Advanced Lightroom Course
I’ve been asked to run an Advanced Lightroom Course so I’m planning one for Sunday 24th July and I'm also looking at a mid-week one on either Tuesday 26th, Wednesday 27th or Thursday 28th July. Please let me know ASAP if you would like to attend either of these and your preferred dates.
The course will have a quick recap on the beginners LR course then continue from there with time spent on advanced editing, collections, the book, slideshow and print modules, plus using the free Nix Collection plugins. I’m also open to other suggestions including a bit of Photoshop if that’s what the group would like and time allows.
Lightroom is the best option for anyone whose main interest is Landscape Photography as it’s possible to recover much more detail in the clouds from a RAW file edited correctly in LR. You will require a laptop but we do keep a couple of spares.
Beginners Lightroom Course
As you become more confident with you photography is's a good idea to consider shooting in RAW. This is especially useful for landscape photographers as RAW files contain much more information which can help to keep detail in the skies. To get the best out of these RAW files though you need to edit them in a RAW editor. like Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom. Picasa just treats RAW files like JPGs so you will not be able to recover this extra detail.
Lightroom CC includes Photoshop effectively for free
Many students have upgraded to Lightroom CC, which effectively includes Photoshop for free, so this Lightroom Course will include how to integrate Lightroom with Photoshop. We will look at the Lightroom workflow, from importing your images in the correct format, the filing system, editing and getting the best from RAW files, exporting for print or Facebook and how to use the various LR modules. We’ll also use Photoshop to design a logo as this will demonstrate a lot of really useful PS techniques.
Is it worth upgrading to Lightroom CC?
So you have reached the end of your 30 Day Lightroom Trial and the question is “ is it worth upgrading to LRCC?” Short answer - Yes!
LR3 to LR4 was a major upgrade, and well worth the update, but since then the extra features have been less important. The main improvements with LR6 are the abilities to do HDR and panoramas from within Lightroom plus face recognition has also been added. If you think you will use these features then it’s definitely worth moving up to Lightroom 6.
Adobe are claiming that LR6 runs quicker on some machines by using the graphic processor but I didn’t really notice any real difference. I haven’t done a scientific test but overall it feels like LR6 runs slower than previous versions.
If you do decide to upgrade then these are your options.
I know a lot of people are uncomfortable about renting software, me included, but if you tend to upgrade Lightroom every year then it will probably be as well to rent LR and effectively get Photoshop CC for £40 per year or even free if you not upgrading.
Personally, because I always need the latest versions of Photoshop and Lightroom for training purposes I’ll be taking out an annual subscription, even though it pains me to do so.
The July project is by Ruth Jones and is 'Diversity'
Ruth said..." I think the word I am looking for is 'diversity' I mean 'different looking'. This could be a red flower in the middle of yellow ones, a swan with lots of ducks etc.
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Glen & Jacqui