Group or Individual Lessons

Camera Modes

Take better photographs by knowing when and why to select modes other than Automatic. How to manually set proper exposure and interpret histogram values. File formats, Megapixels, dials and buttons, JPEG vs RAW, and much more.

Seeing the Light

Measuring light, exposure lock, compensation modes, white balance, focus modes, light metering modes, lens focal length, optical filters, composition, and quality of light.

Photo Flash

Flash modes, guide numbers, effective distance, off camera flash, modifiers, color balance, flash duration, wireless communication modes, high speed camera sync, red eye reduction, fill flash, auto modes, multiple flashes, gels, and more.

Color Management

Digital color theory, gamma, color profiles, profiling cameras, displays, projectors, printers, and media using Xrite targets and ColorMuki Colorimeter. Using color charts, gray scale targets, or ExpoDisc to set proper white balance and exposure. The power of RAW processing. Setting up image editing workspace profiles. Getting accurate color in your images. 


Empirically finding the nodal point of your camera/lens combination. Using sliders and gimbals. Using subject distance to accentuate subject interest. Stitching in editing software. Distortion correction. The full version of the bottom image is 14' wide at 300 dpi resolution. It was stitched using 3 rows of 14, overlapping 36 Megapixel images.

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

Getting the most dynamic range from your camera. Setting up your camera for bracketing. Selecting bracket limits to encompass your subject. Managing spectral highlights. Image stacking in post processing to compress bracketed images. Using HDR features in Photoshop and Photomatix Pro.

Basic Photoshop

Setting up workspaces. Overview and structure. Pointing devices. Basic commands and menus. Selection tools, pixel pushing tools, cropping, sizing, dodging, burning, color sampling, fixing, healing, adding text, channels, paths, levels, curves, shadow/highlights adjustments, layers, and layer adjustments.

RAW Processing

RAW processing. Why RAW? Menus, default settings, output settings, save image defaults, tool bar, basic exposure controls, tone curves, sharpening, HSL/Grayscale, split toning, lens corrections, remove chromatic aberration, custom effects, camera calibration, presets, snapshots, and histogram usage. 

Photoshop Techniques

Applying the tools and options to enhance your image. Blend modes, focus stacking, image averaging, statistics, sharpening, blurring, artistic filters, noise management, smart objects, perspective correction, liquify filter, pin cushioning, soft proofing, printing controls, gamut warnings, touch up, blemish removal, and frequency separation.

Advanced Techniques

LAB color mode for color cast correction and sharpening. High Pass filter sharpening, mask manipulation, color separation, find edges, edge sharpening, despeckle, custom filters, batch processing. Bridge image management, efficient workflows, watermarks, rulers and guides.


Perspective, content aware fill, custom brushes, match color, replace color, color range selection, photo filters, channel mixer, layer styles, vector masks, equalize, single and multiple threshold points, and blend if sliders. Yes Lingling does appear three times.

Contrast Enhancement

Contrast enhancement emulates an effect applied to JPEG images of the major camera manufacturer to create the illusion of crispness. This can also be used to hide color aberration not corrected in RAW processing. The big horn sheep in the original file taken from over a mile away, blended into the background due to lack of contrast.