An Invitation

In my last post, I mentioned that I had some exciting things to share. Here is one of them. Several weeks ago, while taking care of my arthroscopically repaired left knee, I received the Fall 2019 catalog of non-credit courses offered by the University of Tennessee here in Knoxville. I had been looking forward to this course catalog, not because I wanted to take a class (although there are many courses I’d love to take if I had time!), but because I am teaching a class. Yep. My class is a new offering entitled “Creative Processing and Personally Expressive Image Making.”
I’m really excited about this. The non-credit adult education program at UT has many great courses that range from culinary, to finance, to wine, to archaeology, to photography, and beyond. The breadth and quality of the offerings is remarkable and its very cool to be a part of it.
You will notice that the title of my class does not contain the word “Photoshop.” That is intentional. Of course, Photoshop (and Lightroom) are essential tools for image processing. Many photographers know and use them every day. Photoshop and Lightroom will play central roles in my class, but there are many courses that teach people how to lighten, darken, and alter the color throughout an image, or maybe even in just a portion of the image. That’s all great, but, in my opinion, very few courses teach photographers why you would want to lighten, darken, and alter the color. Personally, I believe that knowing both the “why” and the “how” are the keys to personally expressive image making.
So, I will combine the “why” and the “how” of image processing into a single workshop. Together, we will discuss visual perception and aesthetics. We’ll also cover important digital principles, learn basic processing tools, and explore advanced processing techniques. My objective is to help attendees learn to bring their images to life and to achieve the goal of creative self-expression.
Here are some logistical details. The class consists of two sessions. Each session lasts four hours for a total of eight hours for the course. There are no field sessions, just classroom. The sessions are from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on two different Saturdays in September. The dates are September 21 and 28. You’ll note that these Saturdays are open football dates here in Knoxville. Yes, it took some luck to find back-to-back Saturdays here in Knoxville. 🙂
The attached images illustrate the UT catalog and my course description. If you want more information, contact me or follow this link.


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