Photo Editing 1: Lightroom Edition
Take your photos from good to great with Lightroom!
If you only take ONE online class in your life, this is it.
I didn't know it then,
but when I got my first digital camera,
my life would change forever. In the (roughly 12) years since, I've taken tens of thousands of photographs on various cameras and devices, trying to capture the breathtaking beauty of the simple life that surrounds me. In the end, our photographs are the primary way we capture our memories and stories, and this makes them infinitely precious. I know you're the same way - you there, with at least three ways of taking photographs within arm's reach of you at all times? Yeah, I can see you. And I can tell you that when you combine your photographs with some edits in Adobe Lightroom & Adobe Photoshop, they will truly make your heart sing. I'll show you how!
Our Goal: Learn Simple Editing Processes
This course focuses on global editing - things you can apply to an entire photo. You'll learn the basic photo editing process I use for all of my own photos, plus extra techniques to take them to the next level! You'll take photos straight from your camera (or device), through simple transformations that will have you (and your loved ones) saying WOW! You'll love what an incredible difference you can make to your own precious photos. There's nothing like the rush! I swear!
What To Expect in Class
We begin class by exploring the editing process as a whole - I'll walk you through an introduction of the photo editing program Adobe Lightroom - designed by and for photographers! Then we'll dive right in to our first lesson as we work on the same sample photograph. Since each photo is different, you'll learn how to apply your knowledge to various scenarios, including overexposure, underexposure, low contrast - even backlighting. You'll learn not only the RIGHT techniques, but also WHEN to use which technique in your new arsenal.
After you've got the basic process down, then the fun begins! In the remaining lessons in our course, we'll start with the basic editing process, and then I'll show you how to use Lightroom and Photoshop to:
Adjust settings such as white balance, exposure, vibrance and color to create GORGEOUS color-drenched or crisp black-and-white photographs every time
Create great black-and-white and tinted photos
Create a braggable "before & after" image to show the difference your edits make
Add a vignette
Sharpen for screen or print
Save for both print and the web
How To Prepare for Class
To be successful in our class, you'll need Adobe Lightroom CC, as well as Photoshop CC or CS6, or Photoshop Elements13 or 14. RECOMMENDED: Sign up for the Photographer's Bundle at Adobe.com for only $9.99 a month!
I'll Be Right There With You
The Photo Editing 1: Lightroom Edition class is a great introduction into photo editing. By the end of class, you will not only know photo editing techniques, but also when to do them! How awesome is that? We love to see your photos, and with every JessicaSprague.com course, there are many different ways to get in touch to show off your art, or ask a question! Register now, and I'll see you in class!
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Hi there! I'm Jessica Sprague, owner and instructor here at JessicaSprague.com. I founded JessicaSprague.com in 2007 to share the creative potential of Photoshop for crafting. I've been teaching Photoshop and graphic design, photo editing, digital scrapbooking, e-commerce, and online school development for a decade. It's my goal to help you build the skills and knowledge that will last you a lifetime. Learn more about me. Are you ready to start the journey? Join me!
Frequently Asked Questions
What to Expect
All of the classes here at JessicaSprague.com come with gorgeous video instruction, broken down into project-based lessons and individual tasks within each lesson. This bite-sized approach to Lightroom and Photoshop makes it easy to understand, and you'll be amazed at what you can accomplish in just 30 minutes at a time!
In addition to the lesson projects, I'll offer challenges, extra information, links, downloads, and other materials designed to enhance your experience and deepen your understanding of how to use Photoshop in your specific area of learning. You'll take the class completely at your own pace (you never need to be online at a specific time), and all of the course materials are available to you FOREVER from your My Classes page here at JessicaSprague.com. We love users of Mac or Windows, and welcome students from around the world to join us!
In addition to the classroom, which contains video-based lessons and downloadable PDF companion guides to help you follow along, our class also features a private forum where you can ask and answer questions and participate in discussions, as well as share your beautiful work with me and the other students!