Lightroom Evening Classes

Learn the full range of Lightroom Classic tools to keep you organized, improve your photos and show off your work.
Upcoming Series
May 4
Series
CLASS DATES: May 4, May 6, May 11, May 13
EARLY BIRD PRICE (expires 04/29)
Members get up to 20% off
SERIES: $220
**May series is ONLINE** Live online sessions will be from 6:30pm-9pm using Zoom.
Early Registration: $220 - Late Registration: $270
Register by April 30 for a 20% discount! Use code DCPONLINE20 at checkout.
“Loved learning the metadata/keywords functionality. I always loose photos so this will help me find photos quickly.“
— anonymous / Lightroom Evening Classes / September, 2018
“We subscribed to Lightroom after the Travel Photography workshop. Quickly realized that we were spinning our wheels and needed some help to be effective. Now I feel like I have my arms around Lightroom and the tools to put into practice immediately.“
— Samantha Murphy / Lightroom Evening Classes / September, 2018
“It made Lightroom much less intimidating than it used to be.“
— anonymous / Lightroom Evening Classes / September, 2018
“I'm excited about everything I learned.“
— anonymous / Lightroom Evening Classes / July, 2018
“Steve is a great instructor. He paces his lecture well.“
— anonymous / Lightroom Evening Classes / July, 2018
“I was becoming overwhelmed with my photos piling up and I'm excited to organize everything from now on. Takes away my anxieties!“
— Jana Donohoe / Lightroom Evening Classes / April, 2018
“I now feel like I will be able to follow an effective and efficient workflow for my photos. I've also been inspired to start shooting on my DSLR again in RAW of course!“
— Rebecca Arnold / Lightroom Evening Classes / April, 2018
“The class filled in the gaps that made my workflow frustrating.“
— Kim Stacey / Lightroom Evening Classes / October, 2017
“The information was presented in a thoughtful and structured manner. It gave me the confidence to dive in with my own edits.“
— Tommy Chumley / Lightroom Evening Classes / January, 2017
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Classes Included in this Series

Lightroom 101

Online Class
All Levels
We tackle the all-important subjects of image organization and data backup. Learn how to set up the Library module and preferences to work for your shooting style and workflow.

Lightroom 102

Online Class
All Levels
This class covers editing and culling your images, using collections and stacks to organize and the develop tools for global adjustments, corrections and special effects.

Lightroom 103

Online Class
All Levels
We explore Lightroom's powerful local editing tools including cropping, spotting, editing, brushing and masking. Then learn how to export and publish your finished photos.

Lightroom 104

Online Class
All Levels
This last class will teach you how to get the most out of Adobe Lightroom. We cover the map, web and print module, tethered shooting, slide shows and how to publish a high quality book.

Please note: The May series will be held online. Attendees will be given Zoom login instructions for the live classroom sessions. Please see the “Online Series” tab for more information.

Digital photography is only part photography. The rest is all digital which means time spent in front of a computer importing, sorting, selecting, tweaking, tagging, finishing, printing, sharing, uploading and showing your images. Lightroom is the premiere software program that handles all of those tasks with relative ease and quite a bit of elegance. It has changed the way professional photographers work and is increasingly the choice of amateur shooters as well.

What you’ll learn:
In the series of four classes you will learn how to set up Lightroom, import images and use the wealth of editing tools to improve your photos. You’ll understand how to use Lightroom’s ability to instantly find any photo in your collection based on keywords. You’ll also learn how to print, create web galleries and slide shows and share images online from within Lightroom. Detailed class outlines can be found under the overview tab of each class.

All classes include an illustrated handout so you can follow along with the presentation.

What you’ll need:
You can bring your laptop to the class or you can learn by watching the live demo, following in the handout and taking notes. If you do bring your laptop, make sure you have the latest version of Lightroom loaded. You should already be well acquainted with your computer hardware and settings and know your way around your operating system. If you don’t already own Lightroom you can download a free 7 day trial here.

What version will you be teaching?
These classes are based on the version of the software that is now known as Lightroom Classic. It used to be called Creative Cloud.  In late 2017 Adobe created some confusion but taking the Creative Cloud name for their new cloud only editing program. The re-branded CC version has many of the same tools as the more robust Classic but has stripped down or missing capabilities that we think most photographers would miss.

While we want everyone to stay safe during this time, we also want you to keep flexing your creative muscles! The April Photoshop series will be online via Zoom. Each class will be live with the instructor teaching the same concepts as if you were taking the class at DCP.

These classes will not be recorded or available after the class has ended.

Details

  • Cost per person for the series is $220 early registration (available until 7 days before the first class start date), $270 late registration. Register by April 30 to receive a 20% discount on all online classes. Use code DCPONLINE20 at checkout.
  • Login in to Zoom meeting at least 15 minutes before the class starts to become familiar with the program and work out any technical issues that may occur.
  • Classes start promptly at 6:30pm.
  • Each class is 2 ½ hours long.
  • Advance registration and payment is required.
  • Maximum number of students is 15.

How will the online sessions be different from being in the classroom?
Like in the classroom, the online sessions are demonstration classes where you do not need to have Photoshop open on your laptop during the class. We encourage you to watch the instructor during the class and practice what you’ve learned in your own time after the class.

Attendees will be on mute but can ask questions through various methods on Zoom, such as the chat feature. If there is a specific question to a specific project you may be working on, the instructor can answer those questions after the session has ended or by email. Class handouts will be distributed through e-mail.

We encourage you to use the video feature when you join the Zoom class! It will help us feel connected and engaged as a class, even though we aren’t all in one place. To use the video feature, you will need a webcam.

Do I have to live in North Texas to take the online classes?
No! Have you always wanted to take a photography class with your friend or family member but you aren’t in the same location? This is the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill with a buddy near or far.

Q: What is Lightroom?
A: Adobe Lightroom is the dominant Digital Asset Management program for photographers. Picasa, iPhoto, ACDSee and other programs are similar but Lightroom offers the most robust set of tools for importing, processing, selecting, printing and publishing your photos .

Q: What will I learn?
A: In the series of four classes you will learn how to set up Lightroom, import images and use the wealth of editing tools to improve your photos. You’ll understand how to use Lightroom’s ability to instantly find any photo in your collection based on keywords. You’ll also learn how to print, create web galleries and slide shows and share images online from within Lightroom.

Q: What do I need?
A: Each class includes an illustrated handout so you can follow along with the presentation. You don’t need to bring your laptop to the class. You can learn by watching the live demo, following in the handout and taking notes. If you do bring your laptop, make sure you have the latest version of Lightroom loaded. You should already be well acquainted with your computer hardware and settings and know your way around your operating system. If you don’t already own Lightroom you can download a free 30 day trial from the Adobe website.

Q: What version will you be teaching?
A: These classes are based on the version of the software that is now known as Lightroom Classic. It used to be called Creative Cloud.  In late 2017 Adobe created some confusion but taking the Creative Cloud name for their new cloud only editing program. The re-branded CC version has many of the same tools as the more robust Classic but has stripped down or missing capabilities that we think most photographers would miss.

Q: What about Photoshop?
A: Lightroom works in conjunction with Photoshop. Think of Lightroom as the corner emergency clinic where you go if you have a cold, sprain or splinter. Photoshop is the equivalent of a large hospital where major surgery is performed. For many people Photoshop is unnecessary and their entire workflow happens within the toolset of Lightroom. If you are doing commercial, industrial, special effects or other types of photography that require major surgery then Photoshop is an essential skill.

Q: How much do the classes cost?
A: Cost per person for the series is $220 early registration (available until 5 days before the first class start date), $270 late registration.

Q: Can I mix and match classes from different series for the bundled price?
A: No, the discounted bundled price is only available to classes taken in sequence.

Q: Can I take individual classes instead of the series?
A: No, this series can only be purchased as a bundle.

Q: How will I know if a class makes or not?
A: If a class doesn’t make and has to be canceled, you will receive an email no later than the night before the scheduled class date.

Q: How late can I sign up for a class?
A: As long as the class doesn’t show as “sold out”, you can register and pay up to two hours before the starting time of the class.

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

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. Steve ran his own commercial production company whose client list included American Airlines, Garmin, Paramount Amusement Parks and numerous food and big box stores as well as banks, non-profits and hospitals.

He was a top selling contributor to Getty Images in both still and motion collections and ran a successful still portrait business with an emphasis on high quality images and deft retouching. He has extensive experience photographing flat and 3D art for Heritage Auctions and other clients. He is the inventor of the patented EyeDirect Focusing System product, used by hundreds of producers and camera people around the world.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have cancelled or rescheduled all in-person classes, events and gallery shows. We are now offering online classes here and will be adding more soon!