An introduction to Adobe Lightroom with Beytan Erkmen

Photography and digital image manipulation

Ref: SWE11957

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About this course

DSLR photographers can 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 manipulation and enhancement techniques offered by the software.

Course Description

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 digital photograph in respect of exposure, colour, clarity and image finishing.

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

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 camera 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

• Exporting images to your computer or portablable hard-disk for print, book and website

NOTE: Editing images already online or uploaded to social media platforms (e.g. Instagram) or captured on phones will not be appropriate for this course.


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 until 9pm, 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 digital camera is fully charged and has a clear memory card.
  • A working digital camera (with removable memory card) preferably with manual settings, fresh batteries or charger and the camera to computer leads. PLEASE NOTE: mobile phones or tablets/Ipads will not be appropriate substitutes for digital cameras for this course
  • 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.

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.


Beytan Erkmen

Beytan began his career as a studio portrait photographer in 1990. Throughout his career he has produced images for companies in fashion, hair and beauty, theatre production and performing arts and has been published internationally. More recent projects within education, leisure and product industries, have allowed Beytan to show his creativity and flare. In 2009-2012 he gained a MFA Masters of Fine Art Photography Degree at University of Creative Arts, Farnham. After more than 20 years, his enthusiasm, passion and dedication for photography, is still as fresh as the day he was given his first camera.


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

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