If you remember, back in July I talked about a new course I was going to take in Adobe Lightroom at the Ontario College of Art and Design. I finally finished the course this weekend! That means I can now apply for my Certificate of Digital Media Skills from the college! Yay!
The course itself was amazing and I totally
recommend it to anyone in the city looking to improve their photo
editing skills. It was $200 and lasted 4 weeks. The lessons were rather
short (about an hour or two a week) and then plenty of time for practice
in class. This was the first class in Lightroom that they offered and
it was small- only 6 people signed up! But for me that meant lots of
opportunity to ask questions and more one-on-one time.
for the program, I LOVE Lightroom. It is just a fabulous option for
someone who isn't looking to become a Photoshop star, but would like to
be able to lightly edit their photographs (for perhaps a certain blog?).
The software is about $150, so it is loads cheaper than buying
Photoshop and because I was a student at the school, I was able to buy
it from the student bookstore for $96 with tax. Woohoo!
back to my love of Lightroom. The program is amazing because it is so
much simpler than Photoshop and it allows you to MASS EDIT. I mean,
hello? You've all seen the terrible light in my condo that requires mass
light adjustments once I upload them to my computer. With Lightroom,
you can select all your photos and click "auto white balance" and
shazzam- all at them seem more normal. Then I can mass "warm" them to
make the colour look more normal and less blue.
bonus that I enjoy is that you can look at two photos side by side and
see which looks better. Like, if you took 10 photos of something while
adjusting your camera, you can flip through those 10 by putting two side
by side and seeing which one turned out best! Plus Lightroom remembers
the settings on your camera so you can go back if you are shooting in
that light again (what f-stop did I have? etc).
like being able to put metadata into my photos with my copyright so I
don't have to worry about people stealing my photos. AND it makes
putting watermarks on easy!
Anyway, I am not pro in
showing anyone how to use the software, especially since I am still
learning as I go. But if you are interested in Lightroom for yourself,
please click on the link below for some great tutorials. You can also
download a trial version of Adobe Lightroom on their website.
Tutorial Videos Click Here
Adobe Lightroom Trial Click Here