This comprehensive online workshop runs in four parts according to following schedule: Tuesday, February 23rd, Thursday, February 25th, Tuesday, March 2nd and Thursday, March 4th. Each session runs from 1:00pm to 2:30pm and the class is limited to just 8 students. Please Note: A Zoom meeting invitation link will be sent to your email the day before your class.
The workshop is designed for those that have some experience with Lightroom Classic (available with a subscription to Adobe’s Creative Cloud), or at the least, have had previous experience with image editing software programs. For the workshop, you will need to have access to Lightroom Classic. If you are brand new to Lightroom, it is recommended to wait for and attend our Lightroom Library Module class first.
World renowned photographer Ansel Adams said, “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” And with the “digital darkroom” available to anybody with a computer, crafting exquisite images is fun and easy with the right tools. Taking a photograph is the first step, but like a musical score, a photograph is open to interpretation. In this 3-part workshop, Lightroom guru Reid Thaler will teach you how to use Adobe Lightroom Classic to “reveal” the most an image has to offer, crafting images according to your own personal aesthetic. You’ll learn how to emphasize what’s important, de-emphasize what’s trivial, and remove what doesn’t add to the image. In the end, you’ll be empowered to create emotion and feeling that will draw people in.
For this online course, we’ll be meeting up from the comfort of our own homes using the Zoom video meeting application. Desktop or laptop computers with big screens work best. Using a tablet, iPad, or (horrors!) a cell phone will not work for this workshop. We will also schedule a short Zoom orientation a day or two prior to the class for those that are new to Zoom or want a refresher. This will help us get started the day of the class efficiently, so we can jump right into the learning (as opposed to troubleshooting!).
To keep things on track (and for effective instruction), each student will be provided with a sample catalog of images to follow along with, as we learn the extensive toolset found in the Develop module. This way we’ll all be working on the same images, and can all stay on the same page and follow instruction efficiently. And since Lightroom is always improving, we’ll explore the most recently added features as well, keeping you current with the latest version of the software.
In-between sessions, students will be given assignments to apply and practice what they just learned, in a practical way. The class will communicate through something called Google Classroom which Reid will show you during the worksop. He will review your assignments and make sure you get your questions answered, and that you are getting the most from this workshop.
As mentioned, this class will be taught using Zoom. That said, Reid (the instructor) has optimized the workshop for online instruction, to ensure we can learn while also staying safe. Below is an outline that covers what Reid anticipates teaching you in each to the three parts that make up this workshop:
- Tuesday, February 23rd: Introduction to image optimization. PowerPoint presentation: Monitor Calibration and Optimal Exposure. white balance, and cropping. Basic panel, tonal and presence tools. Manual vs automatic exposure.
- Thursday, February 25th: Tone Panel. The 3 Local Adjustments: Adjustment Brush, Graduated, and Radial Filters. Refining local adjustments with Color and Luminance masking. Hue, Saturation, and Luminance Panel (HSL).
- Tuesday, March 2nd: Critique Students homework. Sharpening and Noise Reduction, Spot Removal, Lens corrections, Red Eye Removal. Creative Adjustments: Black and White, Split Toning, Film Grain, Vignetting. Creating Panoramic and High Dynamic Range (HDR).
- Thursday, March 4th: Increasing Efficiency: Presets, Synchronize settings, Copy and Paste Develop Settings, Develop Presets, Quick Develop (in Library Module), Duplicating Previous Adjustments, Stacks, Snap Shots, Virtual Copies. Camera Calibration and creating custom camera profiles