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Monday, May 5, 2014

Lightroom Class registration now open!

It's BACK!

Combining photography with a busy family can often leave me short on time.  (Can I get an amen?)  But photography is precious to me so I had to find a way to make it work.   That's where Lightroom comes in!  Lighroom is an editing program that allows me time to import and organize my pics, then edit them in the most efficient way possible.  And I'm thrilled to share what I know and how I make editing happen given a busy schedule and little time!  The next class starts June 9, 2014, and is 7 weeks long!

Registration is now open!
Click HERE to register!
Class size will be limited and is first come first serve. 

Lightroom 101: An Editing class for Beginners, will demonstrate and teach you how I edit photos efficiently via Lightroom.  I'll keep it simple, use easy-to-understand language, and give you step-by-step instructions and video demonstrations too.  No secretes.  If I know it, I'm willing to share it!

Here's a look at what Lightroom 101 includes:
14 lessons to print and keep forever and over 20 video tutorials!
---How to download and organize your photos
---Step-by-step instructions for completing a quick, clean edit
---Selectively editing areas of your image, including brightening eyes,

    smoothing skin, whitening teeth and removing blemishes
---Converting your photos to black & white
---Correcting white balance
---Noise reduction
---An introduction to the magic of Lightroom presets and how to install, use and 

    create your own
---Saving your newly-edited photographs on your hard drive
---The ease of taking your photo(s) from Lightroom to Photoshop and back in one 

    quick click
---Creating and using watermarks

Here is an "oops" picture that was a test shot for a gorgeous red-head that I recently shot.  Go ahead and roll over it with your mouse to see what it looked like before I edited in Lightroom.

You do not have to purchase Lightroom to participate.  Adobe offers a free 30-day trial of Lightroom that you can download to coincide with the class.  (Click here to go to Adobe's free trial offer.)  You can try Lightroom out during the class and decide for yourself if it's worth purchasing.

This course is 7 weeks long, offering 2 lessons per week.  We all learn in different ways, so there will be both written lessons and over 20 video tutorials!  And I am not going to leave you hangin' because this class is going to be totally interactive!  We're in this together via a private forum just for our class where you can share your photos online {or not}, ask questions, and get feedback anytime throughout the class.  You will be able to see what the other students in the class are doing and asking too.  There are no set times that you need to be "in class" because you choose when to check in online, view course material, and there's no pressure because you work at your own pace.  You can participate during nap time, in the middle of the night, only on the weekend, or whenever you find an opportunity.  Feel free to come to class in your jammies!   You better belive that I will!  I will be available the whole time for questions and to offer clarifications and information.  After 5 weeks of lessons, you will have an additional 2 weeks to let it all sink in, practice and ask more questions.  

The following photos were all taken by students that have completed my class and edited in Lightroom.  Roll over the photo to see the image as it came out of the camera and before editing.

And ya, you'll learn how to put that little watermark on your photo too, and why it's important to do it

What you'll need:  
---Lightroom downloaded and installed on your computer, (Please check Adobe for 
    system requirements.
---Images taken with your DSLR and downloaded on to your computer to practice on
---A Facebook account
---Access to high-speed internet to view video tutorials

Registration cost is $149. 
Class size will be limited.  (The next time I offer this class will likely be in the late fall of 2014.) 

Sound like something you'd like to participate in?  

Click HERE to register!

Here's what some past participants have to say:

Several months ago I took Nancy's photography class.  I learned so much and loved the feedback she provided.  When I heard she was doing a class on photo editing I jumped in without hesitation and I have not been disappointed!  I was an absolute beginner with Lightroom, and I feel like I have learned so much!   The lessons are short and concise and the combination of written lessons and video lessons makes it very easy to learn.  Nancy is excellent with offering constructive feedback and lots of encouragement of each photo.  The entire class has been a very fun learning experience, and I have taken several photos that I liked and turned them into photos that I LOVE!  Thanks for you wonderful, easy to follow teaching, Nancy!      ~Erin M.   

I learned so much from the Lightroom class!  Nancy's lessons are very clear, easy to follow, and packed with information and tons of useful tips!  Before this class I hesitated a lot with my editing, worried that I didn't know what I was doing, but now that it has been so clearly explained  I am really enjoying it and my photos look fantastic!      ~Melissa C.  

I’d like to thank you for putting together such a wonderful course and sharing your knowledge with us.  I have thoroughly enjoyed each lesson and have already greatly improved my photos.  My husband is pretty impressed and I’m thrilled because photos mean so much to me.   I love that your course has given me the flexibility to work at my own pace without any pressure.  With four kiddos at home, I need flexibility!  The sessions have been the perfect length with different learning options for different learning styles.  Your class has been one of the best investments in improving my pictures.  Thank you again!      ~Erica M.

Nancy's Lightroom 101 is a fantastic way to jump into editing in LR without feeling overwhelmed or lost. LR 101 has given me the tools to jump into LR feeling like I know what I'm doing. Nancy's tutorials are concise and clear. There's no struggling with a manual or jargon. The lessons are easy to fit into a busy schedule and even though they are short, they are packed with information so you start seeing an improvement in your photos immediately. The virtual group setting for the class is a big plus--it is nice to get feedback and share questions with others, and Nancy provides plenty of individual attention. I highly recommend this course for anyone new to LR.   ~Annika A.

I went into the class knowing nothing about the program, and by the end I felt very comfortable maneuvering around Lightroom. I love how easy it is to edit my photos now.  She is very easy to understand and if you ever have any questions she is quick to reply. My favorite part about the class structure is the flexibility it allows. There are no assignments and you can go at your own pace. I would definitely recommend taking a class from Nancy, and I hope to take more in the future!  ~Katy C.

Give me a holler if you have any questions.

PS-Did I mention I'm {uber} excited to have you along?!


  1. Hi Nancy-
    My nephew is a professional photographer. He recently gifted me with a Canon 5D Mark 2 because he upgraded to a new Canon camera. It came as QUITE a shock because I am happy with my t4i. I went out and also bought myself a 35 mm lens and downloaded Lightroom because I plan on taking your Manual and More class and Lightroom 101. I cannot, however, take Lightroom 101 this session because my son is having major heart surgery (ASD and VSD repair) in a month and I doubt I will even have time to log onto Facebook to print out the lessons, much less actually read them.
    I am in green box dial right now and I just point and shoot. My nephew taught me how to focus with one focus box (correct my terminology if it is wrong) and my pictures are nicer with just that little improvement! Is there anything else I should learn or do in preparation for Manual and More and the next Lightroom class? Or maybe even some more gear I need to buy? I have tried Lightroom out a couple times and I have not a clue what I am doing.
    Cannot wait for August!

    1. Sonya, OHHHH MY! What a wonderful hand me down! let's see... a WONDERFUL thing you can do ahead of time is get organized. And by that I mean get a system on your computer to get your photos organized. Decide if you want to organize them by date or person or event or combos of all those and clean up your current photo files into this system and then keep it all neat and tidy as you go, adding all your new pics into your system as you go. It will save you SOOOO much time and energy and heart ache later on. Congrats on your new baby!!! (ps-if you send me your email address, I'll be able to tell you when the next classes open.

  2. one more thing: should I use the new camera or stick w the t4i?

    1. I would use whichever camera you'll be using long term. The Mark II certainly has features that makes it easier.

  3. Thanks Nancy!! I will set an organization system up the first chance I get.
    Just double checking to make sure the 35 mm lens is good? The box said F2.0. My nephew explained to me what that meant but I think I will just wait for manual and more to speak the photography language. ;)

    1. Sonya, the 35mm f/2.0 is just perfect! Delightful. Delicious. Delovely! I recommend either exactly that or the 50mm. So you're all set. Can't wait to work together!

  4. The pink plant is lovely. The light, airy colors are so refreshing! Are those triplets in the second to last photo? They are just precious. The family photo on the bridge is about as perfect of a family portrait you can get. The movie shelf is a perfect backdrop for portraits. I would never have thought of that. Her precious hands in the second photo! I want another baby after seeing that cutie on the blanket!
    You've taught them well.

    1. I have some awesome students for sure!!! I'm so so proud of them and their awesome skillage!


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