Photography/ Photoshop workshop/class covering basics {Gilbert Photography Arizona}

Do you own a SLR camera?

Are you interested in learning how to get better images of your child or Grandchild?

I am thinking about giving a photoshop and photography workshop  on how to edit at my new home in Gilbert. It’s just a thought because I have had at least 5-10  people (and more people keep emailing) asking me about how I do my work flow  and lighting. I would love to show everyone so I thought this would be a fun way to do it. I thought a small class of 5 or so people at a time would be fun and more hands on.. There is nothing better than learning hands on where it’s a small environment and you can ask questions and work together. I can go around and work with you to help you achieve beautiful photos and learn faster.

The business

I am thinking maybe around September starting the class, I need to get the information together and organized before hand.

Basics it the classes will cover

  • Photoshop:
  • editing eyes
  • editing skin (an airbrush effect) taking out blemishes, scars, dark circles under eyes
  • whitening teeth
  • brightening up lips
  • making the eyes POP out
  • making your images POP, instead of being too boring.
  • enhancing the hue and saturation in your photos.
  • Editing using Photoshop or photoshop Elements
  • Exposure, editing lighting, color, skin airbrushing technique fixing blemishes etc.
  • Manual camera settings: ISO, aperture
  • lighting basics with getting the perfect exposure, which lens to buy.

Contact me if your interested at

If your a photographer interested in working with me to split the money and teach people, email me and we can talk about it.

If you are thinking about becoming a Professional Photographer, first I just want to warn you as did another photographer  warned me  or should I say prepare you. But I am thankful and been having a wonderful great time doing it. I taught myself and so can you!!

The 1st class might cost $50 for 1 class and I will probably be teaching photoshop first since that is what everyone is wanting to learn the most.The next classes might go up to $75 each class. I haven’t decided the prices yet.

The money you make the first few years has to go right back into your business. You need thousands and thousands of dollars in equipment, camera, lenses, memory cards,  insurance to protect it, things for your business such as cards, stamps, business cards, office supplies in general, gas money to and from sessions, advertising, a good card that will drive an hour at least each, books, DVD’s,  workshops, classes, computer ($1000-#2000), good office chair & desk,  extra hard drives for storage, good camera bag, flash,  printer to print business forms, money to pay your taxes (save up and don’t forget) money to pay your tax account, software (Photoshop, Lightroom, at the very least. I also use Quickbooks, and Excel for my business.

Time- prepare to spend a ton of time advertising, blogging, editing, emails, ordering prints, learning all for your business. Being a stay at home Mom and working from home may seem like a dream but it is the most challenging. The reason being is that you can’t just leave work and leave your work there. You always have more and more work to do. Your kids constantly need attending to so trying to get work done during the day is almost impossible. Most of the time I do it after they are in bed and lately with 2 kids (one a baby) I am up till 1-2 a.m. editing. I wanted to tell give you a little heads up on how much is involved. It is super fun and LOVE what I do. You will too once you learn it more.

  • Patricia Blair - August 10, 2010 - 3:09 am


    Not sure if you already have a photographer working with you or if your still looking, I’m interested in helping you or if you already found someone to help you I still would like to attend the class. I’m always open to suggestions and tips :). Please let me know when the class will be to schedule myself off that day.

  • Michelle - August 26, 2010 - 9:45 am

    HI Leslie,
    I came accross your site when I was doing a photoshop class search in Gilbert. Are you still accepting students? I would love to participate if able to. I just had photoshop installed and I’ve realized that it has been soooo long since I took my class that I do not know how to use it at all… Please let me know as I would love to participate.

    Thank you,

    Michelle Hughner

  • Laura church - January 2, 2011 - 12:55 am

    Hello, I was interested in your classes if you are still doing them. Please let me know.

    Thank you,
    Laura church

  • Denise Chapman - February 12, 2011 - 9:46 pm

    I am interested in your classes. Are you still givng classes? Please let me know. Denise

  • Sarah - April 12, 2011 - 10:00 pm

    Hi! Are you still teaching Photoshop classes? If so, when is your next class? Thanks, sarah

  • John Honegger - August 19, 2011 - 8:49 am

    Interested in learning how to use adobe photoshop. I live in Gilbert as well. Class size, time, & costs would be helpful. Also what materials do I need for this class so I am prepared, I am a novice & need hands on instructions. Thank you, John

  • tammy hamblin - August 20, 2011 - 10:12 pm

    Are you offering classes anytime soon?

  • Alaina - August 28, 2011 - 8:39 pm

    I am interested in your class if you are still moving forward with it. Thanks, Alaina

  • Christi Cost - August 30, 2011 - 4:46 pm

    I am looking for a class for my 15 year old daughter who has taken some digital classes in High School. Not sure if your classes would be offered to her age group or not. Please let me know if you do have a class, we are interested. Thanks.

  • DAVID CHAMBERS - December 13, 2012 - 10:57 am

    My grandson (14) is getting a camera for Christmas and I’m thinking of geeting him some photography lessons. He lives in Chandler. Are you offering lessons or can you recommend some options – person, community college, etc.

  • Diane Robinson - July 18, 2013 - 10:31 pm

    Very interested, please let me know.

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