Learning Lightroom – A Skillshare Class Series

I’ve taught photo editing in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop for many years in person, and put small, specialized lessons online, but I recently had the drive and time to put together a comprehensive series of Lightroom lessons.  In this Skillshare series “Learning Lightroom” we tackle the modules one by one, breaking down all the features and explaining how they may be relevant to any photographer.

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This particular lesson focuses on the Library module, an amazing organizational tool with its own development features and special capabilities.  At the end I show you how an experienced Lightroom user would utilize all the components in a real world scenario.

Sign up for the first part of the series, “Learning Lightroom: The Library Module”, is here!

Lightroom Skillshare Classes

Entering my second year as a Skillshare teacher, I’ve been preparing several new photo/ video editing classes- until those go out, I wanted to let any interested people know my previous Lightroom-focused classes are still available on my channel!

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Retouching Portraits With Adobe Photoshop + Lightroom

In any portrait photography, it’s a give that there will be some facial retouching to make your subjects look their best.  We cover the basics of both Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom for retouching skin, enhancing eyes, color correction and more!  Sign up is here!

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How To Use Adobe Lightroom For Video

Lightroom is generally thought of as a still photography program but here are a few neat tricks you can do, especially if you are just starting to work with videos, need to capture stills from your videos, or want to keep a consistent style between your existing photographic library and your video work.  You’ll be able to have unique looking footage that you can piece together in your video editor such as Adobe Premiere or iMovie.

Sign up for this class is here!

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Speed Up Your Workflow In Adobe Lightroom

In this class I’ll show how to speed up your editing process in Adobe Lightroom, taking your workflow time from hours down to mere minutes.  We cover syncing and auto syncing your actions, creating your own preset filters and brushes, effectively utilizing virtual copies and collections, and more.  Sign up is over here!

See you in class!

 

 

Free Skillshare Coupons For Adobe Classes!

In honor of my favorite haunted holiday, I’ve made a bunch of free enrollment coupons for the Adobe courses on my Skillshare channel.  This lets people who are not Skillshare members be able to view the course without registering or paying even the .99 trial membership.

There are around 5 free enrollments each at the time of this writing!  Click the course title to claim the free coupon.

Speed Up Your Workflow in Adobe Lightroom

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How To Use Adobe Lightroom For Video

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Bring Out the Details In Your Photos with Tone Mapping in Adobe Photoshop

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Get Surreal In Adobe Premiere

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Happy Halloween!

The Art of Pushing Pixels and Waveforms on my Skillshare Channel

It’s been close to a year since I started my Skillshare channel and at the time of this writing I’m offering 17 classes, from Photography to Video Editing to Sound Mixing to Ceramics to Illustration.  It seems like a variety of things but to me it’s all art, mostly involving pixels and waveforms.  When you’ve been doing stuff for a long time, you pick up a number of useful skills, and that’s the overall premise of Skillshare.

The Skillshare site itself encourages people to create bite-sized, project oriented classes that are complete in themselves, which is understandable- I myself check the run time of a class, and if it’s over 45 minutes, no matter how interested I am in the topic, I’ll probably skip it.

I was able to get 5 tutorials up in September, and my goal for the rest of the year is to continue with 1 new class a week.  Some classes have been very broad and beginner-level, others- like my Motion Comics series or Design A Character Based On An Ancient Culture– have been very targeted and based on personal projects I’ve been working on.

At this point I want to ask anyone out there:  what would you like to see a tutorial on?  Basic stuff, m0re photography, more video, sound editing, process videos of someone creating a piece of art?  Let me know in the comments below!

 

How To Use Adobe Lightroom For Video-a Skillshare class

I’ve got a couple new photo/ video/ Adobe classes dropping on Skillshare this week, and the first is How To Use Adobe Lightroom For Video.

Lightroom is generally thought of as a still photography program but here are a few neat tricks you can do, especially if you are just starting to work with videos, need to capture stills from your videos, or want to keep a consistent style between your existing photographic library and your video work.  You’ll be able to have unique looking footage that you can piece together in your video editor such as Adobe Premiere or iMovie.

Sign up here!  And if there are any particular tutorials you’d like me to do in the future, let me know in the comments!

Speeding Up Your Lightroom Workflow – A Skillshare Tutorial

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I love Skillshare- it’s a learning site that runs that has bite-sized classes with actual projects, so you’re not flailing about searching through massive “How To Use Photoshop” type classes hoping to achieve some particular skill.

In my “Speed Up Your Photography Workflow” class, we cover some of the Adobe Lightroom functions that take your workflow time from hours down to mere minutes.  We cover syncing and auto syncing your actions, creating your own preset filters and brushes, effectively utilizing virtual copies and collections, and more.

Signup is here!

“Unity” – Video art with Lacheln

Video art created with model Lacheln.  The footage is entirely from my GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition, shot with 120 fps.  The animation bits were shot with my Fuji X-T1, converted with Lightroom, cut apart in Photoshop and brought to life in After Effects.  The actual video was created in Premiere, including all layering/ mirroring effects, and the soundtrack (recorded on iPad Garageband but with Waldorf Nave and Animoog synths) was mixed in Audition, bringing the total of Adobe programs used to 5!

When we made this, I spent about 10 seconds setting up the GoPro and then concentrated on shooting the rest for around 15 minutes, working from a list of shots we came up with while Lacheln was doing her hair and makeup.

The music was crafted a week or so after the shoot as I didn’t really want to make a “music video” where visuals fit a pre-existing song.  It was more interesting for me to do a soundtrack piece that fit the vibe of the visuals.  Secret fact though- I picked 60 bpm for my tempo since I was working with original 120 fps video, even though my slowing down of the video varied from 25% to 50%… point is, those mathematical calculations factor in to the creative choices we have to make.

Let me know what you think in the comments below!  Also, if you enjoy any of this work I encourage you to like it and share it!  For more photoworks goodness peruse my Etsy shop, follow on tumblr and twitter and instagram, and rummage around on my full site.