Lightroom 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.





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
    Setting Preferences
    Personalizing your interface
    Frequently used keyboard shortcuts
    Expanding your Desktop using the secondary display features
    Working with catalogs



Suzanne Mathia Lightroom instructor

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
    Recommended workflow
    Adapting you current workflow

The MAP Module

    Using your camera's built in GPS
    Using iPhone and Android apps to map your images
    Importing tracklogs
    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 Gradient Tool
    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
    Image selection
    Configuring the Slideshow
    Using Templates and settings
    Playing and Exporting
    Adding music
    Working with video clips
    Customizing for professional look


The Print Module

    Selecting photos
    Using Templates
    Print Layout
    Output Settings-Color management
    Using and developing profiles for Print output Creative layouts
    Softproofing - What you see if what you get!

The Web Module

    Selecting photos
    Gallery templates
    Customizing settings
    Uploading website via FTP
    Uploading to Facebook, Smugmug and other sites

The Book Module

    Create a Beautiful book
    Selecting and adjusting images
    Customizing layouts
    Adding type and text
    Creating custom image pages
    Exporting as an E book or PDF
    Publishing your book

Backing Up

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 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 -
  • Selections
  • Luminosity Masks - Magic!
  • Layer Blending Modes
  • Perfect cloning and retouching
  • Creating and using Texures
  • Create your own "brushes"
  • Panoramas
  • HDR - done right. Learn how to manually blend multiple exposures for a natural look
  • Adding Text
  • Creating Actions
  • Using Droplets
  • 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!