Adobe Lightroom-2 Workshop
Instructor: David L. Robertson
12/13/2009, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Hallmark Inn, Davis
First, David introduced us to the basic components of Lightroom, explained how Lightroom can be integrated into our workflow, and compared the attributes of Lightroom and Photoshop. Each of the five Lightroom modules (Library, Develop, Slideshow, Print, Web) was discussed, with the objective that we would gain a general understanding of how Lightroom could benefit us as photographers. Then the Library module was discussed in detail. We learned how to import and organize our digital files, including the use of Collections, flagging and keywording.
Second, David showed us all of the tools available in Lightroom for improving our original digital capture. These tools are all located in the Develop Module. We were shown a specific workflow that provided an efficient and consistent method of applying the various tools to an image so that the final result would be predictable and match our vision for a particular image. This portion of the workshop also explained how to use "plug-ins", such as Photomatix (for HDR images), Nik SilverEfex Pro (for black and white conversions) and Photoshop (for stitching panorama images).
Third, David explained the three ways of exporting images from Lightroom for presentation purposes (as opposed to exporting for further post-processing). After the images were completed, the most important part of the process came next, i.e., actually sharing the final image. Lightroom provides three modules for accomplishing this. The modules are Slideshow, Print and Web. This portion of the workshop explored each of these modules. Particular attention was given to the Print Module which will become the primary means for most photographers to create the finished print. There was also a discussion of exporting images to Photoshop for the purpose of "soft proofing" and output sharpening before printing in Lightroom.
The room was set up to accommodate our laptops so that we could follow along with David as he explained the different components on our own computers. As an alternative, we were simply able to watch the projection screen and watch David working in Lightroom.
We asked lots of questions during the workshop. David also made himself available after the workshop to answer any questions or help troubleshoot problems that we encountered.
We are sorry that you missed the workshop. If you ever have a chance in the future to attend any of David's workshops, try not to miss it.
Past President, The Photography Club of Davis
(You can also check David's presentation about "Photo Critique" at: http://www.photoclubofdavis.org/DavidLRobertson.cfm )