This set of 4 Lightroom classes will shed some light on one of the most essential programs out there for photographers. Adobe Lightroom has become the standard RAW processing and organizing program for amateur and professional photographers all over the world.  Whether you’re shooting weddings or landscapes, Lightroom can make the daunting task of organizing and processing a bunch of images a whole lot easier! Unfortunately, it can also be seriously confusing and frustrating.

Course Summary

Lightroom is an incredibly powerful and efficient system for quickly organizing and editing large volumes of images. It has also become one of the benchmark RAW image processing programs out there. This Lightroom class is designed to familiarize you with the major functions of organizing images in the library, processing RAW images, and exporting final images for the web or print. We’ll also provide a solid understanding of how to make the most of this powerful program in your overall photography workflow.

These Lightroom classes are presented on a large projection screen during interactive, discussion style lectures in the studio. Students are welcome to bring their computers and follow along, but it’s not required.

Introduction & The Library

This session starts by tackling the big question that everyone asks: Do I need Lightroom? To answer that, we’ll discuss what Lightroom is really designed to do and what kind of photographer will get the most benefit from using it. After that, we’ll launch right into an overview of the Library module and some discussion about backing up your files, meta data and keywords, albums and collections, and more.

  • Who uses Lightroom? Do I really need it?
  • Photoshop vs Lightroom
  • What does Lightroom NOT do?
  • The Library Module
  • Importing Images
  • Organizing Images
  • Ratings and Color Tags
  • Keywords and Meta Data
  • Albums and Collections
  • Backing Up Your Files

Developing RAW Files and Digital Negatives in Lightroom

Besides organizing your images, Lightroom’s most important function is developing RAW files. The Develop Module contains tons of confusing sliders for adjusting exposure, white balance, color, special effects, lens correction, and so much more. You can edit a single image in an infinite number of ways or batch edit an entire photo shoot with a consistent style. To make things easier, you can apply preset developing recipes or save your own for later use.

  • What are RAW files?
  • Exposure Adjustments
  • Color Adjustments
  • Black & White Conversion
  • Sharpening & Noise Reduction
  • Special Effects
  • Lens Corrections & Camera Calibration
  • Using and Creating Presets
  • Cropping
  • The Adjustment Brush
  • Graduated Filters
  • Spot Removal
  • Edit History and Snap Shots

Printing, Exporting, and Adding Watermarks

After you’ve edited all your RAW files, you will naturally want to share these images with others. This session will explain the Printing Module and the Export dialog. We’ll also show you how to create a watermark and apply it to your images upon export.

  • What kind of file should I export?
  • Export Settings and Export Presets
  • Printing Images Directly from Lightroom
  • Contact Sheets and Page Templates
  • Creating Watermarks

Lightroom Workflow and Best Practices

Lightroom really is an incredibly powerful system of tools that can make your life as a photographer much easier. With keywords, meta data, ratings, color tags, search filters, and so much more, it’s possible to customize the system to suit your own working style. But all the power and flexibility that makes this program work for so many different kinds of photographers can also be a confusing mess if you don’t already have a disciplined system in place.

How do wedding photographers use Lightroom to make their business better? How about fine art landscape photographers? What does this color mean? This smart collection thing seems really stupid to me! Do I really need to use all those confusing keyword features? 

This session presents a few different example workflows for different types of photographers. Even if your specific use isn’t covered, you’ll get a good idea of how to create your own workflow to meet your needs.

  • Lightroom Workflow for Wedding & Portrait Photographers
  • Lightroom Workflow for Fine Art Photographers
  • Lightroom Workflow for Studio Sessions
  • Using Lightroom with Photoshop



  • What You'll Need:
  • Prerequisites:
  • Follow Up With:

  • - Notebook computer
    – External mouse and mouse pad *
    * Wacom Pen Tablet highly recommended over standard mouse
    – Recent edition of Lightroom
    – RAW and JPG camera files

  • This is a beginner level course. No prerequisites are required.

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