Classes

Learn. Practice. Repeat.

Intro to Lightroom & Photoshop: Post Processing Workflow
In this fast-paced class we will journey into the world of post-processing. This will start with a full overview of Lightroom. You will learn how to store, organize and process your files. We will also go over the many different ways that Lightroom can help get your images out of your computer and be seen, either in print on the web or for sale on Adobe’s Stock website. We will go over the relationship between Lightroom and Photoshop and when to use each.

Advanced computer skills are recommended for this class. Please bring images (on memory cards, jump drives or portable hard drives), for us to work on in class. We will also go over good backup strategies for photographers. Laptops are highly suggested  with a subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan. We will be working with Lightroom Classic and the full version of Photoshop. Here's a link to the Creative Cloud Plans.

WEEK 1
Overview of Lightroom & Photoshop
Homework Assignment: Download to use on home computer and import some photos

WEEK 2
Defining the digital workflow. Capture, Import, Sort, Rate, Process, Export. Backup
Homework Assignment: Make some photos… import them into LR… sort and rate… do some minimal processing… export and email me 2 of your favorites.
WEEK 3
Retouching and post-processing using Lightroom vs. Photoshop.
Homework Assignment: Choose two images to retouch and post-process. Do one in Lightroom and the other in Photoshop​​​​​​​.
WEEK 4
Class choice on topic relating to Lightroom and Photoshop.
Homework Assignment: To be determined by class.​​​​​​​
WEEK 5
You’ve created the perfect image(s). Do you print, create a web portfolio or submit to Adobe Stock?
Homework Assignment: Submit one or more images to Adobe Stock.
Supplemental Material (PDFs)
This area will have PDF files that you can download for each class and keep for future reference. Please note that PDF files may be updated as needed.
Useful Links
Canon - Link to Canon's camera manual page.
Nikon - Link to Nikon's camera manual page.
Sony - Link to Sony's camera manual page.
Lens Simulator (NikonUSA) - You can simulate images shot with various combinations of lenses, ranging from wide-angle to telephoto, and cameras, in different formats. Image varies with the value of the focal length. This is useful as lens configurations are similar for other camera manufacturers.
Backup Solutions
Carbon Copy Cloner - Backup software for MacOS. Simple. Customizable. Reliable. This is to be used for onsite backup from one drive to another. 
Backblaze - World's easiest cloud backup for MacOS and Windows. Peace of mind. Period.
Organizations & Clubs
Professional Photographers of America (PPA) - If you want to be the best photographer you can be, you belong here. Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve owned your photography business for years, PPA can help. Join a community that understands your goals and challenges and meet colleagues who want to see you succeed. We have a passion for helping photographers grow their practices, exceed customer expectations and push the artistic envelope. We are a source for inspiration, protection, community and education.

Florida Professional Photographers (FPP) - The FPP exists solely for the good of its members. The association provides the tools and educational opportunities for its members to achieve their business and artistic goals. It is committed to an ongoing exchange of information and experiences among all members in an open and friendly atmosphere.

Bay Professional Photographers Association (BPPA) - BPPA provides an opportunity for photographers to come together to exchange ideas and information and encourage each other to become better at their craft. The association allows photographers to improve their skills by presenting photographic programs and holding print competitions. The association also provides the benefit of networking with other photographers for business and social interaction.

Lakewood Ranch Camera Club - The aim of the Club is to promote growth in members appreciation and skill in making digital photographs and videos through education in both the science and art of photography and videography. Monthly meetings are designed and offered for all levels of photographic understanding from beginner through professional. Special interest Workshops and educational classes are provided to both beginning and advanced photographers. Visitors and guests are welcome at all monthly meetings.

The North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) - The North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) is a nonprofit membership association that helps North America-based nature photographers at all levels of experience grow as artists, citizen scientists, and entrepreneurs through education, networking, and advocacy. Together with our members, we advance conservation and foster ethical field practices for the long-term benefit of all.
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