October 12th, 2016
Larry in Georgia asks:
Why are there no formal classes on Photoshop to be found? This question came to mind because so many of the photos on your site are comprised of what to me appears as being rather complicated Photoshop techniques employing multiple steps. Yet, in my area of the country, formal classes are nowhere to be found.
- Online video is THE BEST way to learn Photoshop, Lightroom or any kind of computer software. Face-to-face classes don’t even come close.
- Online video is the cheapest way to deliver training for computer software.
- As good teachers know, there are several different learning styles. Some people learn better from books than video. And some people (kinesthetic learners) need to actually go through the movements of learning.
- The very best presenters of online video are better than the many local teachers.
As a verification of the above points, in 2015 Linkedin paid $1.5B for lynda.com which is THE best online learning site. On lynda.com you spend $25 for a month of access and learn Photoshop (plus any other computer software) from the very best presenters. It’s less than a local face-to-face class (if there was one) and the training is better than most local teachers are likely to give.
I should also point out that there is also a lot of good free video tutorials on YouTube but finding the good ones can take some work. I have a page where I compile a list of free video tutorials on the subject of real estate photography and post-processing (the white ad that says “Free Real Estate Photography Tutorials” on the lower right sidebar). Let me know if you have some favorite free videos that should be on this list.