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Adobe Lightroom Basics

February 10, 2018
9:30am - 4:30pm
ASiF Studios Grass Valley, CA
Class size is limited to 10 people . $125

New to Adobe Lightroom? This 1-day class is designed to get you familiar with essential concepts and workflow practices for using this powerful program for organizing, and managing a digital image archive and improving your images using the many tools in Lightroom’s Develop module.

This class will provide an overview of the entire program, but we’ll concentrate on what are arguably the two most important (and most-used) areas of Lightroom: the Library module for organizing and managing your image archive, and the Develop module for improving and enhancing the look of your photographs.

We’ll begin by covering what Lightroom is and, just as important, what it isn’t, and focus on best practices for setting up and managing an image catalog. This includes importing your images so you know exactly where they are being copied to; managing folders in your Lightroom catalog so the program always knows where they are in relation to the actual folders on your hard drive (and finding and re-linking to folders and images that are missing).

We’ll discuss how to use the powerful search capabilities to locate images in your catalog, how to use keywords and metadata to make them easier to find, and how to take advantage of collections for customized organization.

In the second part of the class we’ll concentrate on Lightroom’s Develop module for improving and enhancing the appearance of your photos, focusing on the non-destructive and always editable nature of Lightroom’s adjustments and it’s powerful capabilities for editing raw image files.

If you’re a new Lightroom user, or just need to get up to speed on making the most of this excellent imaging program, this 1-day workshop is for you: small class size, hands-on, and designed to answer your questions so you can make the most of using Lightroom for your photography.


Some of the Key Topics to be Covered:

• Under the Hood: Understanding the database structure of Lightroom

• Recommendations for setting up a scaleable image archive

• An in-depth look at importing images into Lightroom

• Working with the Library Module: Managing folders and coellctions

• Strategies for using keywords and other metadata

• Using the Export dialog

• Working with the Develop Module

• The non-destructive nature of Lightroom's image adjustments

• Recommended Develop workflow for Raw and JPEG files

• Local Adjustments with the Gradient Filters and Adjustment Brush

• Overview of the Map, Book, Slideshow, Print modules

• How Lightroom Classic fits in with the Lightroom Mobile app

Requirements: This class requires that participants bring their own laptop computer with Lightroom Classic CC or Lightroom 6 installed. If your image archive is stored on an external hard drive, then you should bring that, as well (please make sure that you have a current back-up of any external hard drive before bringing it to class). If you already have a Lightroom catalog set up at home, you can also choose to create a new temporary catalog just for this class for the purposes of trying out the concepts and workflow practices that we will be exploring. For this purpose, you might also consider bringing small external hard drive with a selection of images to use in the temporary class catalog.

If you wish to participate in the hands-on nature of the class, here is a list of items you need to bring:

• A laptop computer with Lightroom Classic CC, or Lightroom 6 installed.

• A portable external hard drive (if you want to bring additional photos to use in the class).

• At least one memory card with images from your camera that can be imported into Lightroom

• A USB card reader, or your camera and its USB connection cord (so photos can be imported from memory cards)

If have any questions about this, feel free to call (530-477-8494) or send me an email

February 10, 2018
9:30am - 4:30pm

$125 Class size is limited to 10 people

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will the class be held?
What version of Lightroom does the class cover?
I have an earlier version of Lightroom (4 or 5); Can I still take the class?
Will there be a lunch break?

Can I pay on the day of the class when I arrive?

Where will the class be held?
In the classroom space at the Artists' Studios in the Foothills (ASiF) in Grass Valley, California. ASiF is a fully-equipped studio art center where many artists have studio space where they make art and gallery space to display their work. It's a very visually inspring place to be in with a lot of wonderful artwork to view and appreciate

What version of Lightroom does the class cover?
Lightroom Classic CC or Lightroom 6. This class does NOT cover the new cloud-based Lightroom CC, though I will be discussing the differences between it and Lightroom Classic CC.

I have an earlier version of Lightroom (4 or 5). Can I still take the class?
The basic structure of how Lightroom Classic works is very similar to earlier versions of the program, such as Lightroom 4 or 5. With this in mind, if you are still new to how th program works, you would certainly benfit from this class. There ar som differences and new features that we will cover, however, that would not be present in those earlier versions of the program.

Will there be a lunch break?
We will take a 60– 75 minute lunch break at approximatel 12:30pm. You are welcome to bring your own lunch or there are places to purchase lunch a short drive from the ASiF Studios.

Can I pay on the day of the class when I arrive?
In order to ensure that we reach the minimum number of people to run the class, we strongly encourage paying for the class ahead of time. For last minute enrollments we do accept credit card payments, checks or cash (exact change please!) on the day of the class. The class size is limited to 10, so please contact me beforehand (530-477-8494) to ensure that the class is not sold out.

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