Digital 101: Intro to Lightroom
This is the perfect class for photographers who are comfortable capturing an image with their camera but are unsure what happens next. The goal of all photography is to capture a compelling image that can then be turned into an expressive print that can be viewed and enjoyed by others. An expressive print speaks to the viewer, it is a piece of art that distills the photographer's mastery of technique and aesthetics into a shared experience between artist and audience. Ansel Adams liked to think of the camera negative as a musical score, and the print as the performance of that score. In the modern world photographers use Photoshop to make digital adjustments to their photos instead of the wet darkroom that Ansel Adams used, but the ultimate goal remains the same; a print that jumps off the wall and invites the viewer to study it's depth and nuance.
This class will provide a general overview of the Lightroom workflow: how to import photos into Lightroom, add keywords, organize your photos into collections and collection sets, and sort and rate your "keepers". Then we'll learn how to use Lightroom's arsenal of tools to digitally process your image, how to "round-trip" your photo from Lightroom to Photoshop and back again, create and save presets of your favorite digital process techniques, and finally we will prepare your image for printing. Along the way you'll learn how to set up your Lightroom workspace, survey the image develop tools, and learn how to adjust levels and exposure, balance and adjust colors and contrast, remove dust or unwanted elements, crop or resize a photo, create masks and layers, how to work in black and white, the importance of color management for print quality, proper print sharpening technique and how to output a proper print master file and back it up so you never lose it!
There's a lot to learn, but you can audit the class an extra time or two to fully absorb all of the varied techniques if you wish. We also recommend taking our Intro to Photoshop course at some point since Lightroom and Photoshop are generally used hand in hand for digital photo processing.
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