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Learning to Light up the Room

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As an individual who is not technologically inclined, the thought of attending an Adobe Lightroom workshop was fairly daunting. I spent the night before looking up tutorials so that I wouldn’t fall too far behind.

 

It turned out I didn’t need to worry.

Martin Perhiniak who ran the course has a very impressive way of teaching. Whereby you will learn everything you need to know about the application in day, without needing any background information or experience. It was labelled as one course but I’d say there were two – we were taught how to use Lightroom CC Classic and Lightroom CC.

 

The best way to tell them apart is to remember that Lightroom CC is a cloud-based programme, in which all of your work will automatically save on the cloud. Lightroom Classic CC, on the other hand, is a desktop based. Lightroom Classic CC also, has a few more features and is more useful for professionals who know how to take advantage of them. Lightroom CC however, is designed to be more user-friendly for the rest of us that struggle with complicated applications.

 

Raw images are the way forward. With a few simple exercises, we learned how much more powerful raw images are in comparison to Jpegs. The depth of these files mean that that there is a lot more colour information retained in raw images which definitely makes the editing process a lot more fun.

 

No harm, no foul. One of the best things about Adobe Lightroom is that it’s non-destructive. No permanent changes are made to the original images. It’s easy to have a few virtual copies that you can play around with and test different effects out on before deciding which one you want to go with. It doesn’t clog up your catalogue by duplicating them either.

 

Don’t over-do it. We were shown how much of a difference simple tools could make to any picture. For example, editing the shadows and highlights sometimes are all one requires to amplify a stunning picture. For someone who is terrified of the dozens of features on Photoshop, I was pleased to learn that Lightroom only has 6 simple editing tools that cover everything you need.

 

The machines are taking over the world! Adobe Sensei is an interesting feature on Lightroom CC which searches through the images in the catalogue based on information, i.e. location, item etc. It finds these things in the picture without you having tagged them. Sensei works through artificial intelligence and machine learning. The more you use it – the more it learns. Which is incredible, yet slightly concerning.

 

All in all, the day was success and I walked away with a better understanding of Adobe Lightroom than expected.


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