Inside the course, Mark assumes that you have zero Lightroom skills, so he included a Module “0” where he explains Adobe Creative Cloud, how to set it up and transfer photos if you’re using an older version.
But still I thought I’d l talk about it here here.
Photoshop vs Lightroom
First things first:
You may wonder, why not use Photoshop, the most powerful post-processing software in the world?
There are 3 main reasons/advantages to using Lightroom over Photoshop:
it’s intuitive and very easy to learn and use,
the way it’s set up it’s non-destructive on your photos,
it’s truly state-of-the art despite its simplicity.
And these points are especially important if you’re just starting out.
Lightroom CC vs Lightroom Classic
The second question you might have:
Why use a cloud-based Lightroom version instead of Lightroom Classic?
These days a lot of people prefer using cloud servers to store their documents and photos.
Buying Lightroom Outright vs Monthly Subscription?
If I’m not mistaken, you can still buy Lightroom 6 outright, but Lightroom Classic/CC are subscription-based. Though I heard that the last remaining copies of standalone Lightroom are simply disappointing.
This being said, you should probably consider the cheaper monthly plans.
Now that we’ve established why it’s good to have Mark Hemmings as your instructor, let’s talk about the course itself.
First things first:
You don’t need to have any Lightroom editing skills to join the course.
Inside the course, Mark assumes that you have zero Lightroom editing skills, so he included a Module “zero” where he explains Adobe Creative Cloud, how to set it up and transfer photos if you’re using an older version. (More on this later.)
In this course, Mark focuses on Lightroom Creative Cloud’s mobile and desktop software. So, if you don’t have it, you can get it here.
Believe it or not but you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to gain magazine quality photography editing and photo management skills.
This course is aimed at beginners or enthusiast photographers who need a refresher on the basics of photo editing on Lightroom.
A Word of Warning
There are a lot of similarly worded courses/books such as…
how to import your photos from your camera, computer and smartphone
how to navigate the desktop version of the software
how to navigate Lightroom mobile
If you DO already have experience with this Adobe software, then you can skip ahead to Module 1.
Module 1: Simple Techniques For Perfect Colour And Exposure
In this module, you’ll be learning about the simple editing techniques for perfect color and exposure.
how to improve photo brightness by making adjustments in the “light” box,
how to enhance your photos by making adjustments in the “color” box,
how to create punchy edits by making adjustments within the “effects” box, and,
how to create a more impactful photo by cropping-in to the most important parts.
Going through these lessons, I realized that these tips and techniques indeed were very simple, yet very powerful.
Module 2: Powerful Techniques to Clean Up Your Photos
Have you ever had a friend of photography acquaintance say that your photos have great contrast and colour, but there are parts of the photo that need to be cleaned up?
Most likely they’d suggest you use Photoshop to get the work done.
But like I mentioned before Photoshop has a very steep learning curve and Lightroom CC can do just as good of a job. The beauty of using Lightroom CC is that it’s very easy to use and it remains to be professional grade despite its simplicity.
In this module, you’ll learn about the powerful techniques for cleaning up and selectively adjusting your photos using:
the “Heal” tool,
the “Clone” tool,
the “Brush” tool,
the “Linear Gradient” tool, and,
the “Radial Gradient” tool.
This section literally made me want to jump and experiment with my photos in Lightroom CC right away. It’s that good!
Module 3: Advanced Colour, Detail And Composition Controls
This is where it gets serious…
Basically with these Adobe Lightroom hacks, you’ll have the magazine quality photo editing skills.
Module 3 is about fine-tuned Lightroom adjustments, such as: