Adobe Lightroom Intensive Day 1 (Shelton)

Adobe's Lightroom Content Management and Editing program is a very popular tool for many photographers. It is well designed and can get the beginner editing their photos in a short amount of time. It is also a very powerful program containing many tools and functions that, when understood, will help the advanced user speed their editing process immeasurably.

This series will be an intensive two day workshop designed to get you to an advanced level of editing. Broken down into five modules, each module targets a specific part of the LR program. If you want to attend both days you need to register for each session individually.


Registration and equipment setup will be from 8:00 to 8:30 am. Workshop begins promptly at 98:30. Please arrive early enough to ensure you are set up in time.


About this module: This module deals with two distinct parts; Analysis and Application

• You will analyse the various types of photographs taken to determine the needs and uses for those photographs

• You will create an active structure within your workflow that supports those needs.

• You will understand how the LR catalog tracks and manages images and how to maximize the file structure for effective workflow.

• You will get hands on training to restructure your drives to conform to that structure.

Expected results: You will analyze your current needs and be able to organize your image files in various locations according to those needs and maximize the file structure for easy organization and retrieval outside of Lightroom.


About this module: This module deals with two parts; Understanding how LR works and structuring workflow to take advantage of the various tools LR has to offer.

• You will understand the steps LR uses to ingest, catalog and edit images and how it can maximize your workflow time for effective time management.

• You will have a workable and repeatable process for working within Lightroom that can be implemented right away and modify to fit your needs.

Expected results: You will have a clearer understanding of how LR works. You will also have a structured and repeatable process for working within LR that can be implement right away with your own images.


About this module: This module deals with two distinct parts; keywords and presets.

• You will understand hierarchies and basic keywording techniques and be able to apply them to your own workflow.

• You will understand what presets are and how to implement them into your own LR workflow.

• You will be able to analyze their images and determine proper keywords for easier cataloging.

• You will be able to create workable presets for your workflow.

Expected results: You will understand the power of keywords in filing, sorting and researching images and have a hierarchical structure for implementing keywords. You will also understand how LR uses and creates various presets for expediting your workflow.


This is a workshop about using Adobe Lightroom as a photo editing tool. It is not a basic computer class. You must have a familiarity with basic computer functions. You need to know the following;

• how to use a mouse, pen tablet or other interface device

• how to use a card reader to transfer images from camera to computer

• navigating your computer's file structure in a file browser

• creating, moving and deleting files and folders (cut and paste, click and drag, etc.)

• navigating program menus (accessing main, sub and drop down child menus)

• you should also know how to adjust your monitor's brightness and contrast settings


I understand some people do not have laptops available. There is enough room to bring in a desktop setup (keep it minimal). You will be responsible for transporting and setting up your own equipment.

Neither I nor the Shelton Community Center will be held responsible for any damage caused to any of your equipment during this event. Make sure your equipment is well packed for transportation. Bring an extra extension cord and/or power strip just in case. Don't forget any peripherals (keyboards, mice, tablets, etc.).

Bring your external drives if you use them. Otherwise, make sure you have some variety of images on your hard drive to be able to follow along with the lessons.


Laptops, computers, accessories, cameras and other equipment brought in by you for the purpose of this workshop is solely your responsibility. Neither I nor the Shelton Community Center will be held accountable for the theft or damage to your equipment while in your care.


Beverages and snacks will be provided throughout the day.

Lunch will be provided from "Center Deli"  a local deli. A menu selection will be made available to choose from. Please make sure you fill it out and return it to me no later than Thursday night prior to the event.

Absolutely no open drink containers near any computers.


Make your best way to RT 8. From New Haven take RT 34 into Derby or RT 15 into Stratford.

RT 8 Northbound: (from Bridgeport, Monroe, Milford and points South and West)

Take exit 11. Off the exit take a left onto Huntington Road. Follow Huntington Rd into the Huntington section of Shelton. See navigating Huntington center bellow.

RT 8 Southbound: (from Naugatuck, Waterbury, New Haven and points North and East)

Take exit 11. Off the exit take a left onto Bridgeport Avenue. At the light take a right onto Huntington Road. Follow Huntington Rd into the Huntington section of Shelton. See navigating Huntington center bellow.

Navigating Huntington Center:

Huntington Road takes you straight into the center of Huntington, a section of Shelton. The road will take you past a reservoir on the left and some rural houses before coming to a section of shops.

At this point the road will split into a one way road. A fire station marks this split. Keep going a little further and you will see a town green with a gazebo. Keep in the left lane as you need to make a circle around the green and begin heading back the way you came.

The Community Center is on the Southbound side of the road on the opposite side of the firehouse you pass earlier. The entrance is on the right just past the traffic light so as you wind around to the opposite side of the green you will need to quickly get on the right hand side of the road.

Parking is in the rear of the building and the doors are at the rear left of the entryway (library is on the right). There will be a sign inside stating the room we will be set up in. The elevator is inside past the double doors.

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  • 'Duck'

    Thanks you all for the wonderful comments. It makes all the work worthwhile. See you at the next installment.

    March 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent workshop. Duck knows how to mix theory with hands on to make the information clear and easy to understand.

    March 4, 2014

  • Matt F.

    I learned a lot(and forgot a few things!). Thanks to Duck for a great learning experience. See ya Saturday!

    March 2, 2014

  • cindy

    Excellent workshop! Looking forward to Part 2!

    March 2, 2014

  • Debbie M.

    Learned so much. Can't wait until next week to learn more. Thanks Duck!

    March 2, 2014

  • Drago

    Lot of great info.

    March 1, 2014

  • 'Duck'

    Because Elements, Lightroom and Photoshop are all Adobe products they share a lot of similarities. Elements and Lightroom have similar cataloging features while Adobe Camera Raw shares a lot of the features of the LR Basic Module. Other editing features are covered with both Elements and Photoshop. Day one can benefit just about everyone as it's about workflow and apply to how you work with files, regardless of editing sofware. To maximize your experience I suggest getting the trial version of Lightroom for the class. You can follow along with the lessons and won't have to be thinking about how it converts to Elements or Photoshop. Your understanding of your current program of choice (E or PS), will allow you to convert everything later.

    January 9, 2014

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