for Adobe Lightroom Classic CC

Not just for professionals

If you’re interested in photography, editing is an essential skill.  And it’s not just for Pros – today’s tools such as Lightroom are affordable, intuitive to use, powerful in its capabilities and non destructive to your images – that means you can always undo a process you applied to it but they go waaaaay beyond the ‘filters’ you may be familiar with from the free photo editing apps.

What you will learn:

Our Photo Editing course guides you through the photo editing process in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC from start to finish – from setting it up correctly, organising your collections and creating a workflow that works for you, through learning the capabilities of all the editing settings such as adjusting exposure or sharpening the images; all the way to printing and creating  photo books. We’ll show you how to create specific artistic effects ( high impact Black and white, vintage, sun-filled, vibrant etc ), and how to fix common photography problems ( grainy images, underexposed images, wrong colours etc). At the end of the course you will be able to confidently manage your photo collection with Lightroom, achieve desired artistic effects and make your photos truly stand out.

The course set up

The course can be accessed in 2 ways – either as a self-paced, self study option ( where you get access to all the learning materials and make your way through it at your own pace) or Instructor led version – we call it Lightroom Live – which is instructor led, with weekly webinars and a support group on top of the learning materials you get with the self-paced option.

Getting Lightroom:

As of October 2017, Adobe has ceased to sell Lightroom as a standalone software ( although you may still get previous versions via third party sellers like Amazon) and instead is only offering it via a monthly subscription in several bundle options. In addition to that change, there are now 2 versions of Lightroom available – Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic CC.

Lightroom CC is the newest version of the software which has been redesigned to allow users access and edit their images from any device, while storing their images in the cloud.

Lightroom Classic CC is an updated version of the primarily desktop software which this course refers to.

We have tested both versions and are still recommending to students that they purchase the bundle option which allows them access to both Lightroom Classic CC and Lightroom CC as Lightroom Classic still has more functionality, tools and power than the new Lightroom CC. Adobe themselves refer to it as version 1.0 of that software and admit freely it does not contain all the tools Adobe Classic has. This course will in time be updated with Lightroom CC version, currently, it is still covering Lightroom Classic CC.

If you have any doubts which version you should get or issues with installation, please get in touch with us – we’ll help.

Photo editing course – details

Lightroom Live – starts 13 MAY 2019  – £139

4 week, instructor led version of course – Lightroom Live – which takes you step by step through all the modules with live Instructor led webinars and demos to answer your question and a support Facebook Group. 

Self-paced course – £89

Can be started and accessed at any time. It is accessible from your mobile/tablet or desktop. You receive all the materials at the same time and can work through them at your own pace.

Important: if you’ve purchased editing course in the last year either as part of a bundle or a self-paced course, you’re eligible to join us at Lightroom live for just a top up fee of £39.

Course pre-requisites:

Lightroom ( standalone software) or Lightroom Classic CC software installed on your computer ( please talk to us if you’re not sure which version or Lightroom to get – Adobe made it a bit confusing in the last year! )

Photo editing course – overview

Module 1 - Setting up your workflow

  • Setting up Lightroom to suit your workflow
  • Understanding the geography of Lightroom and the key settings
  • Managing your photos in Lightroom – catalogues, collections, imports and exports
  • Working in the Library module – sample edits, batch edits, reversing edits
  • Key shortcuts for Library module

Module 2 - The Editing Process

  • Introduction to the Develop module
  • Basics on non-destructive editing
  • Key editing options : Basic panel: exposure, white balance, tone adjustment, the curve tool and luminosity / colour / saturation adjustment, sharpening and reducing noise
  • Correcting under-exposure and performing a “clean edit”
  • Downloading and using presets
  • Performing batch operations

Module 3 - Targeted and Creative Edits

  • Adding onto your clean edit
  • Using, creating and buying presets
  • Cropping, scaling and resizing images
  • Targeted adjustments:
    • spot removal and healing
    • graduated and radial filters
    • adjustment brush
  • Creative Black and white conversions
  • Creating a portrait edits : retouching and enhancing skin
  • Creating a soft, matte edit
  • Creating a sun saturated look

Module 4 - After the edits: printing and displaying

  • The Print Module:
    • preparing your images for print, sharpening and creating custom templates
  • The Book Module
    • Understanding key Book Module settings and creating bespoke books
  • The Map Module
    • working with geo coded images and adding them to the maps
  • The Slideshow Module
    • Generating and editing bespoke slideshows
  • Module Summary and end