781.826.6792 345 Washington St. #4
Pembroke, MA 02359

Portrait Processing Course

Explore portrait processing possibilities! Learn how to leverage Lightroom, Photoshop, and Nik to give your portraits punch!

Experience level: Intermediate/Advanced
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Each week we'll spend the first 30 minutes taking portraits of one another, importing those photos into Lightroom, and selecting one or two to work with. During each photo session, we'll explore a different style of lighting, including creative techniques like "high-key" and dramatic lighting, and more conventional lighting for things like business portraits.

The remainder of the class will be spent exploring various editing options, from simple Lightroom processing, through more complex manipulations in Photoshop. Each week we'll progress a little further into the more complex options available to us, discovering new styles of processing, including masking and compositing.

"Retouching" concepts, like sharpening, smoothing skin, and removing blemishes will be covered, as well as some creative processing techniques.

While we'll work specifically with "headshot" portraits in this course, the techniques learned will translate to larger compositions, like full-body portraits, or small-group portraits.

Having taken the Portrait Course would be beneficial to your understanding of lighting, but it isn't necessary to be successful in this course.


Adobe Photographer Cloud subscription, which includes Lightroom & Photoshop, with the current version of both applications installed and up-to-date. Google's Nik Collection for additional processing effects can be installed and configured during class, if you're unsure about how to do this.

A computer that you can bring to class each week, with all of the cables necessary to use your system. A mouse is recommended with a laptop, as some more complex edits are harder to achieve using a laptop touchpad.

Familiarity with Lightroom and Photoshop would be helpful, but not required. If you're brand new to Lightroom and Photoshop, consider taking an offering to familiarize yourself with each before diving in!