Subjects taught at Photography related Workshops:
First, a bit of honesty, I am not a nationally
recognized expert or expert period on any of the courses I teach (save those complicated what if questions for the
media experts). I have spent time and money to learn the below software's, mainly because I will never be a big
time photographer but I still want to make some big time photographs. While I would love to have an assistant,
great lighting setup and a makeup artist I know that at my age that is not going to happen. So I have turned to the
below software's to compensate for my lack of big time trappings. If you take my courses
don't expect to be a big time photographer unless you are prepared to do other things and make sacrifices to
achieve your goals. The road is never easy especially in photography where anyone with a digital camera or smart
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I do use the software I am teaching and most of my finished photographs
are made with a combinations of various software's. I do not even write done how I make each picture because if I
did I would be making the same pictures using the same techniques, instead of editing my work until the picture
reflects what I wanted to do with it. You will not become an expert in these course, but will get some basic ideas
on how the software's will help you produce interesting pictures and hopefully you will have some fun while you are
learning. The information below is what I think will be helpful in expanding your knowledge of the various
techniques you can use to create pictures that go beyond the standard stock pictures a lot of photographers
All the software programs that I teach are not difficult to learn the basics
of these programs. If they were difficult to learn then I would have never learned these programs. The other reason
I like these programs is that each program has enough video training to help you learn these programs. My favorite
way of learning is 'hands on' but video training is a close second. Certainly better then some big book that few
people can understand.
Portrait Professional If you want to make your portrait
subjects look their best without an expensive makeup artist than this is the program you need to buy. This is an
easy to learn program using the software's automatic correction system. I will teach this pretty quickly than have
you do the same picture again using the software's extensive manual controls. This is the fun part if you want to
change the color of hair, eyes and lips and maybe add a little suntan to a subject.
Pro Show Producer: I will teach you how to make a basic slide
show using some of the things I did in the slide show on my home page. If you need to make slide shows or
combination single picture and/or video show than you have to master this software. Certainly in wedding
photography if you are looking for an edge that shows you are a cut above the average
photographer. Depending on how much time we have I can show you how to
create your own show and put it on your web site and/or YouTube(Bring your best jpegs and I
will show you how to creative up your dull slide shows.) Added course instruction: Video
training that explores the many things you can do with this software: layers, advanced motion controls, how to add
sound to name just a few things you can learn from this software.
Perfect Photo Suite: One of the best masking programs around. I
will teach you how to make a basic mask as part of the overall course and show you how to insert the mask into
another picture. I will also cover the feature that sets Mask pro from other masking programs. The ability to build
your mask using colors to keep and colors that mask out sections from you mask. The other sections include effects,
blending, blur and adding frames to your photos. In short, you can use this program to make changes(add,delete,
modify) to any area in your picture. Added course instruction: video training as
Photoshop elements: How to combine the various effects this program has to make some original pictures. One word of
cautions you can make all kinds of effects for your pictures, but if you haven't learned how to craft these effects
into a picture that is more than a gimmack than you are just pretending to be an artist. One gimmack I love is
the Liquify filter which I use to slim down my femail subjects. I also like the panorama feature. I have added
several special feature apps from Topaz and Alien Skin. Added course instruction:
video training as needed
Note: I don't teach Adobe Photoshop which I will freely admit is the
gold standard in photo editing software. For years I have used Corel PhotoPaint because it does a lot of things the
same as Photoshop does and it was a lot cheaper. Most photographers do not need to learn all the things they can do
in Photoshop, and if they did their photographs might be technically great but will they really communicate
anything of value or spark a little interest from the viewer. (Before you spend money on these types of
software's you have to discover what you are going to do with the software. If you have a vision for photographs
that only Photoshop can create, than buy Photoshop - otherwise you are just trying to be a snob and have wasted a
lot of money on a program you will never fully use.)
What can you do
with some of these programs? Click on the below pictures to see what is possible.
||This was the original picture I took of Aimee at a workshop. As you can see I
included a lot crap in the picture. Not my finest moment as a photographer.
|| This is an example of how Portrait Professional can change the
look of somone you are photographing. Yes, this model pretty attractive. But I did make changes to
her hair, lips and eyes and gave her a little more tan as a way of showing what is possible.
|| Finally with Perfect Photo Suite I have masked out the
background and inserted a different background. I also put a rich glow on the image while adding a
little more intensity to Aimee's features.
||This photo shows a different look with cropping and perfect photo
|| Need another alternative picture to the above picture. If you do how about
Adobe Photoshop Elements. I used a filter called Sumi and set my blending mode to
100% with Luminence. Notice how the picture pops up her eyes and lips
|| A black-and-white picture with some color accent could be considered a
gimmick. However, this technique can expand the ways you craft a picture. Perfect Photo
Suite was used to blend color with black and white.
I included this picture because I wanted to show more of the things you can do with
the programs I will teach and the model in the picture is the same model used in the previous
pictures. The background picture was taken at McKee Botanical Gardens in Vero Beach, Florida during
their dinosaur show. The model was photographed, flash, during an indoor photo shoot. I used Corel
Painter Essentials to craft her picture. The background picture was crafted with Perfect Photo
Suite 7. I wanted to make the dino bigger, so I created a duplicate file of the background and used
the mask feature to get rid of the background around the dino. Then I used the clone feature in
Layers(same program) to clone out enough of the dino on the original file so when I combined the
larger dino with the original background you would not see parts of the dino from the original
file. Then I added the picture of the model and blended this picture with my background picture.
Lastly, I used the effects feature giving more contrast and add glow where I wanted glow. The
best part of Perfect Photo Suite 7 is that you can add or decrease your effect to whatever degree
you want to in whatever area within the picture you think needs changes. The last tweet I made was
in Adode Photoshop Elements, ver 9. I used the Comic Book filer to increase the contrast and
saturation a little more.
The main point of this paragraph is that if you believe your picture ends
at the point where you snap your picture, then you do not want to spend money on one of
my workshops. I don't use these programs to compensate for mistakes I have made in taking my
pictures. I just don't want limits on how I can create a picture.
Check out my
photographs on this site, if you have exceeded what I am doing than you have no need for what I can teach.
If you haven't then you have to invest in yourself (the only way you will
ever succeed long term.) and sign up for a workshop.