Photoshop for Photographers
A very dark, underexposed photo of a trial car in shadowy shrubbery.
Photoshop is the digital equivalent to making your own prints in the darkroom. Over the years that I have been teaching photography, I have come to believe the most effective way that photographers can take more control over their photography, is to make their own prints. In the 'Old Days' this meant shooting in black and white, processing your own films, and making your own prints, either in your own makeshift darkroom, or by signing up for a course in a local school, college, or arts centre where there was a darkroom available. This, clearly, was not (and still largely is not) to everybody's taste. Consequently, many amateur photographers were, and still are, content to leave the tricky job of printing their hard-won images in the hands of some anonymous machine operator, and more often than not being dissatisfied with the results.
Well, it doesn't have to be like that anymore.
Many households these days have access to a computer, and the majority of photographers have now gone digital. So there is no longer any real excuse for a photographer not to have a go at producing their own prints, using one of the varieties of Photoshop, or an alternative form of image editing software.
The same photo, but corrected in Photoshop.
The two versions of the same picture shown above illustrate a very common situation. Automatic exposure systems will often under-expose a scene which contains bright highlights and dark shadows, leaving important subject matter in the dark. The problem then confronting the photographer is how to make the photo look the way the original scene appeared to the naked eye. The Photoshop course that Glenn Bennett Photography offers sets out to lead the photographer through the necessary steps in the digital work process that will allow them to take control of the appearance of the final image.
Nessie and King Kong on holiday in the Hebrides.
The course will examine each of the elements of image control in turn, and this will allow the student to set up their own system to their own specific criteria. As a broad overview, the course will address the following: calibration of the computer monitor; choosing an appropriate colour space; calibrating a printer to the monitor or display; basic image management processes; image modification and repair techniques; using layers; using selection tools; image archiving.
Please bear in mind that this website is still under development. When finished, there will be a regular programme of organised events and activities, as well as the option to arrange bespoke photography days tailored to your precise requirements. For the time being though, if you want to take part in any of the activities detailed in this website, use the e-mail address or phone number at the top of the page, or click on the 'Contact' link in the navigation bar, to get in touch, and let me know what you want to do and when you want to do it.
While it is not relevant if you are signing up for the Photoshop course, for any other course or activity please make sure that you read the information in the right-hand column of the 'Outdoors' page about clothing and equipment recommendations. A complete kit list can be supplied on request, along with advice on clothing and camera equipment appropriate to seasonal circumstances. If you have any questions at all, please ask - as Karl Marx said, you have nothing to lose but your chains.