Lightroom is the industry-standard solution for managing and processing (or 'developing') your photos and is especially suited to getting the best out of RAW files. Although a very swift program to use once familiar with it, the initial learning curve can be intimidating. So rather than spend hours struggling with it by yourself, why not come on the Image Project foundation course and skip the frustration? Not only will you kickstart your learning but you will see how other people use it in real workflows and how they get professional results, which for many is a much more effective way to learn than videos or help pages. Knowing what sliders do what is one thing; knowing how much to move them by and judging the effect on your images is an entirely different one.
Lightroom Foundation course (one-day) £75
The one-day foundation course in Lightroom is purely classroom-based and will be done on laptops. Participants will need to bring their own laptops plus a selection of their own photos (ideally RAW files) to work with. If you do not own Lightroom, an Adobe trial version can be downloaded for free to enable you to use it for the course.
Photo importing and file management
- Tagging, rating, flagging and filtering images
- Image processing (up to intermediate level) inc tonal changes, b&w conversions, cropping, stylising, sharpening, perspective corrections and all other develop modules in Lightroom
- Making collections to help group your images
- Image exporting for sharing, printing or archiving
A good working knowledge of Lightroom will almost certainly improve your photography, for the following reasons:
- You will be able to make effective edits to your images quickly and easily - much more so than in Photoshop or similar - therefore less time behind a computer and more time photographing!
- Your edits are non-destructive, so you can go back time and time again to tweak things as you gain experience and perspective (I do!)
- You can quickly compare photos against each other (e.g. from the same shoot or last week's) to help you choose your best work and start to get a harmonious feel to your images when viewed together
- You can manage and view your photos in RAW format just as easily as in jpeg, giving you more potential for processing and archiving
- You may spend less time worrying about minor exposure and white balance issues in the field
- You can achieve a consistent workflow that lets you focus on your favourite images and edit them to taste without starting from scratch every time
Upon request (minimum two participants but will try to put people together)