Possible Online Photoshop Workshops | Looking for feedback…

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As many of you know, one of my offerings at MCP Actions is one on one photoshop training.  I have been doing these customized trainings for over 2 years now.  And I often get requests to do “in person” workshops, as they are so popular with photographers.

I have not seen a need for training in person since cost is high to travel and since I can share via my computer screen and phone every move I make in Photoshop. 

I continue to have many photographers asking me if I would consider doing online workshops.   This is a strong possibility for fall or winter.

If I conduct these, they would be group style online classes with around 3-8 people.  Each session would focus on a specific topic.  I would teach LIVE on my screen and you would call into a conference number to hear the audio portion. 

All of these topics can be covered in one on one training, but the group format would have the benefit of a more formal approach and Q&A where you can learn from hearing answers to other photographer’s questions.

I am giving some thought to trying this out, but I really want to hear what my readers and customers think.

If I do online workshops, I would set specific dates and times for the trainings and specific a particular topic.  I would also list what you need to know prior to attending so that trainees are at a similar skill level.

Pricing likely would be vary depending on the length of the class (1 hour, 90 minutes, etc).

What I would love to hear from everyone is the following:

Would an online photshop workshop be of interest to you? 

What topics would you be most interested in learning about in this online 1-2 hour workshop format?

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Some of my one on one trainees have said these are some areas they would want to take a “workshop” in:

  • The power of layer masking
  • The mystery of curves – using curves from beginning to advanced
  • How to get rid of color casts/fix skin tones, etc
  • Methods for enhancing color
  • Fixing Faces – smoothing skin, enhancing eyes, getting rid of under eyes shadows, wrinkles, etc
  • Methods for converting to black and white
  • Using MCP Actions – how to get the most from each set
  • Methods for sharpening and when to use each
  • Workflow – what order to edit in
  • Polishing – how to see what’s “missing” in your images to polish them to perfection
  • Cool tools (how to use certain photoshop tools to their max)
  • Customizing actions for increased workflow and batch processing
  • Using and/or making storyboards and templates

Please leave your thoughts in the “comment” section below.  Once I gather more info, I may be a poll on the blog for more feedback.  I appreciate your help and I will keep everyone updated should I decide to offer these trainings.  Until then, please consider my one-on-one Photoshop training.

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27 Comments

  1. August 25, 2008 at 11:24 am —

    Hi Jodi,
    It is a great idea. All the topics you’ve mentioned are key aspects in post processing. Here are some thoughts on the logistics of the online class. From my experience of doing online classes (doing digital imaging systems), I found it best to keep the class size small….3 people, no more than 5. The atmosphere is less formal, plus there will be more time for Q&A….sometimes if you get too many people, the class just gets too overwhelmed with too much Q&A taking away from course outline and objectives. Keep it small. Also, if you are using WebEx or Camtasia in conjunction with the online training, have the class recorded for future reference for those that participated. i.e. keep the material available online and provide a secret passcode to review the material only for those that participated. On another note, Jessica Sprague’s online classes provide the opportunity for a huge no. of people to participate. She provides a pre-recorded class schedule that can be viewed during the participates leisure. However, she implements a timeline of the course material so that she is available for individual Q&A. {something to consider further down the line :)}

    Good luck!!
    -denise;)

  2. August 25, 2008 at 10:10 am —

    After the workshop was complete it would be nice to have it on DVD/CD.

  3. August 25, 2008 at 10:08 am —

    I want to learn about all of the topics listed. This sounds like a fantastic idea! Can’t wait to sign up.

  4. August 25, 2008 at 9:41 am —

    I would REALLY be interested in most of those! Thing is, I live in Ireland so my times would be all askew. Maybe I should look into one-to-ones instead?

  5. August 25, 2008 at 8:41 am —

    Many of those are interesting to me, particularly the Polishing and Color Casts!! AN online workshop sounds great!

  6. August 25, 2008 at 8:20 am —

    That sounds awesome! I would be very interested!

  7. August 25, 2008 at 7:05 am —

    yes, yes and yes. webinars are a fantastic way to learn. your list of suggested topics is great, especially issues regarding color. looking forward to this!

  8. Lori Mercer
    August 24, 2008 at 10:46 pm —

    Yes, an online workshop would be wonderful! All of the topics mentioned are at the top of my list! 🙂

  9. Mary Ann
    August 24, 2008 at 9:12 pm —

    I would definitely be interested in this!

  10. August 24, 2008 at 8:37 pm —

    I really like this idea. Definitely the topics are of most importance. To me – I like the work flow topic. I’d really like to take a session or two where you do a “watch me work” from start to finish with an SOOC. I guess this really wouldn’t have to be an in person thing but I always love to see how other photographers work their “magic”!

  11. August 24, 2008 at 7:48 pm —

    Yup! Count me in too! Here are the topics I would choose: curves, workflow, polishing, cool tools, customized actions, and making templates.

  12. August 24, 2008 at 6:10 pm —

    I would be intereted int he following!!!
    The power of layer masking
    The mystery of curves – using curves from beginning to advanced
    How to get rid of color casts/fix skin tones, etc
    Methods for enhancing color
    Using MCP Actions – how to get the most from each set
    Workflow – what order to edit in
    Polishing – how to see what’s “missing” in your images to polish them to perfection
    Cool tools (how to use certain photoshop tools to their max)
    Customizing actions for increased workflow and batch processing

  13. August 24, 2008 at 5:38 pm —

    sounds great jodi! would you continue offering the one-on-one sessions as well? i would be interested in signing up for a few of the ones you listed and am curious about what your pricing will be. i think it’s a great idea!

  14. Tanya T.
    August 24, 2008 at 5:35 pm —

    I would be interested in:

    Using MCP Actions – how to get the most from each set
    Workflow – what order to edit in
    The mystery of curves – using curves from beginning to advanced
    Methods for enhancing color

  15. Annie H.
    August 24, 2008 at 5:17 pm —

    Sounds wonderful. Would you have notes on everything you are teaching? I don’t know if I can retain all that information in the short time. 🙂

  16. ValerieM
    August 24, 2008 at 4:31 pm —

    Any and all of the above! Count me in, this is a great idea.
    Interested in how the audio part would work. Do we need a phone with conference call capabilities(hands free)?

  17. August 24, 2008 at 4:17 pm —

    Everything you listed sounds great to learn or get better at…Would be interested

  18. August 24, 2008 at 4:14 pm —

    I would be very interested in taking these classes as well. Fall or winter would be great since things do calm down a bit in the biz and it’s a good time to learn a few tricks.
    These are items I would for sure like to know more about:
    Layer masks
    Curves
    Color cast removal
    enhancing color
    workflow
    making storyboards

    Great idea! Do it! : )

  19. August 24, 2008 at 4:14 pm —

    I would defionatly be interested in an online workshop. Everything that I’m interested in learning has already been mentioned! I love that you are thinking of doing this. Can’t wait!

  20. August 24, 2008 at 3:46 pm —

    I would really be interested in an online workshop. Everything I was thinking of was mentioned in your post. So those things would be awesome to learn. I am especially interested in:

    fixing faces
    sharpening methods
    fixing color casts
    polishing and
    workflow

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