Photoshop and Lightroom Classes

Power Processing for Photographers Workshops

Presented by Curt Warwick and Kirk Carter

January 11th and 25th, February 8th, 2014

Auburn High School Computer Lab, Riner, Virginia

Learn how the pros import, organize and process their photographs. This new series of 4-hour workshops covers the entire after-capture workflow in Adobe Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC. Workshops take place in a new, state-of-the-art computer lab.

Class size limited to 23, so sign up now. $40 per session, or attend all 3 for $100.

1. Power Processing Quick Start Jan 11, 8:45AM-1:00PM. Learn how to import your images, manage backups, keyword efficiently, mark and rate your images, and process using the basic controls in Lightroom and Photoshop. Along the way we’ll discuss how and why to shoot raw, exposure techniques and how to get the finished photograph you had in mind.

#2 Power Processing Global and Local Adjustments Jan 25th, 8:45AM-1:00PM. Detailed instruction on the image adjustment controls in Lightroom and Photoshop’s Adobe Camera Raw, plus the basics of changing one small part of a photograph (local adjustments). We’ll discuss how color management can affect the ultimate impact of your photographs.

#3 Power Processing Advanced Local Adjustments Feb 8th, 8:45AM-1:00PM. Expert techniques for using the Adjustment Brush in Lightroom, plus advanced methods using Photoshop’s clone tool and masked adjustment layers. Specific techniques for retouching portraits and landscapes with Photoshop’s amazing new Content-Aware Fill, Content-Aware Move, and more.

All 3 sessions are taught by Curt Warwick and Kirk Carter. Curt is a Lightroom power user, and Kirk has 16 years experience with Photoshop.

Makes a great gift for the Holidays! Gift Certificates are available.

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Limited to 23 participants per session. $40 per session, or $100 for all 3 (purchased at the same time).

Click the button to go to to sign up and pay via PayPal, or if you would rather pay by credit card or cash (in advance), drop us an email at to make arrangements. Questions? Call 540.239.2118

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Auburn High School, Virtual Education Lab, 1650 Auburn School Drive, Riner, VA 24149

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Really Nice Rule #1

“As a general rule, if you disparage something someone else thinks is important, you are marking yourself as a rude, narrow-minded snob. It’s simply not credible to generalize from your own preferences and experience to include everyone or exclude anyone. What one person thinks is important may not be important to everyone, but they have a right to their experiences and opinions. You should be able to express your opinion without belittling someone else’s. I’d say that’s simple Netiquet, but such niceties are honored mostly in the breach these days. Nevertheless, your own credibility can be measured by the respect – or lack thereof – you show to others. If you want to be taken seriously, be serious, not nasty.”

B. Jefferson Le Blanc

Very well said!

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First Shot

This is Lucy, blind since birth. She has no idea she’s blind.

Cat Portrait

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Ok Canon, Go Ahead And Announce Your Next Big Thing

Posted in Gear

21st Century Steam Train

I was fortunate today to have a friend call me and ask me if I was going to shoot the steam train that would be passing near my house in the next 5 minutes. I really hadn’t planned on it, but I gathered up my stuff and grabbed this shot.


21st Century Steam EngineClick on the picture to see it larger on Flickr

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A Cabin in the woods

I have been going through my Lightroom  Archive Catalog and found some photos I had forgotten about, like this one:

Home On the Range

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Pictures from our Photo Road Trip

Here are a couple more from our road trip:

Nice night for a drive

This one is mine.


Strange Sitings [EXPLORED]


One from Alana, that’s me spinning the orb and Dave driving.  Awesome picture, it got explored on flickr!Zoom zoom

Jaime got a nice one too.20130218-_MG_9678


Jaime’s dad Jim nailed this one.

Dave had a bunch of great pictures on his camera before it decided to take a swim… Dave’s NEW camera will be here soon.

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Golden Pond – Frozen

Spent the President’s Day holiday on a photography roadtrip with some friends.  Had an awesome time and came away with a few good shots too!


Golden Pond - Frozen

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Lightroom Magic

I used this picture of a horse in a Lightroom demonstration this week. The original shot, as you can see, is not that good at all. Badly overexposed, crooked, generally poorly composed.  I’m not even sure why I even kept it.  I opened it in Ligthroom, and with about a minutes worth of work, turned it into the second image you see. So I posted that to Flickr, and it made it to the Explore page! If Lightroom is this good with a bad image, it’s even better when you start with a good image. If you want to learn more about it, check out the class I’ll be teaching on March 2nd.

Horse Barn Before and After



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Lightroom for Digital Photographers

This is an all day workshop designed to give you an in-depth understanding of how Adobe Photoshop Lightroom can help streamline your digital photography workflow from the moment of capture to final output.

The workshop covers the major features of Lightroom:

  • Understanding the digital photography workflow
  • Managing the Lightroom workspace
  • Configuring preferences and settings
  • Working with catalogs
  • Importing assets
  • Using the Library and Map modules
  • Working with the Develop module
  • Exporting media
  • Working with the Print, Web, Slideshow, and Book modules
  • Round Trip Editing with Photoshop


Who Should Attend?

  • Digital Photographers looking to organize their image archives.
  • High-volume shooters wanting to efficiently process large numbers of time-sensitive images.
  • Experienced lightroom users looking to get more out of the program.
  • Anyone serious about improving their photography workflow (probably you since you’re reading this!)

The workshop will be held at the MCPS Technology Lab, 1180 North Franklin Street, NE
Christiansburg, VA 24073 on Saturday March 2nd, 2013  from 9-5.

For the first 20 to sign up, and those who attended the Exposure Roanoke “Lightroom Workflow” meetup, the cost is $75, half off the regular price of $150You can bring your own, or computers and software will be available in the Lab

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