blending options, masking with the gradient tool, extending tonal range by combining images, the relationship between masks, alpha channels, selections, paths and quickmasks; actions and automation (with stops & interactions), and more. This course is taught by Jean Miele.
Step-by-step demonstrations in MMW’s state-of-the-art digital lab and individual attention help students with specific areas of interest. Since no MMW workshop would be complete without fieldwork to collect new images for lab practice and hone shooting techniques, students in this workshop will explore, enjoy and photograph the beauty of Midcoast Maine. Workshop Website
2012 DIGITAL EDGE WORKSHOP BY TONY SWEET IN BADLANDS, SOUTH DAKOTA (Sept 15-19, 2012)
In these exclusive Digital Edge workshops with Tony Sweet, the number of participants is capped at five, to ensure maximum personal attention both in the field and classroom. In addition to shooting every day, participants will also spend several hours in the classroom learning essential and creative use of software plugins on images you’ve shot earlier. During these daily critique sessions, shooters will work on those images using Photoshop with Nik Software plug-ins, Alien Skin, Topaz, Nik HDR Efex Pro and Photomatix HDR software. There will also be ample individual help with RAW processing and demonstrations of workflow. At each shooting location, Tony will discuss how to "shoot for the software” and pre-visualize the final results, which may not be readily apparent when viewing a scene. A work CD will be included, so everyone can learn the software on the same set of images. A DVD containing Tony’s instructional videos is also included. Workshop Website