Photography for Parents
Editing in Lightroom
AKA : how to bring your photos to life
“You don't take a photograph. You make it" - Ansel Adams
Photography for Parents - Editing in Lightroom
Next course starts 11 March 2024
Editing is an essential skill for anyone with even just a passing interest in photography.
Much as we try, we can't always get everything right in camera and editing tools help us bring our vision to life, help correct problems and allow our images to look beautifully polished.
We teach how to do all these things in Adobe Lightroom because it's a powerful, intuitive and affordable tool used by Pros around the world for that very reason.
KEY COURSE INFO:
what you learn:
From being able to correct issues such as over/under exposure, issues with colour or graininess to bringing your vision to life, creating mood and tone to your images, knowing how to use editing software is a must. But good and purposeful editing goes way beyond just slapping on a preset or a filter - in our course we teach you all about the tools - not just what all of them do but how, and we teach you how to know what to use and when to achieve certain effects.everything you need to allow you to style your photos, confidently use the software and fix common problems.
This is the course for you if :
- Love taking photos but want them to look more polished - with colours that pop and light that's perfectly balanced
- You want to be able to fix common issues such as under- or overexposure, white balance or colour casts so that you never need to bin an image just because it wasn't right straight out of camera
- You want to get more creative with light and colour to make the images look just like the moment felt. Bring on the moody edits or sun soaked edits or light kissed skin tones or creative black and white conversions
- You want to confidently use the editing techniques so you can bring your vision to life every time, without guesswork
- You want to be able to prepare your images for print so that your walls can beam with pride at the beauty that you captured
Next Editing in Lightroom course starts 11 March 2024
HERE IS WHAT YOU WILL LEARN in this course :
Our Photo Editing in Lightroom course guides you through the photo editing process in Adobe Lightroom 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 tools - such as adjusting exposure, colours, light 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, light and airy, dark and moody 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.
INSIDE THE MODULES - aka WHAT DO YOU LEARN?
Module 0: Getting set up in Lightroom
This module is released a week before the course starts to give you a chance to fully familiarise yourself with the layout, structure and the best way of working in Lightroom Classic, including guidance of creating a smooth selection and culling process that helps you see and keep the best of your images, without getting bogged down with 100s near duplicates.
Module 1: Getting Started In Lightroom - Global Edits
In this module we introduce you to Lightroom's most powerful tools - the global edits. We help you understand how to tweak your images to achieve the effects you're after quickly - from adjusting over and under exposure, to correcting white balance in a few different ways, to having a play with my favourite Lightroom tool - the tone curve.
At the end of the module you will have gained full control of lightroom key global tools and will be able to use them to correct any global - as in affecting the whole image - issues with your images. This includes perfecting your exposure, balancing your colour and white balance, sharpening and creating clarity and more.
Module 2: Targeted Edits - Masks!
Lightroom allows us to apply edits to selected parts of the image through a range of its very powerful, intelligent and manual masks. This means you can now effortlessly select your subject from the photo to adjust them separately with just one click, you can pick only the sky, the subject's eyes or only colour green or any other element and treat them differently to the rest.
You will be able to use the full range of masks in lightroom and apply your edits exactly where they are needed, and nowhere else. This includes working with with the new AI powered masks which can detect a person's individual features and allow you to selectively edit them in a few simple steps, as well as those more manual tools, that allow you to literally paint with light and colour on your photographs.
Module 3: Creative Editing in Lightroom
This is a brand new module in our course where we take all the tools introduced in Modules 1 and 2 and actually use them to achieve different effects on our photos. Wer show you how to be guided by light when editing, how to achieve a light and airy or a moody edit on your images, how to add light and how to convert to black and white, as well as how to edit skin in Lightroom! This module is all play!
You will learn how to create yoru own editing process - from knowing where to start and to understanding what elements of your photograph may need or benefit from adjusting and knowing how you can do so to achieve different outcomes. You will also learn how to edit your skin tones so they look delightful - no matter what your subject's complexion.
Module 4: After the edits
We close the course with a module centered around all the things you might want to do after the edits - from preparation for print, creating photo books, but also sharing your images online and syncing them between different machines and adobe workplaces. PLUS there is a little Photoshop intro so you get a glimpse at how it's different and what it can do.
You will learn how to connect all of your Adobe ecosystem and sync and share your images across multiple devices. You will learn how to prepare your images for print so they look their very best and how to create photobooks.
Next course starts 11 March 2024
Absolutely, without a doubt book Editing. I was very unsure at first. My interest in photography is to capture those memories so it felt like it was 'cheating' to edit. I can honestly say it's like magic.To finish off the pictures you love and just give you complete control over the exposure, colours to make them perfect, to rescue the disasters etc. I learnt so much in those few weeks and it made the biggest difference to my photos.
Editing in LIGHTROOM
Book your space now:
Course starts : 11 March 2024
( 4 weeks + 1 prep week)
course cost : £179 ( payment plans available )
- 4 weekly modules with step by step illustrated tutorials and videos + prep module
- weekly edit along class online class ( also recorded) - on Wednesday evenings
- feedback and advice on your edits
- private support group
- PDF workbook and downloadable videos
- Practice images to learn on
Join our next group to really bring life to your images and make them look sleep, polished and full of light
Lightroom or Lightroom Classic CC software installed on your computer or tablet.
RECOMENDED : Lightroom Photography Plan 25GB – a monthly subscription at approx £9pm – including Lightroom CC, Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop. This plan can also be occasionally purchased at a lower price via Amazon or Groupon if you purchase a year’s worth of subscription in one go ( average savings – around 2-4 months worth depending on the deal)
Please note that Adobe also has a Lightroom Plan with 1TB of storage – we do not recommend this plan as it restricts you to one version of software only. The increased Cloud storage can always be purchased as an add on or your plan can be switched from Photographer plan to CC only at a later stage if you prefer.
Photography for Parents Fundamentals
Next course starts on 19 June 2023
OPTION 1: Fully immersed :
OPTION 2: Light touch
All the core learning materials and bonus materials but excluding the interactive elements such as our live class, personal feedback on your images - perfect for the more independent students
All the learning resources, all the community, all the support, all the personal help. Virtually failproof
Core learning resources and follow on access to Photography for Parents community
Frequently asked questions
You don't need any specific knowledge of editing, even if you've never edited any image in your life - we take you through the process step by step, from set up to more complex edits so you gradually build on the new knowledge.
No, you will need to purchase the software yourself. Lightroom is available on subscription from Adobe at a cost of approximately £9p/m, but it can often be purchased at a lower price through amazon or groupon
Lightroom can be used on both stationary desktops, laptops and tablets and the editing tools are pretty much the same across all these devices ( bar a couple of minor exceptions). Lightroom Classic, which is available for desktops and laptops has the widest amount of tools available - going beyond simply editing - this includes photo organisation, creating photo books etc so if you want to cover these topics you will be best off with a computer. However, for the editing alone, you can do this course with the cloud version of Lightroom which is available on tablets and mobiles as well.
Yes. Your device needs to be reasonably fast to make the most of the tools available within Lightroom. Adobe provides minimum and recommended specification for your device and the most up to date recommendations can be seen here: https://helpx.adobe.com/uk/lightroom-cc/system-requirements.html
Although we teach a solid editing workflow and process and the types of tools you will see across different editing software packages are often similar, this course specifically focuses on how to edit using Adobe Lightroom so I wouldn't recommend signing up if you work on a different kind of software.
Both Lightroom and Photoshop are editing tools that can transform your images, but whether you need one or the other will very much depend on how you edit. Lightroom is designed for the photographer who wants to be able to manage and enhance your image with light, exposure, colour etc and the results can be transformative, while keeping the images mostly true to their originals. Photoshop is designed to allow you to add or remove elements from your images, perform powerful transformations and give you full control over changing colours etc. Both are fantastic tools and both can be really useful for a photographe, but Photoshop's learning curve is much steeper than lightroom, so if you're making your first steps in editing, I'd recommend starting from Lightroom. Once you've mastered that, check out our Photoshop courses!