Lightroom for photographers

Course Dates: 19/09/19 - 24/10/19
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Michael Harding

Looking for an alternative to Photoshop for managing and editing your photos? Adobe Lightroom is an easy-to-use cross-platform photo management and editing software with many advantages over other software. Learn how to use it effectively to catalogue, process and showcase your images: an invaluable asset for photographers at all levels.


What is the course about?

Adobe Lightroom is an uncluttered, intuitive programme for storing, cataloguing, keywording, adjusting and outputting your digital photographs as RAW, TIFF and JPEG files. On this course you will learn how to effectively manage, edit and showcase your photographs using this software. Learn how Lightroom helps you to work efficiently with one image, an entire shoot, or a large image library, and gain an understanding of the relative merits of Lightroom over other applications such as Photoshop and Bridge.

What previous students loved about the course:
“Good supportive and knowledgeable tutor.”
“Loved the set up – comfortable lighting, excellent equipment.”
“The teacher was very good. I gained a thorough and clear understanding of all the steps in Lightroom. Added to this the handouts were also very user-friendly.”
“Mixture of lecture, practical and fantastic course notes.”
“The tutor is very patient and encouraging.”


What will we cover?

- Importing images
- Cataloguing, including collections, rating, metadata and keywording
- Processing, including retouching, colour temperature, tone curves, black and white, split toning, sharpening etc
- Exporting images, including slideshows, prints and web galleries.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- create catalogues and collections of your images
- keyword, rate and select your images
- edit images for colour and tonality, retouch minor blemishes and sharpen
- create a slide show and web gallery
- print images singly and in layouts.

What previous students have achieved:
“Confidence of cataloguing and editing. A faster workflow on jobs I’m doing. Better batch processing.”
“An understanding of the applications of Lightroom – editing and management of images.”
“Gaining more confidence in navigating the myriad of buttons and controls within Lightroom.”


What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is for beginners to Lightroom, but it would be useful to be confident working on a computer, and to have a basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Please note we will be using Apple Mac computers.

You will need to be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and be prepared to take part in group discussion. You should be happy using numbers and able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Demonstrations, individual assistance, practical exercises and notes. Each student will have their own Apple Mac computer to work on.

Use of Adobe Lightroom outside the class will be beneficial which can be downloaded from for a 30 day trial for free and then for less than £10 per month. Https://

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There are no extra costs. You will be supplied with images to work with, but ideally you should bring your own images, in a digital format, to use during the course.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use, Build students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You can develop your interests in digital photography further through a whole range of practical and theoretical photography and photographic software courses at Build, aimed at all levels. Browse the Build website or prospectus for inspiration.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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Course Code: VY728

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Thu, day, 19 Sep - 24 Oct '19

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £249.00
Senior fee: £199.00
Concession: £152.00

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