Photo Editing Course for Beginners
Oﬀered by the MALTA PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY
Conducted by Mr Vince Piscopo
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Our unique combination of an experienced photographer and photo-editor and small groups (maximum 10 people minimum 5) leads to a powerful and immersive learning experience. Whilst a small element of the course is knowledge-based, most of our time together is spent editing and hands-on tuition.
You’ll learn how to work with the photo-editing software and understand the necessary functions and basic techniques. You do not need any previous knowledge of editing software. The tutor will start right from the beginning and work his way through step by step. Throughout the 20 hour course, you will learn how to use various selection tools to manipulate and edit your images. By the end of this course, you’ll possess important skills to enhance and edit your photography to a higher level. You will learn simple tricks of how to make your photos more artistic. You will end up editing like a pro with the techniques and skills photographers use.
We will provide you with the necessary course notes. Our 2 hour weekly lessons are fun, informative and relaxed. They are sometimes provocative, usually challenging and always highly enjoyable; with various tasks to try, explore, edit and create.
The philosophy behind this course is to progress you from producing sub-standard to artistic appealing photos. We do give you a comprehensive grounding in the essentials such as fast photo fixes, basic photo restoration, cloning, changing colour, contrasts, understanding masks, understanding the main tools and how to use them accordingly and tips on how to replace a sky. All you need to own is a laptop. The sessions will be held at the Society, 137, Old Bakery Street, Valletta, every Monday and Friday between 18:00 and 20:00.
|Lesson 1||Monday 26th September|
|Lesson 2||Friday 30th September|
|Lesson 3||Monday 3rd October|
|Lesson 4||Friday 7th October|
|Lesson 5||Monday 10th October|
|Lesson 6||Friday 14th October|
|Lesson 7||Monday 17th October|
|Lesson 8||Friday 21st October|
|Lesson 9||Monday 24th October|
|Lesson 10||Friday 28th October|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Get familiar with the workspace and user interface, navigate and customise the editing software, save custom workspaces and learn how to organise data and maximise efficiency.
- Learn how to import and open images into the editing software, resize, sharpen and save images for sharing on social media or the web and understand the features and benefits of Creative Cloud.
- Fix common problems in photographs from improper camera settings, fix old photographs, damaged with age and restore colours, learn how to convert images to black and white with the ability to emphasise certain tones, and learn how to use the colour adjustment tools to make blended images believable.
- Create, manage and organise layers, combine and export layers, work with multiple images in the workspace, understand masks, smart objects, and linked smart objects.
- Make effective selections and masks and use them to blend images, explore the use of clipping masks and create custom brushes and presets.
Topics covered in this course are:
Opening and Creating Documents
How to Setup Photoshop
The start workspace
The User Interface
Overview of the course practical files
Organising your Data
Open and save images in different formats
Some Keyboard Shortcuts
Navigating an Image
Image Size, Saving & File Formats
Fast photo fixes, cleaning up your first image
Shrink, Sharpen and Save for the web or to send as an email
Flip or Rotate the image
Removing Dust and Scratches or unwanted objects
Clone tool, Patch tool, Move Tool
Brush Tool: Understanding the brush tool and brush settings, Reuse and save brush settings, making your own brushes
Healing & Cloning Tools
Sampling, Saving & Using Colours
What are Layers? Working with Layers, Groups, Add a solid colour fill layer, Understanding simple Masks, Layer Masks, Clipping Masks, Layer Effects
What are Adjustment Layers? Commonly Used Adjustment Layers
Introduction to Smart Objects
What are Selections? Common Selection Tools: marquee, lasso, polygonal, magnetic, object selection, quick selection, magic wand
Introduction to Camera RAW: Select Subject / Sky in Camera RAW,
Exposure Adjustments using Adobe Camera
Dodge & Burn
Replace a sky
Turning a colour image into monochrome
The fee for this course is: €130 for MPS members and €155 for non-members.
Course notes and course material will be sent to each student by the tutor through email after each lesson.
Full attention is to be exercised during the tutor’s explanation. You will be instructed by the tutor when you are permitted to do work on class practicals using your laptop.
No cross talking between students is allowed as it disrupts other students attention especially when the tutor is explaining workflows.
To avoid interruptions, questions are to be taken at the last part of the lesson after all explanations are delivered. Frequent interruptions will hold progress from covering all the syllabus.
The Malta Photographic Society reserves the right to shift any planned lessons from one date to another if the tutor reports sick, is unfortunately confined in quarantine, or for other personal justified reasons. In such a situation, the lesson will be postponed to another date as agreed by the MPS Course Co-Ordinator and the tutor.
Applications must be accompanied with the relevant fee. Please make cheques payable to: Malta Photographic Society. One may also pay by direct bank transfer into the Malta Photographic Society BoV savings account:
IBAN: MT84 VALL22013000 000040025323065.
One can also apply on line by visiting our website: www.mpsmalta.com. If you prefer to pay by cash, visit our premises, 137, Old Bakery Street Valletta, on a Thursday, (from 1st September onwards) between 17:00 and 20:00. Shall you need further assistance, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 99001961.