Introduction to Basic PhotoEditing
Presented by Glenn Springer, TIF, RHCC, HHCC, GTCCC

This session is about getting you started with photoediting on your computer

Warning: by the end of this workshop,
you are going to want to buy some software...

Who is this course for?

Anyone who owns a digital camera, whether it is a fancy DSLR or a simple Point-and-Shoot.

It's possible to have a digital camera and not have a computer. I actually met someone like that last week. She takes pictures, then brings them to Costco or the local photo store and has them printed or put on DVD so she can look at them on her TV. I'm struggling to find an analogy, like "I have a car but I only use it to store stuff in because I don't know how to start it..." but that's weak and when I come up with a better one, I'll edit this.

You bought a digital camera so that you can edit your pictures. You need some kind of computer and some kind of software to do that. This session is a look at two of the most popular programs out there, Adobe Lightroom™ and Adobe Photoshop™.

All of the images on this page were enhanced either in Lightroom, Photoshop or a combination of those two programs.
Sometimes, third party plug-ins were used to speed up the workflow.

Are you going to try to sell me something?

I don't sell computers or cameras or software or...

So the short answer is "yes and no". I do train people to be better photographers and I do sell fine art photographs, so I'm hoping you'll be interested in one or the other of those (here's a link to my gallery, if you're interested). But the purpose of this session is to introduce you to Lightroom and/or Photoshop so you can see what you can do with those great pictures you've been taking.

Both of those programs are exceedingly complicated and powerful. But if you own a Porsche, you don't have to know how to open the hood, you just drive it. Staying with the car analogy, you need different amounts of training depending on whether you plan to drive it to church or on the track at Mosport. You take what you want out of these programs, you don't have to use all the features they have.

Just so you know: the Photographer's package from Adobe which includes the full Lightroom and Photoshop programs for just $10/month is the best deal on the planet. You can buy older versions of the programs for about the same price as subscribing for 10 years, but then you wouldn't get the latest versions every time they update. The latest versions of these programs require that you have a 64-bit operating system and they don't run well on less than 8Gb of RAM.

Note: some people prefer to take the learning journey themselves: this intro will get you on the right track. Others want a more in-depth training (there are full college-level courses just on Photoshop!). I offer ongoing training in both programs, Lightroom can take 2 or 3 sessions depending on what you want to get out of it, and you can get a good start using Photoshop in a similar time. These are custom small group courses so you have my full attention. Let's Talk.

So what's the purpose of this workshop?

There are two.

1. If all you know about Photoshop is from the controversy about how all fashion photos are edited and models have plastic skin and no zits, and you've never really heard of Lightroom, this will help you understand more about what these programs are about.

Photoshop is a very extensive program with a steep learning curve. There are very few viable alternatives but a lot of people are turning to Lightroom to do their file management and photo editing.

Lightroom contains the same "Adobe Camera Raw" editing engine as Photoshop. Sure there are some things you can't do, but for most people it will suffice. There's another program in the same family, called Photoshop Elements which I could touch on, but I don't use that program so I'm not as familiar with it. That said, if you drive a Ferrari, you can probably teach someone how to drive a VW...

2. A proper file structure, backup strategy and workflow from the very beginning is essential or you're going to find yourself in trouble down the road. This workshop will get you started and give you a better understanding of why you need to form these habits.

Here are a couple of examples: my first action after opening an image in Photoshop is to duplicate the background layer. That way I can always go back to my original image at any time and all my edits are non-destructive. In Lightroom, I always make two copies of the images when I import them, on different hard drives and I back up the catalog daily, again onto separate drives. Can you imagine losing ALL your images if your computer crashes?

I'll also show you where to find learning resources, in print and on line to help you learn how to use these programs.

By the way, they run equally well on Mac or on PC. You need a fair bit of memory and a reasonably fast processor, though.

How long is the course? What do I need to bring?

The first introductory session is about 3 hours. OK, half a day.

You don't need to bring anything. This is a demonstration workshop, not participation. Bring your chequebook. No, I'm just kidding!

A 3-session workshop should get you up to speed on either Lightroom or Photoshop (one extra session if you want to do both).

If you sign up for more than the introductory session, you should bring a laptop with the software loaded and running. you will benefit by being able to set up and work on your own computer instead of just watching a demo.

If you're doing Lightroom, the second session is about the Library Module and the third session, the Develop Module. We can go beyond that if you want.

If you're doing Photoshop, the second session deals with the Adobe Camera Raw processing engine, which is actually the same as the Lightroom Develop Module. Next we'll do an introduction to working with layers and masks, the true meat of Photoshop. Again we can go further if you want.


Where is the course held? When? How many students?

We're up in the Haliburton Highlands.

On 12-mile lake right near the intersection of highways 35 and 118. It's about 10km from Minden (exactly 10km from the Tim Horton's!), 20 or 25km from Haliburton.

Dates are really flexible! But most people prefer weekends.

Since I'm more-or-less retired (I don't have a 9-5 job), I work within your schedule. Workshops run on demand. You tell us when you want to attend! Because they're small classes, we'll accommodate your needs, so let us know what date you have in mind.

Really, really small groups.

I guess when we go public on the TSE, we'll have to run bigger classes. Maximum 4 students. Usually less. We do courses even when we only have a couple of students. I like classes of 4 or less because (a) I run them at home and don't rent a conference facility, (b) everyone can see the screens so I don't have to get a projector and (c) you get more personal attention.

How much does it cost?

The Intro course is a surprisingly low $50 per person. Additional sessions are $65. If you book in advance, you can save on that.

Personal attention. Small group. An experienced, qualified instructor. You tell me where you can do better!

And if you are a group, let's talk!



What about the fine print?

There's not an awful lot. Just common sense.

  • You have to prepay for the workshop.
  • If you don't show up, we keep your money.
  • If you want to cancel or reschedule a session, you have to give us time to fill your seat.
    • 3 weeks or more before, you get your money back
    • 2 weeks before, we keep $25
    • 1 week before, you'll get $20 back if we can fill your seat.
    • Special circumstances are special circumstances and we're human too.
  • What if the weather's lousy?
    • Hey. We're Canadian, Eh? When did a little weather stop us?
    • Besides, this workshop is indoors, at the computer, coffee cup in hand.
    • Special circumstances are special circumstances and we're human too.
  • We're going to need some information about you before the course.
    • Who you are, how to contact you, your age (ok, at least are you over 18)
      • If you're not over 18 we'll need a parent or guardian's signature
    • Your equipment and experience.
    • You'll be asked to sign a waiver. If you fall down and hurt yourself, it's your fault, not ours.
    • You'll be asked to sign a model release. If you end up in one of my pictures and I want to use it to promote the courses, I can.
  • We'll be adding you to our newsletter mailing list. You can unsubscribe at any time with one single click.
  • We promise not to sell or provide your information to anyone outside our company.

OK, that was a longer list than I thought, but it all makes sense, right?

Are we friendly to those who are physically challenged? Almost. There are two small steps to the deck and one more into the house. It's not perfect, but it's your call.

How do I contact you?



I'm really sorry about not just giving you my phone number and private email address, but I'm really tired of those 3am phone calls from Spokane Washington wanting to sell me SEO services for my websites, or the emails from the Nigerian Prime Minister's office who wants me to help dispose of $3 million in gold bars.

If I'm sure you're a real person and of course if you book a session, you'll get all that, but for the first contact, you need to use the form. OK? I'm sure you understand.

If you have any questions, I'll try to answer them as quickly as humanly possible!

How do I register and pay for a course?

Payment is via PayPal. You can use a credit card without opening a PayPal account.
It's a really secure way to do business.

If you want to make alternate arrangements, please use the contact form.