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The final week of the course – I have learnt so much on this course:)
This week I have been busy learning how to export images, create contact sheets, books for publishing, post direct to facebook, create slideshows – everything to do with publishing the images either in print or on the internet.
The lessons may only be 35-40 minutes but there is so much information packed in. I particularly love the fact I can continue to access the video course for ever more, I am sure there is more I can absorb and learn:)
To summarise the course I have learnt the following 5 fab facts/tips:
- You can import images from a variety of sources, including an app on your phone. A quick and simple way to transfer images to your computer. (I had been emailing individual pictures to myself, opening them and then downloading!)
- Lightroom enables you to tag each image in a variety if ways. this enable you to then search for images under a given tag. This is extremely helpful if you have LOTS of images – lets face it, what blogger doesn’t?!
- Shoot in RAW. The reason the image takes more memory than a JPEG is that it stores more details, perfect for editing. Especially if like me you over expose the odd image and wish to bring some of the details back.
- Lightroom Develop page enables you to edit many aspects of an image. I have mainly utilised the shadows, and exposure. But I also love the ability to increase contrast on a particular part of the image for instance in the sky bringing out the clouds details.
- You can easily copyright your images automatically as you import them.
Images I would have struggled to improve using my standard free software have been transformed by lightroom. In particular my floating shelves tutorial I found tricky to photograph, but with lightroom editing reloved magazine have expressed an interest in publishing it. The quality of an image really does count.
I would not hesitate to recommend My Photo School as a means of remote learning photography skills.
I am being provided the course for free in return for a blog post review of each lesson. Opinions are my own.