Lightroom Training Customized for You

If you're the type of person who learns best in a one-on-one, personalized environment, I'm here for you. I come to you, either in-person or via the web, and we work together on your computer using your images. I'll teach you Lightroom and, in the process, get your images organized and looking their best.

If this sounds good to you, email me at alanhaynes@fastmail.com. We'll learn a bit about each other and set up our first training session whenever you are ready.

Other Ways to Learn Adobe Lightroom

Video Training

There are a lot of free videos online that teach various aspects of Lightroom. Although some of them are very well done, many are of dubious quality and they often gloss over difficult concepts. If video is your favorite way to learn, I highly recommend Lynda.com. The training is not free, but the quality of the presentations and the instructors is top-notch and each course presents hours of learning. They teach a lot more than Lightroom, so your subscription will allow you to delve into just about any subject you might find interesting.

Books

Tons of books have been published to teach Adobe Lightroom. Take a look at Amazon to get an idea of the number of titles available. I can't recommend any specifically, because I haven't read them all.

I will say this: I'm not a fan of Scott Kelby's "step-by-step" books. Why? As you read through the steps, there is no way to get a quick idea of what that step hopes to accomplish. Why is that important? If you already know a lot about Lightroom, it's difficult to skim through these steps to get to the part you don't know. And, often, a single one of Kelby's steps actually contains multiple instructions. Shouldn't each step be a single instruction? Despite my reservations, many people do like Kelby's engaging and sometimes humorous style. Check out his titles here.

One author I have read and been impressed by is Martin Evening. He is very thorough and his style can sometimes be a bit dry. But I'll bet you'll learn a lot from him. Because his books are full of color photos and illustrations, his books aren't cheap. But once you own one, you'll probably find yourself referring to it often. Take a look at his latest Lightroom title, The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC / Lightroom 6 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers, to see if it's for you.

Classes

Classes and seminars are a pretty good way to learn for most people. Your local college might have an adult-education department that might offer on-campus Lightroom classes. There are also seminars by well-known trainers who travel the world teaching Lightroom to large audiences in convention centers and other cavernous spaces. There are also online courses where you share the instructor with a few dozen other eager students.

In my experience working with students who have attended some of these types of seminars and classes, I've heard a couple of common laments:

Because these types of classes are usually not hands-on, students don't retain what they've learned

Technical glitches often delay the beginning of the session and eat into the time for which you've paid

The biggest complaint is that other students aren't prepared for the class. I've heard of cases where, in and advanced class, some of the students don't even know how to open the software. Now, the instructor has to spend time bringing them up to speed while the real advanced students twiddle their thumbs.

What is Your Learning Style?

Most Lightroom students will use all of the training methods that I mentioned. Watch some videos, read books and take classes. Learning is never wasted. If you get stuck or just need in-person help, send me an email. I want to help you succeed.

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An image created almost entirely from PixelSquid 3D objects.

I've been experimenting with a fairly new addition to Photoshop: the PixelSquid plugin. The plugin allows you to download 3D objects from PixelSquid.com and add them to a Photoshop document.

Almost everything in the image above is from PixelSquid, even the oriental carpet on the floor. The modern geometric wallpaper and the flooring are images of patterns which I manipulated in Photoshop. The laptop monitor is showing a screen capture of a Lightroom screen from my own desktop PC.

You can create a free PixelSquid account and then download up to 100 free high-quality images. Once you exceed 100 images, you'll either have to pay or use the free, but watermarked and cross-hatched objects. That's what I did for the above image. If you choose to pay, it costs either $7.95 per 3D object or $14.99 per month for unlimited access to all the objects.

Here, I'm adding a second chair. The plugin is open and allows me to spin the chair to the angle I want. Photoshop's transform tool is active and I've just drageed the tool's handles to resize the chair.

Once you've created your account and installed the Photoshop plugin, it's easy to create high-quality images. For my image, I first added the desk to my composition. In the plugin, I rotated the desk to the angle I wanted. Next, I added the chair. The chair was too big for the desk, so after rotating it I used Photoshop's transform tool to scale it to the right size. The chair ended up behind the desk, so I used the plugin to bring it to the front. I did the same with all the other objects. For the rug, after sizing it and orientating it properly, I used Photoshop's perspective transform tool to make it appear to recede into the distance.

The whole composition took about a half-hour to create and I had a lot of fun doing it. And please ignore the cross-hatches: I'll remove those once I pay. After working on this image, I think it will be worth it.

Go to PixelSquid.com to see their collections of thousands of 3D objects learn more about using them in your compositions.