Saturday, December 13, 2014

Light & Colour - Photo Editing Class Using Gimp

Light And Colour Class
Earlier this year I taught a class called Light & Colour and now it is open to sign ups again. This time the material is available straight away so you can get stuck in as soon as you sign up. And the material will be available indefinitely (or atleast for the foreseeable future) so you can take it at your own pace and go back to it whenever you want.

Online classes/courses are also affected by the VAT mess I mentioned the other day, so if you'd like to sign up for this class, now is the time to do it. I am still not sure how the whole thing is going to affect my business and the things I will be able to offer. As with the Blackwork classes and the 2015 pattern clubs, you can save 10% until December 21 with this code: VATMESS.

Here is feedback from Nicole from Cloud Craft who took the class earlier this year:
I had never got on with Photo Shop and fancied trying something new. I was hoping to be able to improve the shots I took for my shop and definitely learnt lots of great tips and tricks to help when the original shot wasn't quite as planned or when light conditions aren't the best.

I loved learning about the filters to add Instagram like effects. I had no idea that GIMP was so powerful. The tips on taking better photos were also a great bonus and ones I use now all the time,

The structure of the class was great, good pace and the notes had the perfect level of detail and were easy to digest. The lessons were very easy to follow and it was great knowing that Carina was available to answer any questions.

It's a great course and amazing value for anyone who wants to learn to make their photos really shine!
Light & Colour is an introduction to editing photos - without too much techie talk. I've not had professional training in photo editing, so if I can do it, you can too. What I do have, is more than a decade's experience using photo editing software, both Photoshop and the Gimp. My photos have been used both in my own book, books by other people and in various magazines.

The class is available to take at your own pace and you can start as soon as I send you the link and invite to the private class blog. You should receive this within 24 hours of signing up.

I use the Gimp when editing my own photos and that is what we'll use in the class as well, but a lot of the skills would be transferable to Photoshop.

Maybe you're asking, what is the Gimp? What's with the funny name? Gimp is short for: GNU Image Manipulation Program. It can do a lot of the same things as Photoshop, but doesn't come with the hefty price tag. In fact, the Gimp is absolutely free!

If you have no experience with photo editing, other than perhaps the likes of PicMonkey (which are perfectly fine for some things, absolutely), we're going to start with the basics of using the Gimp and build up some editing muscle! Beginners are very welcome.

I will show you detailed examples of all the techniques and there will be exercises for you to try your new knowledge. It is highly recommended to actually do the exercises and play with the program in general.

The class will have 3 modules:
• Gimp basics: I'll show you to download and install the Gimp. And we'll go through the main areas of the program, including the workspace, tools, saving and exporting your images.

• Techniques & tips: This is the main part of the class and I'll show you lots of ways to improve the photos you have taken. There will also be some fun tricks that you can use with your photos.

• Improving your photographs: I will share tips for improving the photos you take, so you have a better raw material to work in editing.

This class is for you:
- if you want to improve the photos you use in your online shop
- if you want to improve the photos for your blog
- you want to add decorative elements to your photos
- want to learn how to add textures to images
- you've opened a photo editing program once but closed it straight away because it seemed totally confusing

The photo above is an example of what I'll show you, taking a fairly dark photo and lighten it but without it losing any of its brilliance or contrast. I'm not going to promise you that you can do that with all photos, but most photos can be improved a lot!

Lessons are a combination of blog posts with lots of pictures as well as video screen casts showing the techniques etc on live examples. There are also photos to download and try the various techniques on. Plus I will stop by regularly to help with any questions.


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