Dates are being revised due to Covid-19

Enhancement of your photographs in Lightroom is the emphasis of the course. Other software will be discussed as well as going on local walks to take photographs to use as examples in the classroom. By exporting images we will look at sorting and storage of your images too. Ideally participants will use their own laptops and trial versions of software can easily be downloaded before or during the course.

Adobe Lightroom is the software of choice for many to organise their photographs and enhance them. Although this will be the software employed others will be used and discussed. The course will use the local area for taking photographs and assistance can be given in attaining the best in-camera images. These will be used as examples for processing and eventual export. Lightroom is such a comprehensive programme it will not be possible to look at all aspects, but we will concentrate on the key skills needed whether with this software package or other commonly available programmes. We will look at what makes a good photograph and how one can achieve the best from the image. In that respect we will primarily work with the Develop module but other modules can be considered if time is available. Organising your files and backing-up will be included.

Tutor: Julian Cremona

Julian Cremona was Head of Centre at Dale Fort with interests in aquatic ecology, wildlife photography, travel and computing. He specialises in all aspects of digitised imagery, from the taking of photographs to manipulating them on the computer. His recent books include Digital Photography Made Easy (2005), Extreme Close-up Photography and Focus Stacking (2014), Beyond Close-up Photography (2018) and Photographic Image Enhancement (2019).
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Example Timetable

Friday: An introduction to the course; looking at several methods of work flow and software with pros and cons of using the Adobe Creative Cloud.

Saturday: 9.15 -10.30 An Introduction to the software and understanding the Library Module
Break followed by a short walk to take photographs.
11.30 Downloading, Viewing and Importing Images; rating and sorting.
The afternoon session will take the process further looking at the catalogue, searching and finding your photographs. There will be an option to go and take more photos locally. Mid afternoon a session on photographic enhancement will start and take us up to dinner. The evening will consolidate the day's work.

Sunday: 9.15- 10.30 The Develop Module: an introduction to the main features. The day will be spent working through the various panels with practical work on using the various tools with emphasis on understanding why you might need to use these tools.
During the early part of the afternoon there will be the option of a short local walk.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport

Before You Attend

Start and Finish Times

Resident visitors are requested to register at the main office between 4.00 – 5.30pm. Dinner will be at 6.00pm. An introductory talk will follow. Breakfast will be at 8.00am. Departure will be after breakfast on the last day. Non-resident guests are asked to arrive in time for dinner.

What to Bring

  • A laptop with at least a trial version of Lightroom installed on it
  • A digital camera with spare memory cards; battery charger
  • Notebook, pencils and pens (available from the Centre shop)
  • Stout walking shoes/suitable footwear
  • Lunch box, flask and drink bottle
  • Waterproofs and wellingtons (can be borrowed from the centre, if necessary)
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