This online interactive programme of modules is targeted at an Improver – someone who uses Lightroom Classic CC as a basic tool, is familiar with the Lightroom workspace and knows the difference between Library and Develop and now would like to progress towards working with some of the extra creative capabilities and would like to exploit the many capabilities for non-destructive editing that it offers
The programme is comprised of 4 modules, each module, although self-contained and delivered through three 75-minute online workshops, builds on the experience of the previous one. Each module is accompanied by sample images for the workshops and relevant documentation describing the tools used to get to the final picture
As a Landscape photographer the discussions and demos are all focussed on land and seascapes from the Lightroom Classic “Beyond the Basics” Face to Face workshop adapted for online delivery. However, the skills and topics are relevant and transferable to all genres of photography.
The demonstrations are focussed on the subscription based Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, although most techniques equally apply to standalone Lightroom 6.
The first module is preceded by an additional optional “Setup” workshop to ensure everybody can connect into and use the Zoom videoconferencing tool, and that they have successfully downloaded the preparatory material.
Modules are run over a week and follow each other in sequence every three weeks.
Landscapes and Lightroom - approach
The course is made up of 12 workshops run in sets of 3. Each group is structured in the same way and run as three, 75 minute workshops over a week as follows:
Workshop 1 runs on a Saturday starting at 10.30
Workshop 2 runs on a Tuesday starting at 10.30
Workshop 3 runs on a Thursday starting at 10.30
Workshop 4 runs on a Sunday starting at 10.30
Workshop 5 runs on a Tuesday starting at 10.30
Workshop 6 runs on a Thursday starting at 10.30
.. and so on for workshops 7 to 9 and 10 to 12 (ie Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday).
Materials and Zoom invitations are sent out prior to each Module to enable participants to load and review the contents.
Workshops 1 to 3 - Getting up to speed with Lightroom Classic CC
This module starts by discussing the different catalogue and Library options and which ones to choose for best effect in your situation. Import options and how they differ in their effect are discussed in workshop 2 before getting on to associated image storage and keyword approaches to ensure you can retrieve your images when you want them. Workshop 3 focusses on methods for ranking your images and, for the best ones, how to perform basic image setup including setting the horizon, removing dust spots and cropping.
Getting up to speed with Lightroom Classic CC comes with a sample import set of 45 images and Key Notes material to enable you to practice in your own time at your own pace.
This Module also includes an optional “Getting set up for on-line training” workshop run just before the main workshop set
Workshops 4 to 6 - Luminosity and Colour
This module covers global changes to be made to images in Lightroom Classic CC through the Develop function. Workshop 1 focusses on tuning the luminosity or brightness of the image as seen through the histogram to meet the artistic vision of the photographer, extracting as much of the tonal information from the image as is possible.
Colour temperature is discussed in Workshop 2 along with the interpretation of the colour information in the histogram as is using the colour pipette to determine a representative White Balance and how to adjust the sliders to achieve the perfect balance.
Workshop 3 focusses on monochrome conversions and how to adjust the tonal information represented by colour in the B&W conversion mechanisms offered by Lightroom. From there we go on to conclude by looking at tinted images, whether using the Split Toning or Graduated Filter
This module comes with appropriate sample images for each workshop concerned along with Key Notes material to enable you to practice in your own time at your own pace
Workshops 7 to 9 - Altering an image selectively
Having achieved a reasonable global tonal and colour balance this module goes on to examine the various capabilities Lightroom offers to allow changes to be made increasingly selectively, from Graduated Filter, through Radial Filter before finishing with the adjustment brush. The various adjustment options are discussed along with their impact on the final image, along with mechanisms introduced in Lightroom Classic CC to tune these selections either by tone or by colour, thereby increasing the flexibility of this approach.
An important part of this module is a review of the various sharpening options addressing the different stages of image development, from input sharpening through selective sharpening in the Develop module before finishing with output sharpening whether through Export or Print functionality.
The Module comes with sample images to try out the different filtering options with Key Notes material to enable you to practice in your own time at your own pace.
Workshops 10-12 - Exporting and Printing Images
With images being used in so many different contexts workshop 1 discusses the creation and usage of virtual copies and collections. The special Book collection is also discussed and a brief overview of the book module given as it may require additional image adjustments to ensure the best book presentation. Finally this workshop discusses when and how to bring images into Photoshop and why that may be the best option for any particular image.
Workshop 2 goes into the various options offered by the Export module from simple exports to hard disk for digital image competitions through to watermarking and use of images in social media environments.
The final workshop of the series covers the print capability of Lightroom Classic CC including sizing, soft proofing and the print dialogue with its various options, including the sourcing and loading of paper profiles and sharpening.
This Module comes with Key Notes and suitable images to enable you to practice in your own time at your own pace and should enable you to test some of the programme’s ideas out on your own images.
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- Cancellation policy
Where participants are obliged to cancel their participation in a particular workshop, RPS South East Region may offer the following refunds:
Cancellation, more than four weeks before the event or workshop - Full refund.
Cancellation, less than four weeks before the event or workshop - No refund is possible, although contacting the workshop organiser immediately may enable the place to be transferred to someone else if the demand is present.
Cancellation once the programme has started, no refund is possible
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