Monday, April 17, 2017

Workshop: High-Efficiency Editing in Lightroom



"You're amazing! I just proofed a session in 15 min. I LOVE Lightroom. Thanks for the awesome course. I wished I would have listened to you years ago." – professional portrait photographer Marie Murray, Memories by Marie.

Learn to speed up your post-production workflow, produce stronger preview images, and better manage your digital image inventory.  Register now for my workshop, Introduction to High-Efficiency Editing with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC. I have been running this workshop for over four years.  I continuously update its content to cover the latest additions to Lightroom that improve image editing efficiency.

This workshop is aimed at professional photographers and advanced amateur enthusiasts.  Prerequisites are solid foundations in both photography and personal computer operation.  I will be teaching and demonstrating the current version of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC, version 2015.9.  A free 30-day trial version of Lightroom is available from Adobe, here.


This one day course will cover the key features Lightroom CC related to image file handling, image editing, and image inventory management:

  1. Introduction to Lightroom
    • Why Use Lightroom?
    • Tour of the User Interface
    • Catalogue Concept – Folders vs. Catalogues
  2. The Library Module – Cataloguing and Organizing 
    • Creating a catalogue
    • Importing images
      • Import Presets
      • Applying Metadata
    • View Options – Grid and Loupe, Filmstrip
    • Flagging, Rating, Labelling Images
    • Virtual Copies
    • Keywording
    • Filtering/Searching
    • Stacking
    • Collections and Smart Collections
  3. The Develop Module – Non-Destructive Fixing and Enhancing
    • White Balance
    • Tone Adjustment
    • Colour Adjustment
    • Lens Correction
    • Cropping
    • Geometric corrections using Transform
    • Sharpening, Noise Reduction
    • Effects – Dehaze, Post Crop Vignette and Grain
    • Spot Removal
    • Local Adjustment Brush
    • Graduated Filter Tool
    • Radial Filter
    • Using the History Panel
    • Using Snapshots
  4. Exporting
    • Exporting Images
    • Sharing Images
    • Exporting Catalogues
      • Smart Previews
  5. The Map, Book, Slideshow, Print and Web Modules
    • A Quick Overview of These Features
  6. Lightroom Mobile – Overview
  7. Using Lightroom for Improved Image Editing Efficiency
    • Demonstration of My Lightroom Workflow
    • Clever Uses of Smart Collections
    • Develop Presets
    • Keyboard Shortcuts


Maximum number of students: Six to eight, to ensure one-on-one attention.

Where: I will be hosting this workshop event at my studio located at Creative Edge Dance studio, 1160 Blair Rd., unit 11, in Burlington, ON.  Here is a map

Interested in Hosting?  Host one of my workshops at your studio and attend the workshop at no charge.  Conditions apply.  Contact me for details.

When: Sunday May 7, 2017.  Doors open at 8:45AM.  Class starts at 9:00AM sharp.  Class ends by 5:00PM.

Lunch: We will take a short break for lunch. I recommend that you brown bag it, or else you can make a quick fast food run.

Bring: Your portable computer with Lightroom already installed, a notepad and pen.

Registration: Registrations will be taken on a first come, first served basis.  To begin the registration process, please contact me by email at Be sure to include your full name, company name if applicable and phone number in order for me to be able to process your registration.  I will create your invoice and email it to you.  Payment in full is due on receipt of invoice and is non-refundable.  Payment by electronic funds transfer, PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Visa debit card, or cash is accepted.  You are not registered until I contact you to confirm receipt of your payment.

Registration fee: $199+HST prepaid in full on booking.

Early Bird Special: Save 25% by registering before May 1 for only $149+HST.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Davies Condos

I recently produced these head and shoulders studio portraits for Linda Davies and her team at DaviesCondos

Virginia of Beauty on the Go did her usual fabulous job of makeup and hair styling.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

How Important is Your Online Business Portrait?


People are increasingly likely to first encounter us through our online presence rather than in person. Recent scientific research has found that those first impressions of us will be based primarily on viewing our profile pictures, that they will last, and that they will determine important decisions that are later made about us. What can we do to influence the impression that our profile portrait makes?

For details, check out my new blog post on the Burlington Business Connections website ..

Friday, October 10, 2014

Lea and Shawn’s Wedding Celebration

Last Saturday, Lea and Shawn celebrated their marriage in the company of family and friends. This celebration was the culmination of a year of big milestones for the couple, milestones that I have been privileged to document: their engagement, intimate winter wedding ceremony (parts 1 and 2), first home, and the birth of Kylie (before and after).

When we first met a little over a year ago, I shared with Lea my vision of ultimately producing something special for them. More than just a wedding album, we had an opportunity to weave together images of all of these events in a "year of life" album. I think that Lea is just excited as I am that it is now time for me to begin composing that album.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Food Photography

I have had several recent inquiries about food photography, so I decided that it was time to update my portfolio.  I produced these yesterday.