Adobe Lightroom is the industry standard for both maintaining a large digital photo library and editing images to achieve their full artistic potential. Lightroom’s interface corresponds to an ideal workflow that makes sense to experienced darkroom photographers and digital creators just learning their tools. The program is broken down into powerful modules – the Library, Develop, Map, Book, Slideshow, Print, and Web- and in this Lightroom Bootcamp, we tackle each one, exploring all the features and how they might be relevant to different kinds of photographers, no matter what genre or if its for commercial or purely artistic purposes.
Students will learn:
…editing approaches that bring out the best in your photography
…how to retouch portraits and create classic epic landscapes
…how to create custom filters, brushes and other templates while getting the most out of Lightroom’s stock filters and brushes
…techniques for speeding up their workflow through the use of auto synchronization, virtual copies, and more
…how to combine multiple exposures for panoramic and HDR photography
…ideas for sequencing and creating layouts for photo books and prints
And much, much more.
I’ve been using and teaching Lightroom for a decade, and in that time I’ve found it to be my go-to software for photo editing, organization and finishing.
Here we introduce key concepts of Adobe Lightroom and the structure of the class.
Here we describe Adobe's photography Creative Cloud plan and why photographers may prefer Lightroom over Photoshop as their primary photographic software.
We cover how Lightroom is divided into modules to accommodate workflow- the Library, Develop, Map, Slideshow, Book, Print and Web modules.
This is simply a general overview of our Library Module workspace.
In Lightroom, there's a bit more to Importing than simply bringing your images into the program. We cover the various options and how you can do some of your basic metadata and develop batch processing right from this first step.
This is where we get used to how the panels operate and how they correspond to other photography tools we may already relate to.
Once you've finished any development to an image, or simply want to send copies to social media or other people, we head over to the Export window to make our new photographic iterations. Here we explore the various options in the Export window.
Lightroom's Library module keeps a number of its primary functions in the center workspace, including orientation and rating.
Continuing our discussion about the center panel options of Lightroom's Library module.
Students will learn how to search all the various metadata choices within their Lightroom library to find exactly the images they are searching for, or to cross reference information.
Virtual copies are new iterations of your images that allow you to have alternate edits. We'll cover how to make these and how they may be useful to a photographer.
I show you how I import and catalog a new shoot, as well as using the optional editing functions while importing and how I synchronize metadata.
Photo editing can be fun but it can be trying if you don't have a direction to the process. Here we lay out some of the basic strategies for editing and take a quick tour of our Develop module workspace.
This lesson covers the exposure tools of the Develop module including all highlight/ shadow tone correction controls, the histogram and clipping masks.
Here we cover white balance, hue, saturation and luminosity.
This section shows how the right panel controls can be used to emulate black and white film looks, and introduces the concept of the black and white presets in the left panel.
This section covers sharpening, clarity, and noise reduction in Lightroom's Develop module.
In this lesson we check out the grain and haze effects and I elaborate on why you would want to use or avoid these effects.
This is an actual editing session using photos I shot of a model for a jewelry designer. This lesson shows the initial editing steps we take.
In this editing session I show you how I use the Adjustment Brush in Adobe Lightroom to smooth out skin and do specific exposure and clarity alterations.
Spotting is can be a lengthy process and it can be hard to determine where we should do it and to what degree. Here I show you my strategies for spotting and how to make retouching look natural rather than heavy handed.
Here we continue our last lesson about spotting out flaws in a naturalistic way.
Lastly, we do some eye enhancement to make our model's eyes stand out in the photograph using the adjustment brush.
Here we get into Lightroom's Book Module, showing the association with the company Blurb and options within and without the program.
Here students will get into the layout tools of Lightroom's book module.
Students will learn some general design guidelines on how to be more creative with their image and text placement in layout.
In this lesson I describe the PDF generation process and steps you should take before publishing a book.
Here we get deep into the Slideshow module and determine how it's useful in contrast to the Book Module.
Here we describe how to add music, how it affects the slides, and do a preview of our work.
Here we explore the 3 main layout tools of the Print module and why a photographer might choose one over the other, as well as how to create saved prints that can be accessible at any time.
In this lesson you'll see one of the specialized collections in Lightroom and how to pull still images from your videos.
Here we cover trimming a video and creating video filters.
Here we cover export settings for video available in Lightroom.
Thanks to all students participating in this course- here's my final thoughts on the program as a whole!
We've covered a lot of information- let's see how well you remember it!
David was born in 1977 in Omaha, NE. He graduated with his BFA in Photography from Arizona State University in 2006, creating portrait series that reflected both the hyperkinetic films, games and comics of the 1980s and 1990s, as well as more humanist documentary work with Indigenous communities in America and Australia.
After ASU he became a teaching artist as well as exhibing around the Southwest/ West Coast and been published in numerous magazines such as Orion, View Camera, B+W/ Color, and others. In 2014 he was named as one of the top 100 Creatives of Arizona by New Times Magazine. He currently lives in Chandler with wife Vesna and 2 children, Patrick and Magdalena.