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Video: Using the Adjustment Brush

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2010 at 10:46 am

I am working on a Lightroom 3 training DVD, which I will be offering for sale, hopefully soon.  The concept is a “Lightroom Workshop on DVD”.  It is a series of many videos, several hours long in total, designed for beginning and intermediate Lightroom users.  I cover just about everything I teach in my two-day Lightroom Fundamentals workshop.    Since it has been a while since I have posted to this blog, I thought I would share with you one video from this series, on how to use Lightroom’s adjustment brush to make local changes to your images.

Click HERE to watch the video.

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UPDATE August 2011:  The DVD is out!  Check it out here.



Book Review: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3: The Missing FAQ

In Uncategorized on July 19, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Victoria Bampton, a.k.a. The Lightroom Queen,  has just recently released her Missing FAQ book updated for Lightroom 3.    She is an administrator and Lightroom Guru on, and is one of the most knowledgeable Lightroom users and troubleshooters I know — if I don’t know the answer to a question myself, I often turn to Victoria or this forum.

As a forum moderator, Victoria understands  the questions and issues users face.   In this  well organized and thorough 490 page book, she explains Lightroom concepts, tools and issues in an easy-to-follow question and answer format.   It is written so that someone can read it cover to cover, but it is most-used as a reference book, as questions and issues arise.   As this reference book,  it is excellent, well worth the price, and I am happy to have it on my virtual bookshelf.   I find that no matter how much I know about Lightroom, there is always more to know, and The Missing FAQ has definitely filled in gaps for me.

In my opinion this book is appropriate for users who have already gotten a decent start to Lightroom.  It is both too detailed and not detailed enough for absolute beginners to Lightroom who are looking for click-by-click instructions, tons of screenshots and a focus on just the essentials.  But once you get on your feet, do check out this guide.  It is available as both an e-book and a paperback.  Go to to see the table of contents, download sample sections, and order the book.

Reminder: Lightroom Fundamentals Workshop July 24-25th in Seattle

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 4:57 pm

I still have some spots open for this workshop next weekend at Studio R in Seattle — I hope you can join us!  We will be using Lightroom 3.

Lightroom Fundamentals

In this two day hands-on workshop, learn the fundamentals of Lightroom 3, concentrating on the Library and Develop modules where you manage, edit and enhance your images. Learn how to organize, backup, manage, edit and enhance your images, and how to work through large shoots efficiently with collections, presets, and synchronized settings. Discuss where Photoshop or Photoshop elements may still fit in your workflow, and learn how to move between Lightroom and Photoshop or Elements. No prior experience with Lightroom is necessary; limited to 8 students; laptop computer with Lightroom 3 (paid or free trial version) required. $300.  9 am – 5 pm.

The workshop will be held at Studio R in the Fremont District of Seattle.  Studio R is home of the Black Rapid camera strap.

Course outline

More details

To register through the Digital Photo Academy, click HERE.