The Certificate in Digital Photography & Retouching is the only course that combines studio learning as well as post-production and photo manipulation techniques using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.learn more
There are different models of instructional design that guide professionals by systematizing the process of developing training actions. In this photography certificate program, I used the ADDIE model to develope the whole class. In the following section you can see a sumary of this process.
For this class I identified the audience and their characteristics,
determining what students already know and what they should know after completing the course.
For adults students, photography is their first or second job, or just a hobby.
Students don't have time for formal education, they need to build this new skills. They need support and formative assessment during the learning process
Students have basic or intermedia knowledge in photography in manual mode. They know the essentials of Photoshop and Lightroom
Students need to understand and take advantage of their cameras. In addition they need to build Photoshop and Lightroom skills
The lenght of the program is four months. Classes are six hours per week.
At the end of the class, students will know how to shoot in manual mode and how incorporate one to three lights and modifiers.
The instruction will be delivered on site in a photography studio and a computer lab. In addition, students will have access to videos of classes.
Downloadable resources guides and materials and video tutorials.
This program needs photography and studio light equipment and a computer lab. In addition a website with a learning management system LMS.
DSLR or mirrorless camera that has the ability to change lenses and a hot shoe adapter to hold a flash.
Recommended lenses: Any prime or zoom lens from 35mm up to 200m
Speedlite Manual or TTL
Digital photography in studio.
Photo editing and manipulation in the computer lab.
Classes will be teach in a photography studio and in a computer lab.
Formative assessment must be done during the phases and a final summative assessment made through specific tests to analyze the results of the training action.
The development phase is the real creation (production) of the contents and learning materials based on the design phase is presented as a second stage of the ADDIE.
In studio classes, student learn and practive with their camera and professional lights equiptment.
In the computer lab, students learn Photoshop, Lightroom, and color management.
In the website, students can watch the video tutorials of the classes.
For this model, formative assessment must be done during and between the phases. The purpose of this type of assessment is to improve instruction before implementing the final version. Each of the stages of the ADDIE process is evaluated, and the final one is a summative assessment made through specific tests to analyze the results of the training action. Thus, registering the data and making an interpretation of the results of the assessment will provide the necessary information to improve or modify the course.
The following section describes the program itself
The Certificate in Digital Photography & Retouching is the only course that combines both studio learning as well as post-production techniques using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. 30 hours of the class are spent in studio and 30 hours ina a computer lab where students will learn advanced techniques in Photoshop and Lightroom.
After completing the 60 hours photography training, the learner will be able to
Name, describe, and operate the control of the digital camera and lens, to work in manual mode.
List, recognize and use one to three lights in studio for portrait, headshot, and products photography
Analyze the process and the result to evaluate the incorporation of other necesary equiptment to improve results and workflow
Examine, compare and score the result of the photography production
Use the import options in Photoshop Lightroom and operate the Catalog
Analyze the image and apply the controls for luminosity and color adjustments
Use tools and functions for high end retouching and photo manipulation
Design three projects for portfolio photo composition and high end retouching
Professional Photography workflow; SLR cameras; Sensors; Bit depth; Camera Raw; Aperture; Exposure; ISO; Depth of Field; Photography essentials; Studio Lightning, Portrait and Landscape Photography, Tips & Tricks
Learn how to get the most out of your camera on manual mode. We will cover formats, exposure, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance, depth of field, and a other topics in this class. In addition you will learn Professional Photography work-flows, studio lighting concepts and terminology, qualities of light, modifiers for taking control, portrait lighting, high and low key, beauty lighting, dramatic light, the difference between high speed flash, continuous light source and strobes equipment. This classes provides hands-on, practical experience of working with studio lighting equipment, backdrops and use and control the subjects.
Importing pictures from Camera; Lightroom Workflow; The catalog; DNG and Camera Raw; Metadata; Keywords; Lightroom interface; Best practices; Bridge vs Lightroom.
Preferences; Develope Module; Working with the Histogram; White Balance; Light Adjustments; Color Adjustments; Sharpening and Noise Reduction; Lens Corrections
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom gives you the power to produce the best images possible from your digital photographs. It doesn’t matter if you are working with 1, 100, or 1000 images. Lightroom gives you the power to organize, create, and showcase your work all while working with state-of-the-art non-destructive editing tools. After perfecting your images, Lightroom’s powerful output functions help you print, create slideshows, and even web galleries in addition to publishing to the top photo-sharing websites. Lightroom is your all-in-one digital darkroom and digital image software. This course covers Photoshop Lightroom user interface. Lightroom is very different from Photoshop (and Adobe Bridge) and can empower photographers to expand their creative potential. This class will cover, in detail, the Library and Develop section of the Lightroom user interface and its function, as well as touch on the Slideshow, Print, and Web sections.
In this classes you will learn to develop images, Adjust image color and tone, Work in gray-scale, Adjust crop and rotation, Retouch photos, Apply local adjustments, Sharpening, noise reduction, and process version, Correct lens distortion and adjust perspective, Vignette and grain effects, Apply Develop adjustments to other photos and Manage image history and snapshots also you will work Export photos to disk or CD, Create Export Actions, Export photos using the previous settings, pre sets, to Facebook, Flickr, Adobe Revel, SmugMug, Export to Hard Drive using Publish Services Also we will review how to edit in other applications, Specify external editing preferences, Open photos in Photoshop, Merge photos as panoramas in Photoshop and Merge photos to HDR in Photoshop. I addition you will learn how to create slideshows, web galleries and how to print from Photoshop Lightroom.
Professional workflow in Photoshop; Preferences; Bit depth; Resolution; Color Mode;Tools and Adjustments; Color Correction; Retouching; Photo-montage; Image analysis; Layers and Mask.
Adobe Photoshop CC is the most powerful photo editing software available. Whether preparing graphics for print or for the web, Photoshop is the application utilized by most industry professionals. Photoshop CC Classes are led by a certified Photoshop Expert Instructor. Students will learn how to work with: Professional workflow in Photoshop Advanced channels and compositing How to work with advanced layers in Photoshop Work with filters and advanced blending modes Create actions and batch processing to shorten workflow processes Export for web Professional workflow for printing Tips and tricks
Color Management System; From the camera to the printer; Working with color profiles; Monitor, Printer and Camera Calibration; Color Settings; Color conversion; Proof Setup; Printing with color profiles.
Professional Workflow for skin in Photoshop, Color Correction; Retouching imperfections; Soft skin; Doge and Burn; Texturing; Frequency separation; Skin styles for fashion and advertising; Best practices; Tips and Tricks
In this course students will learn to apply advanced skin retouching techniques for advertising and fashion-related industries.
There are many ways to retouch skin in Photoshop, some more advanced than others. Each technique will give us different results. It’s important to know where the image will be published and which retouching style should be used. For example, if we retouch skin for a food ad, perhaps the client wants something natural with minimal retouching. If we retouch skin for the cosmetic industry, it is likely to require different techniques to create an appearance of porcelain like skin while keeping the texture as well.
Styles for Fashion and Ads:
In this chapter, students will learn the different styles that can be applied to an image. We will learn various blend modes, effects and processes to give us different styles and art direction on a project. Depending on the product or the end use of the image, we can apply different styles to a photo. If we retouch a model for the fashion industry, the retouching style may be very different from one project to another as referenced above.
Working with selection with tools and channels; Refine edges; Extract hair from the background; glowing effects; creating hair; color correction; Hair brushes and library; Tips and Tricks.
When you extract an object, Photoshop erases its background to transparency. Pixels on the edge of the object lose the color components derived from the background, so they can blend with a new background without producing a color halo. In this classes you will learn how to make difficult selections and extract object from the background. Working with tools for selections Modify, transform and save selections Extract an object from its background Refine selection edges Use anti-aliasing and feathering to soften the edges of selections How to make difficult selections Work with Channels for selections Color adjustments to improve selections Plugins and other options for selections
Advanced Photo-montage workflow; working with light and shadows, Light creation, shadow coherence; Retouching and modeling; Light effects and textures; Ad creation workflow; styles and concepts
In this course students will learn to apply advanced techniques in photo-montage for the advertising industry.
When creating a photo montage, there are many factors to take into consideration. Many details are involved to consider and blend clients’ requirements to help create professional looking projects.
In the advertising industry, factors we must first consider are the communication and creative objectives of the company requesting the photo montage. Later come the requirements necessary to create and complete the project. In this chapter, we will review the advanced techniques to create better composition. We will look at one of the major defects in photo montage, the coherence of composition verses the style to be obtained. You will learn techniques to avoid or minimize it by improving skills in lighting and shadows, sizes, proportions and perspectives, color correction and styles.
Photoshop filters and effects for photo-montages; Add liquid effects, rain, water, fire, smoke and many other special effects of illumination and lightning to create unique and interesting photo montages.
In this classes, students will learn to design and apply effects on images to add creativity and different styles to create fantastic photo montages. Description In the advertising industry, there are many special effects professionals add to photo montages. You’ll learn how to: Add drama to images Create illustrations Create High Dynamic Range (HDR) effects Add liquid, rain, water, fire, smoke effects Special effects of illumination and lighting to create unique and interesting photo montages Fantastic scenes Plugins Tips and Tricks
Photoshop and 3D; Importing 3D models; Workflow and formats; Working with shapes; Editing views; Working with Light sources; Materials; 3D integration in photo-montage; Post-production.
In this course students will learn how to integrate renders into Photoshop. Photoshop 3D interface Working with OBJ format Working with models Working with lights Working with textures Render options
In this final part of the Certificate Program, students will work on their own projects using knowledge and techniques acquired in the classroom to create high-end photo-montages.