All photographs by - Virendra Singh Shekhawat
After a long time, I planned to do another workshop on Adobe Photoshop Lightroom with Delhi Photography Club in Shahpur Jat, Delhi. Founder of DPC, Mr Virendra Singh Shekhawat connected with me & encouraged me to plan one in Delhi again. I couldn't plan it in Jan, because of various commitments in office and at home. Finally we did one this weekend.
Delhi Photography Club has this brilliant office in Shahpur Jat and place is created very thoughfully by Virendra and Team. Taking a Lightroom workshop at such place was definitely a very good break from routine life and all these workshops offer to lot of learnings. Yes, you read it right - I learn a lot while teaching Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to like minded Photographers. I really enjoy these workshops and during this 2 days workshop, I didn't even take any break. I realized it laters :). And I would want to add that participants of this workshop were awesome.
Some of the folks were already using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for editing their photographers and few of them had used Photoshop. But majority of them were not using any software to organize or edit the photographs. Apart from Photoshop, Picasa is one of the most popular software amongst the participants and I wonder why? Picasa is definitely not for this set of photographers.
It was quite an interactive workshop wherein participants asked lot of questions and I could address most of them. Although there were few questions which were not answered completely at the end, due to lack of time. During 2 days, we majorly talked about Library and Develop modules - essentially the ways of managing photographs and different editing controls.
Folks from different walks of life joined this workshop. For most of them Photography is not a medium of earning their bread and butter, but it's a serious hobby. There were few, who are doing photography professionally.
Most of the folks were carrying their laptops and hence, there were lot of questions after trying things we discussed in the workshop. Some of the questions were relevant to all while few of them were not. Most of these were taken up between the session and few of them were addressed separately with individuals.
This group was pretty fast in picking up things and hence we could cover a bit more than usually we do in this 2 days workshop.
During this workshop, we talked about Catalogs, Collections, import, managing metadata, watermarking, smart collections, keyword tags, search capabilities on the basis of inbuilt/IPTC metadata, presets for metadata & editing, snapshots, history, smart previews, editing controls like - Exposure, Contrast, Highlight, Shadows, white, blacks, clarity, vibrance, saturation, HSL, Black & White processing, Lens correction, handling luminance and color noise, reducing chromatic aberration, vignetting, Spot healing, cropping, straightening, graduated filter and lot more.
Things like importance of Raw files and Histogram was also discussed. Basics of color profiles & file formats to be used in Export were also discussed. Backing up images and Lightroom catalogs was one of the important aspects. There were few discussions about importance of single vs multiple catalogs. The ways to import from one catalog to another was a primary question when everyone realized that single catalog is brilliant way to manage all the photographs. Although some of them wanted to try different catalogs for different genres of photography.
Check out the vibrant walls of Delhi Photography Club. I am in love with this place after this workshop and hope to visit them frequently during weekends and probably their Photo-walks as well.
A day very well spent with Indian Lightroomers !