Joe Dockery

Course Description: Learn how to improve those photographs of your students and faculty. This workshop will give you a variety of easy to use techniques for improving your subject’s eyes, smile, blemishes, skin tone and more. You will leave with a DVD of tutorials and sample files to use in your classroom.

10 min             Introductions
30 min             Getting Started (30 min)
2 hr                  Restoring Old Photographs
2 hr                  Retouching Portraits
10 min             Teaching Strategies & Lessons
10 min             Wrap-up and Evaluations

Workshop Teaching Strategy
I have created Flash based tutorials for all the projects we will cover. This method of teaching/learning might be new to you but I think you may find it extremely powerful once you get into it. By putting all my lessons into this web site you have control of your learning. You can go as fast or slow as your learning style requires. You can stop the lesson at any time and practice the techniques or ask me for more clarification. As you watch the tutorial, make sure to pause and practice the technique using the sample files. Once you complete a project, look at the agenda, and if you are ahead of schedule take the time to practice what you just learned to ensure that you understand the concept. *** All the tutorials you should watch are marked with Tutorial>>

Learning Resources

Since all my lessons are online and on the DVD you got from the workshop you can immediately start using these lessons with your students or share them with the faculty at our school/district. I encourage you to personally take on projects that allow you to practice these techniques. Continue to read some of the excellent books that cover these amazing software applications, explore the many online resources and learn from your students as they push the limits. I have included a list of my favorite online learning resources.Sample Files
When you attend my workshop I give you a DVD and handouts that contain a bunch of sample files that you are welcome to use while you practice the techniques in the workshop. I encourage you to start with these files and then experiment with the same techniques on your own video files, web pages or Flash files. Please copy the files from the disk to your computer (Here is a tutorial if you need help). Feel free to download a copy of your own images to a folder in the same location. If you are checking this workshop out online, the video files are tool large.


Adobe Photoshop Elements:
Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 6.0 software combines power and simplicity so you can do more with your photos. Instantly fix flaws or adjust color and lighting with new advanced controls. Quickly drop your photos into customizable layouts and show off your creativity with dynamic web photo galleries created using Adobe Flash® technology. And view all your photos and video clips in one convenient place.
*The Puget Sound ESD 121 can help you purchase Adobe software on the state wide volume licensing agreement.

Adobe Flash Player: The tutorials in this workshop require Adobe Flash player be installed on your computer. If you don't have the latest version of Flash you can download it at