Master your digital imaging workflow


comprehensive instruction on Lightroom CC / LIGHTROOM 6

3rd - 4th September 2016 - Willoughby East

9:30 – 4:30pm

2 consecutive days.

Brian Bird - Lightroom workshop trainer

Brian is an avid photographer that enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience with others. Over the past few years his work has featured in numerous local exhibitions and he continues to be an active member of the Macarthur Focused Lens group. His love of photography coupled with his 17 years of corporate experience in IT product and sales training has put him in an ideal position to pursue his passion of helping other photographers, as a mentor, in a classroom or in a photo workshop.

Do you love taking photographs but freeze up at the thought of processing your images digitally?  Not sure where you loaded those images on your computer? Does the thought of setting black and white points, exposure adjustment, localised corrections and split toning make you want to run for the door?  

You are not alone.  Many people find processing software intimidating, but a detailed understanding of one of the industry's most highly regarded post processing software programs will empower you to work with your photographs in a whole new way.

Welcome to our Lightroom Workshop

The Len's School Lightroom Workshop has been designed to give you a solid foundation for developing a Lightroom Workflow that fits your specific photography needs. Each lesson is a combination of lecture and practical demonstrations that are designed to assist you move forward with confidence. There is plenty of opportunity to follow along on your own PC and ask questions along the way. This course was initially created, developed and taught by Len Metcalf . It has been further developed by accomplished photographer Brian Bird. 

I recently completed your Lightroom workshop which was presented by Brian.

Firstly I just wanted to give Brian a good rap as I found his methods of teaching and his presentation to be absolutely first class and a credit to your company. I have since emailed Brian with numerous questions and his responses have been, not only prompt but informative and friendly. At no point has it seemed an inconvenience for Brian to respond to my questions on both Lightroom and general photography related questions and this alone has made the experience with your school even more enjoyable and most importantly, personable.
— Shaun Ross



3rd - 4th September 2016

The Lightroom Workshop can also be scheduled to meet the needs of private groups of 3-6 people. To book a private group Lightroom Workshop please message us with your requirements



Len's Studio

12 Third Avenue Willoughby East, Sydney Australia


Program Outline

We are currently offering two separate Lightroom workshops.

  • The Two Day - Fundamentals & Editing Workshop which includes the course content outlined below for days 1 & 2 and is run on various weekends throughout the year. This session includes comprehensive instruction for managing your image library and catalogue as well as all of the editing features of the Develop module. The session concludes with a look at the basic Exporting & Printing features of Lightroom. 
  • The One Day - Producing Great Output Workshop,  is specifically for those who have completed the first module of the Masterclass and wish to explore the Lightroom Modules designed to assist you in creating great output such as advanced printing, slideshows, creating books and posting to popular social media sites. 


Lightroom Workshop Day 1 - Lightroom Fundamentals

The first day of the workshop is focused on the basics of digital imaging, setting up your Lightroom catalog and the organisation and management of your photo library. Taking the time up front to set up your file structure and back-up strategy is an essential starting point for establishing your digital imaging workflow. Once the catalog is setup and your file structure is in place, we will go through the process of importing your images, assigning them search attributes, identify the tools available to sort through your images and rate them, and the final step of arranging them into Collections, or virtual photo albums. The specific topics we will cover in this workshop includes: 

Managing the Image Library

  • Understanding the Various Library Views
  • Library View Options
  • Toolbar Features
  • Library Filter – Searching for your images
  • Histogram & Smart Previews
  • Quick Develop Panel
  • Keywording
  • Keywording List
  • Metadata
  • Comments
  • Synchronising Metadata & Quick Develop Settings
  • Renaming Your Photos
  • Stacking Photos


  • Basic Collections – Smart Collections – Quick Collections – Target Collections – Collection Sets


Introduction to Lightroom

  • Basic concepts of digital images
  • Defining Lightroom & non-destructive editing
  • Files, Folders, Catalogues and Collections
  • Asset Management -Backing up your photos and catalogues
  • The Lightroom Modules & Workspace

Setting Up Your Catalogue

  • The Identity Plate
  • Watermarks
  • Metadata
  • General Preferences

Importing Photos

  • Difference between Copy, Move & Add
  • Difference between Jpeg, RAW & DNG file formats
  • File Handling
  • File Renaming
  • Apply During Import
  • Destination Settings 

Sorting and Selecting Your Images

  • Using Ratings, Flags and Colour Labels to identify your selections
  • Select the favourite images from your shoot using the Compare and Survey Views


LIGHTROOM workshop Day 2 - image editing with lightroom

Day two is exclusively focused on harnessing the power of the Lightroom Develop module for creative impact. Learn how to make non-destructive adjustments that will boost the quality of your images, restore lost detail in the highlights and shadows and apply special effects that will bring out the best in your images. You will provided with images that will allow you to follow along with the instructor, and you are encouraged to bring along some of your own images. The specific topics covered in this workshop includes: 

Local Adjustments

  • Crop Overlay Tool – Cropping & Straightening
  • Spot Removal – Cloning & Healing
  • Red-Eye/Pet-Eye
  • Graduated Filter
  • Radial Filter
  • Adjustment Brush

Basic Output

  • Exporting a basic JPEG image
  • Creating a basic, one page print

The Develop Module: Fixing and Enhancing

  • Introduction to Lightroom Presets
  • Reviewing the Histogram
  • Basic Panel – Tone and Presence Adjustments
  • Tone Curves
  • HSL/Color/B&W
  • Detail – Sharpness and Noise
  • Lens Corrections
  • Effects - Vignetting and DeHazing
  • Camera Calibration

Special Effects

  • Duotone and Split Toning
  • Black and White Conversions
  • HDR
  • Panorama


LIGHTROOM Workshop - Producing great output

This one day workshop is all about bringing your images to life! Whether your planning to share your images on-line, produce high quality prints, create stunning visual slideshows or create a book of your images to share with family of friends, Lightroom is the place to make it happen. There are a number of similarities in the various settings and adjustments within these modules, making the process of producing great output  a snap. The specific topics covered in this workshop include: 

Publish services

  • Publishing to a hard disk
  • Publishing to Facebook
  • Publishing to Flickr
  • File naming
  • File settings
  • Image settings
  • Output sharpening
  • Metadata
  • Watermarking 
  • Synchronising changes


  • Introduction to Blurb
  • Book settings
  • Auto layouts
  • Managing pages
  • Understanding cells and guides
  • Adding text and captions
  • Changing backgrounds
  • Exporting to Blurb, PDF or jpeg

Exporting your images

  • Exporting Basics
  • Export Location
  • File naming
  • File settings
  • Image sizing
  • Output sharpening
  • Metadata
  • Watermarking 
  • Post Processing
  • Presets


  • Simple single page prints
  • Fine art printing
  • Printing contact sheets
  • Picture Packages
  • Custom print packages
  • Image settings
  • Layout
  • Guides
  • Page settings
  • Print job


  • Slideshow templates
  • Simple ad-hoc slideshows
  • Fine art slideshows
  • Exporting slideshows as PDF or Video
  • Presets

All workshops include a mixture of theory, demonstrations and hands-on activities. You will be provided with comprehensive course notes, along with a broad assortment of practice photos and Lightroom presets, so you can continue to revisit the exercises after you complete the workshops. Bring your laptop and a functional copy of Adobe Lightroom and be ready to bring your images to life!


A working version of Lightroom CC / Lightroom 6 already installed on your own laptop (a one month trial version of Lightroom is available from Adobe)

We will provide you with images to work on in the course, though you are welcome to bring your own.


4 - 6 depending on venue


  • Laptop or desktop computer  with the latest Adobe Lightroom software (you can download a demo of the latest update, which will work for one month) A mouse is highly recommended for image editing.
  • It is your responsibility to turn up with a working version of Lightroom CC /Lightroom 6 installed on your computer (please check before arriving)
  • Files of some images you would like to work on
  • Your lunch


  • Tea, coffee and snacks
  • Small groups limited to 6 participants
  • Lens School's unique and gentle teaching style, which supports you and helps you develop as a photographer
  • A set of our beautiful presets (in particular Len Metcalf's Sepia presets)
  • Our extensive printed Lightroom Manual written and developed by Brian Bird





2 Day masterclass, Fundamentals & editing  - AUD595 AUD

1 Day LIGHTROOM Workshop - Producing Great output - AUD395

Group Bookings: Do you have a group of 3- 6 people that are eager to hold a workshop in the comfort of your own home? Please select Information/Group Bookings from the main page menu and send us an inquiry to discuss the special Group Bookings rates. 


A small selection of Brian's photography © Brian Bird 2014