Many consider Lightroom very easy to use. Conversely, others find it unintuitive, complex and very difficult to use. Because Lightroom provides a whole workflow and management system in a single application adopting it can be a daunting task if you have a large library of images and an existing workflow.
Even if you already use Lightroom there is a good chance that you are only using a small part of its potential.
We teach the class in a single day, but have structured it as four parts (each of roughly two hours) and even then we’re primarily only covering what we consider the two main modules. The four sections will build a workflow through initial import, selection, edit and finally output.
The course is applicable to Lightroom 4 and later (we’ll teach using the latest Creative Cloud release) — for the develop module sections we will focus on adjustments using Process Version 2012 (Lightroom 4+ ), touching on Process Version 2010 (Lightroom 3) if necessary.
The first class is principally about the library module, but we’ll also use some of the time to cover an overview of the Lightroom interface. We’ll spend time importing files and structuring a library, we’ll setup metadata presets, set keywords and cover the various options to view and review, select and filter images.
We’ll also briefly touch on the Map module.
The Develop Module allows a very simple and powerful image editing facility. We’ll start with basic tonal adjustments and then explore the other facilities to manipulate and enhance your images. While editing a single image can demonstrate the power of the Develop Module, the real value is in using the tools to consistently manipulate sets of images.
We’ve covered the Library Module in part one, editing your images in parts two & three — in the last part, we’ll cover getting your images back out again using export presets, publish services and the Print Module.
This is a hands-on course, so you need your own computer, a copy of Lightroom (preferably version 6 or Creative Cloud, but older versions won’t be left out) and some images.
You also need to want to use Lightroom and accept that doing so might need you to adapt any existing workflow — so many fail to adopt Lightroom because they can’t accept the need for change in their workflow. It’s not that you can’t achieve the same end-results, it’s just that insisting on trying to achieve them by force-fitting the old tasks and processes into Lightroom is generally cumbersome and frustrating.