Photoshop is the single most powerful tool in the industry. There is no question about its capability, the creative possibilities that it provides are virtually endless. There is almost nothing it can’t do. Great, but how do we do it. The problem really is that it’s so powerful that it offers several ways to do things. It can be extremely complicated and frustrating to use at first, and so most people simply give up. Knowing how to use Photoshop is knowing how to be a better photographer. It is knowing not only how to take, but how to produce better images. The only thing that matters is the final product, the photograph.
Using Photoshop opens up a world of creativity and possibilities otherwise not possible. It also allows the adept user to produce an image precisely as it was envisioned. This is class is designed to get those who are ready and willing to be produce better images, to break out of the crowd and harness their true creative, more acclimated with this program. The goal is to get the student up to speed with the interface and layout and to provide a level of comfort and foundation to build upon when working towards harnessing the power of Photoshop.
There is a lot to learn. Most of it is completely unnecessary. This class is a primer to establish a comfort level with the software and to outline and separate the tools that are necessary from the majority of other tools that are not. After having taken this workshop, upon opening this software, the interface will no longer look scary and daunting... it will make sense.
The following topics will be covered (time-permitting):
• An overview of the entire Photoshop user interface;
• Explanation of the 3 tiers of Photoshop: Bridge, Camera Raw and Photoshop - what they are and why you need them (and why you don’t);
• Explanation of the tools, and more importantly, which one’s you actually need to know;
• A quick demonstration of each of the important tools and why/how they will be used;
• Analysis and explanation of all of the settings in preferences: setting you up for success moving forward;
• A breakdown and overview of good workflow practices included layers, adjustment layers, masks and more
Requirements: Bring your fully charged laptop, your laptop power cord and the latest version of Photoshop (or the last version). If you do not have Photoshop, you may download a FREE 30-day trial version from the Adobe.com website. Please remember to bring your POWER CORD to your laptop as this is an ALL DAY Workshop – you will need to plug in. Please also bring 50-100 RAW images on a flash drive that need work to work on in class.
After Boot Camp:
Private Instruction is available anytime after the Boot Camp Workshop to help enhance your Photoshop skills while reviewing what you learned in class at your own pace with the instructor by your side. Inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on Private Instruction and/or to set up your private instruction session now.
PLEASE NOTE: There is a cat on the premises but he will be put out of the way during the course of this Workshop.
About the Instructor:
Shayok Mukhopadhyay does a wide range of photography, from landscape to photojournalism, with a set of tools ranging from view cameras to video. His recent short films are City As School, about an alternative high school, and Powerless, on the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. A solo show of his Québec photographs was held early this year in Toronto. He recently won an Arts Alive Artist Grant funded by the New York State Council on the Arts. Shayok studied Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the International Center of Photography, New York. His work can be seen at www.shayok.com.