Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop are the industry-standard tools for image organization, creation and manipulation. With these tools, your imagination is truly the limiting factor!

However, the tools have a very steep learning curve, and getting started with them can be quite intimidating. This class condenses months of figuring things out on your own into a 6 week, fun experience.

The class will be structured as an interactive experience, which means a skill or technique will be demonstrated, and if you bring your own images and a laptop. you'll be able to practice that skill or technique on your own. If you don't already own Lightroom and Photoshop, they are currently available for $9.99 per month, with a free 30 day trial period.

This class is designed for photographers who are beginner and intermediate users of Lightroom and Photoshop, but if people come to the class with advanced skills, they will learn a trick or two. And they will be able to teach the class some of their advanced skills.


General topics to be covered:

  • Defining your goals
  • Evaluating workflows
  • What is a good photo?
  • Additional resources

Lightroom topics to be covered:


  • Folder structure
  • File formats
  • Backup strategy
  • Metadata
  • Importing photos
  • Keywords
  • Sorting and tagging
  • Collections and Smart Collections
  • Facial recognition


  • Virtual Copies
  • Histogram
  • White balance
  • Recovery
  • Clarity
  • Noise
  • Tone curves
  • Color correction
  • Grayscale conversion
  • Selective Image adjustments


  • Templates
  • Layout
  • Overlays
  • Backdrop
  • Playback
  • Adding sound
  • Exporting a slide show


  • Geotagging
  • Reverse geotagging


  • Image selection
  • Layout options
  • Printing modes
  • Print sizes


  • Lightroom Mobile
  • Web galleries
  • Web templates
  • Output settings
  • Image settings

Photoshop topics to be covered:

  • Cropping
  • Layers
  • Layer modes
  • Masking
  • Saving images for the web
  • Content aware fill
  • Sharpening
  • Selections

Topics to be covered if time permits:

  • History of digital photography: how we got here, where we're going
  • Technical aspects of photography: aperture, ISO, shutter speed
  • How to use a 4x5 film-based camera