Adobe Lightroom Classic Hands-On

What You'll Learn

Do you wish you had a firm grip on straightforward, powerful ways to process your digital photos so they look their best? Are you looking for efficient tools to organize your photos so they're easy to find? Then Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic and this class are for you.

Spend three weeknight sessions learning what you need to know to enhance the appearance of your photos in Lightroom's Develop module and manage your photos in Lightroom's Library module. The instructor will provide you with practice photos and walk you through the essential steps for processing and managing digital photos in Lightroom.

This class will cover:

  • Importing photos to a Lightroom catalog
  • Techniques for organizing and finding photos
  • Tonal adjustments
  • Color corrections
  • Local adjustments
  • Sharpening and noise reduction
  • Exporting corrected photos
  • Since Adobe now bundles Lightroom with Photoshop in the Creative Cloud Photography Plan, this class can help clarify when and why you should take your photos from Lightroom into Photoshop. And when not to do so.​

What To Expect

  • There is only enough time for an overview of the Map, Book, Slideshow, Print, and Web Modules as the bulk of the class is spent on the most important modules: Library and Develop.
  • Moving to Lightroom from other software solutions is a detailed and time-consuming task and this workshop does *not* cover how to do that in detail as the variations and individual needs are endless.

Computer Requirement

This is a hands-on class where you'll "learn by doing" - therefore you'll need a computer (Mac or PC). If you need any particular software installed, that will be detailed below. Not all programs require special software so if there isn't any detailed listed below you will only need a computer with an up-to-date web browser.

If you would like to take your class work and sample projects home, please be sure to bring a Mac compatible portable drive with 4GB of free space.

Adobe Creative Cloud

This class will be presented from the latest version of the Adobe Creative Cloud. If you are using your own computer for the class, it is important that you have the latest version installed! Adobe offers a free 7-day trial of the Creative Cloud.

An Important, Special Note About Adobe's New Names for Lightroom

If you are asking yourself, "which Lightroom do I want?", please read the following:

Adobe has recently updated, renamed and enhanced the Lightroom program world! Some of the details and names are confusing but essentially there is now a full mobile/cloud version for mobile devices, web browsers and desktop computers. While the original Lightroom for the desktop has been updated and enhanced. Here are the facts:

Lightroom (formerly known as Lightroom Mobile) is the cloud-native program for phones and pads. But now there are versions for web browsers and desktop Mac and Windows computers too. It stores everything in the cloud so you can access all of your photos from any point. It has been quite useful on our smart-phones but the desktop and web versions are new so their features are limited now. Many pundits think that this is the future and its feature set will continue to improve but full use will depend upon very fast (and dependable) internet access.

Lightroom Classic (formerly Lightroom - do you see the naming problem?!) is the latest version of the Lightroom we have been using on our desktop computers with its professional image editing and organization workflow. This new version has performance enhancements and other improvements. This is the next advancement of Lightroom 2015 and Lightroom 6. It stores all of your photos on your computer, as it always has.

If you're trying to figure out which Lightroom you need, contact us and our instructor (Steve Gandy) will help you figure it out. Please note that the $9.99/mo. Photography Plan gives the buyer Photoshop, Lightroom Classic , and Lightroom with 20GB of online storage. So, you can try them both may end up using both for different parts of your workflow!

This information is subject to change :-) Please contact us with any questions!

Who Should Take This

Photographers with some digital photo processing experience will get the most out of this class, but it's not limited to experienced photographers. All the photo editing and cataloging features will be explained and used, so beginners will benefit as well! This class is for you if… - You've played around with any image editing or cataloging software a bit but need more in-depth training. - You want to move to Lightroom Classic from one of the other programs. - You want to start using a professional workflow for your digital images.

Presented By Steve Gandy

Steve Gandy

Steve Gandy is an educator, trainer, technology support professional and life-long photographer. Steve has introduced the ins-and-outs of digital photography to students young and old since 1995 and has been involved in education since 1978. His photography is varied but he focuses on nature, travel, and sports. Steve has contributed to training books and websites on Photoshop Elements, StarOffice/OpenOffice and other educational topics. He leads photographic tours to the southern Utah canyon lands.

BDA Members


BDA Members: $179.00

Non-Members: $199.00

Available Dates

Sorry, we don't have this event scheduled right now but we'll probably be adding it again soon! If you're interested in this event, we recommend using our follow feature to be notified the next time we add it to our schedule. You can also email us to request that we add it soon.

Customer Comments

Jan led a truly interactive and helpful workshop. I benefitted from just two attendees which made the day nearly a private tutorial. I am much better prepared to enter Lightroom 5 without confusion and fear. Keep bringing Jan back.Peter
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I wish I could have given our instructor a "6". He was amazing in so many ways including being well-organized, attentive to details, and was able to "stay on task" throughout the day. So much information in so little time!Timolyn on 12/9/2019
I learned in one day what I've been working on for the last several months.Patty on 6/27/2016
Great class yesterday. I think how all the adjustments we make affects the histogram finally clicked. Steve really tied that all together for me. I also learned so more nuances of the system I had not learned before. Bonnie on 3/1/2015
Great class! Lots of very helpful information presented in an understandable way. I look forward to more classes at BDA. Pamela on 3/1/2015
Thank you for the highly informative Lightroom class I took Saturday. It was a major step forward for me although I still have a long way to go. Transitioning from Aperture isn’t fun, but it’s necessary.chuck on 8/17/2014
YES!Sydney on 8/16/2014
Jan led a truly interactive and helpful workshop. I benefitted from just two attendees which made the day nearly a private tutorial. I am much better prepared to enter Lightroom 5 without confusion and fear. Keep bringing Jan back.Peter on 10/28/2013
It was the start I needed for the Lightroom basics.Marty on 2/25/2013
Very helpful - so much information!Kirsten on 2/23/2013
Great first level understanding of developing tools.jamie on 2/23/2013


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