Fall 2018

PLUS191

From RAW to Polished: Improving Your Digital Pictures (55+)

The invention of the digital camera has made taking photographs extremely easy. But there’s a difference between the multiple snapshots anyone can shoot and a breathtaking photograph. Great images produce an “aha” moment—a sense that this picture rises above the ordinary. It might seem that you have to capture a superb photograph at the first click of the shutter, but in fact many apparently ordinary photographs can be improved with computer software.

In these workshops, we will learn how to record images. Then we'll walk around Vancouver taking pictures. In the following classes, we will review your selected images, which you will learn how to enhance using the Develop Module in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC software. Our concluding session will allow for follow-up questions and suggestions for moving forward with digital photography.

Note: Back by popular demand, from fall 2017.

Please note that enrollment in this course is reserved for adults 55+.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Vancouver, Offsite 6 Rick Hulbert $115.00 20 -

What will I learn?

Week 1: Photography Basics

From pre-visualization through re-visualization. Camera settings for urban photography along with the power of the histogram. Creating a “shooting game plan."

Week 2: Field Photography

Photographing the designed and constructed environment on the north shore of False Creek, with convenient access via Skytrain.

Weeks 3 and 4: Image Editing Basics

The basics of editing your RAW files in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC software with a workflow that can apply to all image editing software.

Weeks 5 and 6: Going Beyond the Basics of Editing

More advanced editing of your RAW files in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC Software, including the benefits of using additional software for finishing your images going forward.

How will I learn?

  • Lectures
  • Discussion (may vary from class to class)
  • Papers (applicable only to certificate students)

How will I be evaluated?

For certificate students only:

Your instructor will evaluate you based on an essay, which you will complete at the end of the course. You will receive a grade of “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory.”

Textbooks and learning materials

You are required to have access to and be familiar with how to use a digital camera. As this is not a course on how your camera works, you should be familiar with its features and functions before the class.

You are welcome to bring your digital camera to all classes. For the urban walkabout (week 2), a sturdy tripod would be helpful, but not a requirement.

Ideally, although not a requirement, your camera will have a “quality” setting that allows for RAW file capture which maintains all of the original camera data recorded. This will be very useful for getting the most out of your images.

You should be familiar with how to download and transfer your images to a USB drive for presentation to the instructor.

Weeks 3-6 will focus on editing your images in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC ("develop module"). To get the most from the course, it is recommended that you have the software downloaded and operating on your laptop for the course. The Photoshop Lightroom subscription is US$9.99 per month. However, it is not absolutely necessary to have the Lightroom software, as most of what will be presented will apply to other image editing programs.

At your option, you are welcome to bring your fully-charged laptop, with photo-editing software installed, to weeks 3-6 to follow along.

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