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Learn: Organize and Edit Your Photographs

Adobe Lightroom Classic CC     SOLD OUT!
This is an excellent program for importing your photos from your camera or memory cards to your computer and then organizing the, narrowing down to your best shots and then doing adjustments / edits to improve the images.   My Lightroom Classic CC Workshop is four 3-hour sessions, a total of 12 hours of very hands-on learning.

Adobe Photoshop CC Only one space left!!   
When you want the ultimate control in editing, to do anything possible with an image, to retouch, perfect, enhance, and even create new images that are composites from multiple images, Photoshop is the tool to use.  My Photoshop Class is six 3-hour sessions, a total of 18 hours of very hands-on learning!




Learn Lightroom and Photoshop!

This is your chance to learn Adobe Lightroom Classic CC or Photoshop CC in these very hands-on classes, designed for small group learning.

  • Adobe Lightroom Classic CC Workshop
    Tues/Thurs 10am-1pm May 8, 10, 15, 17 2018
    Learn Adobe Lightroom! This is an excellent tool for helping photographers organize and create outstanding photographs!
    Register by April 15th and SAVE $20!

  • Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers Workshop
    April 23-May 9, 2018 Learn this essential powerful tool for editing photographs.  Split into Basics and Advanced options! Total class time is a full 18 hours of very hands-on learning!
    Register by April 10th and SAVE UP TO $50!

If you don’t know either program, we recommend you start with learning Adobe Lightroom first.   Click on the links above for more information!

Student Comments:

  • I just finished a Lightroom class with Kevin. It was fabulous! Kevin presented Lightroom in an organized, easy to understand, and enjoyable way. He is a an absolute professional with his presentations. All attendees in this class were beginners with the program. Kevin’s curriculum is organized in a logical manner that takes the students through all the basics and beyond. He is hands on and took questions through out, including coming around when needed to help the students by providing individual assistance. He would direct the students to the correct tabs and get them on track again. I am thrilled with my new skills in Lightroom! I plan to take many more classes with Kevin.”
  • “Kevin does a fantastic job of leading you through Lightroom! The hands-on class is the only way to learn! I’m looking forward to putting all this new knowledge to work!”
  • “This was an excellent class and I’d highly recommend it to others. Kevin’s class was well organized, well paced, and left me with the ability to use the program effectively.”
  • “As I expected, having taken other classes with Kevin, the “Adobe Lightroom” class was extremely informative and well organized. I learned so much, and am excited to apply the knowledge I learned to begin editing my photos. The learning atmosphere that Kevin establishes is one of extreme comfort. His presentation is done logically and without intimidation. He takes the time to answer any and all questions, and does so in a very patient manner. I also really appreciate his great sense of humor. He always makes me laugh!” – Edward Pagliai
  • “I really enjoyed the Photoshop class with Kevin. He was so patient with all of our questions and goof ups. He really wanted us to understand how much Photoshop can take our photography that much further and that it is a lot of fun to take creative leaps with it. I left his class with a much clearer understanding of how to use the tools and layers which were very confusing at first. Also, I know that if I hit a snag practicing with my new skills he would be happy to answer my questions.” – A. Moates



Use a Variety of Photo Editing Tools!

If you take the time to move beyond camera skills, you’ll discover the amazing and fun world of digital imaging. I encourage you to explore the use of different software tools for adjusting and editing your photographs. Once you become adept at using the various tools available, you will discover the only real limit is your imagination!

Consider the different photo editing tools and plugins as being sort of like tools on a workbench. You wouldn’t want to just own a hammer.  You need a variety of tools all serving a different purpose.

In this example below, I used a mix of Lightroom and Photoshop magic, but then blended in the use of Alien Skin Software‘s “Snap Art” using their Impasto effect, which gives the image a paint brushed on canvas appearance.  The background is imaginary, created with a mix of edits in Photoshop.

Want to learn photo editing skills? I offer private instruction on virtually all topics of photography and digital image editing.

Happy Photo Editing!

Kevin Gourley


It’s Time for You to Learn Adobe Photoshop!

VALENTINE SPECIAL!   Sign up by 2/14 and SAVE $30!

Unleash Unlimited Potential in Your Photo Editing in Our Adobe Photoshop for Photographers Workshop!

This is the last call for registrations!  Class begins next week, and we have decided to extend our $30 Early Registration Discount to Valentines Day.

The course is split into a Basic and Advanced sections.  If you take both, you’ll be well introduced to the power of Photoshop in editing photographs, and even explore creating images that go beyond “reality”.  It is so much fun!  Also, by taking both the Basic and Advanced sections, you can take advantage of that special $30 OFF discount (if you register by Valentine’s day)!

  • Photoshop Basics Evening Class
    • Two Sessions
    • Thursdays February 23, March 2
    • 6:30-9:30pm
    • 6 Hours of Hands-on Learning
    • SMALL Class Environment
  • Photoshop Advanced Evening Class
    • Four Sessions
    • Thursdays March 9, 16, 23, 30
    • 6:30-9:30pm
    • 12 Hours of Hands-on Learning!
    • SMALL Class Environment


Photoshop is great for making any kind of image enhancement!

  • Retouch skin
  • Soften wrinkles
  • Enhance eyes
  • Enrich colors and contrast
  • Minimize “fly away” hairs
  • Remove unwanted background distractions
  • Slim a few pounds (if you already blew your New Year’s Resolution)
  • Add an out of town family member into your family photo
  • Enhance the sky
  • Do “composite” editing where you can place the subject into a totally different background
  • Get creative and do ANYTHING you can envision!

For example, in the photo below, it was created in Photoshop as a “composite” from three different photos taken in completely different places and a daytime scene was transformed into a mystical cold wintery night scene.  Really, once you learn Photoshop, the only limitation left is your imagination!


Alien Skin Software: Exposure X2

First, I have to make a clear confession.  I am a proficient Adobe Lightroom user, and don’t have much experience with Exposure X2 from Alien Skin Software.  BUT I just took Exposure X2 out for a “test drive” and thought it was worthy of pointing out this nifty program to you all.   Yes, Exposure X2 can be used as a plugin from Lightroom, but it also can be used as a standalone program.

If you have experience with Adobe Lightroom, the first thing that you’ll notice is the incredible similarity of much of the user interface. With some portions of the program, you’ll almost feel like you are using Lightroom!  In spite of it feeling sort of like Lightroom, it’s definitely not Lightroom. Exposure X2 has an impressive set of photo adjustment tools built in.

You’ll quickly notice that there are not different “modules” for managing and organizing that are separate from the developing and editing of the images.  Unlike in Lightroom, it is all kept together in one interface.  That has some advantages.  Also, as soon as you start using Exposure X2, you might notice that you immediately have access to ALL of the images on your computer.  There is no need to first “import” them. They are just there ready to be edited when you open a folder.

When you do any editing, remember that Exposure X2 still does “non-destructive editing”, meaning that it doesn’t really change the image until you export it.  (Believe me, thats a good thing.) And it works handily with RAW and other image formats. As you look over the editing capabilities, you will see a range of additional tools not found in Lightroom, such as overlays of really cool borders, light effects such as flames and flare, infrared simulation, simulated bokeh adjustments, and a variety of textures.

All of these additional built-in editing tools make Exposure X2 still useful as a plugin in Lightroom even if you don’t use it as a full Lightroom replacement.  But keep in mind it is indeed a fully capable standalone program.  Just note that if you were to make a complete transition from Lightroom to only use Exposure X2, Exposure X2 will not automatically know about the edits that reside within the Lightroom catalog.  So even though the interfaces look similar, it does not mean it’s an instant switch to quit using Lightroom and switch fully over to Exposure X2.

As I mentioned, Exposure X2 is capable of browsing any drive or folder to view and edit images without having to use any sort of ‘import’ operation.  Its response is pretty snappy when you browse to a folder it hasn’t viewed before. Exposure X2 appears to be a well designed program, not just in its user interface, but “under the hood” with fast efficient processing of images, which you really need when you work with thousands of images.

OH and one last point. You can also use Exposure X2 as a plugin from Photoshop!  That is really cool because if you are proficient in Photoshop, you can use layers to mask in Exposure X2 effects in portions of an image or mix and blend the effects, further enhancing the value of using Exposure X2 as a handy tool in your bag of tricks along with other plugins and tools.

Check out Alien Skin Software and see if their software or plugins might be a fit for your photography workflow!



P.S.  My students get a generous 10% OFF Alien Skin Software!  Thank you Alien Skin!

Happy Photo Editing!

Kevin Gourley


New Extended Adobe Photoshop for Photographers Workshop Added!

Our New Extended Hands-on Class for Learning Photoshop Has Been Announced!

  • Edit and Enhance Your Photographs
  • Learn the important features of Photoshop every photographer should know
  • We have extended this course to cover 50% MORE than our prior Photoshop workshops!
  • Course is split into two sections!
  • Small Class Sizes
  • Early Registration Discount!
  • Part A Photoshop Basics
    • 6 Hours – Two 3-Hour Sessions
  • Part B Photoshop Advanced
    • 12 Hours – Four 3-Hour Sessions



New Workshop Announced: Studio Composite Photo Editing Workshop

We just announced our new Studio Composite Photo Editing Workshop!  Create your own beautiful images, photograph our model, Audrey, learn the techniques to add amazing and dramatic backgrounds to you photographs.

Register soon! Space is limited!

This is the latest in our new ‘Learning by Doing’ Photography Workshop series. Let’s have some fun!