I've created a comprehensive guide for anyone looking to learn the basics of Photoshop for their photography. 

My guide will take you from beginner to advanced in no time. 


Learning how to edit your photos in Photoshop is a lot of work, but very rewarding. Photoshop is without a doubt the most powerful photo editing tool out there, and while this is what can make or break your work, it can also be extremely daunting to learn. Sure, there's loads of free information on the web, and being self-taught myself, I can say it is possible to learn by spending hours upon hours doing your own research.

However, if you feel that your knowledge has holes, or you're finding it difficult to get all the information, or you simply don't want to waste your time by learning on your own, my courses are here to help.

I've taken my extensive knowledge of Photoshop and put what I know into a comprehensive guide with you - the outdoor, landscape, and wildlife photographer - in mind. My Fundamentals of Photoshop guide is for beginners, intermediates, and even experts who are looking to take their post-processing workflow to the next level. My goal is to make your time as a photographer as enjoyable as possible by giving you the skills to make you excited to take those photos from your camera to the computer, and into the piece of art you envisioned.

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Course Curriculum

Getting Started

1. Intro to Photoshop

2. Preferences, Settings, and Optimization

3. Setting up your Workspace

4. Open Images in Photoshop

5. Open Images Using Lightroom

6. Saving and Closing Images


7. Intro to Tools

8. Brush Tool

9. Move Tool

10. Crop Tool


11. Layers

12. Layers Masks

13. Selections

14. Using Selections with Masks Pt. 1

15. Using Selections with Masks Pt. 2



16. Intro to Adjustments

17. Brightness and Contrast

18. Levels

19. Curves

20. Exposure

21. Vibrance

22. Hue and Saturation

23. Color Balance

24. Selective Color

25. Black and White

26. Blending Modes

27. Solid Color and Photo Filter

26. Smart Objects Pt. 1

27. Smart Objects Pt. 2



30. Intro to Filters

31. Camera RAW Filter

32. Adaptive Wide Angle Filter

33. Gaussian and Motion Blur Filters

34. Lens Blur Filter

35. Sharpening Filters

36. Noise Reduction Filters

Other Actions

37. Shadows and Highlights

38. Dodge and Burn

39. Healing and Cloning

40. Transformations, Perspective, and Warping

Workflow and Output

41. Intro to Workflow

42. RAW Workflow

43. RAW Filters

44. Non-destructive Workflow

45. Workflow Example #1

46. Workflow Example #2

47. Workflow Example #3

48. Extensions

49. Saving the Master File

50. Creating Images for the Web/Social Media

51. Creating Images for Print

52. End of Course

Frequently asked questions

How much is this course?

Both Zoom and Skype are free to download and run on a variety of OS versions (both Windows and Mac). It is very easy to install the client. Do this before our meeting. A short time before our session, I will email a meeting link to you. Click on the link and you’ll join right in.

How long will I have access to the course?

I always like to talk with whomever wants a lesson in advance to make sure I understand everything possible about what it is you are looking to learn. During our emails or phone calls before the lesson, we will decide what is best for you!

How long is the course?

Yes, certainly, provided you (and I!) are in the Monterey Bay, California area. This is a good option if you want advice on using your camera, reading a location and choosing a composition. I recommend at least a 2-hour block of time for an in person lesson. Lessons can be given in other locations, but additional fees apply for travel. Please inquire for more details!

How do I purchase this guide?

Monterey Bay has a plethora of wildlife and shooting locations as its one of North America's top wildlife and nature photography destinations (one reason I live here!). We can photograph wildlife from otters, sea lions, birds, whales, bobcats, and more or focus on landscape photography around Big Sur or the rocky shoreline of the peninsula. If you choose you would like a lesson in nearby Yosemite, Point Reyes, or somewhere further, we can set that up too! Longer trips are usually done over 1-3 nights.

Do I need to use my entire lesson time in a single sitting?

It depends on what you are looking to learn! Some subjects can be taught rather easily within 1-2 hours, but many students prefer to have ongoing lessons. Maybe you want to schedule 1 lesson every week or every month or maybe you want to start with an in-person lesson and then follow-up with an online lesson where to post process some of the photos we have taken. We can decide all of this as we go along as flexibility is key!

My schedule changed last minute. What do I do?

Hey, life happens. Contact me and we'll work out a new schedule. If the worst happens and we can't reschedule, you'll get a full refund.

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