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.