SKU: PSDintro
Photoshop Intro for Photography


As an introduction to Adobe Photoshop, this course will teach you the essential workflow basics to process your RAW files. Learn to optimize exposure, correct colour casts, create borders and  double exposures, watermark your work, resize your photographs for various printing formats, work in layers and produce images with the best possible quality.

5 sessions, 3 hours each, over the course of 5 weeks.




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1 Aug – 29 Aug 18h00 – 21h00, 14 Oct – 11 Nov 09h30 – 12h30, 30 Oct – 27 Nov 18h00 – 21h00

Thanks to blogs like Photoshop Disasters and the many, many errs in editing judgement it points out, use of the Adobe photo-editing software has become something of a punchline. But Photoshop itself isn’t the problem; it’s how the tool is used, and by whom. For professional photographers, Photoshop isn’t about warping bathroom mirror selfies — it’s about creating beautiful images with subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) alterations after the fact.

Getting it right in-camera is the dream, sure — but Photoshop has allowed top photographers to expand their abilities and stretch the bounds of photography.

With the introduction of Photoshop, it felt like “the whole world opened up to us as photographers,” says food photographer Andrew Scrivani. “It bridged the gap between film and digital.”

“Photoshop is a tool I use everyday,” he says, calling it “another tool in your lighting kit.” Neutrally-lit photos can be edited in a wide range of ways, from color correction to shadow emphasis, turning otherwise fairly average images into powerfully detailed masterpieces.

In addition to augmenting and correcting photographs, Photoshop Hall of Famer Dave Cross says that the software can also viewed as a way to expand the horizons of photography itself.

“We were having the traditional, you know, ‘get it right in the camera vs. fix it later in Photoshop [discussion]’,” he said in an interview with Tamara Lackey, “and I sort of stuck my hand out and said, ‘I think you’re missing a middle part, which is take advantage of Photoshop to do things you can’t do in camera alone.’”


Course Overview:

Lesson 1:

Introducing the Workspace
Understanding Image Files


Lesson 2:

Adjustments and Adjustment layers

Lesson 3:

Understanding RAW
RAW adjustments
Lens Corrections
Basic Retouching
Screen vs Print

Lesson 4:

Critique Session
Practice and recap
Double Exposure Project


Course Outcomes:

At the end of the course you will have at least two print ready artworks that can be exhibited in the Orms Cape Town School of Photography exhibition. Along the way, you will gain skills in navigating Photoshop’s interface, saving files for print and the Web, non-destructive editing techniques, an understanding of digital colour and problem solving abilities.

You will receive detailed notes on the work covered.


To do this course you need a basic understanding of photography, a USB flash drive and a selection of images (JPEG, TIFF or PSD) that you would like to experiment with. Mac users are welcome to bring their Macbooks with Photoshop CS6 installed.

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