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Advanced Use of Adobe Photoshop - Online

Boost your expertise as you optimize images using specialized tools, apply effects to reduce flaws, and improve the quality and post-processing of your photos using simple tips and techniques. This course is a Digital Photography certificate elective.

Go beyond the Adobe Photoshop basics as you explore more advanced features to successfully harness this powerful and popular editing software. Boost your expertise as you optimize images using specialized tools, apply effects to reduce flaws, and improve the quality of your photos. Work towards faster, more efficient image post-processing using simple tips and techniques as you build your professional portfolio. This class is also an elective course for Digital Photography certificate students.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Customize the Photoshop interface
  • Use Photoshop Actions for faster, more efficient post-processing of images
  • Explain the advantages of using layers in Photoshop for non-destructive editing of images in a number of ways
  • Utilize Selection tools in Adobe Photoshop to make changes within photographs
  • Use the Liquify tool to make changes in the appearance of people and objects
  • Describe the differences between the Healing, Patch and Clone tools

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Digital Asset Management & Photo Editing in Adobe Lightroom

Take control of your digital data by utilizing Adobe Lightroom to improve your pictures in terms of both aesthetics and organization. Discover your personal artistic preferences and develop valuable editing skills in the digital darkroom.

Overwhelmed by the hundreds (if not thousands) of photos clogging up your devices and storage? Are you interested in perfecting your images before publishing them to social media or other outlets? Take control of your digital data by utilizing Adobe Lightroom to improve your pictures in terms of both aesthetics and organization.

We will explore both technical and visual considerations in the medium by combining hands-on exercises, detailed demonstrations, and classroom discussions. Through instructor-led and self-guided practice, students can discover their personal artistic preferences and develop valuable editing skills in the digital darkroom.

Note: We encourage students to complete Digital Photography 1 before beginning this course. We also recommend that students subscribe to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan so they can complete homework assignments and utilize these techniques in their photography.

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After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Explain the difference between Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom and identify the appropriate uses for each.
  • Develop a digital workflow for photo management based on personal needs and best practices.
  • Utilize Catalogs and Collections in Adobe Lightroom to organize photographs with key words, tags, metadata and more.
  • Demonstrate basic photo editing techniques such as lens correction, image sharpening, noise reduction, color correction, and exposure adjustment.
  • Prepare photos for print and easily publish them to the web for easy sharing.

Digital Photography 1

Utilize a combination of class lectures and photographic assignments to tell great stories with your images! Explore the more complex aspects of photography: lighting, composition, color, depth of field, and more. Students are encouraged to share work.

Students wishing to participate in this course must have access to a DSLR or mirrorless camera. If a camera does not have an interchangeable lens and digital controls, it will not be appropriate for use in this course.

A picture is worth a thousand words…but can you do better? Composition, selective focus, saturated colors and proper exposure all combine to produce images that make the best use of digital photography's tools in order to tell great stories. Ideal for both enthusiastic hobbyists as well as serious amateurs, our course will utilize a combination of class lectures and photographic assignments to convey the importance of megapixels, file compression, and print-versus-email output. We will also explore the more complex aspects of photography: lighting, composition, color, depth of field, and more. Students are encouraged to share work for enhancement of class discussions.

*Students are encouraged to delay the purchase of supplementary equipment until after class discussions.

After this class, participants will be able to:
  • Identify aesthetic methods of creating more impactful, involving photographs, including composition techniques, depth-of-field control, and use of patterns, lines, and thoughtful backgrounds.
  • Choose the digital camera controls that enable them to produce the highest quality image files.
  • Practice fine tuning exposures while shooting.
  • Practice choosing options for resolution and digital output for online sharing, images or printing.
  • Explain when and why to use wide-angle vs telephoto lens.
  • Identify how to control White Balance while shooting and in Post-Production.
  • Practice photographing people, both candidly and posed.
  • Evaluate and explain the importance of color saturation in a photograph.

Digital Photography 2

Practice advanced techniques for lighting, composition, moving subjects, and night photography, including landscapes, architecture, and nature photos. Use lighting, filters, angles, depth control, and zoom lenses to effectively capture mood and emotion.


Join us to identify the optimal techniques for several types of photography, including hands-on practice utilizing advanced methodologies for lighting, composition, moving subjects, dynamic range and panoramic images. Learn to effectively capture mood and emotion with angles, depth control and zoom lenses. Participants will be encouraged to share their work in class to enhance the class discussion.

Prerequisite: Digital Photography 1

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Identify the best habits and tools for several types of photography.
  • Take control of the entire workflow process: preparation, execution, organization and post-processing/sharing.
  • Explain digital format options.
  • Shoot images for use as panoramic or High Dynamic Range (HDR) photos.
  • Prepare for travel photography projects, including proper handling of images away from home.
  • Add light to their images.

Let There Be Light - Working With Portable Strobes

Utilize small, portable electronic strobes on location to control lighting for your digital photography. Add and shape light from various directions. Compare methods of triggering strobes and learn advanced techniques including high-speed flash.

Explore the uses of small, portable electronic strobes to control lighting on location for your digital photography. Advance beyond the built-in flash on your camera to shape and add light from various directions. Compare methods of triggering strobes - including optical, radio & infrared slaves – and remotely control flash timing. Experiment with various techniques as blending strobes’ light with ambient, rear-curtain effects and high-speed flash.

After this course, students will be able to:
  • Utilize the benefits of small portable strobes
  • Practice adding & shaping light from various directions
  • Demonstrate various techniques with the strobes, including:
  • Using a flash to stop action
  • Using a flash for backlighting a subject
  • Using a flash as a fill light

The Camera You Carry: Smartphone Photography

Take better photos using your smartphone! Hands-on demonstrations and practical assignments help you improve your photo quality via proper exposure, better composition elements and editing software -- then store and share your images with confidence.

Think you need an expensive, bulky camera to capture many of life’s great moments? Take better photos using your smartphone! Our course includes hands-on demonstrations, practical assignments, and lectures to help you better utilize your smartphone’s camera features. Learn to improve your photo quality via proper exposure, better composition elements and editing software – then store and share your images with confidence.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Operate you smartphones with ease
  • Recognize and utilize the camera features of the smartphone
  • Improve the quality of your photos through proper exposure and better composition
  • Store and share photos with confidence
  • Enhance photos - after picture taking

Advanced Adobe Lightroom Processing - Online

Review Smart Collections for easier image organization, Smart Objects for offline editing, and presets/defaults for faster, more efficient post-processing. Discover additional tools and functions for creating and sharing your stunning online portfolio.

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Come explore the advanced features in Adobe Lightroom to further develop your photography skillset – we will review Smart Collections for easier image organization, Smart Objects for offline editing, and presets/defaults for faster, more efficient post-processing. Discover additional tools and functions for creating a stunning online portfolio – then share your distinctive creations by effectively utilizing web galleries.


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Students who complete this class will be able to:
  • Explain the advantages/disadvantages to be found in the three versions of Lightroom currently being offered by Adobe
  • Customize the Lightroom interface
  • Make the best use of presets and defaults for faster, more efficient post-processing of images
  • Utilize Smart Collections in Adobe Lightroom to organize photographs with keywords, tags, metadata, and more
  • Utilize Smart Objects to allow for offline editing of images
  • Make use of tethering in Lightroom to view images as they are shot in camera
  • Make use of additional editing tools
  • Share images online using online web galleries
  • Create online portfolio from within Lightroom

Digital Photography Certificate Capstone

We'll examine your portfolio goals while identifying personal strengths. Instructor and peer feedback will help you work to polish and perfect a collection of photographs representing the skills, methodologies and expertise gained via the program.

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Students in our Digital Photography certificate program build a portfolio demonstrating experience in a variety of photographic practices as well as a refinement of personal vision. During the Capstone course, we will examine these portfolio goals and objectives as students identify personal strengths and begin to recognize target audiences. Instructor and peer feedback will create hands-on, cooperative experiences to help guide and shape each student’s portfolio as well as a class project presentation. Each student works to polish and perfect a collection of photographs representing the skills, methodologies and expertise gained via the program.

Prerequisite: This course is only available to students completing the Digital Photography Certificate.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify strengths and define goals as a photographer
  • Identify aspects of their photography which need improvement
  • Refine their vision as to the type of photography they pursue
  • Identify their target audience
  • Select appropriate images for use in a portfolio
  • Format the portfolio to achieve goals
  • Participate in a group class portfolio


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Legal Issues in Photography

Discover important legal concepts and how these issues can impact your work. How can I protect my work? How can I profit from my work? How can I avoid trouble? Note: Students will not have an attorney-client relationship with the instructor.

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The importance of talking directly with an attorney about the variety and complexity of photography-related legal issues cannot be overstated. Both amateur and professional photographers will learn the underlying legal concepts important to the field and how these issues can significantly impact your work. Following this course, students will be able to answer the following critical questions:
  1. How can I protect my work?
  2. How can I capitalize on my work?
  3. How can I avoid trouble?

Note: Although this course is taught by a practicing attorney experienced in intellectual property matters, the instructor will be providing general information and will not be giving legal advice, and students will not have an attorney-client relationship with the instructor.

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Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
  • Describe legal and practical methods of protecting your work;
  • Summarize copyright law, including functionality and the six exclusive rights;
  • Protect the copyrights in your works by registering them with the U.S. Copyright Office;
  • Understand the basic elements of contracts: offer, acceptance and consideration;
  • Differentiate between various types of contracts: bilateral/unilateral, express/implied and oral/written;
  • List the essential elements of a basic written contract and give examples of the types of contracts you may need related to subjects, assignments, and rights;
  • Recognize the principal dangers to individual and property rights faced by photographers;
  • Avoid trouble by identifying the who, what, when, where, and why involved in creating images.
  • Ask questions relating to your specific objectives. In past classes questions addressed have included how to set up and operate a business by choosing the appropriate legal entity, file all of your formation paperwork, and protect yourself (and your assets) from litigation by choosing the right type of insurance for your needs.

Photo Editing in Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop allows photographers to explore more creative possibilities than ever before. Learn to unlock your artistic vision and create views of the world unavailable to the human eye or film technology.

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Not every photograph looks great when you first take it, and there are increasing numbers of tools available to help you get the right look. Adobe Photoshop, especially when paired with Adobe Lightroom, allows photographers to explore more creative possibilities than ever before. Learn to unlock your artistic vision and create views of the world unavailable to the human eye or film technology.

This course explores both technical and aesthetic considerations in the medium by combining hands-on exercises, detailed demonstrations, and classroom discussions. Through instructor-led and self-guided practice, students will learn the role of Photoshop in a photographer’s workflow and how it can help them achieve picture-perfect prints.

After each class meeting, students will complete homework assignments to show what they have learned. The assignments are due prior to the next class meetings and must be submitted digitally. The following class will include class critiques followed by new lecture material.

Note: We recommend that students complete Digital Asset Management and Photo Editing in Adobe Lightroom before beginning this course. Lightroom and Photoshop do not replace each other, but rather enhance each other, particularly when Lightroom is used first, then Photoshop second, in a photographer’s workflow. We also recommend that students subscribe to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan so they can complete homework assignments and utilize these techniques in their own photography.

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After completing this course, participants should be able to:
  • Use Photoshop to perform basic corrections to RAW images.
  • Be familiar with the Photoshop tools most commonly used by photographers to enhance images.
  • Explain the difference between Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom and identify the appropriate uses for each.
  • Be familiar with the various image file formats in order to save images best suited to the intended use.
  • Demonstrate basic photo editing techniques such as color correction, exposure adjustment, black and white conversion, and sharpening.
  • Retouch imperfections and other common issues such as red eye.
  • Utilize masks and various selection tools to correct or change the color in specific areas of a photo.
  • Combine pixels from different frames to create images with a greater range of luminosity than is possible with a camera alone
  • Create composite images and stitch images together to create panoramas.