Category Archives: LightRoom

Last Call

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Lightroom class begins Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 8:30am at the Corner Bakery and Cafe in Cranston, RI. Class is limited to 6 photographers.

Grab your laptop loaded with Lightroom, a cup of coffee and join other like minded photographers as you learn how to use Lightroom to organize and develop your photographs. When you are finished with this hands on workshop you are going to have the skills with Lightroom necessary to take your photography to the next level!

More information here.

Learning Lightroom

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Scott Kelby’s sample images are included in Lightroom class

Simple photo editing applications can be learned quickly, but they do not offer the features that continue to support your photographic growth. Like many photographers, I have used Picasa, Photoshop Elements, Nikon View and NX2, Apple’s iPhoto (now called simply Photos) and Aperture before discovering Lightroom. I enjoy helping other photographers learn how to use Lightroom because there is very little that it won’t do and it continues to be updated by Adobe.

Top 5 Reasons to Learn Lightroom

  1.  Designed for photographers that need both a powerful Library tool to keep track of extensive photo files as well as a powerful Develop workflow that is easy to learn.
  2. Customizable navigation and workflow tools designed to help you quickly sort out your photos for editing
  3.  Powerful global and selective editing tools fine tune your image the way you want it to look and feel.
  4. Works with Photoshop, plugins (Google/NIK, Topaz) and Lightroom Mobile (automatically add your smartphone photos to your Lightroom Library)
  5. Affordable ($10/month, including Photoshop) delivers immediate access to new features and new camera support (for less than the cost of a new lens, you can use Lightroom for the next 5 years.)

More capable software requires more learning time and the best way to learn is in a hands-on class taught by a photographer who has made it part of their workflow. In two morning classes,  the unfamiliar will become familiar and you will be importing and editing you photos using Lightroom.

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There are a few seats left for the May Lightroomn class – limited to 6 photographers with a passion for learning. This class is designed to get you off on the right start and includes a one hour private lesson in addition to the two class sessions.

If you would like more information about this class, private lessons or distance learning, let me know (email – bob@bobkiddphoto.com).

I look forward to being your guide on this exciting journey.

 

 

Distance Learning

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The number one issue with any scheduled event can be your availability. I have a solution to offer for Lightroom photographers who might need a little help from time to time or would like to explore some specific topics when they have the time to do so.

We can share screens and let technology work for us. 

That’s right, you can work from wherever you are. All you need is a PC or Mac with an internet connection to get started.

If you would like more information, just send me a quick email – bob@bobkiddphotography.com

 

Why Learn Lightroom?

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Top 5 Reasons to Learn Lightroom

  1.  Designed for photographers that need both a powerful Library tool to keep track of extensive photo files as well as a powerful Develop workflow that is easy to learn.
  2. Customizable navigation and workflow tools designed to help you quickly sort out your photos for editing
  3.  Powerful global and selective editing tools fine tune your image the way you want it to look and feel.
  4. Works with Photoshop, plugins (Google/NIK, Topaz) and Lightroom Mobile (automatically add your smartphone photos to your Lightroom Library)
  5. Affordable ($10/month, including Photoshop) delivers immediate access to new features and new camera support (for less than the cost of a new lens, you can use Lightroom for the next 5 years.)

Lightroom is the perfect companion software for photographers looking to make beautiful and inspiring photographs.

Lightroom class begins on May 21st at 8:30 am at the Corner Bakery and Cafe in Cranston is limited to 6 photographers with a passion for learning. This class is designed to get you off on the right start and includes a one hour private lesson in addition to the two class sessions.

More information here.

Questions?  contact Bob Kidd ~ bob@bobkiddphoto.com

 

 

 

 

 

Computer Running Slowly?

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Is your computer running slowly? There might be a few simple things you can do…

A fellow photographer showed me how slowly her Macbook Pro was running yesterday. A quick look revealed that the processor was plenty capable, but there was only 4 gigabytes (GB) of random access memory (RAM). While 4GB of RAM was once considered plenty, newer 64 bit operating systems (OS) want more. Yes, technology is an ever ascending escalator – 8 or even 16GB of RAM works great with 64bit OS. This is fix #1 that does not require purchasing a new computer.

Next we looked at her 500GB hard drive. WOW, it was full! She is a busy photographer and her drive was jammed packed with a ton of photos.

As a drive becomes full, data must be stored in multiple locations instead of all together. This makes both reading data (think loading your photograph file for editing) or writing data (think saving those wonderful edits you just made to the drive) a slower process because the data is stored here and here and here and, well you get the idea. An easy and inexpensive solution is to add a large external drive and move lesser used (generally older files) to the external drive.

External hard drives read and write data slower than internal drives because the data travels across a USB port. A faster solution is to replace the 500GB drive that you thought you would never fill up with a larger drive like a 1 terabyte (TB) drive. 1TB = 1,000GB. Another inexpensive solution, compared to buying a new computer.

If you use Lightroom and move your files to an external drive, remember to move the files from within Lightroom and your catalog will stay updated. Move them outside of Lightroom and you will get a bunch of these “?”. In which case you can contact me and I will help you fix this.

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.

 

Simple Solutions

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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

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(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!

 

A little help…

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Google made the NIK Collection of photo editing programs available for free and who doesn’t like free?

They can be installed on your computer to work within LightRoom (LR) as “Plug-Ins”. Plug-Ins allow editing from within LR and when you have completed your edits using the Plug-In, your image file will be added to the LR catalog. I will demonstrate how to do this in the LightRoom class on May 21 & 28, 2016.

This version of the collection may be a challenge to install with Lightroom on Mac computers. Fortunately, the folks at Google have a work around.

Here is the work around link.