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Landscapes in the Digital Darkroom: Mastering Lightroom

• January 22-26, 2013
• Yosemite National Park
• Focus: Field and Digital Darkroom
• Level: Advanced Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
• Maximum 8 Participants
• Tuition: $950

Completed

(This workshop is run by The Ansel Adams Gallery and registration is done through DNC Yosemite.)


Do you struggle to make decisions about processing your images? Do you wish you could take advantage of the tremendous controls available in the digital darkroom, but become lost in the complexity of the tools?

Lightroom has rapidly become the software tool of choice for many photographers because it’s simple, yet powerful—easy to use, but sophisticated enough to get great results with almost any image. This course will help you master Lightroom’s basics, then take off the training wheels and take full advantage of Lightroom’s most sophisticated features. You’ll learn, step-by-step, how to process images from beginning to end, and make decisions along the way that convey your original vision for the photograph. You’ll learn how to use all of Lightroom’s tools, from the simplest to the most sophisticated, in easy-to-understand, hands-on lessons in our digital lab.

In addition, field sessions in Yosemite Valley, timed to take advantage of the beautiful winter light, will provide the perfect outdoor classroom to hone your skills behind the camera. You’ll learn how to get sharp images, make great exposures, and create simple, strong compositions.This workshop is designed to help you master the entire photographic process, from capture to print, and make images that express your vision.

Here’s a partial list of the topics covered:

The Digital Workflow
- Importing images into Lightroom, and avoiding common pitfalls
- Editing and keywording
- Raw image workflow
- Finding the perfect white balance
- Balancing contrast with the Graduated Filter tool
- Mastering curves - Lightroom’s most powerful tool
- Dodging and burning with the Adjustment Brush
- Sharpening and noise reduction - how to make large prints from small cameras
- Converting to black and white
- Automation - syncing adjustments across multiple images
- Blending exposures with Photoshop and HDR

In the Field
- Reading histograms and getting perfect exposures-
- Mastering depth of field
- Creating simple, strong compositions
- Understanding the photographer’s most essential tool - light

Students must have a working knowledge of camera fundamentals; familiarity with Lightroom is helpful.

 

 

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2013 Workshops

Landscapes in the Digital Darkroom:
Mastering Lightroom
January 22 - 26, 2013
(completed)

Spring Yosemite Digital Camera Workshop
April 30 - May 4, 2013
(completed)

The Mystic Forest: Redwoods Along the Northern California Coast
May 27 (eve.) - May 31, 2013
(completed)

The Mystic Forest: Redwoods Along the Northern California Coast
June 2(eve.) - June 6, 2013
(completed)

Hidden Yosemite
July 16 - 20, 2013
(completed)

Eastern Sierra Fall Color: Composition and Creativity Among the Aspens
Oct. 16 (eve.) - 19, 2013
(full)

Eastern Sierra Fall Color: Composition and Creativity Among the Aspens
Oct. 20 (eve.) - 23, 2013
(full)

The Digital Landscape: Autumn in Yosemite
October 29 - November 2, 2013
(full)



2014 Workshops

Landscapes in the Digital Darkroom:
Mastering Lightroom
January 13-17, 2014
(full)

Spring Yosemite Digital Camera Workshop
April 22-26, 2014
(full)

Hidden Yosemite
July 8-12, 2014
(full)




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