Photography and digital image manipulation

An introduction to Adobe Lightroom with Tim Savage

Ref: SWE09255


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About this course

Discover the image-editing power and management of Adobe Lightroom. Beginning with the differences of file types, follow the workflow of Lightroom – from importing photographs to detailed manipulation, enhancement and output.

Course Description

Discover the creative image-editing power and image management of Adobe Lightroom. Beginning with the differences of file types, you will follow the workflow of Lightroom - from importing photographs to detailed manipulation, enhancement and output.

This course aims to introduce you to the creative image editing power and image management of Adobe Lightroom functions and sub-modules, and to enable confident and capable interpretation of the photograph in respect of exposure, colour, clarity and image finishing.

The structure of the weekend will be the workflow of Lightroom itself, beginning with importing files (with an understanding of storage, key-wording and labelling) - moving on to detailed manipulation, enhancement and output, how to export photographs to slide shows, Adobe Photoshop or make ready for printing.

The differences between file types is explained before importing some photographs captured during an excursion into West Dean Gardens.

The course covers:

• An introduction to the raw file, and processing options within Lightroom

• Contextualising Lightroom within the Creative Suite (Adobe Photoshop, The Bridge and Adobe Camera Raw)

• An introduction to the Lightroom interface, work area and panels

• Workflow techniques: importing files and using import presets

• Overview of the Library module

• Image management: keywording, rating and accessing meta data

• Compare and survey mode

• Understanding and managing the histogram to recover highlights and shadow detail

• Introduction to the develop module (white balance, vibrance and saturation)

• Local adjustments (cropping, spot removal, red eye removal)

• Copy and pasting adjustments to multiple files

• Convert images to black and white

• Finishing files by reducing noise and sharpening

• Applying lens corrections and reducing chromatic aberration

• Introduction to the print module and picture package

• Export to Photoshop


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • Please ensure that your camera is fully charged and has a clear memory card.
  • A working digital camera (preferably with manual settings), fresh batteries or charger and the camera to computer leads
  • Instruction manual
  • A tripod and any other accessories
  • A notebook and pen
  • A memory stick via which images can be transferred to your own computer at the end of the course or for saving work in progress.
  • A note of your Adobe ID login, if you already hold an account

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • USB Memory Stick

Please note: The course is for up to 8 participants. While each will be allocated a PC workstation, other equipment provided in the studio, may be shared amongst the group.


Tim Savage

Tim Savage is a photographer, artist, teacher and author. He holds MA Photography, MA Creative Arts Education, PGCE in Learning and Teaching and is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Tim manages the lens-based resources and tutors at UCA, while also writing books and publishing articles for the UK photographic press. He has delivered in excess of 100 photographic short courses at West Dean.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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