Digital Photography Courses. Photoshop and Photoshop Elements Tuition for all levels - email

Course Timings


9.30 -10am Arrival, coffee & biscuits 10.00am camera settings & theory

12.30 -1.00pm light lunch (included)

1pm-3pm Practical photography

3pm-4pm Review photographs

4pm-5pm Photo-editing Demonstration

5pm Questions & course feedback


DSLR Course Requirements


Digital SLR Camera

Extra lenses - optional

External flashgun - optional

Fully charged battery and/or a spare

Empty memory card

Any other kit you need explaining

change of shoes if wet.


Please ensure you have a fully charged battery as we will be using your camera a lot and batteries do to tend to run out.For batteries and cards at huge discounts visit


What are the benefits of Photoshop over Picasa?


The main advantage Photoshop has over Picasa is the ability to only change part of a picture or replace one element with another. For instance you can make the sky darker in Photoshop without changing the landscape area whereas in Picasa any changes affect the whole picture.


What's the difference between Photoshop and Photoshop Elements?


Photoshop Elements is the cut down amateur version of Photoshop. It costs about 20% of the price but probably has 70% of the features. For amateurs Elements will normally do the job.



Photoshop Course - Please contact us for future dates.

You will require a laptop with Photoshop or Photoshop 5, 6 or CC. Please specify when booking but we do carry a couple of spares laptops.

Photoshop Elements. We are no longer running any Photoshop Elements courses as the Lightroom and Photoshop CC subscription packages offer much better value.

Learning Outcomes and Topics Covered

  1. Understanding the Photoshop Interface
  2. Intergration with Lightroom and other Plug-ins
  3. How to make basic corrections using Levels
  4. How to make basic corrections using Curves
  5. How to use Adjustment Layers
  6. Cropping, Image Size and Resolution explained
  7. Understanding Layers
  8. How to replace a boring sky
  9. How to repair an old photograph
  10. Opening eyes on a group picture
  11. Converting to Black & White
  12. Making exhibition prints with borders
  13. Using the Dodge and Burn Tools
  14. Using various selection tools to cut out images
  15. How to design your own logo
  16. Your own personal projects

The day starts with the Lightroom interface and how to import images through choosing images, editing, cropping and exporting. You are encouraged to bring some of your own images but sample images will be provided.

Book a Photoshop Course - Please Contact us for dates

Choose a Photoshop or Picasa Course
Laptop with Lightroom or Photoshop
Comments / LR or PS Versions

What is Photoshop and why is it different to Lightroom?

Photoshop TuitionPhotoshop Vs Lightroom

The main difference between Lightroom and Photoshop, or Photoshop Elements, is Photoshops ability to work with layers. Usually Lightroom and a copy of Photoshop will be all you need.

These one day Photoshop group courses will suit anyone from the complete novice to the intermediate Photoshop or Lightroom user. The beginners courses are structured to worked with any version of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements although the screen may appear be slightly different with the various editions.

Course Outline
During the morning we will look at creating exhibition quality prints. This will include basic adjustments for colour and contrast followed by adding borders, cropping, sharpening and resizing images.

In the afternoon we encourage each person to bring a project they would like help with. If we have time I'll demonstrate some more advanced techniques.

Sample Photoshop Edit - Repair Old Photographs

Horse Repair

  1. Adjust for contrast and colour
  2. Repair scratches and folds
  3. Replace corners
  4. Sharpen and enhance details

Sample Photoshop Edit - Replace Boring Sky

Replace Sky

Do all pictures need editing in Photoshop?

I’m often asked “Do all pictures need editing in Photoshop?”. My answer - "No, but most shots could be enhanced by editing".

When I started my professional photography, career 30 years ago, I was dodging, burning and using different contrast grades of black and white photographic paper to change how the image looked. I could take the same images and process it in the darkroom in different ways to alter the feel of the image. I could print it darker for a moody, somber effect, or add extra contrast for a dramatic feel, or I could keep it light and airy. I really don't see why (within reason) that this is any different today by using Photoshop or some other editing software. Often the image you take doesn't convey the emotion you felt at the time so editing is a way to reconnect to the scene and hopefully a second chance to produce an image which recaptures those feelings.

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Another question I'm asked is " Do I need to spend a lot of money on Photoshop ?". I say it depends on the picture and how you feel about it. Below I've offered three variants to demonstrate my thinking. One original, one a basic contrast edit, in the free Picasa program from Google, and one Photoshop image simply edited using the Dodge and Burn tools just as I would have done in the darkroom 30 years ago. All the images remain true to the original but have subtle differences.

Book a DSLR Private Tuition Course £325

Your own laptop with Photoshop installed would be useful be we do have spare laptops you can use. The beginners courses are primarily aimed at the Photoshop basics of:

All our Photoshop courses start off with the absolute basics and progress, step by step, through to some of the more technical aspects of the program. We only allow three students on any course so we can provide as much individual attention as possible. If it turns out one students has a greater knowledge than the others we can offer them extra more taxing projects. Any students will also be given password access to our growing library of online Photoshop tutorials.

Photoshop Private Tuition costs £325 - Monday - Friday & group courses cost £175pp for a maximum of 3 students on a weekend.

Picasa Private Tuition & Group Courses

Picasa v Photoshop

Where as the industry standard programme for image editing is Photoshop we at Digital Photography Courses are great fans of the free Picasa programme from Google. This amazing photo editing and storage program will allow you to file, edit, crop, rotate, straighten, email, back-up and share your images with ease. In fact there are some tasks that this free software will perform better than the full version of Photoshop CS5 which costs almost £500. This is such an extensive programme it takes a full day to cover it all and if you find Photoshop too complicated I would certainly look at attending one of our Picasa training courses. We are able to take four students and your own laptop with Picasa installed would be useful.

Course Outline

Picasa Lesson 1 - Downloading Picasa
Picasa Lesson 2 - Installing Picasa
Picasa Lesson 3 - Getting pictures from the camera to Picasa
Picasa Lesson 4 - Viewing images in Picasa
Picasa Lesson 5 - Selecting multiple images in Picasa
Picasa Lesson 6 - Emailing pictures from Picasa using Outlook
Picasa Lesson 7 - Emailing pictures from Picasa using GMail
Picasa Lesson 8 - More about saving pictures
Picasa Lesson 9 - Exporting Pictures to a memory card

And much,much more

Private Tuition costs £325 - Monday - Friday

Please Contact Us If You Have Any Questions


email - or call 0116 279 6906

Student Testimonials

Very useful courses as always. I’m looking forward to editing images now. Practice makes perfect.
Jane Allwright.

A really great day. I have so much more confident in the work flow of being able to take the images from the camera through the whole process right up to printing. Teresa Lardner – Photoshop Elements Course.

A very helpful course and I feel much more confident in finding my way around Photoshop Elements. I can’t wait to get home and try out my new found knowledge. Margaret Rose 

I wanted to learn the basics and improve a photograph by enhancing colours and doing a cut-out. This was an excellent relaxed Photoshop course where we were able to work at our own pace & cover the projects we wanted.


I wanted to know how to correct over exposed images and correct colour balance. Also improve portraits and landscapes. I have really enjoyed myself and learned so much in one day. I now feel confident to explore Photoshop in much more depth.


Having attending several course on digital photo editing using Photoshop covering the very basic to more sophisticated techniques I must stress complete satisfaction with Glen, the course content, and teaching methods used. I am now able to perform with much greater efficiency with some very good results. I have recommended these to several friends and would continue in the future. Best regards

Malcolm Wootton

A thoroughly enjoyable day with a good balance of theory followed by the practical session. I wanted to understand how to use the basic manual functions of the camera and I'm far more confident now that I will be able to capture the shot I'm after. -

Louise McHale 

A fantastic course and I've thoroughly enjoyed the day. It was a very, very well taught and explained course. I look forward to attending more courses in the future.

Marie Llewellyn. 

An excellent course which really showed me how to use my camera and improve my photography skills.

Melanie Alderson