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Old 10-25-2002, 11:42 AM
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Restoration Course

Well, I've taken the plunge.
I've applied to teach a continuing education class at a local university.
They liked my idea for their Spring semester, and sent me a teachers packet to complete and return. However, there is still an interview process, and certain hardware and software issues to discuss.
I thought it might be interesting, educational, and perhaps helpful if I chronicled the whole process, including the course.
But before I do that, I should see if there is an interest.
What say you all?
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Old 10-25-2002, 12:34 PM
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I'm interested. I like to hear how it goes and perhaps even your step by step approach to what you are going to teach.

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Old 10-25-2002, 01:35 PM
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I hope you're able to do this. It sounds great. Please do chronicle for us.

Some questions I've thought of when considering whether to do this myself:

How to guarantee it doesn't turn into a basic Photoshop course instead? (they'll say they know it, but one "what's a channel" could sink the entire hour)
Mac? PC? Photoshop or Elements or both?
Would you use a textbook? Which one?
Lecture or lab (that is, will you be up front demonstrating while they take notes, or will they all have their own computers?)
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Old 10-25-2002, 02:17 PM
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One more vote to chronicle the process. Good luck in working out the details; there will be challenges, I'm sure, but it will be a great experience for you and the students.
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Old 10-25-2002, 03:46 PM
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I'm VERY interested in this Vikki! I have been talking about trying to teach a digital art class at the local community/art center and would love to hear how your experience goes.
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Old 10-25-2002, 04:24 PM
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Great!
I think what I'll do is, post my steps/progress.
Whatever happens I'll journal - good and bad.
Hopefully the whole thing won't fall throught the floor when I tell them I need computers (they have other computer classes on the schedule, so I imagine it isn't a problem - we'll see)

Here's my initial plan:
This will be a basic restoration course. (Perhaps and "Advanced" class will be down the road).
The class will meet twice a week 6-9, for 4 weeks, for a total of 8 sessions.
I haven't determined the price yet (suggestions welcome).
...I will receive 35% of income from this course (gotta be doing this for the love of it)
1-Introduction and Calibration
2-Scanning and Resolution
3-Color and Tone Adjustments
4-Damage Repair Techniques
5,6,7-Bring in your own photo to work on.
8-Saving and Printing

I'm debating about what software to use. I am leaning toward Adobe Elements for the following reasons:
With a student discount, it is very affordable
It will introduce people to Adobe products, without scaring them
It has enough features to do simple to medium type restorations

All your input is welcome!
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Old 10-25-2002, 05:03 PM
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Good for you Vikki. Best of luck in your undertaking. It sounds like you've got things in the proper order. Just a couple of things you might want to consider:

The size of the class -- it seems to me that it might be advantageous for you to start your first class as a rather small one, in order for you to be able to work out any unexpected problems you might have. Class size could be increased as you get more comfortable with it.

I think Doug hit on something too. Will you have some kind of test or criteria to allow someone to sign up for the class? Someone who doesn't know how to save a file *could* decide to take the class because they have a bunch of pictures of the kids that have seen better days.

By the way, I think you'll make an excellent teacher.

Ed
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Old 10-25-2002, 05:06 PM
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If you use Elements, those that already have Photoshop will be able to do all the things you demonstrate (but not vice-versa).

Do continuing education students get a student discount?
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Old 10-25-2002, 06:16 PM
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One more vote for your chronicle here.

I've wanted to do something like that too, but my plans for it are currently buried under a landslide of things that pay better and offer more security. Still, someday, I hope....

It would be nice to have a sort of roadmap from someone who's already been there...
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Old 10-25-2002, 06:41 PM
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I taught basic photography for two semesters a lifetime ago. I enjoyed the heck out of it, but that second semester was a big drain on me. I hate being repetitive.

I hate being repetitive.
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