If you have reached the stage of wanting to edit your images, or process RAW files - beyond just adding filters - then I can definitely help. I always recommend Lightroom Classic as one of the best editing and workflow management tools available, and I use it daily - for around 95% of my editing work.
Tuition sessions are available in person in and around Milton Keynes, or online via Zoom. The cost is £35 an hour - with a minimum session length of two hours. While I will ensure that we go through all of the basics during this time, please bear in mind that not everything can be covered in two hours, and more sessions may be required if you would like to go through all of the areas I have outlined below. Alternatively we can just focus on specific aspects of the software, to suit your individual requirements.
"I am fairly new to photography and felt like I needed to explore editing but didn't know where to start. Gill has developed a series of easy to follow modules, guiding a novice user like myself through Lightroom, including installing it, the library system, importing, processing & exporting. She is a great teacher. She always answers any questions very promptly and is easy to work with. I would highly recommend her, you won't be disappointed!"
What do we cover?
I start with the 'workflow' side of things, looking at how you manage your images on your own computer, and then how to bring those into Lightroom, as well as talking about good back-up practises. From here I go through image management, to make it easier for you to choose your best images and decide which ones to edit. Then we move onto the fun side - the actual editing, or 'processing' as it's also known.
This stage involves working on specific images which I will ask you to bring with you, covering everything from cropping and straightening, through exposure and colour balance, and finally more advanced tools such as selective editing, range masks and so on. I will also show you examples of editing using my own images as well.
I can demonstrate everything what you need to know using jpeg files, but if you do have RAW files available, these work even better, but it's not essential. After the session, I will send you a full set of screen grabs with tailored notes, which go through everything we've discussed - so you don't have to remember it all at the time!
How does it work?
I usually recommend a minimum of two hours to go through the basics, but a longer session (or multiple sessions) will enable us to go into more detail, and carry out more sample projects. For face to face tuition in and around Milton Keynes I'm happy to come to your home or a nearby location to suit you*. Then for Zoom sessions we just need to set up the contact request in advance, and I will send an invitation link for the agreed time/date.
We'll just need a PC or Mac (laptop or desktop) - ideally with Lightroom Classic (see my blog post for which plan to choose) already uploaded onto it, even if you have done nothing with it beyond this. I can also give you information on which one to download in advance. It is possible to run sessions using my own editing laptop, but you will not get quite so much out of the session, as some of the areas we cover are around customising Lightroom to work the way that you work - so it's always best to use your own computer, and your own copy of the software, if we can.
*Locations outside of Milton Keynes may incur travel and travel time costs. If we are not working on Zoom or meeting at your home address, a laptop that you can bring with you will be preferable.
To find out more, or to book a session, please email email@example.com.