PWP Workshop: Lightroom Image Correction

©Barbara Nelson

©Barbara Nelson

WORKSHOP: Lightroom Image Correction

DATE:  Saturday, February 4, 2012
TIME:  10:00 – 3:00
LOCATION:  to be announced
FEE:  $85.00 PWP Members.  $100 non-members

Ignore the boring technical correct verbiage in the subject line -  this will actually be a fun, creative exercise.  You will  learn while working on your own images and go back to your workspace, putting to use the new knowledge on your other images.  Limited to 12 people

With many people working on self-published books, the skills of preparing an image for print becomes even more important.  For exhibitions many of us turned our digital files over to an expert to correct and print.  With book publishing (or promotional cards and such) we now need to have those skills ourselves.  Whether you are learning new skills or just want to review the tools to prepare your image for publication or exhibition, this four-hour, hands-on workshop will focus on the most essential basics.   Taught by Andrew Darlow

Read below outline – Note:  bring laptop to work on your images.  Select a specific image to send to Andrew to demonstrate, in class, the techniques for correction.  Corrected image will be returned to the owner.


Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a powerful application with many features to help photographers work more efficiently. Lightroom can open up many creative options, and in many areas, it can take the place of Photoshop. In this four hour workshop, award-winning author and photographer Andrew Darlow will cover these and other topics:  Limited to 12 attendees.

This workshop is designed for those who are using Lightroom in some way, but want to learn how to “supercharge” it:

  • • How to make sure your photos are ready to be imported into a Lightroom Catalog
  • • An overview of Lightroom’s Develop Module color correction features, including how to make selective color/contrast adjustments
  • • Specific tips for using the Spot Removal tool (Clone and Heal options), Graduated Filter tool and Adjustment Brush (all located in the Develop Module)
  • • Sample workflows and sharpening techniques for popular types of photos, including: portraits, landscapes and flowers
  • • Tips for using presets, as well as batch processing
  • • Tips for converting to black and white
  • • How to save Presets and apply them to one or many images
  • • How to use Virtual Copies, Collections and Smart Collections

Schedule (times are approximate, all may be adjusted as the workflow determines)

12:30-1:30: Introduction/Develop Mode
Much of the workshop will be in a lecture format, but attendees are strongly encouraged to bring laptops to follow along with the instruction. All sample files that Andrew will use in the first portion of the lecture will be provided via a downloadable link after your registration is received.

1:30-3:15: Instructor Will Work on Images provided by Attendees
Andrew will work on images provided by attendees, demonstrating a number of the techniques he covered in the first segment. Attendees will be asked to send a medium-resolution JPG to Andrew in advance so that he can make them available to each attendee.

3:15-4:30: Independent Work on Images
Attendees will work independently on their images as Andrew works one-on-one with attendees for a few minutes per person (optional for those who want one-on-one help).

Mac OSX will be used, but Windows-specific information will also be explained for those who use Windows. Those who register for this workshop will receive a printed handout with step-by-step instruction on most of the topics that will be covered. Each attendee will also receive a small high quality, semi-gloss color calibration print (about 3×3 inches), printed on an Epson 3880 of the file Andrew recommends for testing, as well as a link to the file so that you can compare it to your screen and your prints in Lightroom or Photoshop.

Andrew Darlow is a photographer, author and digital imaging consultant. He is the former Editorial Director of Digital Imaging Techniques Magazine, and the current editor of, an online imaging magazine. His photography and how-to articles on topics from marketing to fine-art printing have been featured in numerous magazines and websites, including Photo District News, PDN Gear Guide, Popular Photography, Rangefinder, and Studio Photography magazine. For more than 15 years he has taught thousands how to improve their photography, workflow and digital print output at conferences, industry events, and educational institutions, including the PDN PhotoPlus Expo, the Arles Photo Festival (Arles, France), Columbia University, and the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York. He regularly exhibits his work and his prints are held in many private collections.

 His book, 301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques: An Essential Printing Resource for Photographers, (Course Technology PTR), is a resource that covers many aspects of digital printmaking, and includes the imagery and advice of over 20 photographers and other artists. He also publishes the Inkjet & Imaging Tips Newsletter, available free to subscribers at