Adobe Photoshop for photographers: stage 1

Course Dates: 09/10/19 - 06/11/19
Time: 17:45 - 21:15
Location: PS - Photography Studio

Are you a photographer but flummoxed by Photoshop? You're not alone. Join our practical course introducing Photoshop's basic functions, including colour adjustment, retouching images, and layer manipulation. Find your way around the program to apply all sorts of edits and effects, producing professional-looking images in minutes.


What is the course about?

This course is the ideal introduction to image manipulation using Photoshop. Essential skills will be introduced and practiced, working towards a greater understanding of the main features of the program with direct relation to a photographer’s needs.

What will we cover?

- Introduction to the Photoshop environment, its tools and image editing
- Making colour and tonal adjustments
- Working with and manipulating layers
- Saving images and file formats
- Defining, refining and editing selections
- Applying special effects to digital images
- Constructing multi-layered images
- Working with adjustment layers
- Retouching and repairing photographs
- Importing images onto the computer.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- manipulate and edit images using a variety of Photoshop features
- select and isolate specific areas of an image
- apply colour adjustments to images
- combine several images together to produce a photomontage
- apply special effects using filters and styles.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No prior knowledge of Photoshop is required, but you will need to know how to use a computer for word processing.
We will be working on Apple Mac computers; if you are new to using these you might find our course ‘An introduction to Apple computers’ that runs each term useful.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and be prepared take part in group discussion. You should be happy using numbers and able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course structure consists of supervised practical activities, discussions and step-by-step demonstrations. One-to-one guidance and support will be given throughout. Notes will be provided.

Use of Adobe Photoshop outside the class will be beneficial. The program can be downloaded from for a 30 day trial for free and then for less than £10 per month. Https://

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There are no other costs. Notes are provided and advice will be given on buying books and using the internet as a resource.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City Lit runs a number of other Photoshop courses if you want to develop your skills on the program further. We also offer a huge range of different photography courses, from wedding or wildlife photography to darkroom workshops.
Alternatively you may be interested in further developing your digital image skills in courses such as InDesign or Illustrator. Browse the website or prospectus to get inspired.


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I would recommend this course, the level of teaching is first rate, an adequate level of computer literacy is required.
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Tutor Biographies
Michael Harding Tutor Website

Michael Harding was born in Canada, where he studied cinema and photography at Concordia University, Montréal, before moving to the UK. Since then, he has created striking images of architecture, art, people and landscapes for international blue-chip clients for their use in editorial, advertising and corporate applications. Michael’s work has won many industry awards, notably being selected in the Eleventh Association of Photographers Awards and further receiving a Merit Award in the Seventeenth Association of Photographers Awards. His work was selected for a Highly Commended Award in the Deutsche Bauzeitung “Visions in Architecture” European Architectural Photography prize. His work has been exhibited in both the United Kingdom and Canada. Michael has been Chairman, as well as President, of the Association of Photographers (AOP). The AOP is Europe’s most established organisation for professional photographers, working to ensure greater recognition for all professional photographers, as well as working to positively influence legislators in the UK and Europe for the benefit of all photographers.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

This course has now started

Course Code: VG273

Started Wed, eve, 09 Oct - 06 Nov '19

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £249.00
Senior fee: £249.00
Concession: £152.00

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