Photoshop for Photographers

Autumn Willows in Wanaka
Autumn Willows in Wanaka

The Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan  includes both Lightroom and Photoshop. Many photographers use Lightroom to organise and edit their images. The next step is to learn how to use Photoshop for advanced editing.

This is an online course which is based on a recent version of Photoshop.  You will receive detailed notes and images to learn on before you start working with your own images.

I have been working with Photoshop for the last 16 years and have witnessed the huge changes in the programme. It is now becoming an essential tool for those photographers who want to take their images to the next level.

The Tutorials
There are ten tutorials which are divided into the two courses.  
Each time a new version of the programme is released it includes something new and where possible these are also included.

Photoshop covers all ten tutorials.
Cost $150

  1. Getting Started
  2. Cropping,  Rotating and straightening
  3. Improving the Appearance:  Using Levels and Curves, Colour, Contrast and Brightness
  4. Cleaning up the Image: Clone, Healing Tools and Patch Tools
  5. Introduction to Layers
  6. Making Selections
  7. Some of the more Useful Filters
  8. Mostly About the Sky
More Advanced Uses of Layers
  10. Combining Multiple Images

Photoshop for Lightroom Users covers tutorials five to ten.
Cost $110

This option is for people who already do their editing in Lightroom and who want to start learning how to work with layers.  Note the advantage of learning how to do the basic editing in Photoshop  (Tutorials 1-4) means that you don’t have to go back to Lightroom each time you want to make a minor adjustment to your image.

How the Course Works

An online course gives you the flexibility of starting at a time which suits both of us. I will send you detailed notes, with instructions on how to do use the various tools.  You will also receive copies of the images used in the notes to learn each technique.

With each lesson there are challenges (assignments) which ask you to apply the technique you have been learning to one of your own images before sending them in for review. You will receive feedback on all the work you submit and I will be available to answer your questions either by email or phone.

Photoshop is like having a large box of tools and once you have learnt what each of the tools will do you will be able to select the appropriate tool to complete a project. The course is structured so that you learn how to use new tools while still continuing to use the tools learnt in previous tutorials. By the end of the course I would expect you to have a good understanding of the main tools available in Photoshop and be confident you can learn new ways of using them from a variety of other sources which are available such as magazines and online tutorials.

Assignments (Challenges)

If you choose the weekly option you will have two weeks to complete the assignments and return them.
If you choose the fortnightly option you will have three weeks to complete assignments and return them.


  1. If you find the pace too slow or too fast you can change to the other option part way through the course.
  2. If you have some free time coming up you can ask for the next tutorial to be sent to you early.
  3. If you are going on holiday, you can ask for a lesson(s) to be sent to you early and/or make arrangements for a late submission of the assignment.  If pressure of work or family commitments make it impossible for you to meet the deadlines you can request an extension of time (dependent on my commitments).
If you have problems understanding something you can either email or ring me

How much time will it take?

Be prepared to spend at least 3-4 hours on each tutorial.
 You may work through a tutorial quickly following the instructions but plan to test your learning and understanding by trying to complete the task the next day without referring back to the notes.
The length of time the course takes will depend on the option you choose and how quickly you work through the tutorials

You will need:

  • Access to the Internet to download the tutorials and send in the results of the assignments
  •   A copy of Photoshop which has been updated.
  •    A way of getting your images onto your computer – if you have a digital camera this is easy. If you have old photos you want to use they will need to be scanned.


It is possible to start the online course at any time that is suitable to both of us. Sometimes it is possible to work around either your commitments or mine so contact me to discuss it.

To enrol click  here