Intro to Photoshop:  Portrait Editing

Intro to Photoshop: Portrait Editing

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May 12 & 19
6:00 - 9:00 pm
2 classes
Instructor:  Al  Conant (see below)

This is a two session workshop. This is a learner-centered class with a focus on mastery, which means I’m not going to fly through a bunch of complicated techniques and just expect you to pick everything up. The class will proceed based on student understanding and confidence in using Photoshop.

Session one is intended to cover Photoshop basics, such as photo management, Camera RAW, adjusting exposure settings, using layers, masks, saving your files, and introducing the steps in the portrait editing workflow we’ll be using in class.

Session two will focus on working through the complete portrait editing process on a variety of portrait examples.  Students are welcome to use their own photos in class, though sample portraits will also be provided.

About the Instructor

Born in Boston, I've called the city and the south shore home my entire life. Taking pictures has been a lifelong hobby for me. I explored photography, film, and video in college and ended up working in educational television in the early 90's. I've worked in local television ever since and have been working behind the scenes in local news since 1997.

Though I made television my career, photography was always a passion. In 2011, my son and I planned a trip to Alaska and I decided to invest in a Nikon D5100 DSLR to take on the trip. I took 2,500 on that trip, now I’m on my second Nikon, a D7200, and between the two cameras I've snapped over 170,000 photos.

I have a complete mobile studio, with 4 Einstein E640 Strobe Lights, modifiers and other bits and pieces, I can fill up the back of my suv and shoot anywhere. My main interests are portrait, landscape, and sports photography.

My years in television have certainly aided my photography and has helped me create my high contrast studio style. Composing an image for television or photography takes the same aesthetic eye.

I enjoy both ends of photography, creating the images and processing/editing them. I've been using Photoshop for over almost 20 years, and have had 100's of hours of instruction in the limitless options and techniques in using the software.

You can view samples of my work at