The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Library Module


We love technology, except when it misbehaves…

Both PCs and Macs from time to time, lose their way. By that, I mean that a program feature may suddenly not work or refuse to operate. Realizing that there are tens of thousands of memory registers in play at any given moment and we usually have more than one program open, it always amazes me that anything works. My advice when things go all pear shaped is to calmly shut your computer down and reboot it while you are making a nice cup of tea. My experience is that it will solve 90% of all problems.

If it doesn’t work, make another cup of tea.



Facing Our Fear

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What scares most people away from new software is the learning curb – ya know that “didn’t see it thing” that you trip over.

I won’t lie to you, Lightroom does have a learning curve – everything new does. That’s why we spend the first session introducing the Lightroom Library functions starting with navigation and ending with importing photos. It avoids most trips and falls and gets you on your way headed in the right direction with something that is priceless – understanding.

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How can we be so sure? We limit this class to just 6 photographers and we present Lightroom to photographers the way a photographer uses it.

What are you waiting for? Register now for our only spring class on May 21st and 28th, 2016.



Lightroom Mobile

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what do all of these photos have in common? (answer below)

I love easy. There, I said it.

I use Lightroom Mobile to import the photos made with my smartphone (works with Android or IOS smartphones) into Lightroom without doing anything more than running Lightroom Mobile once and keeping it active on my phone. Whenever my smartphone is connected to wifi, the photos are added to this folder.

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Sound easy? It is.

Want to learn how to do this? You can.

Register for our Lightroom – Digital Darkroom class on May 21st and 28th, 2016.

One more thing…

You will also learn how to personalize your copy of Lightroom which is unassailably cool.


One Photograph

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For any given event, I would rather have just one great photograph to print, frame, and hang than a large collection of photographs that are merely “meh.” Of course, getting that one great photograph is the challenge, but once you have it, the rest of the day is icing on a delicious cake. We all want to make a photograph that makes our heart beat faster, that combines light, gesture, and color and that makes you realize when you see it how damned lucky you were to be there. Usually, I know right before the shutter clicks that I might, just might, have something very special. Look, this doesn’t happen every time I go out, so when it occurs, I get a chill down my spine and then I start worrying. That’s also known as the photographers’ prayer:

Please, dear Lord, don’t let me screw this up!

This is that photograph from the 2015 RI Air Show.

We can help you learn how to create photographs that make your heart beat faster. See our schedule of classes to see what’s coming up next and let us know if there is something you want to learn or photograph that we don’t have scheduled.

Close Up Photography – Make Ordinary Extraordinary

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An Apple a Day – Mike Dooley

One of the amazing things about close up photography is the chance to take something ordinary and transform it into something extraordinary! Even the simplest of subjects can be transformed!

You can find ordinary objects everywhere. Take a minute and just look at your surroundings now. Look at the individual items, the details. Add a little controlled lighting, and fill the frame with your subject and it will begin to transform from ordinary to extraordinary!

Sound like fun? Sound like something you would be interested in trying? Join instructors Don Rotteck and Mike Dooley in our full day Macro & Close Up Photography Workshop!

Simple Solutions



Simple Solutions Work Best

Storing you photo files on an external drive is a simple solution to the eventual and dreaded problem of running out of storage on your computer’s internal hard drive and works well with Lightroom. There are however two drawbacks…

Speed – an external hard drive reads and writes data slower than your internal drive because it is connected through a USB port. This can be a real drag to your workflow because we all want faster not slower.

Trash/Recycle – your computer’s operating system cannot put a file deleted from an external drive into the trash/recycle bin. This could be an issue if/when you accidentally delete a photo or worse, an entire folder filled with photos. Yikes!

The simple, yet elegant solution to both of these is to keep your current year photo files on your internal drive and “archive” them to your external drive at the end of the year. This workflow is based on the premise that you access your current work more often than your past photos. Access will be fast and anything you delete will be placed into the Trash/Recycle bin. Ya know, just in case.

The Lightroom Library keeps track of where your photos are and quickly finds them using filter criteria. This is one element of data workflow that you will learn in our Lightroom class on May 21st and 28th. There is a real advantage to learning from instructors that use technology every day.

I hope to see you in class!



Saving Space with Lightroom


(Credit to Charlie Seton for creating this Lightroom maxim)

Lightroom is not only a powerful photo editor, but it can also help you stay organized and even reduce your storage space when you export your images.

How, you ask?

By exporting the jpeg version of your edited raw file to your desktop before publishing or sharing via email. Then simply delete it. Your original edited raw file remains in the Lightroom Library and you don’t fill your hard drive with jpeg files that you don’t really need because you can always export another one when it is needed.

If none of this makes any sense to you, but you are intrigued about Lightroom, please consider registering for our Lightroom class on May 21 and 28. We will get you off to the right start and help you learn a technology platform that will help you become a better photographer. With a subscription to LightRoom and Photoshop for $9.99 a month you really can’t afford to not do this.

I hope to see you in class!


Macro/Close-up Workshop fast approaching.


Macro/Closeup Workshop

Have you thought about photographing flowers and other subjects up close but didn’t have a closeup or macro lens and also didn’t know how to begin? Well worry no longer. On Saturday April 23 at the Garden City, Corner Bakery in Cranston the Photographers’ Connection holds their Macro workshop from 9am to 3pm with a review on May 7th.

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At the workshop we’ll discuss the in and outs of shooting up close. Learn what equipment works best, how to work with lighting in different conditions and the exposure setting the produce the optimum results. We’ll tell you where to look and find the best subjects,  both outdoors and indoors, and the best way to photograph them.

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You will learn how to make and use a “Wind Box”, make your own light box, light reflectors, backgrounds and much more. See a simple setup to use at home for photographing small subjects that’s easy to build.

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The main part of the workshop will be the opportunity to do your own close shooting, from a large variety of subjects. Some of the subjects include; keys, stamps, shells, coins, leaves, slinky, household items, buttons and much much more. You’ll be able to shoot subjects on a light box and within a light tent. While shooting Laura Paton and Don Rotteck will be assisting you in subject selection and composition.

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Photographing the subjects is only the beginning. In our review session on May 7, you will learn about the many post processing options available to further enhance your images. We will use some of the images you shot at the workshop and show you how they are changed. We’ll use some programs from Nik software and also Topaz Labs.

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Bring your tripod (we’ll have a few extras), camera with a charged battery and spare. Bring your macro lens IF you have one. If not your short or mid-range lens will do. Examples of some are 18-55, 18-135, 18-270 and 16-300, these lenses will work fine and give you much flexibility. There will also be a few Canon mount lenses to borrow if needed.

The date is getting close so sign up now. Space is limited. See you on May 23rd.

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Making Lemonade



There are plans and there is what happens. The plan was to work up to a sunset photo with the CEO of Fit University. Instead of reasonable spring temperature and the conclusion of a beautiful day as my friend and photographer Ashley Richer had counted on, we had deep cloud cover and a high wind that made the cool temperatures along the exposed coast feel like winter. This was not in our plan.  Anyone with common sense would have rescheduled, but make up had been done expertly done by Molly Entin Stach and there was no turning back.




If Sarah had not been such a good sport, I would never have made this photograph. She walked barefoot to the crumbling retaining wall and did a dozen yoga poses on it with the wind battering here. When the afternoon’s only moment of sunshine occurred and she saluted it, I was ready. There is a lesson here some where about being there, being ready and changing your plan to match what is in front of you. In this case, a dramatic ocean and a wonderful model who was willing to freeze her feet to get the photographs she wanted.




I am always happy to work with a great model in any condition. Because of the high wind, I worked with an on camera speed light.


Making you a better photographer