This fall, keep your photography skills crispy with UCLA Extension photography courses. Taught by professional art and commercial photographers, these courses will move you from taking pictures to making pictures.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom provides students with the skills to use this powerful software suite to manage, adjust, present and organize large volumes of digital photographs -- so they can spend less time in front of the computer and more time behind the lens. Led by Adobe Certified Expert and Instructor Chana Messer, owner, Mac in Art. Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sept. 21, Westwood Blvd. Room B04, in Los Angeles' Westwood Village. $125.
New online! Advanced Digital Photography with Adobe Photoshop CS3 explores professional shooting techniques, digital SLR camera operation, studio lighting, Camera Raw workflow and image editing, color management, and sophisticated image manipulation. Led by Adobe Certified Expert Kenneth Wischmeyer. Sept. 22-Dec. 8, online. $575.
New! The Other Side of Photography explores the various ways to make photographs without a camera. Each class introduces a new device or method, such as Polaroid transfers, cyanotypes and the Van Dyke process. Discussion covers the history of these techniques, and students make their own images. Led by photographer and visual artist Julie Shafer. Mondays, 7-10 p.m., Sept. 22-Nov. 24, Westwood Blvd. Room 416, in Los Angeles' Westwood Village. $445.
New online! Beauty Retouching is designed to demystify professional beauty-retouching techniques using Adobe Photoshop CS3. Learn what to look for and how to decide what stays and what goes. Topics include cleaning images, skin smoothing, body shaping and getting started in the industry, as well as how to bring an image to life using both quick-trick techniques and dedicated methods. Led by retoucher and finisher Lisa Carney, whose clients include Mercedes, Disney, Paramount, Sony, Universal, ABC, CBS, ESPN and CNN. Sept. 23-Oct. 28, online. $350.
Intermediate Digital Photography focuses on gaining control of all photographic variables while attempting creative assignments. Content includes use of manual controls, defining a point of view, emphasizing figure versus ground, storytelling, portraits, capture and processing of .RAW image files, Photoshop and more. Led by award-winning commercial photographer George Simian. Tuesdays, 7-10 p.m., Sept. 23-Nov. 4, and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon, Sept. 27, Oct. 11 & 18; Westwood Blvd. Room 416, in Los Angeles' Westwood Village. $675.
New! Photoshop Portrait Retouching Workshop uncovers the best tools and techniques to fix and improve any kind of portrait using Photoshop. Learn the advantages of working in .RAW; why layer masks are the key to retouching; how to remove wrinkles and blemishes, smooth out skin and get good skin color, reshape the nose, whiten teeth, add highlights to the hair, dodge and burn effectively; and more. Each student has his or her own computer workstation and works on images with the instructor. Led by professional photographer Scott Stulberg. Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 5, 1010 Westwood Blvd. Room B04, in Los Angeles' Westwood neighborhood. $150.
Fall Quarter at UCLA Extension begins Sept. 20; enrollment is underway now. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 310-206-1422. Visit www.uclaextension.edu/visualarts for complete course descriptions and to enroll online.