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MyPhotoSchool Lightroom for Photographers

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One of my many hobbies and passions is photography, though to be quite frank, most of what I know (if not all) has been self-taught. I used to dream as a kid of being one of the best photographers in the world. But I’ll be the first to tell you that if you want to do something you can teach yourself enough to get you by, but the reality of it is, sometimes you just don’t know what you don’t know.

There’s no doubt that there are times, mainly when we are growing up, of course (!), but also as adults – when education and tutoring are essential if you want to develop. When I was at High School, science was my main weakness and in order to get through my parents found me a Physics tutor. Without my tutor, I wouldn’t have got through my science exams.

Lightroom

Now as a blogger, one of the things I don’t really know, and really need to know, is Lightroom, so when I was given the opportunity to take a class with MyPhotoSchool I jumped at the chance to take their Lightroom for Photographers course taught by George Cairns.

Many people are quite hesitant to part with their hard earned money if they don’t know just what they’re getting into, after all, distance learning is not for everyone. Before you dispel the option though, I invite you to join me every step of the way as I take my Lightroom for Photographers course and find out if this option is right for you.

Before I get into the details, I want to talk to you a bit about the overall feel of the course. I wasn’t sure what to expect, as there are times when it’s as much of a learning process to get to know the platform you are working on, as it is to learn the content of the course. In this case, I can happily inform you that the MyPhotoSchool website is quite simple and straightforward to use.

In the MyClassroom page, join the general class chat on the left-hand side, and see the content of each lesson on the right-hand side of the page. All this can be easily accessed via the lesson tabs. Not only can you join in a general class chat on the MyClassroom page, but you can submit your assignments, submit a request for help or troubleshooting, view your classmates, and leave messages for your tutor.

Lesson 1

The first lesson was a video that ran a little over half an hour, and it provided a step by step lesson on importing and organisation. I love that you are given the control that you need to watch the video at your own pace. You can rewind, pause, and fast forward it to ensure that you fully understand the lesson. If for whatever reason you have any doubts that can’t be clarified by watching the video again, you can easily post a comment on the tab for that particular lesson. Easy peasy!

Import and Organise

For the first week, our assignment was to “Import and Organise” the files that we might have on different drives and bring them all into our Lightroom studio. The purpose of this lesson is to make things as simple for yourself as possible by ensuring that it’s simple to find all of the photographs you have scattered on different drives, memory cards, etc.
This process was extremely simple to do, as George guides you step by step in what the necessary steps are to ensure that not only your images are imported properly, but also to make things as simple for you as possible by teaching you how to add ratings, keywords, labels, filters, and even tag your shots according to where they were taken.

Interactive Lessons

One of the ways that I learn, and I’m sure I’m not the only one, is by working as hands-on as I can. That’s yet another thing that I like about the MyPhotoSchool  photographers system. You are given the assignment to do after each of the lessons that give you the opportunity to put the skills you’ve learnt to the test. Not only do you submit an assignment to the website, but you get feedback from the tutor on it. This gives you the opportunity to work on whatever mistakes you might have made, and ensure that you are getting as much as you can from the course.
I’m only 1 lesson in thus far, as I had a few login issues and had to have my password reset, but am eager to share with you more of what I’m learning and how the course is working for me. I’m starting to get the feeling that if you’re a photography enthusiast, you’re gonna really like the process.