Introduction to Adobe Lightroom Classic
Adobe Lightroom is a family of image organisation and image manipulation tools for Windows and macOS. It allows viewing, organising and editing large numbers of digital images by non-destructive methods. Often used by wedding and events photographers, it provides an efficient way of processing large numbers of images without the need to use Photoshop. Lightroom contains its own RAW converter negating the need for additional RAW pre-processing software. The Library features within the program provide excellent organisation, tagging and publishing tools.
This course explores the different modules within Lightroom, demonstrating their functionality and giving practical exercises for learners to gain knowledge and experience.
Note: While this course specifically covers Lightroom Classic (which is desk/laptop orientated) it is also suitable as an introduction for people who have and wish to use Lightroom CC (which has additional mobile device and cloud functionality).
Introduction to Adobe Lightroom – Target Audience:
This course is aimed at photographers, publishers and photo librarians who wish to gain the most out of their photos without having to learn the complexities of Photoshop. It will also serve as a good foundation to Photoshop for those who are interested in advancing to more complex photo manipulation but have no experience in this subject. Film Oxford also runs an Adobe Photoshop weekend course.
Introduction to Adobe Lightroom – Prerequisites:
To join this course you must already be comfortable using a computer, keyboard and mouse and have experience using general desktop applications. If you also have an understanding and knowledge of photo manipulation concepts like exposure, colour balance, and contrast that would be an advantage, but it is not essential.
The course is written and delivered by Guy Henstock, an Oxford-based professional photographer. Guy has decades of experience as a photographer and photographic post-production retoucher having started in a darkroom with film and embraced the digital world some 25 years ago. Guy’s photographs are used by businesses in their printed adverts, brochures, publications and websites. His work is also regularly published in the local press. Guy is also the course tutor for Film Oxford’s Introduction to Photoshop course.
Click here to see Guy’s photography website.
The course is delivered in Film Oxford’s computer suite where there are a number of PCs and Mac computers. The course has a maximum of seven learners, ensuring that each receives a good level of personal guidance and attention.
Who can get Concessions on Introduction to Adobe Lightroom?
Students, people in receipt of the following means-tested benefits, and their unwaged dependents (evidence required): ESA (income related); JSA, Income Support; Working Tax Credit (not child tax credit); Council Tax Benefit (not student/single person/reduction due to disability); Housing Benefit; Pension Credit (guarantee).
All Film Oxford Courses are subsidised by Oxfordshire Adult Learning. Learners must be 18+ to take part.
Introduction to Adobe Lightroom Classic – Course Details:
The course will run over two days (10am-4pm, with breaks for lunch and refreshments) and will cover everything from importing images into Lightroom, through image adjustments and to outputting final images. Students will be taught the basic concepts of correcting Exposure, Colour and Contrast and some more advanced techniques including Localized Corrections, Retouching and Sharpening. Students will learn through demonstration and practical exercises.
The course will cover the following sections:
- Introduction – Why Lightroom Classic?
- Importing photographs from your computer or camera
- Viewing and comparing images in the Library
- Renaming photos and folders
- Rating and organizing photos
- Grouping photos into collections
- Adding keywords and face tags
- Enhancing photos in the Develop module
- Fixing issues with the retouching tools
- Making localized corrections
- Reducing noise and sharpening
- Correcting lens distortion
- Combining images with Photo Merge
- Exporting and emailing photos
- Creating a book, web gallery, or slideshow
- Printing photos