Lightroom was designed for photographers and by photographers to help them focus on what they love—the art and craft of photography. Lightroom provides photographers with an elegant and efficient way to work with their growing digital image collections, bring out the best in their images, and make an impact from raw capture to creative output, all while maintaining the highest possible quality each step of the way.
LIGHTROOM INSTRUCTION - SAMPLE ITINERARY
Here is what a full course itinerary looks like. We can structure this however you want and what suits you needs best.
We can tackle as much or as little as you want and at the pace that works best for you.
I usually come to my clients home so we can work on your own images with your own computer and set up. We can assess your current file structure and workflow and tailor the instruction to your individual needs.
I charge $50.00 an hour and find that 4 hour sessions seems to work best but that is up to you. Your current knowledge and comfort with post processing and raw conversions will determine how much we can get through.
I have clients that I have done just one or two sessions with and I have clients that I see every week
and we have gone from basic photography in the field, to Lightroom and now, onto advanced Photoshop techniques.
Whether you just need a quick help session or a comprehensive course of study I am happy to help you.
What is Adobe Photoshop Lightroom- does it replace Photoshop?
What exactly is Lightroom - how is it different (and better)
from Bridge, iPhoto, Apeture, iView, Breeze Browser etc
How to migrate your images from these programs
Lightroom Workflow Overview
The Lightroom user interface
Modules and Panels
Personalizing your interface
Frequently used keyboard shortcuts
Expanding your Desktop – using the secondary display features
Working with catalogs
The Library Module
Creating folders and Sub Folders
Keywording made easy and fun
Importing and reviewing images
Editing and ranking images
Powerful search filters and sorting options
Quick Develop mode
Creating Collections and Smart Collections
Using an overlay image
Asset management-Metadata and Keywords
Adapting you current workflow
The MAP Module
Using your camera's built in GPS
Using iPhone and Android apps to map your images
Automatically assigning locations
Fun and extremely useful
Great for planning shoots and scouting locations
The Develop Module
The FUN part!!!
Navigating the image and view options
Using and creating Presets
Snapshots and History
Making Color and Tonal Adjustments
Using the Targeted Adjustment Tools
Using Adjustment brushes
The New Radial Tool
Creating Grayscale or Toned images
Getting really creative inside Lightroom
Creating 32 bit images for increased dynamic Range
Detail and Lens Corrections
Sharpening and noise reduction
Photoshop workflow integration
Exporting in various formats and customizing output
The Slideshow Module
Building a slideshow
Configuring the Slideshow
Using Templates and settings
Playing and Exporting
Working with video clips
Customizing for professional look
The Print Module
Output Settings-Color management
Using and developing profiles for Print output
Softproofing - What you see if what you get!
The Web Module
Uploading website via FTP
Uploading to Facebook, Smugmug and other sites
The Book Module
Create a Beautiful book
Selecting and adjusting images
Adding type and text
Creating custom image pages
Exporting as an E book or PDF
Publishing your book
We may not be able to prevent hard drive failures, but you can prevent having it result in data loss if you have a solid backup plan and implement it.
There are many different ways you can do backups, and choosing the right method depends on what we are backing up.
Backup systems can be very simple if we have just one computer. They get progressively more complex when we add multiple computers and multiple drives of image data. We will explore best ways to organize your particular backup system.
Internet backups are a great idea- but are they useful for people with lots of data- such as photographers?
The whole concept of having backup is to make sure that you can restore all of your data. We will implement a easy and cost effective double redundancy system to be sure that your backup system actually works before you need to put it to the test.
On to Photoshop!
I've got Lightroom....do I still need Photoshop??
Lightroom's elegant, powerful and non destructive workflow is the perfect foundation for your post processing. There is still a place for Photoshop however. Learning the basics of Photoshops layers and masks, selections and layer styles will open up a whole new level of enhancements and improvements to your images.
I consider Lightroom like my general practicioner. I go there for all my routine, basic corrections and enhancements but when brain surgery is called for I still go to Photoshop!
With the advent of Lightroom, I am going to Photoshop less and less. With Lightroom versions 1 and 2, I was going to Photoshop 95% of the time for my images. With Lightroom 3, that was down to 60%. Now with the amazing tools and refinements in Lightroom 5 and my increased knowledge of all it can do, I go to Photoshop less than 10% of my time.
However, mastering a few techniques in Photoshop will take your image processing to a whole other level!
Layers and Masks - The true power of Photoshop -demystified -
Luminosity Masks - Magic!
Layer Blending Modes
Perfect cloning and retouching
Creating and using Texures
Create your own "brushes"
HDR - done right. Learn how to manually blend multiple exposures for a natural look
Working with Lightroom and Photoshop together
Setting you prefernces and color setting correctly
Give me a call, I will be happy to go over all the options and tailor classes to your specific needs!