Lightroom is Awesome!

Last night I had the opportunity to go to a workshop on Lightroom taught by Scott Jarvie.  I am just getting to know Scott through Jason; my brother-in-law, Jeremy and Twitter.  He is a well known wedding photographer in Utah and extremely generous in the sharing of his knowledge for amateurs like myself.  🙂

The workshop was free and hosted at East Bay Studios in Provo.  There were about 50 people in attendance and most of us were new to Lightroom.  In fact, several people downloaded the free, trial version of Lightroom right at the workshop.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have my laptop with me so I was forced to write down my thoughts on paper and bring them home for future reference.  Scott did an awesome job teaching the basics.  He has a great sense of humor that made the time both instructional and entertaining.

I am really new to the photography stage and I am just beginning to understand the importance of a good photo processing program.  However, I like things to be simple.  Photoshop has always seemed extremely complicated to me.  After last night, I think I will be investing in Lightroom.  Scott briefly went over the whole of Lightroom and explained the 5 modules, but spent the majority of the time teaching us about the Library and Develop modules.  I found it all very user friendly and self-explanatory.  Scott told us in the beginning that he wanted to teach us the basics so that we would be able to go home and use that knowledge to solve our own problems.  He accomplished his goal.  I feel that I have a very good base to get started in editing my photos.

I was pleased that he took the time to explain some seemingly very basic things to the group that I didn’t have a very clear picture of, even though I am sure the majority of the people there already understood these concepts.  Things like, what exactly a preset is and the difference between a raw photo and a jpeg.   As I said earlier, I think Photoshop is complicated, but I was happy to learn that Lightroom can be used in conjunction with Photoshop should the need arise.  And I LOVE the ease and organization Lightroom provides to speed up and enhance work flow.

Half way through the night, everyone had the opportunity to pitch in for pizza and root beer floats.  The food was good and the conversation was even better.  I just want to thank Scott for his time and willingness to share his expertise and help us to learn what fun photography can be!  I also want to thank East Bay Studios for their hospitality!

Scott is teaching an intermediate workshop on Lightroom Thursday night at 7.  You can get all the info from Scott’s blog.  I am looking forward to attending and learning as much as I can from one of Utah’s most talented photographers!