I have been using Photoshop since the early 1990’s and have become an expert at working quickly on photos and getting the most out of them. But now I use Lightroom for over 80% of my post-processing work due to the speed and quality I get from the program. I am amazed at what I can do in Lightroom and how fast I do it. Things that might take an hour in Photoshop I now do in less than 10 minutes in Lightroom and the quality is better. I’m hooked.
There are plenty of tutorials, videos and books that will show you how every little detail of Lightroom works. They’ll show you how to get photos imported into Lightroom and show you how to use all the sliders, but they don’t tell you why or when you should be using Lightroom’s powerful controls to organize or how to get the most out of your photos. I’ll show you not only what the modules do, but the why’s and why not’s, no matter if you are making prints, posting on the Internet or sending photos off for publication. I’ll show you time-saving techniques that will help you find your images and export them quicker and make them look better.
I’m breaking the instruction into two sessions: “Getting Organized With Lightroom” and “Making Your Photos Pop.”
Session 1: Getting Organized
In this session, I’ll show you the best way to get your photos organized, where and how to store them and how to import. We’ll talk about creating catalogs and best practices for backing up and using multiple catalogs. I’ll show what all the windows and modules do and how to keep them under control. We’ll look at how to keep track of your photos once they are imported, the different ways to find and sort them, including using collections, filtering, flagging and mapping. I’ll show you how and why to add keywords, captions and other metadata.
Session 2: Making Your Photos Pop
In this session, I’ll show you how to get the most out of your images using controls like white balance, exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, whites, blacks, clarity, vibrance and saturation. We’ll dig deep into how and why to use cloning, healing, cropping and masking. I’ll cover sharpening, noise reduction, lens correction, effects and camera calibration. We’ll talk about when, why and how you should export your photos and how to make the best prints.
I’ll show you real examples using my photos and I will work on your photos that you bring. You will see how I transform your images and get them to pop more than you expected.
I’ll be demonstrating with the latest version of Lightroom CC but most things will be applicable to all versions whether you work on a Mac or Windows. I’m not real fond of the Book or Slideshow modules, but we’ll talk about what they do. We won’t be talking much about using Lightroom for video editing or the web module, since, frankly, they suck. We’ll stick to the great things Lightroom does for still photos and I’ll give you suggestions of other programs to create web pages or edit video.
The workshop will be at Loren’s office in downtown Somerville, NJ, just two blocks from the NJ Transit train station. You’ll get full directions once you register.
Sept. 19 & 21, 2017
6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.
$119.00 if you register before Aug. 12
$105.00 Previous clients and Premium Members
Limit of 12 participants
Refund and Cancellation policy
I must receive notice of your cancellation in writing, at which time we offer the following refunds:
60 days or more before workshop: Full workshop refund.
59 to 30 days before workshop: 50% of workshop cost.
29 or fewer days before workshop: no refund. If you must forfeit your workshop fee I will refund your full payment if I can fill your spot. I will also issue you a credit to be used on another workshop within the next year.
No partial refunds are made for unused portions or services of a workshop. Workshops are sold as a package only.
If a workshop is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of any money paid, but I’d have to be on my deathbed before I’d cancel.