Underwater Photo Editing Workshop

We'll meet for on a Saturday afternoon to edit underwater photos, exchange tips, and learn about the challenges we face as underwater photographers.This workshop will consist of a series of short exercises and hands on demonstrations of organizational and post-processing techniques. The majority of the time will be spent working on your own photos with suggestions from others at the workshop. At the end, I hope we can do a little before and after show and tell.

We have the room for 3 1/2 hours, but you can stay a shorter amount of time.

What to bring:

  • A laptop (Mac or PC)
  • An installed copy of Adobe Lightroom 4. This is a photo management and editing software suite which helps you organize, edit, tweak, and output your photos.
    • Lightroom has been selected since your host, Eric, knows it best and will be demoing it. You should download a free 30-day trial (but since it's only 30 days, don't download it more than a couple of weeks before the workshop). Lightroom costs $120 to buy, $80 if you qualify for the educational discount. Deals are sometimes available. It is available for PC (Windows Vista or later) or Mac.
    • Lightroom is much more advanced than entry level photo applications like iPhoto, Picasa, and Windows Live Photo Gallery (not to say those are bad programs). What you learn will tranlate to Apple's Aperture and to full-fledged Adobe Photoshop as well should you decide to use on of those programs.
  • Your photos. Bring some underwater photos you want to improve. If you have a memory stick, you might bring that too. If your camera shoots in RAW mode, bring those files if you can (many cameras now shoot in RAW+JPEG which lets you have an easy to use file and a file you can tweak more later).
  • While we will start from step one, some basic knowledge of how to run Lightroom will help. Adobe has a nice set of Lightroom tutorials online.
  • A desire to experiment and have fun!

The room is being provided for free by Panera, so please consider having lunch there during the meeting, or getting a coffee or a snack.

I'm limiting this event to a total of 12 people to keep the group size manageable. If you decide you can't go, please change your RSVP so that someone else can.

About Eric, the organizer: I am an amateur diver and photographer. I am by no means the world's expert on this, so if you are expecting a professional level class, you'll be disappointed. But I have learned a lot in the last few years about taking and making decent underwater photographs. I'll pass on what I've learned and hopefully you will find it useful.

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  • Eric V.

    Today only you can pick up Lightroom (plus a bunch of stuff you probably don't want) for $100 ($50 of the regular price of Lightroom itself).

    http://www.newegg.com/Special/ShellShocker.aspx

    March 15, 2013

  • Sharon

    Excellent class, thanks so much Eric. My biggest takeaway was the difference between Photoshop Elements and Lightroom. I think I would like to attend the next one as well, as the discussions were enlightening as well.

    March 10, 2013

  • Jacquelyn

    I regret to report that I did not take 1st, 2nd, or 3rd at the Irish Soda Bread competition that I had to leave early for :( Regardless, I really enjoy the presentation Eric gives, Lightroom is a great program if you know how to use it, can't wait to practice what I learned! Thanks Eric for taking your time to help the rest of us improve our photos!

    March 9, 2013

  • Eric V.

    I apologize. I picked the wrong address on meetup. It's now correct: 25 Rice Lake Square in Wheaton. About 4 miles west of the Downers Grove Panera

    March 9, 2013

  • Eric V.

    Sorry to hear that Claudine. There is still a spot open, but I do plan to do this every year as long as there is interest.

    March 9, 2013

  • Claudine

    Unfortunately I am very sick. Was hoping to be better today but think I have the flu. Hopefully someone else can go in my place.

    March 8, 2013

  • Jonathan

    Not able to attend..once again work wins. I will be working over the weekend..

    March 6, 2013

  • Debbie

    Would like to attend to watch, listen and learn, but don't want to take an open spot if that's a concern.

    February 28, 2013

  • Maryam Sultana A.

    What time do we start!?

    February 22, 2013

    • Eric V.

      Start times are always listed at the top of this page: 1:00pm

      February 23, 2013

  • Eric V.

    Hi Jonathan. Honestly anyone who is a photographer will get something out of it, not just underwater photographers. Although UW will be the emphasis. While it's best if you have some of your own photos as well (UW or not) I'll have a selection of mine that we can use as we work with the program so we can all follow along together.

    So I suspect you'll get "something" out of it. The person who will get the most is probably an active, but casual, UW photographer.

    February 4, 2013

    • Eric V.

      Oh, I won't really say anything about video though. I know next to nothing about doing good video. As my video clips would happily demonstrate. :-)

      February 5, 2013

  • Jonathan

    I am once again starting out with underwater photography...wanting to do video and some still shots. Play with it really with a GoPro camera for starters. Working on getting a small set up with single strobe for it soon. so don'e have any digital photos yet. Would it be worth coming to this workshop to learn about Lightroom 4 anyway? I am not artistically talented and indeed need lots of advice framing shots, shooting etc. And would be great to be able to post some video of some dives on FB this year!!thanks again.

    February 4, 2013

  • Pam

    Finally Photo Help!

    December 31, 2012

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