Beyond the Basics - Lightroom Basics

Lightroom is one of the most essential programs for photographers. Most tend to just jump right in and start using it. While it is intuitive enough, there is so much power in this program, it's surprisingly easy to develop habits and patterns that cost you precious time, rather than save it.

This is an introductory workshop designed to get you up and running effectively in Lightroom. If you've built some bad habits, we'll correct them for you. Looking to transition from Photoshop, this is the place to start.

This workshop will start you off with a solid foundation to build an efficient workflow. We start with an overview of the program, move through building libraries and catalogs, and walk through key editing and post-production techniques. It will also prep you for our more in depth Lightroom Bootcamp workshop, to be held in the spring.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

• Organizing your images for easy retrieval and archiving

Building catalogs

• Importing, selecting, and rating

• The Library Module - organization, collections, using filters, publishing

• The Develop Module (edits, presets, and virtual copies)

• Exporting

• The Print Module

• Building an effective workflow

Participants should bring their laptops, already loaded with a copy of Lightroom. They should also have a folder or media card of images (raw files, not jpeg) to import into Lightroom as part of the exercises. We will use these images throughout the session to demonstrate Lightroom techniques on real projects. We'll start with building the library structure on disk and take the process all the way to preparing images to print or export to the web.

This workshop is limited to 20 attendees.


A special 1 hour pre-session will be held, starting at 5:00PM:

• Optimizing and organizing your image storage.

• Disk organization

• Library and catalog management

Backup and archive strategies

Open to all session attendees - No extra charge

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Best intro to Lightroom class! I have taken multiple classes on software editing. Only one other class has come close to this one. James deep knowledge of Lightroom, photography, and information technology enabled an outstanding training session. He delivered on every item in the workshop description. His information delivery, demonstrations, and time management were superb. Even after a full day of work, he managed to keep us engaged. Thank you James! I look forward to additional classes.

    October 23, 2013

    • James A.

      You did, and thank you very much! We covered quite a bit,so feel free to reach out to me if/when you you need a little help.

      October 23, 2013

    • James A.

      Chaz, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I had a great time sharing the experience. Contact me any time if you have follow-up questions, and follow us on Facebook as well. A new Beyond the Basics blog is coming as well, with lots more information yet to come, including instructional video clips.

      October 23, 2013

  • randy b.

    look forward too seeing you all

    October 21, 2013

  • Hang T.

    I have never used photoshop and would love to learn Lightroom. What is required for the class?

    October 14, 2013

    • James A.

      You'll get the most out of the class if you already have Lightroom loaded on your laptop. This is a very hands on session, where attendees will be working on their own files they bring to the workshop.

      October 14, 2013

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