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    Online Live Workshop - Photo Editing with Adobe Lightroom Classic


    This comprehensive online workshop runs in four parts according to following schedule: Tuesday (October 19), Thursday (October 21), Tuesday (October 26) and Thursday (October 28). Each session will run from 1:00pm to 2:30pm Pacific Time and is limited to just 8 students. Reid Thaler, a local photographer and Lightroom guru, will be your teacher.


    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 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 has never been easier.  Taking a photograph is the first step, but like a musical score, a photograph is open to interpretation.  We’ll use Adobe Lightroom Classic to learn how to coax the most an image has to offer and craft and images where you decide how to emphasize what’s important, de-emphasize what’s trivial, and remove what doesn’t add to the image, allowing you to create emotionally evocative images that 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 Google Classroom. He will review your assignments and make sure you get your questions answered, and that you are getting the most from this workshop.


    Tuesday, October 19: 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, October 21: Questions. 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, October 26: Questions.  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, October 28: 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


    • Please start class with the current version of Lightroom Classic installed. (Make sure you’ve downloaded Lightroom Classic and not the program just called Lightroom, which has fewer features and requires you to upload all your images.)
    • Please know computer skills including how to create and move folders, as well as where knowing your images are on your computer or external hard drive.
    • And a notebook is always useful, too!
    • If you are unfamiliar with using Zoom, or need a practice session before class, please contact the instructor before



    Lightroom Classic is a comprehensive software solution for organizing, enhancing, printing, and sharing your images. The powerful toolset encourages users to move beyond image management and manipulation to creating photo books, slide shows, and website development. Come learn how photographers complete 95% of their image processing in Lightroom Classic without the need for Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or other image editing programs. 


    Lightroom Classic is available on a subscription basis which includes Lightroom Classic, Photoshop, additional tools in the smartphone version, and automatic syncing of images from your portable devices to your Lightroom Classic computer.  Don't have Lightroom Classic? You can sign up for the Creative Cloud Photography program for $10/month HERE. Lightroom is now a cloud-based version of Lightroom with fewer features, which we won't be using. Check your Adobe account for enrollment confirmation.


    We require 72-hour notice for a full refund of the class registration fee. 




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