Monday, February 3, 2014

Lightroom -Class#1 Review


Welcome to the Clark College Lightroom Class.

This is an outline of Week one's class discussion with web links.

Generally the Lightroom Primer website has detailed notes covering class material and discussions. If details need to be added you will find them in these class blog notes, or I will update the website.  

If you have questions contact me via e-mail, or leave a comment

The Lightroom Primer website is

You can find these same  notes under the tab “Things to do First” at the above link

But, first a note…

Adobe has extended their Offer for Lightroom and Photoshop at $9.99 /Mo

This offer is available to anyone until March 31, 2014. There are no previous product ownership requirements. Learn more ›

And, enjoy!!!


Things you Need to Do Before You begin using Lightroom

1. Calibrate your Monitor

At the bare minimum you should make sure that you set the Brightness and Contrast of your monitor.

On the Mac go through these steps …

In System Preferences choose

Hardware > Displays > Color > Calibrate

and Follow the steps…

On the PC 

If you have Windows 7 or 8, You'll find calibration software in the Control Panel

To start Display Color Calibration

  1. Open Display Color Calibration by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clickingControl Panel. In the search box, type calibrate display, and then clickCalibrate display color.‌ Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  2. In Display Color Calibration, click Next to continue.

For more details go to this web page Calibrating Your Monitor


2. Establish a plan to ingest AND backup your Photographs

Backup Scheme


The Structure of your Main Photo hard drive and the backup hard drive should look like this, Your backup drive would have a different name

The folders are at the "root" of the Hard drive. 

If the Drive with the Working Catalogue fails… You just need to disconnect the failed drive, rename the backup drive with the name of the working drive… In this case Photo2, when you startup Lightroom, it will immediately find your catalogue and photos!!!

This method also allows the easy transport of All your photos and the Lightroom Catalogue!

3. Fill out and save your IPTC Metadata Preset

In Lightroom

Menu item:

Metadata > Edit Metadata Presets…

If you want to learn more about IPTC (International Press Communications Council) Metadata check out their website

4. Extra:  Here are two excellent videos 

How Lightroom works… A video by George Jardine (This should be required viewing for ALL Lightroom users. URL to the video is 


And here is a video on how to use the Filter bar, A Free sample Movie by George Jardine

It's a really REALLY good tutorial on how to use the Filter Bar.


Whew! That should do it for now… If you have a question… 'holler


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