Workshop: The Digital Lightroom by Dr Les Walking


18-19 October 2014
Centre for Contemporary Photography, Fitzroy

This introductory weekend course featuring Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop covers the importing, cataloguing, processing, storing/archiving, and printing of digital images. Workflow design and creative outcomes are integrated to not only guarantee the efficient production of high quality pictures, but to also successfully archive our images for fast retrieval without compromising quality now or in the future. The overall objective is to establish a robust and effective image processing and printing workflow. Topics covered include:

Processing Digital Images

  • Basic processing: white balance, exposure, contrast, colourfulness
  • Global control of hue, saturation and brightness
  • Local editing and progressive retouching
  • Noise reduction and sharpening techniques
  • Processing presets and histories

Editing and Exporting Digital Images

  • Re-defining relationships in the image
  • File formats, output sharpening and resizing images
  • Colour management and choosing an RGB working space
  • Superior B&W conversions from colour originals
  • Export settings for web distribution and photo books

Printing and Displaying Digital Prints

  • Selecting papers and printing processes
  • Aesthetic considerations: depth, dimensionality and presence
  • Optimising printer driver settings
  • Softproofing and hardproofing digital images
  • Exhibiting prints and lighting considerations

Archiving and Preserving Digital Assets

  • Sorting, renaming, rating and syncing images
  • IPTC and EXIF metadata, templates and search engines
  • DNG workflows and file migration
  • RAID (0, 1, 5) and Beyond-RAID storage systems
  • Short and long term storage and archiving strategies

The course is based around a series of practical demonstrations and investigations of the downloading, importing, processing, editing, printing, and archiving/storage of digital images. Examples are drawn from a broad range of photographic activity with an emphasis on practical solutions to real world problems, such as locating missing files, batch processing large numbers of images, automating workflows, and printing exceptionally fine prints. Detailed course notes are provided.

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