Adobe Lightroom 5 Workflow Essentials (4 hours) | Tues. Mar 18th | 6-10pm | $45

  • March 18, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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Adobe Lightroom 5

Do you have a DSLR camera and yet haven't found an easy-to-use, yet robust photo editing solution for your growing photo collection? Or perhaps you have heard of Lightroom and have even bought the program itself but don't feel that you've harnessed the full potential of the program? Then look no further because this is the workshop for you!

With Adobe Lightroom 5, go from this....

To this!

Adobe Lightroom 5 is one of the industry's most powerful image management and editing software solutions. Over the last few month's we've been working hard to update this workshop to include all the new features in Lightroom 5. This workflow essentials workshop takes you from Importing Images through to an in-depth, hands-on treatment of Lightroom's  Library & Develop modules. Exporting Images will be the final module in this condensed workshop. You will learn how to take control of your photo collection by navigating, sorting and grouping via key-wording, then on to editing your images and finally exporting them for web or print.



And after...


New features in Lightroom 5, which will be covered in depth, include:

Smart Previews & Offline editing

Advanced Healing Brush

Upright Alignment Feature

Radial Filter

The Adobe Lightroom 5 Workflow Essentials Workshop is a brand new 4 hour intensive workshop and is broken down into the following two sessions:

Session 1 - Importing Images, Navigating the Interface, The Library Module 6:00pm - 8:00pm

In the first session, in addition to touring the interface and becoming familiar with Lightroom’s terminology and look and feel, you will discover the benefits of applying keywords, ratings, flags and other such tags to your photos. We’ll walk through every step from importing photos to setting up virtual collections. You will learn how to take control of your photo collection by navigating, sorting and grouping via key-wording. We will also cover managing your image catalog(s) as well as putting together a back up strategy.

Introduction to Lightroom - What it does and what it doesn't do (as opposed to Photoshop)

Computer, storage & other set up recommendations

Lightroom and your computer’s folder structure

Interface tour: Menus, Modules, Panels

Configuring Lightroom to your needs (Preferences, Catalog settings, backing up and more)

Importing Photos into Lightroom

Navigating in Lightroom (browsing, zooming, searching)

Smart Previews & Offline Editing

Metadata and EXIF information, why metadata matters, and making effective use of the information embedded in your photos

Getting organized categorizing your best photos

Using: Full screen vs Side by Side photo comparison, Ratings, Flags & other tagging tools

Key-wording for easy search criteria

Sorting & Filtering options

Stacking (grouping) photos

Lightroom’s virtual folders :Collections & Smart Collections:

Managing Catalogues

Backup strategies

Session 2 - The Develop Module, Editing, & Exporting Images 8:00pm - 10:00pm

In the second session, we will deal mainly with Lightroom's Develop Module, where most of the photo editing in Lightroom takes place. You will learn how to perform edits involving colour and tonality, brightness and contrast as well as focusing on how Lightroom's powerful tools take advantage of the extra latitude contained in RAW files. We'll also explore Lightroom's amazing spot and local area adjustment tools as well as all of the features in the Develop module. Once your photos are primed and ready for sharing, you’ll be ready to export your images for web or print.

Understanding how Edits work in Lightroom

Develop Module Interface tour & configuration

Basic Panel: Making basic, overall colour & tonality adjustments

Understanding Undo, the History and Snapshot Panels

Applying the same adjustments across multiple images

Advanced colour & tonal control (Tone Curves, highlight Recovery, HSL)

Sharpness, Cropping

Creating Virtual Copies

The Spot Removal Tool

Gradient Filter Tool

Radial Filter Tool

Upright Alignment Feature

Synchronizing Images

Adjustment Brush tool (non-destructive selective area editing)

Creating and applying adjustment Presets

Grey-scale (B&W) images

Sending an image to Photoshop for external editing and returning it to Lightroom

Understanding the Exporting of images and the available settings

And much, much more...




Who Should Attend?

Photographers who want to learn how to manage and edit their image collections using Lightroom 5

What to Bring to the Workshop?

For those who already have installed Lightroom 5, and have a laptop, you're definitely encouraged to bring it to the workshop! You can then follow along on your own computer. For those who don't have a laptop, they will be able to follow along with mine on the large screen TV for the instructional portion as well as use it to try out Lightroom for themselves during the hands on portion of the workshop.

Added Bonus Material Included in the Workshop:

Full-Colour, 59 page Lightroom 5 Reference Guide PDF e-book version for mobile devices

Links to in-depth online Lightroom 5 video tutorials

Quick Links to fully functioning 30 day trial versions of Adobe Lightroom 5 (Mac/PC)

The cost for this incredible 4 hour intensive workshop is only $45.00! Be sure to RSVP your spot today!

Workshop fees are to be paid in advance to the event organizer via PayPal (credit cards accepted even if you don't have a Paypal account). When RSVPing, you will be automatically directed to the Paypal site and then back again to the Toronto Photographic Meetup Group after payment has been processed. Please note that the Paypal site will indicate payment being made to "digitalTouch media."


Refunds for this workshop are only offered if this event is cancelled by the Organizer/Event host. If you absolutely have to cancel, please give as much notice as possible because it allows us to open your spot to someone else who is on the waiting list. Every effort will be given to accommodate you by rescheduling you into a future workshop.


We have experienced a growing number of people not showing up for workshops, with no notice either by email or phone. This is highly unfair to other people who want to attend the workshop and were willing to, but couldn't because the workshop was filled up. With no notice, we are not able to make accommodation for other people who are on the waiting list. As such, unfortunately refunds cannot be given for no shows on the day of the workshop. It is expected that if you are RSVPing, you have set aside the date and time in question and will be attending. If you need to cancel, please let us know well in advance and every effort will be give to accommodate you by rescheduling you into a future workshop.


This workshop will be held at the  Plaza II Suites which is located here:

Plaza II Suites
88 Bloor Street East
Toronto, ON
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Contact Phone Number: Stephen James (647)[masked]

Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Time: 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Duration of Workshop: 4 hours
Maximum Number of Students: 6

What previous attendees had to say about the Adobe Lightroom workshops:

"I learned so much in this meetup. Stephen is extremely knowledgeable and he will teach you how to make good images great. If you would like to learn how to get the most out of your camera and image processing, then I highly recommend that you attend his meetups. Five out of five stars!"

- Steven

"Great workshop. Definitely recommend for anyone looking to understand all Lightroom has to offer. Very well organized and presented, plus lots of support for questions. Stephen has a lots of experience and helped me with both Windows and MAC options. Thanks Stephen :)"

- Susi

"Thank you so much Stephen James. Wonderful workshop, feel ready to practice now!"

- Hanna

"I am glad I participated in this 4hr. training, learned a lot and feel more comfortable with this powerful software. I am looking forward to organizing my library and using Lightroom 4. Thank you"

- Vinu

"Stephen is great. This is my second session with him and he delivered as promised each time. He is very knowledgeable in LR and handled all our questions. I am a complete LR novice and got a lot from the class but he was also able to go deeper for those who had worked with the software a bit. The interactive format where he was able to bring up photos and show what he was talking about was just what I needed. I recommend this to any one new to LR or is looking to take advantage of it’s greater capability. Not only did I learn a lot about LR I learned a lot about photography."

- Stu McRae

"I am glad I participated in this workshop. I am just starting using LR4 and I am loving it. Stephen was of a great assistance, clarifying all our questions and sharing all his knowledge in a very calm and clear way. Thank you and I am looking forward to in practice what I learned."

- Daniel Oliveira

"Great session - I have used LR4 quite a bit and it confirmed many of the things I am doing right but even better gave me at least 10 new "tricks". The group was very friendly, congenial and interesting."

- Tobi Waun

"Good, informative seminar. I'm new to Lightroom, well to Photoshop, I've been using Gimp most of the time. This was a good introduction to the program."

-Graham Walker

"For someone who had no experience with Lightroom, I learned a great deal from this workshop. Stephen is very knowledgeable, yet open to new tricks from his students. He took the class through the workshop very thoroughly, stopping for questions and suggestions along the way. I'd definitely recommend this class if you're looking to work with this powerful program."

- Hazel

"Really thorough training on Lightroom and Stephen's patience and knowledge was superb."

- Joseph

"Very interesting presentetion. Well done!"

- Chris

"Overall workshop was well presented. Instructor was knowledgeable and helpful. I would consider taking other workshops offered by Stephen."

- Kimmy

"Stephen, thanks for a first class seminar!!! If you need a recommendation. I'm happy to provide one."

- Jan Normandale

"I learned a lot of good stuff and had a good time as well."

- Elaine

"Thanks Steven, well organized and presented"

- Joe Murray

"Very professional training session run by Stephen James who covered everything he promised and then some. It was a relaxed atmosphere that allowed for group participation and many, many questions. Great notes for reinforcement."

- Eileen

"An excellent Meetup. Stephan has a natural ability to teach. An aspect of this workshop that I particularly liked was the fact that Stephan was able to field questions from us that we would not be able to address thru video tutorials on the internet. (...and there were lots) Individual attention given when needed without obstructing the pace of the of the class. A wonderful group of inquisitive, intelligent minds. The offer by Stephen to be available to answer further inquiries regarding this application as I left was generous. Kudos."

- P.J. Bell

"Great workshop. Tons of information, tips and how to's. Very friendly and relaxing atmosphere."

- Nella

"Excellent session: content was great and well-organized and presented, including some of the little tricks that make working with the program easier and more functional. Stephen takes the time to make sure people "get it." Thanks!"

- Peter Scott Cameron


About the Instructor: Stephen James

Currently an event photographer/videographer for TD Bank Financial Group, Stephen James is also a freelance photographer specializing in model portfolios, product and commercial images, and is now involved with film production.

Over the last few years, he has also mentored various photographers in the art of both photography and editing.

Stephen James' selected portfolio can be found on Flickr. His growing film archive can be found on Vimeo.

Please Note: Information regarding the content of this event is subject to change with or without notice (i.e. the addition of new course material or topics and / or minor edits to text or formatting).

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  • Natalie

    I'm a convert. Will use and purchase Lightroom 5. Stephen really explained the advantages of Lightroom 5. It's not as overwhelming as I thought. Thank you. It will make my workflow a lot easier and faster.

    March 18, 2014

    • Stephen H.

      Thanks so much. Glad to hear it. :)

      March 19, 2014

  • Pato P.

    Steven James was very knowledgeable. I'm so much more confident now.

    March 18, 2014

    • Stephen H.

      Thanks Pato. The things you can do with Lightroom are truly amazing!

      March 19, 2014

  • Mark A.

    Very informative. Great course. I need to go buy that software now.

    March 19, 2014

    • Stephen H.

      Thanks Mark. It's well worth the price and you can try it for 30 days completely free and fully working. :)

      March 19, 2014

  • Natalie

    What do I need to bring tomorrow?

    March 17, 2014

    • Stephen H.

      Just yourself and a laptop with Lightroom if you have one. If not, a notebook and a pen will suffice. We have many students without laptops who have done this. :)

      March 17, 2014

  • Ashley C.

    Steven, do you have any information re: parking at the venue?

    March 14, 2014

    • Stephen H.

      Hey Ashley, in the email I send out the day before the event it has parking information in it but I'll copy paste that here. The address is above in the event information, so for those of you driving, there is parking behind the building. Simply turn onto Park Road then take a left on Asquith and follow the P sign located on the Hudson's Bay building.

      March 14, 2014

  • Pato P.

    Thanks Steven, looking forward for Tuesday. I think we're in the right place Svetlana..

    March 14, 2014

    • Stephen H.

      You're very welcome Pato. :)

      March 14, 2014

  • Svetlana

    Hi everyone! nice to meet you all. I am new in photography and would like to learn basic for now)
    Let me know if you have those meetings for beginners

    March 13, 2014

  • Pato P.

    Hi, I would like to attend the Adobe Lightroom session but I've no experience here. Neither do I own the software. Would this class be too advance for me?

    March 13, 2014

    • Stephen H.

      Hi Pato. Thanks for signing up. This course is built from the ground up for anyone, even those who have never used Lightroom before. From start to finish I will be going through each module listed in the event information above.

      March 13, 2014

    • Stephen H.

      Also, even if you don't own the software, you can download a fully-working 30-day trial version of Adobe Lightroom 5 (for Mac or Windows PC) here:­

      March 13, 2014

  • Natalie

    Found a babysitter!!

    March 10, 2014

    • Stephen H.

      Awesome! I know that isn't easy!

      March 10, 2014

  • Natalie

    Gonna find a babysitter.

    March 4, 2014

    • Stephen H.

      Natalie, I'm going to change this to Tuesday March 18th due to being ill. It gives me a bit more time to recover.

      March 5, 2014

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