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More than ten days before class: refund minus $12.50 administrative fee. There are no refunds less than ten days before class. In the event a class is cancelled you will be fully refunded or have the choice of class credit towards a future class.

 

Class exchanges are allowed when requested a minimum of three business days before class. The class exchange fee is $12.50.

There are no class exchanges allowed fewer than three business days before class, or after the class has been held. This policy allows us to register people who may be on the waitlist for a class, and to schedule our instructors accordingly.

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Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud Power Session - All 3 Classes!

 

Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud is here! I would like to invite everyone to an exciting series of classes exploring the new features inside this latest release of Photoshop. CC packs of magnitude of new features aimed at the digital photographer.

 

The special price for all three classes is only $225, individually each class is priced at $85. Detailed descriptions for each class in the series are listed below. Choose the series dates that work best for you.

 

Class meets from 1:00 - 4:00 PM or 6:00 -  9:00 PM, Fee $ 225

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photoshop Creative Cloud Immersion - Full Day

 

Whether you are using Adobe Photoshop CS 6 or the Creative Cloud, I would like to invite everyone to a full day of hands on instruction exploring the new features inside these latest releases. Photoshop packs a of magnitude of new features aimed at the digital photographer.

 

  The Morning Session features - Selections and Layer Masks

• Working with layers and understanding the dynamics of transparency.

• Understanding the automatic selection tools and improving their accuracy.

• Using the painting tools and quick mask for manual selections.

• Master Photoshop's most powerful selection tool, Refine Edge.

 

 

Afternoon Session - Adjustment Layers and Retouching

 

Adjustment layers are the heart and soul of a professional Photoshop workflow. This class will delve deep in the strategies for using adjustment layers in a nondestructive workflow. We'll cover common retouching problems for portrait, landscape, and editorial photography. This is the class that will launch your career as a Photoshop Jedi Knight.

 

• Use the Content Aware Patch and Move tools.

• Learn the secrets of seamless retouching and color correction.

• Discover selective sharpening and noise reduction with Smart Objects.

 

Class meets from 9:00 - 4:00 PM , Fee $ 145

 

 

 

Adobe Photoshop Launch Pad: Photoshop 1

 

Learn the basics of editing digital images with Adobe Photoshop in this three-hour intensive workshop for beginning digital photographers. This is the first workshop in the Photoshop for Photographers series, and we'll get you up to speed in no time. Learn these basics:

• A clear explanation of the new Photoshop CS 6 interface.

• Learn how Adobe Bridge and Photoshop were designed to work together.

• How to efficently process multiple files using the batch processing tools.

• Understand resolution, files formats, cropping and white balance.

• Working with third party plug-ins and filters from Nik Software and Alien Skin.

• Demonstration of panorama, focus stacking and HDR capabilities in Photoshop.

• Improve raw processing and noise reduction with Camera Raw 7.

 

 

 

 

Photoshop for Photographers 2: Selections and Layer Masks

 

In order to harness the power of Photoshop's advanced editing features, you need to learn the skills necessary for creating precise selections, and layer masks. This class gets you up to speed quickly through hands on projects demonstrating pro level selection techniques. You will learn how to create multi-layered files then resize, transform and alter individual layers.

• Learn how to isolate and refine a single area in an image.
• Learn how to remove and replace elements in an image.

• Working with Quick Mask and the Quick Selection tool.

• Master the new Refine Edge tool for the truely difficult selections.

• Harness the power of layer masks for precise blending and composites.

• Create blended exposure and psuedo HDR effects from multiple images.

 

 

 

 

 

Photoshop for Photographers 3: Adjustment Layers and Retouching

 

Adjustment layers are the heart and soul of a professional Photoshop workflow. This class will delve deep in the strategies for using adjustment layers in a nondestructive workflow. We'll cover common retouching problems for portrait, landscape, and editorial photography. This is the class that will launch your career as a Photoshop Jedi Knight.

• Master Adjustment layers for precise tonal and color correction.

• The amazing Content Aware Patch tool, retouching will never be the same.

• Non-destructive editing with the Adjustment Brush in Camera Raw.

• Best strategies for working with the Clone Stamp and Healing Brush.

• Noise reduction and lens corrections with a Smart Object workflow.

• Adaptive Wide Angle tool that straightens distortion in panoramas or wide-angle lenses.

 

 

 

 

 

Adobe Lightroom 5 Intensive: Two Day Class

 

Part 1: The first day covers the Library, Slideshow and Web modules. You will learn how to design a logical file structure, build an efficient backup system, create an easy-to-use naming structure, and use “metadata” to simplify tracking images from program to program. Integrate image management into your workflow using Adobe Lightroom 5 software and learn how to implement an advanced keyword system for tracking the content of your images.

 

Leverage the power of virtual Collections to organize your images. We will also cover the Slideshow and Web modules in greater detail, including the use of custom templates for unique and powerful automatic web design. Learn how to set up a web server to post your images online for personal or client review.

 

Part 2 : The second day covers the Raw conversion and editing tools and Print module. We focus on maximizing the quality of your images in the Develop module, with a detailed explanation of each toolset, including the new selective control with the Adjustment brush. Learn how to set-up batch processing, roundtrip editing of images from Lightroom into Adobe Photoshop CS6, and working with virtual copies of your original files.

 

Class meets from 10:00 - 4:00 pm., Fee $245

 

Fri/Sat 10-4 PM, March 21/22

 

Complete Adobe Lightroom 5, Part I - Organize and Share

 

Digital photography lets you take thousands of low-cost images. The only problem is storing and organizing them for fast, easy access. A well-designed system lets you make the most of your digital images and avoid chaos and frustration.

This workshop covers the Library, Slideshow and Web modules. You will learn how to:


• Design a logical file structure.

• Build an efficient backup system.

• Learn how to set up Lightroom and import images.

• Use metadata to simplify tracking and filtering images.

• Implement an advanced keyword system for tracking the content of your images.

• Learn how to manage Collections to organize your images.

 

We will also cover the Slideshow and Web modules in greater detail, including the use of custom templates for unique and powerful automatic web design. Learn how to set up a web server to post your images online for personal or client review.

Class meets from 10:00 - 4:00 pm., Fee $145

Fri 10-4 PM, March 21

 

 

 

 

 

Complete Adobe Lightroom 5, Part 2 - Develop and Print

 

Complete Lightroom Part 2 covers the Raw conversion tools and Print module. We focus on maximizing the quality of your images in the Develop module, with a detailed explanation of each toolset, including the new selective control with the Adjustment brush. Learn how to set-up batch processing, roundtrip editing of images from Lightroom into Adobe Photoshop, and working with virtual copies of your original files.

 

We will also demonstrate a color managed print workflow from start to finish. Build custom templates for the Print module, understand custom print profiles, setting up a color managed workflow, and use Adobe Lightroom with dedicated printing software.

• Complete explanation of the Develop module; every tool, every slider.

• Round trip editing with Adobe Photoshop and external plugins.

• Batch processing and custom export options.

• Introduction to the Book Module and integration with Blurb publishing.

• Start to finish print workflow, including color managed workflow.

And that's just for starters. Join me for a great class exploring these new features.


Class meets from 10:00 - 4:00 pm., Fee $145

Sat 10-4 , March 22

 

 

 

 

 

Advanced Lightroom 5 Workflow - Start to Finish

 

Due to popular demand, we have created a followup to our Complete Lightroom 5 workshops. The most commonly asked question we receive is, "can you show me the best way to process a large shoot?" Well, that is exactly what this class provides. You will learn a logical and efficient workflow that takes you from the downloading process, to exporting finished files for client review, burning to DVD, or archiving on your backup system.

 

During this 3 hour class you will learn the best practices for: comparing, sorting, rating, keywording, editing, building logical collections, creating useful presets, and much more. This class brings it all together in a simple step-by-step process that will boost your productivity and leverage the true power of Lightroom.

And that's just for starters. Join me for a great class exploring these new features.


Class meets from 1:00 - 4:00 pm., Fee $85

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digital SLR and Camera Raw Field Workshop

 

Take control of your digital SLR (single lens reflex) camera. After a review of basic camera functions and controls, we'll concentrate on getting the most from your digital SLR, including Raw file formats and specialized settings. We’ll go out into the neighborhood to work on custom white balance and advanced camera features, and everyone will have opportunities to work one-on-one with the instructor.

 

In the afternoon we will return to the classroom to discuss the camera Raw workflow, including image adjustments using Adobe Lightroom 4. We'll also discuss image archiving programs for efficient organization of your photographs.

• How to select the correct shooting mode for every scene
• Achieving optimum white balance for perfect color
• Master complex auto-focus and exposure systems
• How aperture and shutter speed influence your photograph
• Explore depth of field for shallow focus subjects
• Best practices for downloading and optimizing your images

Schedule includes half-hour lunch break (you may bring your lunch or choose from many eating options available nearby)

 

Class meets from 10:00 - 4:00 pm., Fee $145

Sat 10-4 PM, January 11

 

Sat 10-4 PM,  February 1

Sat 10-4 PM,  March 8

 

 

Intro to Digital Photography Workshop

 

This class is perfect for the beginning digital photographer. During the course of the workshop you will learn how to set all the basic controls on your camera, as well as understanding the important menu items and shooting modes available. We'll focus on strategies for improving your photography, including how to achieve perfect color, how to capture the decisive moment, and how to improve the quality of your photographs.

 

This seminar is a combination of working both in our state of the art digital classroom and spending time on an actual photo shoot to gain hands-on experience using your camera. We’ll go out into the neighborhood to work on custom white balance and setting the appropriate camera features, with everyone having an opportunity to work one-on-one with the instructor.

 

Class meets from 12:00 - 4:00 pm., Fee $85

Fri 12-4 PM, January 31

 

Sat 12-4 PM, February 8

Wed 12-4 PM, March 5

 

 

The Ft. Point Complete HDR Workshop - Start to Finish

 

Explore the exciting world of HDR photography in this comprehensive workshop. The first half of the day will be on-site at San Francisco's historic Fort Point National Historic Site capturing a wide variety of HDR subjects. Learn the best strategies for visualizing, evaluating, and setting up the technical parameters of the shoot including the limitations of combining multiple exposure values in a single image. Fort Point offers a unique environment for an in-depth exploration of HDR photography both in the architecture and the stunning landscapes of the San Francisco Bay.

 

After we capture the morning shoot, we'll return to the Future Light calssroom to spend the afternoon processing and perfecting your HDR files.

 

A three hour follow-up evening session on the following Wednesday night (6-9 PM) will be devoted to constructive feedback and an opportunity to print your finished HDR images BIG on the Epson 7900 printer.

 

Class meets from 9:30 - 4:00 pm, 6:00-9:00 pm, Fee $185

 

 

 

 

 

 

Golden Gate Park Workshop - Composition and Shooting Skills

 

Master advanced features of your digital SLR camera in the beautiful setting of Golden Gate Park. Locations to be determined but likely will include the Conservatory of Flowers, Japanese Garden, and/or Strybing Arboretum. Class size strictly limited so that you have time to work one on one with the instructor.

 

Explore dynamic lighting techniques including use of portable strobes. Learn to use the manual settings on your digital SLR camera. How to use macro lenses and how to create dramatic depth of field. Learn proper use of exposure compensation. Explore High Dynamic Range (HDR) techniques using bracketed exposures.

 

Class meets from 8:30 - 4:00 pm., Fee $145

 

 

 

Digital Printing Master Class

 

This class goes far beyond just demonstrating how to set up your printer. Each participant will actually print one of their own images using the state of the art Epson 7900 printer. We cover how to manage your images from original capture to final output. We focus on printing from Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom to achieve screen-to-print color match, including the proper Photoshop color settings, converting profiles, and soft proofing.

 

• How to install and use custom profiles
• Acheive the best possible screen-to-print color match
• Explore different archival printing papers
• How to correct printing problems with Adjustment Layers
• Optomize images with proper sharpening techniques
• Demonstration of the advanced ColorByte Imageprint software

Schedule includes half-hour lunch break (you may bring your lunch or choose from many eating options available nearby).

Fri 10-4 PM, February 28

 

 

 

 

 

Portrait Lighting Essentials

 

Todays options for portrait lighting offer flexibility and creative solutions for the digital photographer. This class covers both traditional studio lighting techniques using ProPhoto studio gear and all aspects of the Nikon & Canon TTL systems, including the built-in Commander modes of supported cameras. You will learn the basics of how light works, how to modify it and with what tools.

• Participate in a live model shoot
• We cover a basic lighting workflow from setup to shoot
• Achieving optimum balance and color for portraits
• Control and shape the light using a variety of modifiers
• An in depth look at the wireless lighting systems available today

Click on the link for a detailed description of the class.

Sat 12-4 PM, March 15

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Us

ph • 415 282-5320

brad@fldigital.com

Future Light Digital

2001 Bryant St

San Francisco, CA 94110