Crash Course in Adobe's Lightroom
Get organized and streamline your photography
Adobe Lightroom has revolutionized the world of digital photography . The ability to easily import, organize, back-up, develop and export photographs in one easy to use program has changed the lives of digital photographers around the world.
With this one-day class you will learn the core features of Lightroom - The Library and the Develop Module. Mastering these will allow you to easily import, organize, edit, develop and export your images. You can now finally take control of all your images so that you can get back to doing what you truly enjoy - photographing.
The Library Module - Here you will learn how to properly organize your photos so that you can easily find every one of your amazing images. You will learn how best to organize your collection with lessons in: editing, keywords, collections, and file naming.
The Develop Module - Make visual adjustments to your images in a fast, efficient, and easy way. Learn the simple controls and techniques for bringing out an image’s full potential.
This is a hands on class. Students are required to bring their own computers, loaded with Adobe Lightroom. Adobe Lightroom sells for about $269, or you can download a free 30-day trial from www.adobe.com.
This is a great program for downloading, editing and organizing your images. We'll spend a bit of time with it, just enough to get to know the basics, so that we can properly review the images from the weekend.
The current verson is Lightroom 3, but any version will do. Make sure you've download, installed and opened the program before class. Don't worry about knowing anything beforehand, you'll get all the help you need in class.
All students will receive an easy-to-follow 25-page color “Visual Instruction Guide.’ Modules, features and options are laid out in a way that makes learning and reviewing information fast and easy. The class is limited to 12 students, sign-up early to reserve a seat in this popular class.
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Crash Course in Digital Photography is available at three locations.
This class is now available as a one or two day option.
One Day: 9am to 5pm with a break for lunch on your own
Two Day: Four hours a day on two separate days
25- Page Visual Instruction Guide
Every student receives a 25-page color outline with dozens of illustrations and diagrams, the same ones that are in the on-screen presentations.
A message from John
I like to think of myself as a photographer, not a computer image manipulator.
I do use a computer, I do work with images on the computer, and occasionally I do need to make an adjustment to an image. In fact, pretty much every image that comes out of my digital camera could use a small tweak - leveling the horizon, a small contrast adjustment or the addition of a little sharpening to give it a bit more “pop.”
Even if an image escapes the need for these adjustments it certainly needs to viewed, compared, weaker ones eliminated and better ones chosen. So whether I like it or not I need to work with a computer to organize and develop my images.
I don’t care to spend hour after hour manipulating an image to create an entirely new piece of artwork. There are some amazing artists out there that do this type of work and my hat’s off to them, they create some fantastic images. It’s just not the way I work. I use the computer to organize and make small adjustments.
Adobe’s Lightroom has made this process quick and easy for me. I’d have to say that making the change from film to digital was big, but starting to use Lightroom was bigger, it perfected the digital process.
Adobe’s main contender for image manipulation, Photoshop, has been the digital photographer’s primary program for quite a while, I use it and like it quite a bit, but it doesn’t address many of the issues that confront the average photographer. Enter Lightroom, a program designed by photographers for photographers. Lightroom finally addresses the organizational issues which Photoshop deals very little with.
If I had to choose between Photoshop and Lightroom, it would be easy - Lightroom. It addresses more of the everyday issues that confront the typical photographer.
Knowing how to use this powerful program will allow you to sift through a large collection of images, organize them in any way that you want and then make all of the most common adjustment to them quickly and easily.
In my class, Crash Course in Lightroom, I’ve chosen not to address everything Lightroom does. Why, it does more than I can teach in one day. Since one-day classes are more accessible I’ve decided to address just the core elements of Lightroom: The Library Module & The Develop Module. These are the sections that everyone needs to know, the other parts (Print, Web and Slideshow) are optional, and can be easily picked up after the core elements are mastered.
If you’re anything like me, learning Lightroom will simplify your photographic life and that‘s something everyone should appreciate.
I liked the amount of material covered in an easy to grasp way. I thoroughly enjoyed John’s class and look forward to taking more in the future. - Nancy Petrie
I enjoyed it a lot. I hope to use it to straighten out years of old photos. It clarified my understanding and use of catalogs, importing and the exporting process. - Don Blackett
Very clear explanations, helpful sample images for each element , small class
Another excellent class! Class covered broad range of elements, but was easily tailored to my specific project concerns.
This class is really great for me - money and time well spent, thanks John
This is the second class I’ve taken from you and both are great. You teach well, the class is well structured and teaching aids are great. Thanks again for a terrific job. - Milt Footer
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Crash Course in Lightroom is available at three locations.