Guided by Photography teacher Dave Julian, this workshop teaches the mindset and methods for crafting rich visual narratives using the art of Adobe Photoshop compositing.

May 3, 2023 - May 31, 2023

Levels: Intermediate, Advanced,
Workshop Fee: $825
Workshop Duration: 15 hours over 5 weeks (Wednesdays, 5-8pm ET) + 1:1 time with the instructor.
Workshop Location: Online
Class Size: 12

Note: This class will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom platform.
Class meets for 5 Wednesdays, May 3-31 from 5-8pm ET + 1:1 time with the instructor.

This workshop teaches the mindset and methods for crafting rich visual narratives using the art of multi-image compositing in Photoshop. With inspiration from Dave’s presentation of collected works, demonstrations and individual guidance, participants learn how to form intention, conceive, shoot and create original works through expressive image treatments and artful composites.

David Julian, Photoshop composition - Desire LR, 2023
Desire LR – By David Julian.

The aesthetics of vintage photographs are also referenced for their timeless beauty, as are images from toy cameras and other alternative visual resources. We work together through on-screen presentations, demos, offline practice, shared reviews and 1:1 guidance. By combining experimentation and practice, participants build confident control to improve composition and create realistic and surrealistic imagery. Crafting personal narratives, family histories, dreams, and visual poetry are all possibilities within this workshop.

David Julian, Photoshop composition - Farmer’s Daughter, 2023
Farmer’s Daughter – By David Julian
David Julian, Photoshop composition - Captive Wishes, 2023
Captive Wishes – By David Julian.

Dave shares many of his unique workflows and provides all files for the workshop. Whether you are at an emerging or professional level, ALL participants advance their abilities and will find this workshop extremely rewarding.  

A basic familiarity with Photoshop’s layers, layer masks, brush, and selection tools is required for this class. A pre-workshop tune-up tutorial folder for gaining these skills is available in advance to fully-enrolled students by request. Feel free to contact Dave ([email protected]) directly with questions about this workshop.

Photoshop composition - The Mask, 2023 (banner) - By David Julian

Student Testimonials

“I’ve been using Photoshop for more than ten years, and David really helped me unlock some powerful tools that I had not yet discovered. Very informative and well-presented! I couldn’t wait to start using what I learned…” – Adrian B, WA 

“I enjoyed the class and the whole workshop experience very, very much…I was quite nervous about taking the class because I felt that my Photoshop skills were so sketchy and secondly because it was the first time in a while that I was attempting to explore my personal work…but now I am jazzed! Thank YOU!” – Stephanie R, PA 

“David was helpful and patient, with my elementary as well as tricky questions. I learned and benefitted a huge amount  from his eye, his knowledge of what was necessary to improve an image, and his encouraging me towards simplicity.” Karen A, CA

“I really enjoyed the course. David is an excellent teacher, well-informed, an accomplished artist in his own right, and very,  very patient…The course with David did nothing less than totally break me through with Photoshop story compositing as a  whole new kind of artistic and personal expression.” — Marc B, PA

Past student work

A Journey - by Farin Rahman
A Journey – by Farin Rahman
Leap Of Faith - by Farin Rahman
Leap Of Faith – by Farin Rahman

All Images are subject to copyright.

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Instructor: David Julian

Dave is a Seattle-based photographic artist and educator. Between assignments, he is photography faculty at The University of Washington and Seattle Creative Academy. He has led over fifty of workshops in the US and in India, Canada, Alaska, Mexico and annually in Cuba. His publications include Orion, Outside, National Geographic Traveler, Islands, PRINT, Outdoor Photographer, B&W and Rangefinder. He has also been guest and host on five photography podcasts including Hit the Streets. He is an official Fujifilm X/GFX CREATOR photographer.