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October 2, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm EDT

Taking the Phrustration out of Photoshop

Photoshop. Just saying the name stirs up a lot of feelings in photographers. It’s a big program with a lot to learn, but used correctly, can truly transform your photos. In this class we’ll help you change your outlook on Photoshop from feeling overwhelmed or frustrated to confident and creative!

The world of photography has changed dramatically over the last decade, the digital revolution has transformed the way we take photos and think about photography.  We now talk in terms of megapixels and write speeds, and somewhere along the line “photoshopping” became a verb.  While we are firm believers in getting it right in the camera, the modern digital darkroom is a powerful tool to make your photos look their best, or to rescue ones that are close to great, but would have otherwise been destined for the recycle bin.

In this class you will learn our process for getting the best results for all the great pictures you take, using Photoshop. This class will explore basic photo development as well as some of Photoshop’s more powerful, lesser-known features that you can use to make your photographs really pop. We will also introduce you to preparing files for print, stock, or the web. We’ll unveil tips and techniques to make your workflow smooth and easy, and to get you away from the computer and back out in the field!

Type: Classroom Workshop

Activity Level:  Low

Things to Know: It is expected that attendees are familiar with the basics of PhotoShop, as this is not a beginner class. The class will be taught using PhotoShop CC 2015. The instructor will be displaying everything on a screen for you to see, but most people find it helpful to have their laptops in front of them to follow along. We will be discussing the different tools and how/when to use them and then showing you the effect it has on a photo. It is not a requirement of the class to have the programs or a laptop, but most people will have one and find it useful. There won’t be time for each person to work on their own photos during the class, but most people seem to learn better when they are following along on their own laptop.

What to Bring: A laptop with Photoshop loaded is recommended but not required. You will get the most out of the class with the most recent version of Photoshop (CC 2015), however many of the techniques and tools are similar in older versions. There will NOT be computers provided for this workshop.


Black Hills State University
1200 University Blvd
Spearfish, SD 57799 United States