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Adobe Lightroom Essentials

Adobe Lightroom Essentials



Adobe Lightroom Essentials is a 4-session course for digital photographers to familiarize themselves with some of the important features necessary to “process” and catalog their images.


In the days of film photography, photographers, both professionals and serious amateurs, found it necessary to either have a darkroom or have access to one to process and develop their own film as well as make enlargements from their negatives or transparencies (slides.) This was how they were able to control the quality and the “look and feel” of their final product.  Adobe’s Lightroom program is the modern day equivalent of the wet darkroom. But it is a lot more! It is also a very powerful database management system for cataloging huge collections of images. It is a program that can be used by digital photographers to handle their photographs for the whole life cycle of the image, from their genesis in the camera, through editing and cropping to final output as prints, web sites or to another database for collaborative work. 


In this 4-session course we will cover all the essential features of Lightroom, explore its capabilities and functions, and will work through examples and scenarios of how they can be exploited by the modern digital photographer. Each of the 4 sessions will be 2 hours long and will, as much as possible, be independent modules so that you can sign up for only the sessions suited for your needs if you do not want or need to take the whole course.




Session 1 – October 6, 2018 – Saturday 10:30am-12:30pm    

Session 2 – October 6, 2018 – Saturday 2:00pm-4:00pm

Session 3 – October 13, 2018 – Saturday 10:30am-12:30pm

Session 4 – October 13, 2018 – Saturday 2:00pm-4:00pm


Each session is $75.00 and if you sign up for all four sessions, you will get a $50 gift card for use at our Seawood Store.


Due to the size of the classroom and computer screen, each session will be limited to eight students. 


All classes will be held in the Seawood Photo Camera Store studio at 1601 4thStreet, San Rafael, CA






Session 1: Introduction


Saturday, October 6th, 2018: 10:30am-12:30pm

1.    Lightroom – DAM (Digital Asset Management) and The Digital Darkroom

2.    Recommended Setup and Preferences Settings

3.    Workspace Layout and Workflow Recommendations 

4.    Importing images – to Move, Copy or Add. 

5.    Culling and Sorting – Using Flags, Star Ratings and Color Codes

6.    Using Keywords, Collections, Smart Collections and Collection Sets


Lightroom vs Photoshop – do you need Photoshop

Parametric editing vs pixel editing

Recommended Books –

            Cookbook style – Kelby

            Theoretical background – Schewe

            Combo – Martin Evening




Session 2: The Digital Dark Room

Saturday, October 6th, 2018: 2:00pm-4:00pm

1.    Understanding Image Files Types – RAW, TIFF/PSD, JPG, PNG, DNG

2.    Understanding Resolution and Pixels and their affect on image quality

3.    Review of commonly used Color Spaces – sRGB, Adobe RGB, ProPhoto RGB, CYMK – when to use which and why.

4.    Lightroom Presets – how and when to use them

5.    Deep Dive into the Develop Panels


Session 3: Photo Editing

Saturday, October 13th, 2018: 10:30am-12:30pm

1.    How to read the Histogram

2.    Setting Exposure – Highlights, Shadows, Whites and Blacks

3.    When and how to use Curves

4.    Understanding Color Temperature and how to set proper White Balance

5.    Setting Clarity, Vibrance and Saturation

6.    Sharpening and Noise Reduction – How much to apply and when is appropriate to use

7.    Cropping, Overlay grid, Overlay images, Straightening, Lens and Perspective Correction

8.    Using Localized Edits - Spot healing, Adjustment Brush, Linear graduated and radial filter

9.    How and when to use Auto-Sync and Bulk Edit


Session 4: Export, Publishing Service and Printing

Saturday, October 13th, 2018: 2:00pm-4:00pm

1.    Understanding Export Settings

2.    Using Publishing Service vs Export – what’s the difference

3.    Printing – fine tuning and ICC profile and Soft-Proofing

4.    Tether Capture and Plugins

5.    How to link up Lightroom with Photoshop or other editors.Version Note: We will be using the latest version Lightroom Classic CC ver. 7.31 in the class but if you have older versions, Lightroom 5.x or 6.x, you will benefit from the class material. 


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