Lightroom Classic for Photographers Missoula, Montana

7/23/2018 - 7/26/2018

Adobe Lightroom is one of the most powerful image-editing programs for photographers. We are impressed by its organizational mastery and the powerful raw processing that works beneath the surface of the Develop module. Which is why, in this workshop, we spend plenty of time teaching students how to best use both.

Just pick up any book on Lightroom and it’ll tell you: it’s important to understand the program before you start using it. There are some quirks about it. Like a few non-default settings that really should be default. Like the way Lightroom links to the physical locations of image files that shouldn’t be moved. Like the way you should always back up your catalog file and why.

Let us help you out.

Students will walk away from this workshop with:

  • A solid understanding and workflow for storing and archiving images knowledge of how Lightroom works (it’s not necessarily intuitive!).
  • New techniques for making images look like what your eyes saw.
  • A strategy for backing up your images to prevent any loss due to hard drive failure.
  • The best workflow for editing your images – so that they look their best.
  • An understanding of how to import images to or export images from Lightroom.
  • A complete understanding of Lightroom’s organizational tools and techniques to leave you no excuse for disorganization.


This workshop begins on Monday at 9 a.m. and ends Thursday at 5 p.m.

Tentative schedule for the Lightroom for Photographers workshop:

Monday, 7/23

Workshop begins at 9 am

Intro to Workshop and Adobe Lightroom Tour

Lightroom Catalog Setup and Preferences


Importing Images

Library Module: Organizing & Metadata

Raw vs. JPEG

Lab Time


Tuesday, 7/24

Library Module Review

Basic Panel



Crop Tool

Camera Calibration


Evening: Lab Time
Wednesday, 7/25

Basic Panel Review

Tone Curve

Adjusting Color with HSL

Black & White

Split Toning


Lab Time


Spot Removal Tool

Map Module

Evening: Lab Time
Thursday, 7/26

Lens Correction & Noise Reduction

Local Adjustments


Overview of Complete Workflow


Lab Time

Final Review and Closing

Evening: Workshop ends at 5 pm


Meeting Space

This workshop begins on Monday at 9 a.m. and ends Thursday at 5 p.m. The workshop will be held in Room #204. To get to Room #204, enter through the double doors at the address below. Take the stairs to the second floor, turn right and the classroom will be directly in front of you. There will be signs on the door directing you to your classroom.

Rocky Mountain School of Photography
210 N Higgins Avenue
Missoula, MT 59802
(800) 394-7677


Missoula has numerous hotels from which to choose with varying accommodations at different price ranges and locations. There are many other hotels in Missoula to choose from; however, the two hotels listed below extend a special discounted rate to Rocky Mountain School of Photography students.

Missoula Hotels

The first hotel we recommend is the Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown. For more information about the Holiday Inn, click here.

The second hotel we recommend is the Staybridge Suites Missoula. For more information information about Staybridge Suites, click here.

Air Transportation

RMSP is not responsible for cancellations due to medical or other emergencies or reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets/hotel rooms in the event of a course cancellation. Please consider the purchase of trip/travel insurance.

The nearest airport for this workshop is Missoula International Airport.

Missoula International Airport
5225 Hwy 10 West
Missoula, MT 59808
(406) 725-4381



All students must supply their own laptop with the following specifications:

  • RAM (Memory): Minimum of 4 GBs
  • Free Hard Drive Space: We recommend that you have at least 100 GBs of free space on your laptop's built-in hard drive if you plan to store photos on your computer
  • Virus Protection: Please update your virus protection prior to the workshop>
  • Computer power cord

Experience has shown us that to get the most out of this software, you need far more powerful hardware than Adobe’s bare bones minimum suggestions. I recommend using a laptop with at least the specs below for maximum Lightroom efficiency.

Intel dual core i5 or i7 processor
Mac OS X v10.10 +
At least 8GB of RAM
Lots of free hard drive space


Intel dual core Microsoft Windows 10
At least 8GB of RAM
Lots of free hard drive space

Latest version of Adobe Lightroom Classic CC

Note: The new Lightroom CC released late last year will not be covered in this workshop. Please be sure that you are using Lightroom Classic CC (also released late 2017) or a slightly earlier version of Lightroom to attend this course. To learn more about the different Lightroom versions, check out this video.

Additional Supplies:
Some or all of your photographs to edit and organize during lab times
External hard drive (1TB or greater recommended)
External Mouse (Optional)
Note-taking materials

I would also recommend bringing a second unused external hard drive. This will serve as a backup to the first. In the event of a hard drive failure, you will be protected by having your photos on the backup drive.

Tuition: $995
Deposit: $300
Possible Discounts:
Friend of RMSP:$50
Early Registration:$50
if registered before 4/24/2018
This course is past its starting date.


Sarah Ehlen

Photography has been a lifelong passion of Sarah’s, with a focus on landscape, nature, and travel imagery. She is a graduate of Rocky Mountain School of Photography’s Summer Intensive Program, where she currently works as an instructor. She is an Adobe Certified Expert in Lightroom, and loves helping people learn the skills needed to take their photography further, both in the field and behind the computer. She enjoys the process of creating and marketing her images as fine art prints, and her work has also been published in Portland Magazine, Montana Magazine, and Big Sky Journal. Prior to her time at RMSP, she spent a decade working as a Park Ranger at North Cascades National Park in Washington. With an extensive knowledge of the natural world, Sarah is able to bring a unique perspective to her teaching of landscape and nature photography.



What our students say...

Alice London

Lightroom for Photographers
As a beginning photographer, the course on Lightroom brilliantly taught me how to organize and edit my photos. Understanding the editing process enhanced my ability to see what makes a photograph wor...

Darren Hey

Lightroom for Photographers
Well taught course that made me completely comfortable with Lightroom. This was exactly what I was looking for.

Lori Thomas

Lightroom for Photographers
I can't believe I learned so much about Lightroom in 4 days! It was great to have enough lab time to get to work on some of my own photos and get questions answered about what I want Lightroom to do f...

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