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Lightroom Intensive Workshop

Hi Folks.

Two things first:

1) There are people in this group who have a habit of signing up for meetups and then not showing up, and others who show up without registering. Because registration for this workshop is limited, please do not register unless you can commit to being there for the entire day.

2) The cost for non-profit groups to rent the meeting room at the Library is $147, already paid. My idea behind this workshop is that there are those (like me, for example) who can't afford to invest $2-300 for a full-day workshop and I didn't want to exclude anyone, so the 'charge' if you will is a percentage of the booking fee. If 15 people show up, that works out to about $10 each. If anyone wants to give me money for doing this I will accept it with gratitude, but if all you have is $10 for the day, that works for me.  We'll put out a box or something for donations for those who are interested.

Now then. For those who were at the last UVic meetup we had (and those who weren't), that Lightroom talk was mostly about developing a base understanding of digital photography and a quick introduction to what Lightroom is. We didn't have the time to even scratch the surface of how Lightroom works, so that's what this workshop is for. I'm going to assume going in that people know nothing about Lightroom and we'll build from there. I'll be using Lightroom 5.2 RC, which is currently the latest version, but there will be a lot of similarity for people using LR 4, less for those with LR3 and so on. If you don't have LR 5 on your computer you can download/ install and run it free for 30 days, but if you're a Windows user you'll need at least Windows 7 to run it, and if you're a Mac user I believe you need Mountain Lion.

There are 7 Lightroom modules (9 if you include importing and exporting), and while I've never done this workshop before I can guarantee we're not going to get through all of them because we're not going to be doing a quick overview of the program but getting right into using it. We'll start with associating images with Lightroom and go through image organization and post-processing and (depending on how long that takes us) build from there.  This will be a Lightroom intensive workshop. Part of where we go will be determined by those present and their knowledge and/or questions.

Requirements:

Your own computer, with Lightroom.
Notepads, paper, pens, or whatever you want to use to make notes, etc.
A willingness to learn, share and ask questions.
Your own refreshments, beverages, etc.  We'll probably take five or ten minutes for lunch, anyway.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.

Might even be fun.


Mike.

Okay, that's done.  Now I just have to build this from scratch! ;-)

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  • Allison W.

    The workshop was great! Thank you for taking the time to teach us all more about LR. I am grateful that you spent as much time in Library module as you did because I have made many mistakes in the past importing photos and turned into a mess! Now I have a better understanding of what to do to prevent this from happening again. Looking forward to future workshops!

    2 · September 15, 2013

    • Kevin L.

      I agree, I can now see how important this first step is. Just spent 6 hrs in front of screen trying to reorganize my old photos, WOW, what a task, lol

      September 15, 2013

    • Marcia and Mike Nelson P.

      You're most welcome!! Thanks for letting me know!!

      September 16, 2013

  • Marilyn W.

    Thank you Mike. I'm waiting for your next workshop on LR. I've been using it for a couple of years now. My favourite feature is the ability in Develop Module to lighten shadows and blacks without disturbing the rest of the image. I found there was a huge learning curve and i am always happy to learn more about the program and it's potential.

    1 · September 15, 2013

    • Marcia and Mike Nelson P.

      Hi Marilyn: Since nobody brought out the rotten eggs yesterday, if there's sufficient interest we can do this again maybe in November sometime. If you're interested, there are about sixty photography and LR tutorials on our blog - http://www.wolfnowl.c...­ and one of those posts (http://bit.ly/LRTips­) has links to over 200 sites that include tips, tutorials, videos, etc. If you have any specific questions, feel free to contact me and I'll see what I can do for you.

      Mike.

      1 · September 15, 2013

  • Giuseppe B.

    Excellent workshop Mike. I enjoyed the all thing, I hope I'll get better and take advantage of LR unique capability. You know the material quite well and you're very generous to share it with us. Thank you

    1 · September 15, 2013

  • Roy B.

    Great job Mike lots of effort went into your presentation , we could see you know your stuff, one question can you do layers like Photoshop to combine two pictures?

    1 · September 15, 2013

    • Marcia and Mike Nelson P.

      Hi Roy: I'll have to split this in two parts...

      The short answer is no, Lightroom doesn't work natively with layers. There are a few ways around that, however:

      1) Lightroom can be used in concert with other programs like Photoshop, Elements, Corel Photopaint, Gimp, etc. so if you set up a relationship between them you can select a number of images in Lightroom and, in the Develop module go to Develop/ Edit in... and do your layering work there, then take the finished product and reimport it back into Lightroom.

      2) OnOne Software has a plugin called 'Perfect Layers' that adds layers functionality to Lightroom. It was originally for sale, then they made it free, but that version is no longer available. The most recent version (PL 3) is available for sale as part of a larger package offered by OnOne.

      September 15, 2013

    • Marcia and Mike Nelson P.

      3) There's another plugin for Lightroom called LR/Enfuse that allows image stacking. It's used primarily for HDR work, combining images from several exposures into one. Although it doesn't have the 32-bit rendering capability of other HDR programs, it works very well for what it does, and it's relatively cheap. Now, LR/Enfuse doesn't know what two (or more) images you're stacking, so you can join together two completely different images as long as you turn off the 'auto-align' function. What it doesn't offer you is blend mode capability. More information on that here:

      http://www.wolfnowl.c...­ - toward the bottom of the post.

      Thanks for asking!

      Mike.

      September 15, 2013

  • Kevin L.

    Hi Mike, thanks again for all the great information today. I was looking forward to the develop module the most but interestingly enough I enjoyed the Library module even more:) I see the power of presets when it comes to importing now, and the benefits of all the tagging that can be done! Great day:)

    1 · September 14, 2013

    • Marcia and Mike Nelson P.

      P.S. This might be of use to you: http://bit.ly/LRPrese...­

      1 · September 14, 2013

    • Kevin L.

      Thanks for link! I can start my next import properly, so glad I only have 6 months of photos to "fix".

      1 · September 15, 2013

  • Jessica A.

    Thank you so much! I really learned a lot today. Looking forward to working with Lightroom more efficiently! You mentioned that Amazon has the upgrade on sale right now... I can't find this... maybe the sale is over? Thanks!

    1 · September 14, 2013

    • Marcia and Mike Nelson P.

      It may be... I saw it mentioned on Twitter yesterday morning; they often have 24-hour sales... :-(

      September 14, 2013

    • Kevin L.

      I couldn't find an upgrade sale so I succumbed and did the $79 off official Adobe site. The radial tool and spot visualizer were the deal closer for me:)

      1 · September 15, 2013

  • Bev A.

    Great information but a lot to take in in one session.

    1 · September 14, 2013

    • Marcia and Mike Nelson P.

      It was, but I thought it was important for people to at least get a feel for it... as you work with the program you'll find yourself remembering different aspects of it, and if you have any questions about anything you can ask me.

      September 14, 2013

    • Marcia and Mike Nelson P.

      Remember to play!

      September 14, 2013

  • Trina H.

    Fantastic workshop. Mike is truly a master.

    1 · September 14, 2013

  • Marcia and Mike Nelson P.

    Many thanks to everyone for your generosity and your attention! I know it was a lot to take in all at once... :-P

    Mike

    September 14, 2013

  • Larry H.

    Hi Mike. I enjoyed your last LR presentation and look forward to what I'm sure will be a great workshop. See you on Sat.

    September 9, 2013

  • Charis

    Many thanks for squeezing me in! I'm looking forward to this workshop.

    September 9, 2013

  • Marilyn W.

    I was on the wait list but now I see I would need to have a laptop computer. I only have an iMac and iPad. Good luck with the course.

    September 8, 2013

    • Marcia and Mike Nelson P.

      Marilyn: My apologies. I hadn't intended to make that a firm directive; I just thought people woukd rather follow along on ther machines than sit and listen to me all day.

      September 8, 2013

  • Jessica A.

    Looking forward to it !! :)

    September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mike
    Regrettably, I shall not be able to attend.
    Dmenton

    September 7, 2013

  • martin W.

    I will definitely be there!!

    September 7, 2013

  • John P.

    It's with GREAT disappointment that I have to bow out of this Mike; I confused my schedule and had a commitment that I must keep. I was really looking forward to this. Any chance of a second session?

    September 7, 2013

    • Marcia and Mike Nelson P.

      Anything is possible! We'll see how much rotten fruit I have to pick out of the keyboard after after the first one...

      September 7, 2013

  • Jianping R.

    I will be away and therefore I cannot attend.

    August 16, 2013

  • John P.

    Really looking forward to this one Mike!

    August 16, 2013

    • Marcia and Mike Nelson P.

      Thanks! Me too. As the saying goes, if you want to discover how much (and/or how little) you know about something, teach someone else.

      1 · August 16, 2013

  • martin W.

    I asked to join the LR workshop without reading the requirements. Unfortunately I don't have a laptop. I am keen to attend but will give up my spot if you think it prudent. Martin Wright

    August 16, 2013

    • Marcia and Mike Nelson P.

      Hi Martin. As I told Giuseppe, you'll certainly be welcome! I just thought people would rather be following along on their own computers than investing an entire day just listening to me...

      August 16, 2013

  • Charis

    I have a laptop and would love to join the session. Please let me know if any additional spaces open up. Thanks!

    August 16, 2013

  • Giuseppe B.

    My laptop died few month ago. I know sufficient amount of LR, but I still get a bit mixed up with cataloguing. Can I still join without computer?I should be able to follow and learn something

    1 · August 15, 2013

    • Marcia and Mike Nelson P.

      Hi Giuseppe: You'd certainly be welcome! I just thought people would rather be following along on their own computers than investing an entire day just listening to me...

      August 15, 2013

  • Larry H.

    Hi Mike I enjoyed your UVic LR presentation and look forward to the intensive workshop at GVPL. I hope you are able to open the event to more of our meet up group.

    August 15, 2013

    • Marcia and Mike Nelson P.

      Thanks, Larry! As I wrote above, I opened up by five more but that's the limit of the space with tables, presentation-style. If there's sufficient interest we may have to do it again.

      August 15, 2013

  • Marcia and Mike Nelson P.

    Well, that was fast! The meeting room, set up with tables, etc. for presentations can hold a maximum of twenty people. I set the number at fifteen to start because I wasn't sure how much interest there would be and I thought a smaller group might be better but there were already six people on the waiting list this morning so I opened it to the maximum possible.

    August 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds fun! Just to clarify, we need to bring a laptop with Lightroom installed on it and do we need some photographs on the computer as well?

    August 14, 2013

    • Marcia and Mike Nelson P.

      What I'm going to do is select a subset of my images and copy them to a different folder to work with. I'd considered giving everyone the same images to work on but I don't want people to learn to copy my style but 'develop' their own. The best way to do that is to work with your own images, so yes, you should bring some along

      August 15, 2013

  • Dave N.

    Thats a rather intimidating message!

    August 14, 2013

    • Marcia and Mike Nelson P.

      I hope not!! I wasn't trying to scare anyone off, just being frank. I can (almost) guarantee that nobody will be kicked out for smiling or giving other indications that they're actually enjoying themselves. :-)

      August 15, 2013

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