Thursday, April 16, 2015

Workshop: Putting Adobe Lightroom to Work


UPDATE April 17, 2015: Only four remaining seats available for this Sunday April 19.

Do you need to speed up your post-production workflow, produce stronger preview images, and better manage your digital image inventory?  Register now for Putting Adobe Lightroom to Work, a workshop that I am running again this Sunday, April 19.  While I have been running this workshop for three years, I continuously update the content to cover the latest features and improvements that have been added to Lightroom which further help photographers to work better and faster.

"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.

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 Lightroom, version 5.7.  A free 30-day trial version of Lightroom 5.7 is available from Adobe, here.


This one day course will cover the key features Lightroom 5.7 in the areas of 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
    • Effects – Post Crop Vignette and Grain
    • Sharpening, Noise Reduction
    • Cropping, Lens and Perspective Corrections
    • 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
    • Only a Quick Overview of These Features
  6. 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: Postbox Boutique is hosting this workshop event.  Postbox Boutique’s studio is located in the renovated industrial building at 468 Cumberland Avenue in Hamilton, ON.  Here is a map.  Free parking is available on the building’s lot and on Cumberland Ave. 

When: Sunday April 16, 2015.  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 notebook computer, with Lightroom already installed.  Notebook 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 provide your full name, company name if applicable, and phone number(s), or else I will be unable 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 nonrefundable.  EFT, Visa, Mastercard, or cash accepted.  You are not registered until I contact you, confirming receipt of your payment.

How Much: We have made special arrangements with Postbox Boutique that enable us to offer this workshop at $199+HST, 20% off the regular registration fee of $250+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.