Learn to love Lightroom

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Adobe's Lightroom is a deceptively complex tool and getting to grips can be a frustrating exercise in information bombardment, but a new series of workshops has been developed to ensure photographers can now learn the exact set of skills they need for a chosen creative path, in an easy to digest format.

The reformatted and relaunched post-processing series  comes from photography educator Paul Petch & Co. The teaching is overseen by commercial photographer (and regular D-Photo contributor) Paul Petch, who has more than a decade's worth of experience to share, working with such companies and clients as Tourism New Zealand, Emirates, and John Key.

Instead of a full day of cramming as much Lightroom knowledge into your head as possible (like most workshops), with not a lot sticking, this series of three-hour monthly sessions has been developed to ensure you learn the most useful aspects of the program as efficiently as possible. You can learn what you want.

The beginner's “Taking control of your images” workshop will teach you about setting up folders, basic post processing, and backing up images is set at $149, and once you've mastered those tools you can dive deeper into the pool of knowledge to the in-depth workshop series.

These in-depth workshops cost $199 and will guide you through post-processing for action sports, portraits, weddings, and landscapes. No matter what sort of photographer or creative you are, there will be a technique taught that will relate to your passion.

Then there's the advanced series of Lightroom and Photoshop workshops for pros and aspiring professionals, teaching image licensing, working out client delivery and increasing workflow — you can be a part of these for $299.

These workshops are all about giving you the chance to define and create your own processes to form result that are unique to your style of creativity.

The workshops also include a bonus video overview of what you've been taught, so you'll be able to review your new set of skills at any time.

If you're interested in booking in for these workshops, head to paulpetch.co.nz to find out how.