Posts Tagged ‘training’

Two “Must Reads” for New Lightroom Users

January 4, 2010

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom BoxI see many posts on the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Support forum and the Digital Asset Management (DAM) Forum where photographers are considering Lightroom.

There is almost too much information on Lightroom available on the web. It can be overwhelming. But there are a couple of really good blog posts that summarise the essentials of Lightroom”s capabilities:

I wish I’d read them before I plunged into Lightroom from ThumbsPlus and ACDSee Pro.

I Don’t Like Video Training!

December 9, 2009

I never finished Chris Orwig’s Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 video training course. Weeks ago I said I would spend more time to get a fuller understanding of Lightroom’s Develop Module tools. But I never did.

I guess there are two types of people in the world – those who can learn from videos on their computers and those who prefer to read a book. I am in the second camp. I am old-fashioned and prefer to cuddle up with a good book – have it beside me when I am using the computer, take it to the WC with me and so on. Maybe one day I will get an e-book reader like the Kindle but for now I like paper.

I went to the what’s probably the biggest and most comprehensive bookshop (bookstore) in Thailand – Chula Books on Siam Square. The second floor mezzanine is devoted to English language books and tucked away in the corner are computer reference books. Chula Books isn’t great at organizing their books on the shelves and I found books on Photoshop and Lightroom scattered around everywhere with no logic.

Lightroom 2 GuideThere were also out of date books on Lightroom 1 – pretty useless these days. The only book I found on Lightroom 2 was “Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 : a digital photographer’s guide” by Davids Huss and Plotkin.

I don’t know if it’s the best book on Lightroom. I have seen high praise for Martin Evening’s book: The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers but Chula Books didn’t have it to compare. They will order books for you but it takes a while.

No matter, I spent some time with the Davids and now I am much more confident with Lightroom’s Develop Module. Now I need some practice.

The nearest Border’s bookstore is in Singapore. I used to enjoy browsing there. If you know a better bookshop for computer and photography books in Thailand please let me know!

I’m Not a Video Person

October 24, 2009

The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Learning Center already has a load of short videos on the new and revised features of Lightroom 3.

Trouble is, I am not keen on learning by video – I much prefer a book or paper. Also the Internet is so slow here in Bangkok that it is a pain to try and watch / listen to anything streaming.

It is better to download the file and play it later. But that isn’t always permitted.

The online Help for the Lightroom 3 Beta isn’t up yet so these videos may be the only documentation available.

I guess I am showing my age by preferring something I can read to something that I can watch / listen to. I haven’t been enthused enough to listen to the rest of Chris Orwig’s Lightroom 2 Training for that reason. Chris speaks so fast it’s sometimes hard for me to keep up and pausing / rewinding / playing the video is a pain. With reading I set my own pace.

Video’s the current trend so I’ll have to run with it. I should look at the video on the Grain Tool since I used it with zero information yesterday.

Chris Orwig’s Lightroom 2 Training

July 7, 2009

I have been watching the video course called “Photoshop Lightroom 2 Essential training with Chris Orwig“. Chris is a good teacher and he loves photography in general and Lightroom in particular. Unfortunately he glosses over some issues that I’d like to know more about – like keywording.He seems to be of the “just add a few keywords and you’ll be able to find your images later” school.

He is almost completely non-critical of Adobe and some of his material sounds like Adobe’s product marketing department produced it. I’d like something more balanced and the teacher not to be afraid to criticize where criticism is due. The cynic in me thinks that Chris gets business from Adobe so he does not want to upset them. However, if I was an Adobe product manager I’d welcome candid comments and would not want independent trainers to stay on message all the time.

At the end of each set of lessons Chris includes a bonus lesson about photography. The one at the end of Module 7 Working with Metadata amused me greatly. It’s “Creative tip 3 Taking wide-angle shots“. In the video Chris is standing on the end of a dock in a marina in Santa Barbara, California. He’s describing how it is better to get down low and have a subject in the foreground when using a wide angle lens.

He kneels at the end of the dock and shoots “a really great image”. He’s so enthused about his great image that he holds his camera in one hand and waves his arms around. If a powerboat went past and rocked the dock his expensive Canon DSLR and L Series wide angle lens would end up in the drink.

Here’s a screen grab from the movie.

Don't Drop It!

Don't Drop It!

I was waiting for him to drop the camera and I didn’t hear what he was saying.

I think these fillers were made on the cheap. He could have shown the picture he took standing up with nothing in the foreground and then compared it with the second image where he knelt down. He claims he captured a ‘really great image’ but he didn’t share it and its uninspired predecessor with me.

I am working my way through the series and Chris has taught me a lot. I am waiting to get to the ones on the develop module. I am very weak there and I have a lot to learn.