Lesson 1: Evaluate Your Images
Judge the quality of your original images and determine what needs to be corrected by following a checklist that works for any image.
Assignment: Write up a concise list of goals for the image and submit that.
Lesson 2: Color and Tone Correction
There are ways you can approach color and tone correction for any image that take very little thought, but that consistently result in better color and image dynamics.
Assignment: Using simple concepts explained in the lesson, step through color correction of your images, and submit before/after results.
Lesson 3: Image Repair in a Nutshell
Almost any image will need some type of adjustment to look its best, no matter how much time you spend composing it. We'll look at a few simple ways to make adjustments with much bigger implications, including cropping, using the Clone Stamp and Healing Brush, and advanced compositional changes.
Assignment: Practice making changes to your images using what you learned in the lesson and submit the results.
Lesson 4: Enhancements
There are a number of quick effects and enhancements that you can easily apply to almost any image - some which are virtually necessary. These include sharpening, soft-focus effects, and simple framing. We'll look at the basic methods for doing each of these.
Assignment: Apply enhancements to your images and submit the results.
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How will this course help me?
This course will help you achieve consistent results with images by improving exposure, color, tone, and composition using the right tools in a workflow that you can depend on for getting the most out of your images every time.
I use Elements, not Photoshop. Can I take this course?
Yes! This course is intended for Photoshop AND Elements users and contains instruction for both.
I have never used Photoshop or Elements. Should I take this course?
No. This course is intended for those with some experience. A better option for a beginner is my Photoshop 101
course. Photoshop 101 was meant to prepare you to take this and my Color Management for Digital Photographers
What is image enhancement?
Image enhancement is embellishing an image to improve it. Most often this means optimizing the shot you have taken through color correction, tone adjustment and composition adjustments (e.g., cropping, removing damage and distractions) rather than radical editing. Sometimes enhancement can mean adding effects and applying filters (e.g., sharpening, soft focus effects and framing). The main focus of this course is practical enhancements which are adjustments you will make to your images every day.
Is color correction hard? Does it require special equipment?
Color correction is only hard if you don't know how to do it. This course teaches practical methods for color correction that you can easily apply to any image in a few minutes. Photoshop or Elements are the only special tools you need, but it may be helpful to have a calibrated monitor and understand color management but these are tangent concerns to methods of correction. (I cover these principles in my Color Management for Digital Photographers
Do I need a digital camera?
No. You don't need a digital camera, but you will need at least two digital images.
Do I need a printer at home?
No. None of my Photoshop courses require that you have a home printer. Color Management for Digital Photographers
requires printing, but encourages you to use a service.
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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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