Sun 11-Nov-12 10:55 PM | edited Mon 12-Nov-12 02:43 AM by georgem
This is the first time posting on this forum. To begin with, I'm ignorant as to post processing. I have the Light room 4 software and Photoshop CS 5. I'm looking around for an class, on-line or live to teach me how to use them. I suspect I should start at the beginning and take a basic class in Lightroom, initially.
I have no idea who is good at teaching or not. Do you have any recommendations? I'm willing to travel up to a few hundred miles for a couple day workshop.
I have used all of these to varying degrees and they help. There are also some good online course through BetterPhoto.com as well as Perfect Picture School of Photography (ppsop.com) where you get online instructor assistance, lesson plans and critiques of your work...they, too help in this area.
Lastly, check out local camera clubs which frequently offer some programs on post-processing.
Tue 13-Nov-12 12:56 AM | edited Tue 13-Nov-12 12:57 AM by georgem
Thank you, John. You put in a lot of time in putting together this list. Are you a member of the PSA. It appears to be a rather larger international group with subsections throughout the US one could actually go to.
I have begun the Adobe TV module. I've also looked into the other options you have mentioned. I need to look into those further.
The Adobe TV is very good but I've notice so far that Adobe TV is more of a relatively brief overview of the specific topic.. Are the paid courses also an overview or do they provide more information at a slower pace.
Again, I want to thank you for the help you have provided and look forward to any other information you may be able to provide.
Tue 13-Nov-12 01:46 AM | edited Tue 13-Nov-12 01:58 AM by jdroach
I am a member of PSA. I am involved in Study Groups and through local participating camera clubs submit images in regional challenges. I have mixed feelings about the organization in some things, but find it is like many groups in that you if you pick and choose based on your individual interests and level of desire to be involved it can have value. For me, I elect to only be involved in the study groups and read the journal. I find Nikonians.org far more satisfying when it comes to learning from others and establishing relationships of value. I mentioned the PSA Journal since I have learned some tricks and gotten ideas from seeing what others do and write about regarding photography.
The paid online course are pretty informative. Depending on the ones you choose, they go to varying levels of detail. I have had to submit to the instructors statement of how I did the post processing assignments including screen shots of the steps used, layers created, etc. which helped me think about about what it was I was doing and be able to explain it. Even when I was frustrated with the process, it was a good learning experience. I like the critiques since then you aren't operating in a vacuum.
By the way, there is a SE Michigan Nikonians Chapter that even though I have not been involved in it since it is not near me, I know one of the fellows "gpoole" that is active in it. Here is a link about a workshop they did a few months back. You might contact them and see what they are doing that might benefit you, since they are in your extended area. Here is the link regarding the workshop that they did:
Thank you for this great suggestion. JP, I would love to take a workshop with Nikonian. Do we offer a work shop over 2 days that would cover both essentials, and advanced? I'm in Michigan, traveling to the west coast or Florida for a one day class then going another day to some where else is impossible for me.
BetterPhoto.com has a 4 weeks online class 'A Darkroom Called Lightroom' by Rob Sheppard. If you click on the class info,there's tap that show the course outline.
I subscribed to a 1 year member with Lynda.com and I find many of their course are good (I like their format & style of course). Beside photography, they also have other courses on CADD and other architecture work that are useful for my professional work.
I've recently purchased LR4 and got the book(I find books are better for me than attending classes (done that too) because I can rest at a particular area as long as I need to) by Scott Kelby "LightRoom 4 book for digital photographers". Seems to be pretty in depth and easy to follow. I didn't realize Nikonians had an academy - I'll look into it myself too.
It looks like you are already watching the Adobe TV modules. I have gone through most of the modules over the past few weeks and they have been a great resource.
I don't know if you have watched the shows by Julieanne Kost? I really enjoy her teaching style, and find myself going back and watching her modules more than once. As I'm using Lightroom, inevitably I will need an answer to a specific question, such as "what is softproofing, best way to back-up your files, most efficient importing procedure etc." and I have been able to find good explanations to most of my questions in Julieanne's modules. As an example, up until last night I had not used the Quick Develop mode in the Library Module as I didn't understand the benefit of using this mode rather than going directly to the Develop Module. After watching one of Julieanne's lessons, I now understand the additional benefits of using Quick Develop.
The Adobe TV lessons may not meet all of your needs, but they will at least help get you on the right track until you take a more in-depth class. Best of all they are free
Secondly. I sometimes need a little prodding to complete things and a semi-formal course works for me. There is a PS introductory course online at Vancouver Island University. It got me started finding my way around the user interface and general commands.