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FE650: Adjust the Dog - Introduction to Lightroom

Instructor: Amy Johnson

Course Details

This course is designed to introduce the basics of post-processing.  The software we will use is Adobe Lightroom, but it is also possible to use Camera Raw in Photoshop Bridge instead.  Post-production work will emphasize enhancing our images, not "fixing" them.

Computer skills required to be successful in this class:
  • Strong level of comfort with computers in general
  • Understand the directory structure of your hard drive (where image files are located)
  • Where to find files downloaded from a web browser
  • How to upload photos to Google Photos album
  • Create screenshots and upload them to a Google Photos album
  • Describe problems in detail to enable better troubleshooting by the instructor

We will work primarily in Lightroom.  You may use other photo editing software, but the instructor will be able to provide detailed technical support for only Lightroom (and equivalent processes in Photoshop).  

If you want to get started in Lightroom before the class begins (and I recommend that you do!), there are a TON of online resources to introduce you to the basics, many of them free.  

If you need a good quick start for Lightroom, you can get one at "The Lightroom Queen" by signing up for their mailing list.  

http://www.lightroomqueen.com/quickstart/

If you don't want to stay on the mailing list, just sign up, get the free ebook, and then unsubscribe right away.  I have an email address that is only used for things like this so that it doesn't clutter up my main inbox.  You could sign up for a Gmail account that you would then use exclusively for mailing lists and other things related to photography, including this class.  

Lightroom will do everything you need for this class.  If you are using Photoshop, everything we do in Lightroom for this class will have a Photoshop corollary.  

Expect 2 assignments per week, plus additional submissions with revisions to your images based on instructor feedback.  

You may sign up for a Gold level spot if you have not completed Shoot the Dog and Compose the Dog, BUT knowledge and a mastery of the basic skills from those classes will be assumed.  This includes, but is not limited to, a strong understanding of and ability to use manual exposure mode to consistently take properly exposed photos, as well as an understanding of the priciples of photographic composition.   

Registration

Registration will begin at 10:30am PST.

There are no scheduled sessions for this class at this time. We update our schedule frequently, so please subscribe to our mailing list for notifications.

Enrollment limits: 15 gold, no silver, unlimited bronze. If you are interested in a bronze level class, you can sign up any time during the registration period.

Syllabus

As with all my classes, the syllabus is sketchy and somewhat fluid.  This is a very broad overview of the topics we will cover and approximately when they will fall within the course.

Week 1:
Orientation
Workflow

Week 2: 
Review of Histograms
Basic Controls

Week 3:
Lens Profile Corrections
Crop Tool

Week 4:
Noise Reduction and Sharpening

Week 5:
Adjustment Brush
Graduated Filter

Week 6:
Making Prints (will dip into Photoshop for one specific task)

Prerequisites and Equipment

Course Prerequisites - none, with the following caveat:
You may sign up for a Gold level spot if you have not completed Shoot the Dog and Compose the Dog, BUT knowledge and a mastery of the basic skills from those classes will be assumed.  This includes, but is not limited to, a strong understanding of and ability to use manual exposure mode to consistently take properly exposed photos, as well as an understanding of the priciples of photographic composition.
 
Equipment required for Gold students:
  • DSLR camera, lens, memory card(s)
  • Preferred - Computer (Mac or PC) running the latest version of Lightroom CC or Photoshop.  This is obtained via a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud (see below).
  • Acceptable - Older versions of Photoshop will have most of the functionality that is required for the class.  However, most instructions will be given based on the latest version.
  • Insufficient - Photoshop Elements
 
Bronze students can follow along with the class with either Photoshop/Lightroom or Photoshop Elements, as long as they understand not all of the features will be available in Elements or older version of Lightroom/Photoshop.

You can sign up for a subscription to Adobe's Creative Cloud software here:

https://creative.adobe.com/plans?store_code=en&promoid=KSDPZ

Select the "Photography" plan for $10/month.  This will give you both Photoshop CC and Lightroom.

 
Computer skills required to be successful in this class:
  • Strong level of comfort with computers in general
  • Understand the directory structure of your hard drive (where image files are located)
  • Where to find files downloaded from a web browser
  • How to upload photos to Google Photos album
  • Create screenshots and upload them to a Google Photos album
  • Describe problems in detail to enable better troubleshooting by the instructor
 
Optional Equipment
The following equipment is not required, but is beneficial when working with images in Lightroom and Photoshop.
 
MONITOR CALIBRATION:
I strongly recommend that you calibrate your laptop or desktop computer monitor to get the best and most consisitent color and brightness results from your post-processing.  
 
PEN TABLET:
Photoshop will certainly function with a traditional mouse or trackpad.  However, a pen tablet gives you a lot more control over the application of the brush strokes and detail work. I recently bought one of these to take with me when I travel:
 
 
For my main machine at home, I have an older version of this:
 
 
DUAL MONITORS:
Using two monitors on one computer can be very helpful when you are working through assignments or video tutorials.  You can have the instructions or video open on one screen, and Photoshop on the other.  You can never have too much screen real estate when it comes to working with photos.  
 

Course Testimonials

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