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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question, please contact us
and we'll be happy to respond to you.
Q:  I see that you teach online, but do you also teach in person?
A:  Not at this time, but if that changes, I'll update the information here on my website.
Q:  Are you familiar with the New York Institute of Photography?  I've heard a lot about their courses and wondered if you recommend them?
A:  Yes!  I graduated from NYIP's Complete Course in Professional Photography in 2001 and highly recommend it.  At that time, digital photography was very new and the course material didn't include any reference to it.  Since then, they have added digital components to the Professional Course and added a new course, Fundamentals of Digital Photography--it's a little shorter, less expensive, and updated for the digital photographer.
NYIP still offers the Professional course, and I would recommend that for someone interested in going into the business of photography.  It's a very thorough program and even though it still addresses film in some places, it's a worthwhile background for a serious professional.  For a serious hobbyist, the Fundamentals course may be the better choice.  Both classes allow you to work from home with a self-paced schedule, giving you complete flexibility on how they fit into your lifestyle.
I encourage anyone interested to visit NYIP's website (www.NYIP.com) and carefully consider the options they suggest.  We have a number of our students who enroll with NYIP when they are ready for a longer course of study, and we've heard they feel well prepared to make the most of that opportunity after completing my courses.
Q:  I've taken your Photoshop for the Digital Photographer course previously. Now you have the new two-class format for CS5 and CS6.  If I'm interested in taking another class, where do I begin?
A:  Thanks for asking about this!  For my students who have already taken Photoshop for the Digital Photographer for CS2, CS3, CS4, or CS5:
As of January 2011, my Photoshop for the Digital Photographer course has been substantially expanded, rewritten, and updated for Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC (the subscription option) and is now offered in a two-course format. This also allows us to delve deeper into many topics and provide more detailed explanations that many of you have requested.
If you've previously taken Photoshop for the Digital Photographer, here are some things to keep in mind if you are considering the CS6 or PS-CC courses.
Part I will be a review for most of you.  It's updated and expanded and includes CS6 or PS-CC-specific content, covering some subjects in more detail, but overall the basic information doesn't change that much from version to version.  You will find these additions to Part I:
  • More detail on sizing, shaping, and image resolution
  • More extensive coverage of raw files and using the Camera Raw Tool
  • More information on using Histograms
CS6 and PS-CC Part II builds on Part I and is a mix of some material from previous versions of the course and completely new topics as well as the new CS6 or PS-CC features.  New topics include:
  • Expanded use of cloning
  • Details for working with brushes
  • Puppet Warp
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR)
  • Advanced layering
  • Expanded use of Layer effects
  • Watermarking
  • Animated GIFs
  • A final project with the option to share your work with your fellow students
So which class to take?  If you've taken one of my Photoshop for the Digital Photographer courses and feel comfortable with Photoshop for basic work, you'll do well in Part II.  We have an exercise to help you evaluate your knowledge in Lesson 1 of Part II, so if you do find you need a refresher, you should have time to switch back to Part I.
If you'd like a refresher with updated material for CS6 or PS-CC and some expanded coverage, you may want to start with Part I.  Students new to Photoshop should also start with Part 1.