Lightroom Lab

A small group lab where you learn hands-on, following the instructor as you try out your new Lightroom skills.
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One of the most common requests from those of you who have taken our Lightroom evening classes is to be able to work in a small group and get guidance and feedback from the instructor. So. . . Lightroom Lab.

This lab will focus on the following topics:

  • File import and organization: Working with images that we supply you, the instructor will walk you through the entire process of file importing, folder creation and basic organization. This is an area where many photographers get tripped up in Lightroom and learning to do it smoothly will take a lot of stress out of your life.
  • Selecting and culling your images: Using flags, stars, color tags, x/y and the other Lightroom tools. You’ll learn how to cruise through a large group of images to only select the best ones to finish.
  • Working with collections: The real organizational muscle in Lightroom is its ability to create collections of images. It can be counter intuitive at first but once you learn to use this feature you’ll understand why people rely on Lightroom as their digital asset manager.
  • Global and local image editing: From overall brightness and contrast adjustments to more meticulous local brushes, cloning and healing, we’ll take you through all of Lightroom’s image editing tools.

At the beginning of the class the instructor will pass out memory cards with sample images. Those images will be used for demonstrations and projected on the screen so you can follow along with the processing techniques. You will need a laptop with Lightroom installed and a card reader to load the images onto your computer.

WHAT THIS LAB IS
The lab is limited to 12 people (instead of the maximum of 20 in the Lightroom Classes) to allow time for individual questions and help. The lab begins with the instructor doing a brief overview of the work to be done. Then you’ll follow along on your own laptop as the instructor goes through the process in detail. This is where you put to work all the tools you learned about in the Lightroom classes!

WHAT THIS LAB IS NOT
**This is not the place to learn about basic functions of Lightroom or your computer for the first time. That’s what the Lightroom Evening Classes are for! The lab is a way to take what you learned in the classes and put it to work, practicing the modules, tools and techniques.  While there will be time for individual questions with the instructor, if you have specific needs or are just getting started and haven’t had a chance to take the classes then we suggest you contact us about one-on-one instruction where you can learn at your own pace and on a flexible schedule.

  • Cost per person is $65 early registration, $75 late registration.
  • Doors open at 6:15pm. We recommend arriving when doors open to set up your laptop and workspace before class starts.
  • Lab starts promptly at 6:30pm.
  • The lab is 2 ½ hours long.
  • Classes may be held in the upstairs classroom, up one flight of stairs, no elevator access.
  • Advance registration and payment is required.
  • Maximum number of students is 12, minimum number to make a lab is 8.
  • Laptop or computer required with working copy of Lightroom.
  • Parking is available on the street or in the adjacent lot at Electric Light & Power.

  • A laptop with Lightroom installed (you can bring a desktop system if you don’t have a laptop). Don’t forget your AC adapter if your battery can’t make it through the 2-1/2 hr session.
  • A working SD slot or card reader so you can load sample images passed out at the beginning of class.
  • The DCP Lightroom class series or equivalent training. You need to know your way around Lightroom.
  • This is not the place to learn about basic functions of Lightroom or your computer for the first time. That’s what the Lightroom Evening Classes are for! The lab is a way to take what you learned in the classes and put it to work, practicing the modules, tools and techniques.  While there will be time for individual questions with the instructor, if you have specific needs or are just getting started and haven’t had a chance to take the classes then we suggest you contact us about one-on-one instruction where you can learn at your own pace and on a flexible schedule.

Q: How does this differ from the four Lightroom classes?
A: The Lightroom series of classes are lecture style with the instructor going through all of the major features of the Lightroom program. Laptops are optional and many people just follow along with the handouts and taking notes. The Lab is hands-on and you work on images and processes as you follow along with the instructor.

Q: Do I need a laptop?
A: Yes, a laptop (or desktop system) is required with an installed version of Lightroom.

Q: What if I don’t have a laptop but have a desktop system or iMac?
A: You’re welcome to bring a larger system and set it up.

Q: What if I have to cancel?
A: Details on cancellations are on our Policies page.

Q: Is this like chemistry lab in school?
A: Yes, but it won’t smell as bad.

Q: What if I have more questions?
A: Contact us and ask!

Steve McWilliams

Steve has over 30 years in film production and media creation and is known for his depth of knowledge and willingness to share his experience with others. With a degree in film production he rose through the ranks from camera tech, first assistant, gaffer, director of photography and on to directing.

Steve produced from the television commercial production company Steve Show, Inc. and was a sought after Director/Cameraman with a reputation for beautiful 35mm motion film and High Def in-camera effects. His client list includes American Airlines, Garmin, and Paramount Amusement Parks and numerous food and big box stores as well as banks, non-profits and hospitals across North America.

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