Online – Photoshop/Lightroom Beginners’ Course

Photoshop and Lightroom for photographers - £125

Class limited to 6 places

Class takes place online through Zoom in 3x2hr sessions

You need to own the software to take part in this course.
This course is for complete beginners to photo editing software and offers a thorough introduction to the key software in the Adobe Photography Plan.

It covers the practical and creative skills involved in using the Plan: everything from importing your images from your camera and creating a searchable catalog/database, right through to learning the correct editing tools and skills required to enhance and prep your photographs for print or web use,  along with much more.

The first thing I will do is introduce you to the different software available in the Adobe Photography Plan and clarify their place in relation to each other (See Which program do I use?'). We will then focus on the three main programs - Photoshop, Lightroom Classic and Lightroom (mobile).

Following on from this, you will learn the key concept to getting the best out of the Plan - workflow. This is the way professional photographers and photo-editors use the software, by creating a workflow to seamlessly co-ordinate and move between the main programs.

It is easier to view these three pieces of software as one unit and I will show you the most efficient and clear way of using them together.

To obtain Photoshop and Lightroom one has to subscribe to the Adobe Photography Plan, currently available for £9.98 per month from Adobe. The ‘plan’ includes Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, Lightroom (mobile), Bridge and Adobe Camera RAW along with two other mobile apps.

You pay one fee and get all of them but cannot purchase them separately. Most consumers find this confusing, as they don’t know which one is ‘best’ or will suit their needs. The internet is little help as each piece of software has its own fans and detractors, only adding to confusion.

This course begins by sorting out this confusion and helping you establish the best working practice for using the software included in the plan.

Once we have set up a workflow using the main programs, you will work in detail on editing different types of images in class. You will be given step-by-step instructions and guidance designed to introduce the main tools and techniques enabling you to later apply these skills to your own images.

Tools and concepts covered during the course:

Importing your images and creating a database/catalog

Understanding and editing RAW files

Layers and masks

Adjustment layers


Levels and curves

Brush and healing tools

Preparing images for web or print

Smart objects

Non-destructive editing

Dodge and burn

Colour grading

Skin retouching

Pen tool

Will we be covering 3D, video and animation in Photoshop?

Attention in this course is given to the tools and concepts best suited to photographers regardless of photographic subject. Photoshop is a massive program with tools designed for use by graphic designers, film-makers and animators. That's a different Photoshop course!


Book your course

10.30am-4.30pm, Saturday 11th April, 2020.

Brighton Girls School, Montpelier Road Brighton, BN1 3AT

Please pay for the course using the link below. You can pay with paypal or any credit/debit card.


Cancellation and refund policy for all courses

Cancellations must be received via email in advance of the event.

The following cancellation charges apply:

  •    6+ weeks notice from start date: Full refund
  •    4-6 weeks notice from start date: 40% refund
  •    0-4 weeks notice from start date: No refund
  •    Failure to attend from start date: No refund


If you are unable to attend the course someone else may attend in your place at no additional cost.

All requests for substitutions must be received via email at least 24 hours before the course begins with the name, contact email and telephone number for the replacement student.

Courses cannot be deferrred to a later date.

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David Hoare

"Before going on Bill’s beginners photography course, I was a bit hesitant. I was quickly reassured upon meeting Bill, who is incredibly down-to-earth and engaging in his teaching.

I would highly recommend any beginners heading into intermediary levels, as I’m sure you’ll learn something new, and most importantly have a fun time as well!"

James Barron

"Bill has taken my patchy, YouTube learnt Photography knowledge and taught me everything I need to know to take a great photo.
Bill is a great, patient teacher with a wealth of photography knowledge.
I cannot recommend Bill’s courses enough!"

Sue Braat

"I attended Bill’s beginners photography course this year and really enjoyed it. By the end of the course I felt confident enough to use my camera on manual settings and knew how to compose a good photo.

Bill has a wealth of knowledge and is a great teacher. I would recommend his course to anybody who would like to take their cameras off automatic settings with confidence."

All photographs and editing by Bill Black