Lightroom Classic Evening Classes

Learn the full range of Lightroom Classic tools to keep you organized, improve your photos and show off your work.
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The Lightroom Classic Series returns in-person to DCP as six-class series! Please view our updated COVID policy here. Masks are recommended but not required when at DCP.

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 Classic 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.

In the series of six classes you will learn how to set up Lightroom Classic, 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 Classic 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.  There is another version just called “Lightroom” which is totally cloud based. It’s super confusing but make sure you have Classic before signing up for this class!

What You’ll Learn

File organization, searching, and the Lightroom Classic catalog.

  • Intro:  Why is Lightroom such a big deal?  •  Will I still need Photoshop?  •  Should I be shooting RAW?  •  We’ll tackle the all-important subjects of image organization and backup. You’ll learn how to get Lightroom set up to work best for your shooting style and workflow.
  • Setup:  Understand the Lightroom database concept  •  Where does Lightroom store its stuff?  •  Setting up your preferences
  • Organizing your images:  What to do with existing folders of images  •  Moving from another program like iPhoto   •  Some recommended folder structures to help keep your sanity
  • Importing:  Getting your images loaded into LR from a drive or device  •  Basic file naming and tagging  •  What about DNG?  •  What are Smart Previews?
  • Catalogs:  Backing up your precious data  •  Working with multiple catalogs  •  Synchronizing catalogs between computers  •  Working with external hard drives.
  • Keywording and metadata: finding the needle in the haystack:  How to add keywords to your images  •  Searching by metadata  •  Finding your photos with a few keystrokes  •  Using the Library Filter to instantly search by date, lens or any other criteria
  • Map Module:  Automatically map photos taken with any GPS enabled device  •  Using inexpensive hardware or a $2 app on your smartphone you can map all of your DSLR photos
  • Tethered shooting:  How to shoot with your camera connected directly to your computer for automatic import into Lightroom  •  Precision color profiling for shooting product or other subjects

Selections and collections

  • Workspace, panels and menus: View modes, grid, panels, filmstrip, etc.  •  Customizing the interface  •  Working with dual monitors  •  Keyboard shortcuts
  • Editing and culling your images:  Making your first cut with Flags  •  Refining your edit with the color and star rating systems  •  Using the Compare and Survey modes for those tough editing decisions
  • Collections and Stacks:  How to use collections to organize your images by just about any idea or criteria  •  Using Smart Collections to automatically group images  •  Working with image stacks

Processing

  • Develop Module: Using virtual copies as a creative sandbox, combine with stacking • Making basic global adjustments  •  Nondestructive editing and why it’s such a great thing  •  Basic adjustments and global exposure controls, exposure, highlights, etc.  •  Working with RAW/JPEG and white balance  •  Syncing and batch processing
  • Advanced global adjustments:  Curves  •  Color controls, global and local  •  Creative black and white conversions  •  Sharpening and noise controls  •  Working with develop presets  •  Camera profiles
  • Corrections and special effects:  Automatic and manual lens correction for distortion, perspective and color aberrations  •  Split toning  •  Vignetting
  • Local image editing:  Cropping  •  Redeye reduction  •  Spot cloning  •  Graduated and radial filters
  • Local adjustment brush and masking:  Retouching skin, eyes, teeth  •  Re-lighting images • The new powerful (and confusing) masking layer tools

When your image is ready to go

  • Getting out of Lightroom:  Exporting files  •  Presets for Email  •  Color space and resolution settings  •  Watermarking your images for protection
  • Publish Services:  Connecting easily with printers, social media and other platforms  •  Using custom services
  • Putting it on paper:  Working with the Print Module  •  Print packages and custom layouts  •  Printer settings and profiles • Printing yourself or sending to a service
  • Self publishing a high quality book:  Learn how to lay out, edit and print professional books from within Lightroom  •  Some easy tricks for creating custom page layouts
  • Slide Shows:  Making a client presentation or just showing pictures to your family  •  Customizing your slide show  •  Creating an MP4 movie with a soundtrack

  • Cost per person for the six-class series is $225.
  • The workshop is at Dallas Center for Photography – 4756 Algiers Street, Dallas, TX 75207.
  • All DCP members receive a discount on class registration! Not a member? Join now!
  • Classes are from 6pm-8pm CT.
  • Advance registration and payment is required.
  • Maximum number of students is 15. Minimum number to make a class is 8.
  • Parking is available in the DCP parking lot or along Algiers Street.

Q: What is Lightroom?
A: Adobe Lightroom is the dominant Digital Asset Management program for photographers.  iPhoto is 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 six classes you will learn how to set up Lightroom Classic, 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 Classic 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: 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 day 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.

Peter Poulides

Peter is the director of Dallas Center for Photography and teaches several of the classes and workshops. In over 30 years of shooting assignments for national magazines and corporate/stock photography he’s learned a few things and likes to pass it on. His favorite student review is “You remember what it’s like to not know”.

He also works one-on-one with clients to further particular shootings skills, organize their photos with Lightroom or work on projects like books and exhibitions. He still shoots occasional commercial jobs but is busy with personal book projects and running the expanding DCP.

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