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Photoshop CS3 for Nature Photographers I

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Join 's Course: 4-Week Short Course: Photoshop CS3 for Nature Photographers ILearn to use Photoshop to help make your nature images look even more impressive. This exciting 4-week course is the first in a series that will get you comfortable with using Photoshop efficiently and effectively. Instructor and master photographer Ellen Anon, co-author of Photoshop CS3 for Nature Photographers: A Workshop in A Book (Sybex, 2007), will cover just those features that you need to know - so you are not be sidetracked by tools that have nothing to do with nature photography. Yes, we still have to take the best pictures possible in the field, but optimizing your photos in the digital darkroom is the second half of the creative process!

Key Features

  1. Using Adobe Photo Downloader and Bridge Basics
  2. Using Adobe Camera Raw, Part One
  3. Using Adobe Camera Raw, Part Two
  4. The Photoshop Interface, Brush Tool Basics

  • Great for those new to Photoshop or just new to CS3.
  • Learn to customize Bridge and Photoshop to meet your needs.
  • Use the Photo Downloader to rename and import your images in one step.
  • Use Bridge to sort through your images.
  • Learn to use the powerful Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) interface to make most of the global corrections to your images.


$198.00 USD

What You Get


You get direct feedback on your photos from world-acclaimed, professional photographers. You can learn photography in this way from anywhere in the world.  
  • Learn at your pace, with structure.
  • Be guided by a real pro instructor.
  • Get your photos critiqued every week.
  • Join students from around the world.
  • Go far beyond any book or DVD.
  • Make great pictures, again and again!



Photography Instructor: Ellen  Anon Ellen Anon
Ellen Anon is the co-author of the popular books Photoshop CS3 for Nature Photographers: A Workshop in a Book (Sybex, 2007) and Aperture Exposed: The Mac Photographers Guide to Taming the Workflow (Sybex, 2006). She has also written an easy to read pdf detailing the digital workflow from downloading CF cards to presenting the images to others, that is available from her Web site,

Ellen痴 articles and/or images have been published in numerous publications including Shutterbug, eDigital Photo, Nature痴 Best Magazine, Apogee, and Sierra Club痴 book, Mother Earth and, and various calendars, billboards, and more. Her fine-art images are in private collections in both the US and Europe.

Ellen is passionate about photography and the digital darkroom and enjoys sharing her expertise both by teaching and by writing. She has been fortunate to colead photography workshops with Arthur Morris, Photoshop workshops for Joe and Mary Ann McDonald, and her own Photoshop-in-the-Field workshops. (See for upcoming courses.) She also presents seminars in various locations and is an instructor for the high school scholarship programs at the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) summits. Recently, she was honored to be one of the Apple VIP Pro Photographers.

Sample Photos by the Instructor

© Ellen Anon 

© Ellen Anon 

Course Outline


Lesson One: Using Adobe Photo Downloader and Bridge Basics
We'll start by learning how to download images from a memory card into Photoshop by using Adobe Photo Downloader (part of CS3). I値l also describe ways to get your images onto your computer if you池e using earlier versions of Photoshop.  Then we値l learn the basics of how to use Bridge, including customizing the interface, setting the essential Preferences, and sorting through images.
Assignment: Practice customizing Bridge, downloading a memory card, labeling and rating images. Upload a screenshot of your Bridge interface showing rated images.

Lesson Two: Using Adobe Camera Raw, Part One
The ACR interface can be used to make most of the global tonal and color adjustments to TIFF and JPEG images as well as RAW. This week I値l show you how to get the most out of the basic controls on the General tab including setting the white balance, adjusting the exposure as well as Vibrance/Saturation. I値l show you how to use the Recovery and Fill sliders in conjunction with the Exposure slider to reveal the most detail.
Assignment: Use ACR to make basic adjustments to two images. Upload the before and after as well as a brief description of what you did.

Lesson Three: Using Adobe Camera Raw, Part Two
This week we値l use more of the tools and adjustments found in ACR including Cropping, Rotating, Parametric Curves and the Hue/Saturation/Luminance tab.
Assignment: Use ACR to make all the global adjustments to two images, including cropping and rotating if necessary,

Lesson Four: The Photoshop Interface, Brush Tool Basics. Cloning and Healing
We値l begin by setting some key Preferences in Photoshop and then customizing the workspace to make the best use of monitor space.  Then we値l learn about Brush tool basics as we learn to use the cloning and healing brushes to remove dust or objects, as well as to add an object.
Assignment: Take a screenshot of your Photoshop workspace and upload it and upload an image in which you used the cloning and/or healing tools.

© Ellen Anon 

© Ellen Anon 



  • Adobe Photoshop (preferably CS3 but earlier versions OK) .
  • You must be comfortable operating your computer.



Do I have to already have had some experience using Photoshop before taking this class?
While you should be familiar with operating your computer and already have Photoshop loaded, I'll guide you step by step through using Phtooshop. 

Do you have to have Photoshop CS3?
The course is written to take advantage of the newest features in Photoshop CS3. But if you have Photoshop CS or CS2, you will be OK.   There will be a few things that are unavailable to you but alternatives will be suggested. 

Can I take the course if I have Elements, not CS3?
The techniques covered in this course can be applied to Elements, but the course is written for Photoshop. 

Do I need Photoshop CS3 Standard or Extended?
For this course - and for most photographers not doing video, 3-D, or medical/scientific work - the standard edition is all you need. 

© Ellen Anon 

© Ellen Anon 

Do I have to be online at any specific time?
No, you do not need to be online at any specific time. The lessons are sent to your email and you are also provided the Campus Square - where you interact with your classmates and instructor. This is also where you upload your photos to be critiqued by your instructor. The instructors are very punctual and respond quickly.

Will I have access to the instructor to ask questions during the photo course?
Absolutely! Students can ask questions in the special Q&A forum set up in the course's Campus Square, or can ask the instructor via email.

Do you offer a money back guarantee?
Yes. We are confident that you will fully enjoy our courses. All the same, for our 8-week classes, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent out. If for any reason, you are not satisfied and let us know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent, you will be promptly refunded.

For our 4-week courses, we offer a 100% money back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent out from BetterPhoto. If for any reason you are not satisfied and you let the ordering department know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent, you will be refunded within 7 days. After the second lesson has been sent out, no refunds will be given.

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