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Lightroom Fundamentals

with Jamie Rubeis


$300 Full Participation | $150 Study Along

Ready to finally uncover the secrets of Adobe Lightroom?

Join us in this four week course designed for beginner to intermediate photographers. Whether you are brand new to editing or just want to dive deeper into the foundations and really utilize the power of Lightroom, we will walkthrough both the Library and Develop Modules exploring all the amazing tools that Lightroom has to offer. You will learn how to create clean consistent edits with your RAW files, correct white balance and skin tones by reading RGB values, as well as develop a fast and efficient workflow to help speed up your editing time.


Students need a copy of Lightroom 5, 6, Lightroom CC (2015) or Lightroom Classic.

what you’ll get

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4 weekly lesson PDFs (formatted for print or on-screen viewing)

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Full participation students engage in instructor led discussion and Q&A for daily interaction and support. Study along students have full viewing access.

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Full Participation students receive extensive personal critiques of weekly assignment submissions.

Study Along Students have full viewing access.


35+ Instructional Videos detailing and demonstrating the concepts outlined in the weekly PDFs.


Full participation students will be able to participate in two Live Q&A Sessions where images can be submitted for editing. Study along students will be able to download and view the recorded sessions.

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2 sets of presets that include 20 custom adjustments to help speed up editing time.

A bonus exercise to help encourage creative thinking.


Lesson One


Lesson One is all about getting organized! We will start from the very beginning for anyone brand new to Lightroom. We will review all the various methods for organizing your folders and images. Learn how to filter and find images with ease. We will also dive into the Basic Panel adjustments, talk about color space, learn how to read the histogram and make the adjustments that are needed to not only correct, but enhance your images.


Submit two images with white balance and basic panel adjustments. Include SOOC and Final Edit for Instructor Feedback

Lesson Two


In Lesson two, we are going to dive a little deeper into understanding white balance for portraits. Learn how to read RGB values based on skin type and correct it using the proper formula. We will also be exploring the Tone Curve and HSL panels. Learn to create various curves for different looks, whether bold and moody or light and airy. We will also review the how's and why's to manipulating individual color channels.


Submit two portrait images, utilizing the RGB formula for correcting skin, as well Tone Curve and HSL adjustments. Include SOOC and Final Edit for Instructor Feedback.


Lesson Three


In lesson three we are going dive into the remaining global adjustments, walking through each panel. We will also be discussing the power of local adjustments. How to use them both to correct and creatively enhance an image. We will discuss how to identify and correct color casts, and how to properly execute subtle retouching. We will also talk about the importance of Soft Proofing and identifying when to Soft Proof an image. In addition, we will explore black and white conversions and identify what elements help to create a more dynamic conversion.


Submit two images with both a full color and black and white conversion. Include your SOOC and Final Edits for Instructor Feedback.

Lesson Four


Lesson four is all about taking what we have learned and developing a solid workflow to help establish consistency as well as speed up your editing time. We will talk about how to use, manipulate and create varying presets as well as synchronize adjustments. There will also be a creativity exercise to get you thinking outside the box.


Submit four complete edits from the same session or series of images. Edits should be consistent in color, exposure, contrast, and style throughout.


Submit one image using a preset of your choice. Briefly review what adjustments you made to the preset as well as why you chose to use this preset. Include SOOC along with Final Edit for Instructor Feedback.

"The content is spot on and has a great progression from starting at the very beginning to upload files, set up a catalog, etc.to making clean edits with correct skin tone and finally to using local adjustment tools and presets for more creative edits. "

- Emily
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about your instructor

Jamie Rubeis is a natural light photographer, specializing in Lifestyle Family and Child Portrait Photography. She views custom portrait photography as a form of art. A way to capture a feeling or emotion of a fleeting moment in time. She goes beyond traditional portrait photography by encouraging connection, natural interactions and lots of love and laughs. When she is not busy shooting, editing or teaching, Jamie enjoys documenting her life as a mother of four and wife in the big city of Las Vegas. She has been featured in Click Magazine multiple times and her portfolio can be found here.

how it works


Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students post their assignments in the workshop and receive critique each week.


Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments, but they can follow along with instructor critiques of the Full Participation assignments.


Class content is organized into simple steps as part of a clear, self-guided pathway inside your private online classroom, so you can check off each interactive step as you go.


Each week, you'll receive a set of course materials, which typically includes written & video content. All course materials are yours to download and keep.


You'll get access to a private online classroom for sharing and discussion. The instructor is present every day to answer questions and offer encouragement.


Students receive an assignment to complete each week; full participation students will receive instructor feedback on submitted assignments.