Editing Portraiture With Photoshop

September 21- Oct 19

Dive into the powerful and fantastic world of Photoshop and learn how to make your good portraits great!
Instructor, Catherine Simmons

Course material available on Sept 21
Live Zoom Sessions: Mondays, Sept 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 19 at 7:00 pm

Take your editing skills to the next level, polishing your portraits
so they look professional
and ready to frame.

In this four-week course, regardless of your skill level, you will be able to learn the tips, tools, and techniques necessary to create and edit portraits on a professional level. This class exposes participants to the tricks of the trade necessary for making professional portraits.

Course Content

The course include four units, one each week, with recorded video instruction. There is one downloadable file with supplemental notes to accompany each tool and technique introduced in the video instruction. Sample images are given to be used for practice and/or following along.

Students may submit up to 2 separate images per week for private written feedback from instructor. Feedback replies will be delivered within 24 hours of submission.

  • Unit 1: General Tools

  • Unit 2: The Power of Camera Raw Filter

  • Unit 3: Editing Techniques Part 1
    (Skin Softening, Removing Red Blemishes, Enriching Skin Tones, Changing/Enhancing Hair Color, Selecting a Subject, Managing Stray and Wispy Hair)

  • Unit 4: Editing Techniques Part 2
    (Transform Tool, Selecting a Subject, Applying a Background Texture, Crop Tool, Prepping for Print and Social Media)

Required Gear

What materials are needed for this class?

  • Lightroom and Photoshop

  • Photos will be provided by the instructor for practice.

  • Access to a computer or tablet for the course content, live zoom calls.

Capital Photography Center Instructor


Catherine Simmons

Catherine is a studio and natural light photographer specializing in headshots and fine art portraiture. She has spent countless hours over the past 8 years fine tuning her skills in the studio and in Photoshop. When Catherine isn’t photographing, she can be found in the classroom sharing what she has learned with others. Helping people learn and grow into their full potential as artists is a true privilege and one that she takes very seriously. She has been a popular instructor at Capital Photography Center since 2018. Additionally, she volunteers tutoring photography students at her local community college, and has taught beginner's workshops through the United Nations Photography Club in Vienna, Austria, where she spent a year living abroad with her family. Catherine is currently a graduate student at Savannah College of Art and Design obtaining her Masters of Fine Arts degree in photography.