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Due to popular request, a fourth Adobe Lightroom Class has been added to allow more time to explore this robust image editing and management program.

What is Lightroom?
Digital photography is only part photography, the rest is all digital which means time spent in front of a computer importing, sorting, selecting, tweaking, tagging, finishing, printing, sharing, uploading and showing your images. Lightroom is the premiere software program that handles all of those tasks with relative ease and quite a bit of elegance. It has changed the way professional photographers work and is increasingly the choice of amateur shooters as well.

What you’ll learn:
In the series of four classes you will learn how to set up Lightroom, import images and use the wealth of editing tools to improve your photos. You’ll understand how to use Lightroom’s ability to instantly find any photo in your collection based on keywords. You’ll also learn how to print, create web galleries and slide shows and share images online from within Lightroom. Please see the detailed class outlines below.

Each class includes an illustrated handout so you can follow along with the presentation. You can sign up for any of the classes you like, but it’s highly recommended that you take all four to appreciate and understand what this software is capable of.

What you’ll need:
You can bring your laptop to the class or you can learn by watching the live demo, following in the handout and taking notes. If you do bring your laptop, make sure you have the latest version of Lightroom loaded. You should already be well acquainted with your computer hardware and settings and know your way around your operating system. If you don’t already own Lightroom you can download a free 30 day trial here.

This is the Spot for Lightroom classes in Dallas. Once you’ve made your selections, proceed to checkout and you will be taken to a secure PayPal site to enter your credit card information. You do not need a PayPal account. If you do have a PayPal account you can choose to pay with a credit card or log in to you PayPal account and use other funding methods.

Important: During checkout you’ll be asked to agree to the terms and conditions. Please be sure to read this carefully for information about cancellations and refunds. If you have any questions before you sign up, please use the contact page.

Lightroom 101

2-1/2 hours
Maximum number: 20

*Early Registration: $50/person (up to 7 days before class date)
Regular Registration: $60/person

In this first class we’ll tackle the all-important subjects of image organization and backup and we’ll start looking at the Library module. You’ll learn how to get Lightroom set up to work best for your shooting style and workflow.

  • Intro: Why is Lightroom such a big deal? • Will I still need Photoshop? • Should I be shooting RAW?
  • Setup: Understand the Lightroom database concept • Where does Lightroom store its stuff? • Setting up your preferences
  • Organizing your images: What to do with existing folders of images • Moving from another program like iPhoto or Picassa • Some recommended folder structures to help keep your sanity
  • Importing: Getting your images loaded into LR from a drive or device • Basic file naming and tagging • What about DNG? • What are Smart Previews?
  • Catalogs: Backing up your precious data • Working with multiple catalogs • Synchronizing catalogs between computers • Working with external hard drives • What about LR for IPad?
  • Workspace, panels and menus: View modes, grid, panels, filmstrip, etc. • Customizing the interface • Working with dual monitors • Keyboard shortcuts

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Lightroom 102

2-1/2 hours
Maximum number: 20

*Early Registration: $50/person (up to 7 days before class date)
Regular Registration: $60/person

In this second Lightroom class we’ll continue our tour of the Library module and start digging in to the Develop module.

  • Editing and culling your images: Making your first cut with Flags • Refining your edit with the color and star rating systems • Using the Compare and Survey modes for those tough editing decisions
  • Collections and Stacks: How to use collections to organize your images by just about any idea or criteria • Using Smart Collections to automatically group images • Working with image stacks
  • Develop Module: Making basic global adjustments • Nondestructive editing and why it’s such a great thing • Basic adjustments and global exposure controls, exposure, highlights, etc. • Working with RAW/JPEG and white balance • Using virtual copies as a creative sandbox, combine with stacking • Syncing and batch processing
  • Advanced global adjustments: Curves • Color controls, global and local • Creative black and white conversions • Sharpening and noise controls • Working with develop presets • Camera profiles
  • Corrections and special effects: Automatic and manual lens correction for distortion, perspective and color aberrations • Split toning • Vignetting

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Lightroom 103

2-1/2 hours
Maximum number: 20

*Early Registration: $50/person (up to 7 days before class date)
Regular Registration: $60/person

In this third class we look at the powerful local editing tools and then move on to exporting and the world of metadata and tagging.

  • Local image editing: Cropping • Redeye reduction • Spot cloning • Graduated and radial filters
  • Local adjustment brush and masking: Retouching skin, eyes, teeth • Re-lighting images
  • Getting out of Lightroom: Exporting files • Presets for Email • Color space and resolution settings • Watermarking your images for protection
  • Publish Services: Connecting easily with printers, social media and other platforms • Using custom services
  • Keywording and metadata: finding the needle in the haystack: How to add keywords to your images • Searching by metadata • Finding your photos with a few keystrokes • Using the Library Filter to instantly search by date, lens or any other criteria

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Lightroom 104

2-1/2 hours
Maximum number: 20

*Early Registration: $50/person (up to 7 days before class date)
Regular Registration: $60/person

In this last class we’ll focus on presentation by spending time with the beautiful Book and Print modules and we’ll take a look at the often overlooked but powerfully Map module. We wrap up with the Slide show and Web modules.

  • Map Module: Automatically map photos taken with any GPS enabled device • Using inexpensive hardware or a $2 app on your smartphone you can map all of your DSLR photos
  • Tethered shooting: How to shoot with your camera connected directly to your computer for automatic import into LR • Precision color profiling for shooting product or other subjects
  • Web Module: Using the Web  module to build galleries • Flash templates • FTP from inside LR or in another utility
  • Slide Shows: Making a client presentation or just showing pictures to your family • Customizing your slide show • Creating an MP4 movie with a soundtrack
  • Putting it on paper: Working with the Print Module • Print packages and custom layouts • Printer settings and profiles • Printing yourself or sending to a service
  • Self publishing a high quality book: Learn how to lay out, edit and print professional books from within Lightroom • Some easy tricks for creating custom page layouts

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