Basic Photography Series
In order to build a grand building, you must start with a proper foundation. The same holds true in creating your portfolio of amazing images.
Instructor: David Downs
Designed for beginning photographers that want to create an organized process for storing and editing their images. This is a very hands-on workshop. Bring your computer, your external hard drives, thumb drives, your camera, and SD cards. We will touch briefly on editing but the primary focus will be on preparing yourself to edit a lifetime of images and even sort through and organize those thousands of images already piled up in your computer. Once you have a clear understanding of how to organize (catalog) and import your images, the editing workflow will be so much smoother. At the end of this class, you will know exactly where your images are and how to find that image from the family reunion 5…or was it 6 years ago.
This was my first class with Benton Downs Photography. I learned a lot and plan to take more classes in the future.
Saturday, Jan 29, 2022, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM [ Reserve your spot ]
ArtCentre of Plano
Workshop Topics – The Library Module
- Importing your images in an organized and time-efficient manner
- Renaming, tagging, sorting, rating and eliminating images
- Best practices for storing and backing up your work
- Understanding metadata and the power of Catalogs and Collections
- Understanding File Formats: JPG, TIFF, DNG, RAW
- Adding ALL those images you already have, even scans of old pics
- Keyboard Shortcuts
- Selecting the best image from those that are similar
- Global Edits
Additional workshop details
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ArtCentre of Plano – 902 East 16th St., Plano, TX 75074
The Art Centre looks like a big old house and that’s exactly what it is. It is situated in the NW corner of Haggard Park in Historic Downtown Plano. Although it has a front porch and the temptation is to enter from the front, you will want to come in through the gate near the parking spots beside the house and enter across the back porch which faces the park. We will be inside on the 2nd floor. You can take the stairs in the center of the house or the elevator located in the lobby where you entered.
8:30 AM – Set Up, Introductions and Agenda Review
9:00 AM – Lightroom As An Image Management System
9:30 AM – Importing Images From Anywhere
10:15 AM – Break
10:20 AM – Where Are My Images?
10:45 AM – Collections, Metadata, Sorting, Tagging
11:15 AM – Selecting images for editing
12:15 PM – Q&A, Wrap UP
12:30 PM – Dismissed
Personal to and from workshop. No other needed during class.
Recommended photography gear/preparation
A laptop with Windows or Mac OS and a current/up to date subscribed or trial version of Lightroom Classic
It is IMPERATIVE you understand how to create new folders on your PC laptop or Mac and to find them once created. Please spend the time familiarizing yourself with this process before coming to the class. It will truly be the difference between learning all you can and struggling simply to get past step one. Having taught this class many times, I can say with complete confidence it is this single issue that creates the most frustration for students. If you google this subject you will find dozens of videos on how to do this. It’s worth every minute you spend watching these, trust me. Make certain you are watching videos created within the last couple of years. For Mac users, the YouTube Channel MacMostVideo seems to be current and comprehensive but easy to understand. For PC users, Professor Adam Morgan has a good video on the basics of file and folder management. You can watch it here.
As mentioned in the title for the class, we will be using LIGHTROOM CLASSIC for our instruction. We will discuss the differences between Lightroom and Lightroom Classic in the class but it is best to understand the Classic version and then apply those tools for mobile use when/if you begin using the mobile version. Adobe offers 3 different Lightroom Plans. One is Lightroom only with 1 TB of cloud storage for $9.99 a month with a 7 day free trial. You do NOT want this plan. The 2nd option is also $9.99 a month and includes Lightroom, Lightroom Classic, Photoshop, Spark, Portfolio, and 20 GB of cloud storage with a 7 day free trial. This is the one you want. They also offer a similar plan for $19.99 with 1 TB of cloud storage. I would not opt for this at this point as you can always upgrade your storage later if needed. It would be better to figure out your storage methods (something we will discuss in class) and your typical editing process before making this decision. Once you subscribe to the correct plan you MUST go in and download/install the Lightroom Classic version onto your PC or Mac. Make certain you can run the program from your laptop/Mac without any internet connection. Please do this BEFORE coming to the class as any of the above steps will simply delay the class and take away from our instruction time.
Charging/Power Cable for your Laptop (Outlets/Power strips will be provided)
Memory cards with RAW images, USB’s, External Drives and a card reader
Something to take notes with (paper & pen)
Consider a trial or free membership to Kelby One and explore some of his Lightroom Tutorial Options
Location pro tips
Our location is in Haggard Park, a jewel in downtown Plano. There are often ducks and herons in the pond, a fountain, a gazebo, DART Light Rail, artwork and tons of opportunities for Street Photography within a couple of minutes’ walk from the Art Centre. Plan on staying after class for exploration and lunch/drinks in one of the great downtown restaurants (Vickery Park is my favorite).
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