Capital Photography Center | Photography Classes in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia

Editing For Portraiture

Editing For Portraiture

This class offers the tools needed to make your good portraits great. We will review some basic tools in Adobe Lightroom Classic and then take editing to the next level using some of the incredibly powerful yet simple tools available in Adobe Photoshop. We will cover topics such as skin retouching, fly away hairs, eye enhancement, wrinkle reduction, recovering lost highlights, and adding a texture to the background just to name a few.

If you are looking for the tools necessary to approach your portrait editing with confidence, this class is for you. 

Some of the tools we will cover in Photoshop:

  • Stamp tool
  • Selection tool
  • Liquify tool
  • Spot healing brush
  • Dodging and Burning
  • Layer masks
  • Adjustment layers such as hue/saturation, black and white conversion, and the threshold layer to make sure your files are read for print
  • Image resizing

Catherine will teach portrait editing in a way that is clear and understandable. You will leave with step by step notes on each tool covered so you will be set up for success at home after the class.

Images will be supplied by the instructor. If time at the end of the class participants will have the opportunity to edit a picture(s) of their own. 

Class Needs: Participants need to bring their laptop or desktop loaded with Adobe Photoshop to the class with them. We will launch the images in Photoshop from Lightroom so having Lightroom Classis is strongly recommended (but not required).

Prerequisite - Participants need to have a basic understanding of Layers. We will not be able to introduce you to Layers at the class. if needed, consider taking the Photoshop for Photographers class first. 

Class Limit: 10

"Catherine is terrific!  Can't wait to take more of her classes."

"Catherine provided excellent instruction! She was both knowledgeable and very personable. I really enjoyed the class!"

Instructor: Catherine Simmons

Catherine Simmons

Catherine is both photographer and mom to six children ranging in ages from 8-20. She began her photographic journey learning and shooting family environmental portraiture but gradually transitioned to studio portraiture upon discovering its magical possibilities. As a master of both natural and studio lighting, photographing people of all ages has become her passion. In addition to creating portraiture, Catherine loves to teach.  Helping people learn and grow into their full potential as artists is a true privilege and one that she takes very seriously. She has homeschooled four of her six children in years past, tutored 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.

In addition to portraiture, living abroad and traveling Europe offered her the opportunity to shoot some travel work. Finding the aesthetic in everyday life is what Catherine is drawn to. Whether photographing a place or a person, every person has the potential to take great pictures with the right amount of knowledge and learned skills. It is Catherine's mission to equip others with the skill set to create beautiful imagery and to document the people and places that mean the most to us throughout life.

Catherine is currently a graduate student at Savannah College of Art and Design obtaining her Masters of Fine Arts degree in photography. She also currently helps out in the photography department at her local community college tutoring students, overseeing studio operations, and assisting anywhere help is needed.

Date: March 02 2019

Time: 1:00 PM - 6:00PM




1616 H St NW Washington, DC 20006

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Cancellation Policy:

  • A refund or a credit towards another class (less a $20 processing fee) can be given if cancellation notice is given more than 5 business days from the scheduled class.
  • If there is no cancellation notice, or it is given 5 business days or less, no refund or credit will be given.
  • Requests to reschedule a class will incur a $20 processing fee provided notice is given more than 5 business days prior to the class. If request to reschedule is given less than business 5 days prior to the class, no refund or credit will be given.
  • If Capital Photography Center cancels or postpones a class due to weather or low enrollment, you can choose a full refund or a credit towards a future class.