Hi and welcome to the DPC Newsletter for March 2017.
Sorry about the late newsletter this month but I've only just returned from an amazing trip to Iceland with a good photography friend. We were lucky enough to see the Northern Lights on five nights during our eight day stay and you can take a look at a few of the 3000 images I took here.
You can also watch an aurora time lapse here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zj_Un28fbQE&t
Lightroom Courses Sun 2nd April & Sun 16th July
Most of my Lightroom and Photoshop courses are run during the week but I've added two Sunday courses, by request, for 2nd April and 2nd July 2017. We only have one space left for the April course but we do have more spaces on the July course.
Lightroom CC is constantly evolving and new features are added every month. It also intergrates seamlessly with Photoshop so we'll use it to create a logo for you to add to your exported images in Lightroom.
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.
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.
Flickr 52 Week Project Group Rules
You can join the group here - www.flickr.com/groups/dpc-2017
If you would like to see last years images for inspiration see here https://www.flickr.com/groups/dpc-2016
Intermediate Course on Sunday 12th March, Sunday 23rd April and Sunday 18th June 2017
Anyone attending the Intermediate Course in the future will require a a Polariser and a ND8 filter for the course. These can be purchased from Amazon at about £11 each or they are included in our exclusive DPC Filter Kit.
Universal Filter Kits now available
These kits were made especially for us so they are not available on eBay or Amazon. They have been put together to cover a wide range of photography skills and they will be required for the Intermediate Course and the new Filters for Landscape Photography Course. If you were to buy these filters individually they would cost over £80 but they are now available from just £35 for the 52-62mm set or £48 for the 77-82mm set.
You can order your 52 to 62mm or 77 to 82mm kits here - http://www.digitalphotographycourses.co.uk/Universal-Filter-Kit.html
These images were taken with the ND8 filter for a 4 second exposure at dusk, left, and ND64 out of the kit in bright sun.
We hope you have enjoyed this newsletter.
Glen & Jacqui