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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?


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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  1. Taryn on 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 facessharpening methodsfixing color castspolishing and workflow

  2. Nicole on 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!

  3. Sherryh on 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 masksCurvesColor cast removalenhancing colorworkflowmaking storyboardsGreat idea! Do it! : )

  4. ttexxan on August 24, 2008 at 4:17 pm

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

  5. ValerieM on 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)?

  6. Annie H. on 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. 🙂

  7. Tanya T. on August 24, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    I would be interested in:Using MCP Actions – how to get the most from each setWorkflow – what order to edit inThe mystery of curves – using curves from beginning to advancedMethods for enhancing color

  8. crystalyn on 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!

  9. Tracy on August 24, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    I would be intereted int he following!!!The power of layer maskingThe mystery of curves – using curves from beginning to advancedHow to get rid of color casts/fix skin tones, etcMethods for enhancing colorUsing MCP Actions – how to get the most from each setWorkflow – what order to edit inPolishing – how to see what’s “missing” in your images to polish them to perfectionCool tools (how to use certain photoshop tools to their max)Customizing actions for increased workflow and batch processing

  10. Wendy M on 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.

  11. Meggan on 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”!

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

    I would definitely be interested in this!

  13. Lori Mercer on 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! 🙂

  14. jodi on 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!

  15. char on August 25, 2008 at 8:20 am

    That sounds awesome! I would be very interested!

  16. evie on 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!

  17. Nathalie on 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?

  18. Jennifer Urbin on 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.

  19. ttexxan on August 25, 2008 at 10:10 am

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

  20. Denise Olson on 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;)

  21. Adam on August 25, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    You should throw this question out to your Facebook group members as well.1 hour would be of interest. Cost should be low for a 1 hour web based group conference. Evenings may be the best time for those that do photography part time.Some of the topics listed are great. I’d also suggest:- soft proofing colour- custom configuring the Photoshop environment- batch processingI like the suggestions Denise O suggested on Aug 25th.

  22. Mands on August 26, 2008 at 1:02 am

    Sent you pm on this chick!

  23. Natalie on August 26, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    I WOULD LOVE to attend! Any of the above-listed subjects are of interest to me.

  24. Tammy on August 26, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    I would love this. Everything mentioned sounds great to me. There is still tons that I need to learn.

  25. Scott Rona on August 27, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Hi,I just found your website for the 1st time. WOW!!!. What a FANTASTIC site. Very professional and easy to navigate. You a very helpful in your whole approach to sharing your photoshop experience. I greatly appreciate you tutorials. I would be interested in an (online seminar). Please keep me posted. And again Thank you.

  26. heather on August 30, 2008 at 9:37 am

    you know I am ready to sign up 🙂

  27. Celeste on September 4, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    PLEASE! There is seriously not enough hours in the day. The chance to take this online — and from you would be GREAT! I am IN!

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