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Lightroom 101

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!

I'm sorry but registration is now closed.
The next Lightroom class will likely be offered in early 2015.
Please comment with your email address to be included on the interest list.
(PS-I'll won't publish your comment if it includes your email address.)

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?  

I'm sorry but registration is now closed.
The next Lightroom class will likely be offered in early 2015.
Please comment with your email address to be included on the interest list.
(PS-I'll won't publish your comment if it includes your email address.)

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?!


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    1. Fannie-I've got you on the interest list for the summer class. I'll let you knew the details when it gets closer.

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    1. Hi Nikki--Let me email you with some details. Thx! nancy

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  6. Bookmarking this now,a s well as your other classes!!! I am involved in about 4 online schools right now in different niches but I hope I will have time for your upcoming courses in August. If not I will stay tuned for future ones!! :)

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    1. Hi Willowmom, I'll need your email address of some way to contact you. You're profile here is not linked with any way to contact you. Hoping you see this message and I'd love to learn with you!

  8. I would love to sign up, you are an inspiration to me.

    1. Annie-I don't have a way to contact you. Could you email me?
      I'm looking forward to working with you!

  9. I would love to take it, but I don't know if this class is for me. I have a good understanding of manual exposure and composition & light. As far as processing goes, all I have is PS - love it. It does literally everything. Many people have been telling me to get LR and learn it. Do you believe it would be beneficial to start using LR?
    Thanks for inspiring many photographers!


    1. Hi Regan, I use Photoshop too, so I'll give you my take. I would say it has a lot to do if you are taking pics in RAW or JPEG format. And if you are shooting in RAW, how are you processing your RAW pics? PS does not do RAW editing. LR does. But there are other programs that process RAW images, like ACR. So as much as I'd like to have you in class, if you are shooting in RAW and using ACR then PS, and it's working for you, then I'd say you're all set already. But if you are taking RAW pic directly in PS without editing them, I'd say you'll be SO much happier with the final product in you do RAW editing first, and I recommend LR over other programs for many reasons. One of them is the LR is also a photo management system unlike PS. It keeps everything organized with the system that I've put in place. Holler If you have any more questions! The next LR class will be in the winter.


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