I signed up for Photoshop CC a few years back, and got an odd ‘free’ piece of software called Lightroom. I’d never heard of it and had no idea what it did. Photoshop did really cool stuff (that I couldn’t do anyway), but Lightroom was some sort of catalogue thingy. So there it sat as a lonely un-opened icon in the tray along the bottom of Windows 7.
To lots of photographers this might sound familiar. After chatting with the guys at the local camera club, 95% of them had a version of Photoshop, 80% of them had the CC version (so had Photoshop and Lightroom) and only 10 of them used Lightroom the way that it was intended. Most, like me, wasn’t sure what Lightroom did, so didn’t use it. Shame. Such a great piece of software.
By accident, I was watching some YouTube tutorials on Photoshop. The guy (whose name escapes me now) also did a bit on Lightroom. The more I watched, the more interested I became. At this point virtually all of my processing and editing was done in Photoshop. The more I learned from ….whatshisname, the more the balance shifted towards Lightroom. I scoured YouTube for more Lightroom tutorials. Phlearn, PIC, Serge Ramelli and Julianne Kost from Adobe. A font of knowledge. Some of the stuff was amazing, and to me it seemed very intuitive.
The guys at the camera club knew that I was ‘into’ Lightroom, and I’d spend the drinking time afterwards being questioned about Lightroom. Eventually I was asked to put on a short crash course at the club to show what Lightroom could do. Gerry (his name hasn’t been changed to protect his identity) was against Lightroom and Photoshop. “Digital witchcraft!!” He would mutter. But generally, the guys were interested in this underused tool on their desktop. A number asked for one-on-one sessions, and even paid me for my time! It is probably the best hourly rate i’ve ever earned. I must do more. Learn more. Become a certified expert, then I can advertise and then charge an even higher rate.
So that’s the plan for Lightroom. The certification exam is held locally, consists of 50 multi-choice questions, and cost £58. Sound like a good deal, assuming I pass of course. And if i get a studio space set up, I could run small seminars. Judging by the chaps from my local club, there’ll be a fair amount of other photographers looking for some teaching in Lightroom.