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.