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Portrait Editing - Tools and Techniques

Portrait Editing - Tools and Techniques

Step into the portrait editing workflow of a professional headshot photographer and learn how to unleash the powerful editing tools available in Lightroom Classic and Photoshop! Join Laura Hatcher in her photography studio as she provides you with tips and techniques necessary to edit portraits on a professional level. 

Topics include: 
- Global edits such as overall exposure and contrast, cropping for deliverables, color correction, white balance, and exporting for final delivery.
- Local adjustment tools such as adjusting skin tone, skin softening, lips, teeth, brightening or reshaping eyes, removing blemishes, dealing with flyaway hairs, lint and dust spot removal, fixing garment creases or wrinkles and more. 

Prerequisite: Participants should have a basic working knowledge of Lightroom Classic including importing images and basic familiarity of the Develop Module. Knowledge of Photoshop is not required, but students will learn how to use a few powerful tools in this program.

Questions can be directed to Marie Joabar at

Cass Limit: 5

What People Are Saying About Laura's Portrait Editing Class.  

"All content was clear and detailed and presented well. Laura delivered excellent content with her usual wit and energy. The class was tremendously valuable and helpful in understanding the workflow she employs to achieve her success.  I learned a great deal. Thank you, Laura!”

“I have no recommendation for improvement. Laura’s class was incredibly informative. She took extra time to make sure all of our questions were answered.”



Instructor: Laura Hatcher

Laura Hatcher

Laura Hatcher is an award winning and published event, headshot and portrait photographer based in Alexandria, Virginia. She started her photographic journey while on active duty with the United States Navy. Laura, now a retired Naval Officer, opened a small studio in the heart of Old Town, Alexandria and is enjoying her second career as a full time photographer.  She continues to serve the Veteran community with her headshot and military ceremony photography.

Laura’s work has been featured in the Washington Post, Architectural Digest, Forbes Magazine, VIP Alexandria Magazine, and several college Alumni magazines. Her clients have included: The City of Alexandria, Visit Alexandria, The United States Naval Academy Alumni Association (her Alma Mater), The US Capitol Historical Society, and Texas A&M The Bush School of Government and Public Service.  Laura's work can be seen at:

Laura teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center:

* How to be a Photography Business Owner
* Exploring Headshot Photography
* Getting Started With Studio Lighting
* Portrait Editing- Tools and Techniques

Date: May 19 2024

Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm




218 N. Lee St, Alexandria, VA 22314

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Class 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.
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  • 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.