More on Lightroom, workflow, and what to bring to class next week …

We ran through the basics of using Adobe Lightroom to create a catalog, download/import your pictures, select and edit those pictures, and how to export them.

There were some snafus. Sometimes, there are differences between software versions, computer operating systems, etc. and it slows me down a bit. And, like I said, I personally use a workflow based on CameraBits Photo Mechanic and Adobe Photoshop. It works well for me, but it is costly (for most college students) and it requires a sound foundation in journalistic ethics for professional use in the field of photojournalism. The Lightroom app is an industry standard, and it is a good introduction to image workflow. Plus, it’s available on every computer in Sanford, and many more around campus, including the library.

We’ll run through the Lightroom workflow in class (2/8) one more time, and I’ll show you how to upload your final selections to the class website.

NOTE: Bring the same things to the next class that you did for the last one (your camera’s card with your images, a carder reader, and your storage device). Since you’ve already created a catalog on your storage device, you can skip the directions on how to create one. I’ll show you how to load it. Just be advised: we will proceed with extreme haste! So review the Lightroom/workflow process so we can quickly dispatch with that task and move on to more important topics.

I gave you a handout with step-by-step instructions in class, but here’s a link to those instructions in case you need them on your devices or need to print them out again:

Using Adobe Lightroom

You’ll notice that the last two pages of this document include directions on how to use the Apple Photos app on a Mac, and how to use Google Picasa on a PC. I included these in case you want to complete your assignments on a personal computer that doesn’t have Lightroom installed. The process is basically the same. The interfaces are just a little different. If you have a Mac, you can install Picasa and use that, if you prefer. However, the Photos app does everything you’ll need it to do.

NOTE: Google has dropped support for Picasa. They have moved to a completely online model with Google Photos, but that is not sufficient for what we need to do as journalists. HOWEVER, the Picasa desktop app is still available to download and use on your computer if you need a free photo management application. If you have a Windows-based computer, try this link to learn more about Picasa and download the application: Picasa desktop application download for Windows.

Again, these are the basics of Lightroom and digital image workflow to get you started and complete your shooting assignments. I suggest you do a little reading if you want to know more.

Heres a link to Lightroom tutorials on Adobe’s website: Lightroom Tutorials.

There’s a ton of tutorials and learning materials out there, and you can take it as far as you like. I encourage you to share any materials you might find with your classmates (and me!) here on the website or on the FB group.

Ultimately, this is more about learning a proper workflow than about Lightroom. Frankly, I don’t care what software you use to turn in assignments, but these things are REQUIRED!

You need is software that is capable of :

  • browsing images for editing/selection purposes
  • embedding captions and other metadata into the image file itself
  • cropping your images
  • making basic color and tonal corrections (white balance, lightness and darkness, contrast)
  • saving or exporting your images as JPEG files


As always, contact me if you have any questions.


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