Crafting the Perfect Image Minneapolis, Minnesota

3/3/2018 - 3/4/2018

When you sit down to edit your images, do you feel a little unsure of yourself? Something like, “I hope this looks as good as I think it does!” If yes, then this short, immersive editing and composition workshop is made for you.

Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop are powerful tools for photographers, but they can be very destructive to your images when used haphazardly. Instructor Tim Cooper will give you a digestible introduction to these incredible programs, with an emphasis on why they are important and how they can drastically improve your images.

When you sign up for this class, you’re not only signing up for excellent instruction and applicable material, but you’re signing up for a practical, experiential learning experience with a seasoned software pro. This workshop is the gateway to an effective image-processing workflow, whether you’re just beginning or have been photographing for years.

Students will practice with the following:

  • Lightroom’s Library Module organizational tools
  • Lightroom’s global and local adjustment tools
  • Why and When to Use Photoshop
  • How to best edit an image with both Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Layers and Masks: the structure of Photoshop
  • Retouching in Photoshop
  • Selective edits in Photoshop
  • Utilizing composition to direct the viewers’ eyes through your images

Is this course really for YOU?

  • Tim will cover the basics of Lightroom and Photoshop, but will not spend time on advanced topics during this workshop. This course is an introduction to these tools and therefore is geared toward beginner and intermediate Lightroom/Photoshop users. If you are looking for something more comprehensive about either software program, check out our dedicated, four-day Lightroom and Photoshop workshops taught in Missoula in the summer.
  • Students need to arrive at this course with a Lightroom catalog file ready to use on their laptop computer. See this video if you need assistance.

If you are interested in learning a bit about combining images in Photoshop from Tim, check out the video below!


This workshop begins on Saturday at 9 a.m. and ends Sunday at 6 p.m. 

Tentative schedule for this workshop:

Saturday, 3/3

Welcome and Introductions

Lightroom Library Module Demo

Lunch: 12:30-1:45 p.m.


Lightroom Develop Module Demo

Sunday, 3/4

Photoshop Basics


Lunch 12:30-1:45 p.m.

Advanced Photoshop



Meeting Space

Your workshop will be held at the Minnesota Marriott West in Minneapolis, MN. Your class will meet regularly in the Galway A meeting room. This workshop begins on Saturday at 9 a.m. and ends Sunday at 6 p.m.


There is a room block set up at the Minnesota Marriott West for the nights of March 2-3 (2 nights, departing March 4). Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at the number below or using this link. To receive the room block rate please indicate that you are a Rocky Mountain School of Photography student.

Minnesota Marriott West
9960 Wayzata Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN 55426
(888) 887-1685

Rates: Rooms have been blocked at the rate of $99 per night + tax (standard king). Room choices are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cutoff Date: Be sure to make your reservations by February 4, 2018. After this date, reservations will be based on availability.

Cancellation Policy: Please check with the hotel for details about their cancellation policy.


Complimentary parking is available at the hotel.

Air Transportation

RMSP is not responsible for cancellations due to medical or other emergencies or reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets/hotel rooms in the event of a course cancellation. Please consider the purchase of trip/travel insurance.

The nearest airport for this workshop is the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, located approximately 20 miles from the hotel. For information about carrier and flight schedules visit the airport website.

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Minneapolis, MN



All students must supply their own laptop with the following specifications:

  • RAM (Memory): Minimum of 4 GBs
  • Free Hard Drive Space: We recommend that you have at least 100 GBs of free space on your laptop's built-in hard drive if you plan to store photos on your computer
  • Virus Protection: Please update your virus protection prior to the workshop
  • Operating System CD's, Passwords and Cables/Cords: as needed
  • Computer power cord

Experience has shown us that to get the most out of this software, you need far more powerful hardware than Adobe’s bare bones minimum suggestions. I recommend using a laptop with at least the specs below for maximum Photoshop / Lightroom efficiency.

Intel dual core i5 or i7 processor 
Mac OS X v10.10 + 
At least 8GB or RAM 
Lots of free hard drive space

Intel dual core i5 or i7 processor 
Microsoft Windows 10
At least 8GB of RAM 
Lots of free hard drive space

Latest version of Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan (includes Photoshop and Lightroom CC for $9.99 a month)

Additional Supplies: 
Some or all of your photographs to edit and organize during lab times 
External hard drive (1TB or greater recommended) 
External Mouse (Optional)
Note-taking materials


Tuition: $445
Deposit: $100
Possible Discounts:
Friend of RMSP:$50
Early Registration:$50
if registered before 12/3/2017


Tim Cooper

Tim Cooper began his career as a commercial and assignment photographer working with clients such as The North Face, Vasque, 3M and The International Heart Institute of Montana. His editorial and commercial photographs have appeared in Travel and Leisure, The New York Times Magazine, Outdoor Photographer, Fly Rod and Reel, Northern Lights and Private Clubs as covers, advertising, art and editorial illustration. Tim now spends most of his time as an educator and writer, lecturing on photographic and digital imaging technologies. Tim has been the consultant and technical editor for many digital imaging books as well as the co-author of the book, Complete Photoshop® CS4 for Digital Photographers, as well as Night Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots with Gabriel Biderman. In his spare time, he continues his pursuit of fine art photography of the natural world.



What our students say...

Doug Tate

Crafting the Perfect Image
"Crafting a Perfect Image" was a great class for learning the "meat and potatoes" of Lightroom and Photoshop for beginner to intermediate photographers wanting to learn these programs.

Robin Lortz

Crafting the Perfect Image
I would recommend the class highly and so appreciate the effort that goes into preparing the materials even before the class begins. I have learned a ton from both classes I have taken! Crafting the P...

Michael Goulette

Crafting the Perfect Image
The class was fast paced and never boring. I learned more about Photoshop than in my first year of use. Tim's presentation style was both professional and humorous. All classes should be like this.

Perks of Registering For A Workshop

EDU Advantage Program

By registering and completing any course with us, you will automatically be eligible for EDU status with B&H Photo. EDU members can save money on select items sold by B&H.

Creative Cloud Subscription

The software you use in your workflow is almost as crucial as your camera. Register for any RMSP course and you will receive a code to save 15% on a Adobe Creative Cloud subscription for the first year.

What Gear Do You Need?

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