Digital Darkroom

Whether you shoot film or digital, contemporary photographers need to learn Photoshop and be able to navigate the digital darkroom! This course offers a practical, hands-on foundation in digital workflow, taking an image from camera to computer. Through demonstrations, lectures and guided tutorials, you will learn fundamental Photoshop tools such as color corrections, layers, white balance, exposure and other useful skills to perfect your photos.

Note: Emphasis on previously captured images. Required course for the Professional Certificate in Photography. Prerequisite: "Introduction to Photography in the Digital Age" (ART 40439).

Course Number: ART-40630 Credit: 3 units


This course is designed to familiarize the digital and film photographer to all introductory phases of digital data transfer, workflow, and photographic manipulation with the use of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Bridge. No photography assignments will be given though you are expected to bring on a weekly basis photographs to apply towards these applications. It is my suggestion to be familair with the syllabus, know what applications will be taught each week, and bring in images that you could use to "help" in that particular direction.


Attendance is mandatory. Lectures, demonstrations, review and classroom critiques will occur throughout each class meeting. Because of this, arriving in a timely fashion is necessary. Lectures and demonstrations will not be repeated.


Grading is based on, but not limited to: participation in class, technical ability, personal progress / improvement, and creative innovation. Personal progress and improvement will be based on each individual and not based on the class as a whole. Attention will be focused on learning the techniques of photoshop, but it is up to you to practice these skills and to produce a final portfolio based off of the weekly assignments. The final portfolio will consist of images created either in class

40% Attendance and classroom participation
40% Final Portfolio
20% Final Exam

Final Grades:
A = 90% - 100%
B = 80% - 89%
C = 70% - 79%
D = 60% - 69%

This course requires the use of RAW digital photographic files. These files may be produced by any brand or style camera but they must be in RAW format (i.e. CR2, NEF, PEF, DNG etc). You will also need a USB compact drive to bring all of your photographic files into class with you. You can also use an external firewire or USB drive that is PC formatted. Unfortunately we are using a PC lab, so drives that are MAC formatted will not work. If you have your own laptop you are more than welcome to bring it to calss (PC or MAC).

You are required to do your homework assignments using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. You have the option to either purchase the software, pay a subscription, or download a 30 day trial and try to get your class assignments done within those 30 days.

Optional Book: The Photoshop CC Book by Scott Kelby
Required: Open a FLICKR account

Class Handouts

This website is intended to replace optional handouts that I have provided to students in the past. The content found on this site reviews some of the technical information that will be discussed in class. By no means does this site provide comprehensive coverage of the material discussed in class. Please note that I provide a number of online links within this website. At the time I created each page (or updated each page) the links were both working AND safe to click. However, I can provide no garantee that those conditions will withstand the test of time. Please feel free to email me with any concerns regarding the links I provide

  • Day 1 - Intro to Lightroom
  • Day 2 - Lightroom Catalog and Intro to Photoshop
  • Day 3 - Bridge and ACR - Also Getting in to Photoshop
  • Day 4 - Fixing stuff in Photoshop
  • Day 5 - Portrait Reoutches
  • Day 6 - Landscape Retouches (including HDR)
  • Day 7 - Tilt and Shift
  • Day 8 - Class suggestions
  • Day 9 - Final Exam and Review