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The Photographer’s Toolbox for Photoshop: Exposure and Color

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Join 's Course: The Photographer’s Toolbox for Photoshop: Exposure and ColorStart getting the most out of your Photoshop software with exciting exposure and color-correcting techniques. In this 8-week online course by professional photographer and digital-darkroom specialist Lewis Kemper, you will learn the important lessons for controlling exposure and color correction techniques in the full version of Adobe Photoshop.
Note: Updated for Photoshop CS6 (but CS4 and CS5 are OK too)! Also, this fully interactive course features video lessons.
Key Features

  1. Color Settings, Preference and Bridge
  2. Adobe Camera Raw
  3. Pixel Layers and Adjustment Layers
  4. Blend Modes for Exposure Control
  5. Expanding the Dynamic Range
  6. Graduated Filters and Density Masks
  7. Curves and Levels
  8. Hue/Saturation and Selective Color

  • Videos explain, and SHOW, the techniques!
  • Learn the two most important concepts for photographers - exposure and color correction.
  • Take the "rocket science" out of Photoshop and make it easy and intuitive.
  • Open to Photoshop CS4, CS5, and CS6. 
  • Taught in photographic terms.
  • NOTE: Although the lessons are video-based and not written, this course operates just like any other interactive BetterPhoto class. You'll be able to ask questions, post photos and get critiques from your pro instructor, participate in discussions with classmates, etc.!

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: Lewis  Kemper Lewis Kemper
Lewis Kemper specializes in nature and wildlife photography, and has taught over 100 workshops and classes on landscape photography and/or the digital darkroom.

He is a contributing editor to Outdoor Photographer and PC Photo magazines.

His work is represented worldwide by Getty Images, Index Stock Imagery, Stock Connection, AFLO Japan and DRK Photo. Lewis's computer-enhanced images have been used in advertisements, cards, bookmarks and calendars. He is the photographer of Ancient Ancestors of the Southwest, published in 1996.

He also runs a custom digital printing service to create fine art prints for photographers.

Lewis has been honored to be included into Canon’s Explorers of Light program, which recognizes 78 of the country’s most influential photographers.

A Couple of Photos by the Instructor

© Lewis Kemper 

© Lewis Kemper 

A Couple of Student Photos


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Course Outline


Lesson 1: Color Settings, Preferences and Bridge
Here we will learn how to set Photoshop's preferences and color management settings as well as using the Bridge to view, sort and organize your images
Assignment: Set you computer and Photoshop to optimize performance and color space as discussed. Create a custom Bridge workspace. Get images that you feel need help with exposure or color.
Lesson 2: Adobe Camera Raw
Here we will learn how to get the most out of your raw file using Adobe Camera Raw to process your images.
Assignment: Process two raw files

Lesson 3: Adjustment vs. Pixel Layers
Here we will learn when to create new layers versus new adjustment layers. How to order layers, mask layers, group adjustment layers, cut and paste to create layers, etc.
Assignment: Create multi-layered images using both adjustment layers and pixel layers.

Lesson 4: Blend Modes
Using Blend Modes for exposure and burning and dodging. Controlling over and underexposure with blend modes and adjustment layers. Layer sets and masks on sets. Black Hides, White Shows.
Assignment: Correct over- and under-exposed images using the blend modes. Burn and dodge images using the methods described.

Lesson 5: Expanding the Dynamic Range
Combining multiple exposures to get a full tonal range image, work with Shadow/Highlight and learn HDR - High Dynamic Range imagery
Assignment: Process an HDR image, work with Shadow/Highlights, and combine images to create a full tonal-range picture.

Lesson 6: Creating Graduated Neutral Density Filters and Density Masks
Creating density masks and graduated neutral density filters.
Assignment: Use graduated neutral density filters and density masks to fix exposures in images.

Lesson 7: Curves and Levels
Using levels and curves for contrast control and global color shifts.
Assignment: Use the semi auto levels adjustment technique discussed and experiment with the curves dialog box to correct color shifts.

Lesson 8: Selective Color and Hue Saturation
Controlling colors by using selective color and Hue/saturation. Controlling local color.
Assignment: Use the Hue/Saturation and Selective Color adjustment layers in combination with the "Black Hides, White Shows" concept to adjust/enhance local color.

© Lewis Kemper 

© Lewis Kemper 



  • Photoshop CS6, CS5, or CS4 (no Elements).
  • A Mac or Windows-based computer
  • A digital  camera
  • Experience with menus and layers helps!



What version of Photoshop® is required?
You will need a full version of Photoshop® (no Elements):  CS4, CS5, or CS6.  

What Photoshop skills do I need for this course?
You should be somewhat familiar with the program. Actually if you can create adjustment layers, be familiar with layers know what the tools on the tool bar are, you should do fine. I am only concentrating on teaching you the best methods for dealing with exposure and color correction. We are not going to cover the tools for cloning, sizing, etc. This class is designed for the person who has been using Photoshop for the digital darkroom and want to expand their knowledge so that they will be become masters of exposure and color correction. So if you want to move beyond Variations, Color Balance and Brightness/Contrast, and harness the real power of Photoshop®, then this class is for you!   

Are there any other requirements? Do I need particular computer equipment, for example?
No. All you need is Internet access (which you have if you are reading this on the Web). Whether you use Mac, Windows, or another operating system, you will be fine. I also recommend a graphics tablet. It is not necessary, but I liken a graphics tablet in the digital darkroom to the tripod in photography. You can get by without one but you will have better results when using one!  

© Lewis Kemper 

© Lewis Kemper 

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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Lynn Reinschmiedt
member since: 3/18/2014
I am currently using Adobe CS5 extended and before that CS3. My use of this product has primarily been limited to modifying the RAW image and converting to JPEGs. I have never done any post-JPEG editing. As such this course helped me immensely. The early lessons will also improve my effectiveness working in RAW as well. The course introduced me to a number of tools within RAW with which I was unfamiliar.

- 7/14/2014 7:02:53 PM

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BetterPhoto Member Rajiv Chopra
Rajiv Chopra
member since: 12/25/2006
This course is fantastic. I could stop here, and it would be sufficient.
I recommend this course to anyone who really, really wants to learn about colour, exposure, layers, masks and about setting preferences!
The videos are very clear. No ambiguity in the instructions at all.
The feedback was prompt, corteuous and always spot on.
I highly recommend this course

- 6/21/2014 1:20:23 AM

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BetterPhoto Member Rajiv Chopra
Rajiv Chopra
member since: 12/25/2006
This is a fantastic course. I could end my review with this one sentence.
The video classes are brilliant. Very clear, very precise.
The feedback and critiques were always on time, respectful and to the point.
This class has done so much to take away my mental blocks regarding Photoshop layers and masks, and opened my eyes to a new world.
Hats off to Lewis!

- 6/20/2014 10:36:39 PM

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BetterPhoto Member Jennifer Price
Jennifer Price
member since: 12/15/2008
I have taken several courses here at BP, and one other through the University of Alaska. I took Lewis's class last year, and was simply gobsmacked. I could not disagree MORE with John's review of a #2 rating. I LOVED having the videos as a learning tool because I was able to walk myself through each process step by step, playing each part that I didn't understand over and over until I had it down perfectly. I wish more instructors would offer this kind of instruction.

I learned how to make settings on my computer that I had never set before in all the years I have been using PS. I learned about shooting RAW from Lewis, and of how much more work can be done quickly and non-destructively with just a couple of strokes on the computer.

Sending photos off to Lewis's email, letting him see my entire workflow, was the most helpful aspect of the class, as he was able to point out what actions I took, step by step, that were unnecessary, or out of sequence, or just the right procedure. His critiques were invaluable.

But the most important thing about this course was the instructor himself. Lewis ALWAYS got back to me almost immediately any time I sent off a question--and I had a lot of questions! I never had that frustration as I have had in other courses, where I am waiting for the instructor to answer my question (which seems to be more common than not) so that I can complete the assignment. He continued to answer each of my send-backs if I didn't understand his answer! To me, having the back and forth between the instructor and me is the best way to work through the material when dealing with an online class. Lewis is simply the best online instructor I have experienced, and I wish he would offer more courses.

I just purchased his videos (he gives his students a discount) from this course and another set that covers more PS information--totally worth every penny.

This class really does offer a valuable tool to use daily, and Lewis Kemper is a fantastic, attentive instructor. Offer us more courses, Lewis!

- 11/1/2012 7:59:54 AM

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BetterPhoto Member John D. Roach
John D. Roach
member since: 11/2/2010
Lewis Kemper's videos are wonderful. He is a fine instructor. I learned a lot from him. However, since I mostly use Lightroom 4, and only I use Photoshop CS5 a little bit, I wasn't really inclined to spend a lot of time working on the exercises which I would soon probably forget. I also didn't want to send large PSD files to the instructor for critique by email, but rather like posting exclusively on the site as is done for all the other courses. Scene shots of our CS5 work would have sufficed with posting of the final image. Thus, I didn't all the exercises. Nonetheless, the videos were great. But, that is not enough for a course of this cost!

I was genuinely desired and hoped for a course advertised by its very name a "Toolbox" that I could go back to in the future to get information that I want and I might need when I have an situation when I occasionally use Photoshop CS5. A "Toolbox" to me is also a resource to help me in the future when I need it. Instead, I only got videos that are only accessible for one year. There are no written lectures with explanations and examples that I could use over an extended period of time.

I have taken many BetterPhoto Courses and have enjoyed virtually all of them. BP has great instructors; Lewis Kemper included. However, in this case, I don't know how I would feel about the taking further courses of this type with video only offered at $396. I have a very fundamental problem with that type of course as mentioned earlier.

While I got a lot out of the vide0 presentations, I was extremely disappointed that there were no written lecture with examples to "keep" after the course is done. That diminishes the value of the course especially in terms of cost. $396 is a lot of money to pay and to only have a one year resource unlike all the other fine courses that have lectures I can refer to. My goodness, I refer to the lectures of my first course back in 2010 to this very day at times.

My inclination always is to go back and review material frequently. I want resources. Since this course has no real take aways except to be able to watch the videos during a limited one year post course completion I am very disappointed. Thus, I feel that the value of the course was significantly diminished.

I am very disappointed about that and really want to have lecture material supplemental to the video. I even want BetterPhoto to supply them for the money paid for this course. Don't get me wrong, is wonderful. They just "missed the boat" on this course.

Even videos supplemented with lecture material would be better then nothing but videos for one year!

- 4/27/2012 7:47:59 AM

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More Delighted Customers:

"I enrolled in this course to further my photoshop skills, and Lewis helped do just that! There were so many great tips and techniques in this course. The lessons were easy to follow, and Lewis was quick to answer all my questions. I really enjoyed the course and plan to take the next one! I recommend this class to anyone who wants to take their photos to the next level using photoshop!" -Jennifer F. Petritz, student in Lewis's previous Toolbox/Exposure and Color course 

"Excellent course, lessons are clear and easy to follow, Lewis is an excellent teacher." -Lyn Darlington, student in Lewis's previous Toolbox/Exposure and Color course 

"This was an excellent course in exposure. Lewis is excellent in showing examples and very clear on suggestions to improve my photos. I was able to take older photos that I thought were great and make them even better!" -Amy Horn, student in Lewis's previous Toolbox/Exposure and Color course 

"I loved this course. Lewis is an excellent teacher. He gives clear instructions and quick feedback to all of our questions. I learned a great deal taking his course. I am using all of his lessons on a regular basis now. I highly recommend this course if you want to understand layers and progress in Photoshop." -Evelyn Young, student in Lewis's previous Toolbox/Exposure and Color course 

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