The Lightroom Workshop

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The Lightroom Workshop

from 200.00

Three days with Len Metcalf teaching you how to organise, process, retrieve and print your photographs using Len's preferred software Adobe Lightroom.  Len teaches in a simple hands on manner so that by the end of the workshop you are confidently importing, cataloguing, processing and exporting your images.  Conducted at Katoomba.

22nd - 24th August 2017


"His ability to communicate the intricacies of what he considers an art form in an easy manner to his students is exemplary." - Bruce Allen


Develop and master your skills in Lightroom

Three full days wil take you through your post processing workflow using Adobe Lightroom. This workshop includes everything from importing, managing and backing up your photographs, through developing and post processing your images in Lightroom, to exporting them for the web or printing.

In this workshop Len Metcalf will give you a tour of his workflow, how he manages his thousands of images, how he milks the best from each image, and how he exports them.

Included in this workshop are his presets for developing and sharpening.

The workshop is hands on. You bring your computer with the latest version Lightroom installed that works, and we will teach you on it. If you don't have a laptop, please contact us and we will provide you with one of our desktops.  Please note this option is limited and by special arrangement only.

Classes start at nine am and go through until five pm. We will spoil you with fresh coffee, lovely morning and afternoon teas and a full home cooked lunch while you are with us. 


  • Database verse browsers
  • Understanding the different processing engines (eg photoshop, lightroom, capture one)
  • Non destructive editing
  • The Lightroom Library Module
  • Back ups (overview and a simple system to use)
  • Importing photographs from cameras, memory cards and complete hard drives
  • Filing your images
  • Creating collections and collection sets to manage your images
  • Tagging your photographs
  • Finding your photographs
  • Rating and sorting your photographs
  • Applying presets on import
  • Len's secrets for time saving and management
  • Overview of the System Len uses
  • Processing your photographs
  • Setting white balance
  • Adjusting exposure
  • Adjusting contrast
  • Reading the histogram
  • Understanding and using shadows and highlights adjustments
  • Setting the white and black points - using shortcuts and by eye
  • Sharpening on input
  • Controlling noise
  • Understanding mid tone contrast and the clarity slider
  • Vibrance and Saturation - differences and uses)
  • Vignettes
  • Understanding colour management (colour spaces & colour wheels)
  • Controlling colour
  • Cropping your images
  • Using local adjustments - (Adjustment brushes, graduated filter, radial filter)
  • Red eye reduction tool
  • Clone and heal tools (removing sensor dust and small distractions)
  • Getting the best out of your images
  • Outputting for web use (facebook, instagram, email)
  • Outputting for external printing bureaus (RGB Digital, Vision Graphics, your local print shop)
  • Printing directly from Lightroom
  • Creating and using presets
  • Simple BW conversions
  • Locating missing photographs
  • Overview of Lightroom Mobile, Lightroom Online and Creative Cloud



  1. Lightroom isn't the program you use when you wish to adjust the shape of something 
  2. Lightroom isn't the program you use when you need to remove large or complex objects




22nd - 24th August 2017



Start and finish daily at Katoomba

Hotel Blue

88 Lurline Street




From Sydney, head west along the M4 towards Penrith.  Join the Great Western Highway and follow the road as it weaves its way up into the mountains.  You might like to stop for a cup of tea or coffee in lovely Glenbrook on your way! 


By Train

The train ride from Central to Katoomba takes approximately two hours and offers some beautiful views as you climb into the mountains.   You can see the Sydney Trains timetable online here.



There are many varied accommodation venues in Katoomba, from caravan parks, camp grounds and back packers, through to B&B's and amazing exclusive hotels.  All within a short walking distance from Katoomba Street. We pick up along the complete length of Katoomba & Lurline Streets. Here are some suggestions to suit most budgets.

OUR RECOMMENDATION (the closest & consistently gets the best feedback from other clients)

Katoomba Town Centre Motel

Book directly with them and save 10% on your booking when you tell them you are a Len's School client. You will need a confirmation letter from us. Discount not availiable, long weekends, school holidays or festival weekends. 

Click here to visit their website or phone  +61 2 4782 1266

CLOSEST ACCOMMODATION (within easy walking distance - maximum five minutes walk):

ACCOMMODATION A LITTLE FURTHER (moderate walking distance 10 - 20 minutes)


6 participants


AUD $995

AUD $200 Deposit secures your spot

The remainder is due four weeks prior to the start of the workshop.


  • Laptop with a working version of Lightroom 6 or CC (you are welcome to bring your desktop
  • Camera
  • External hard drive
  • Photographs 


  • Tuition
  • Lightroom Manual
  • Len's Presets
  • Morning and afternoon teas
  • Lunches
  • Len Metcalf's unique and gentle teaching style, which supports you and helps you develop as a photographer


  • Accommodation
  • Transport