Adobe Lightroom Classic Missoula, Montana

7/8/2019 - 7/10/2019

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic 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 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic 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 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic 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 make sense of all the specifics in this thorough three-day workshop.

Students will walk away from this workshop with:

  • A solid understanding of workflow for storing, archiving and organizing images using the Library and Map modules
  • 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
  • An understanding of how to properly import images to or export images from Lightroom using Import and Export presets
  • Practice building slideshows in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic for easier image sharing
  • The ability to make perfectly-sized copies of your images for social media or for print!

Important: There are now two versions of Lightroom. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic and Adobe Lightroom CC. RMSP has workshops for each program! Both versions of Lightroom have their own advantages and disadvantages and students should think carefully before choosing the one to learn. Watch the video below to learn more about the two versions and why you might want to choose one over the other!


This workshop begins on Monday, July 8, at 9 a.m. and ends Wednesday, July 10, at 5 p.m.

Monday, July 8th

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic Introduction

The Lightroom Catalog Concept

Import Presets

Sorting, Viewing Modes, Pick/Reject

Organization With Metadata & Star Ratings



White Balance


Tone Controls



Collections and the Slideshow Module

Tuesday, July 9th

Hue, Saturation, and Luminance

Black and White Conversion

Lens Correction


Sharpening, Noise, and Clarity

Graduated Filter, Radial Filter

Dehaze and Range Mask


HDR and Panorama

Crop and Post-Crop Vignette

Exporting for Email and Social Media

Wednesday, July 10th

Backup Plans

Spot Removal

Adjustment Brush


Map Module

Smart Collections

Exporting for Photo Labs


Meeting Space
This workshop begins on Monday, July 8, at 9 a.m. and ends Wednesday, July 10, at 5 p.m. The workshop will be held in Room #204 at RMSP. 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. The hotels listed below extend a special discounted rate to Rocky Mountain School of Photography students.

Missoula Hotels

A great option for lodging is downtown Missoula's newest hotel, The Residence Inn by Marriott, in the historic Mercantile Building. It's gorgeous and just one block from RMSP! You'll receive the special RMSP rate if you use this link.

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

Another option you might consider is Staybridge Suites Missoula. For more 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
  • If you have a new Mac without standard USB ports, you NEED two adapters to plug in standard USB type-A devices into your computer.

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. We 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 i5 or i7 processor
Microsoft Windows 10
At least 8GB of RAM
Lots of free hard drive space

Latest version of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic

Note: The new Adobe Lightroom CC released late last year will not be covered in this workshop. Please be sure that you are using Adobe Photoshop 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

We 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: $745
Deposit: $200
Possible Discounts:
Friend of RMSP:$50
Early Registration:$50
if registered before 4/9/2019


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.



Perks of Registering For A Workshop

EDU Advantage Program

By registering and completing any course with us, you will automatically be eligible for EDU status with B&H Photo. EDU members can save money on select items sold by B&H.

Creative Cloud Subscription

The software you use in your workflow is almost as crucial as your camera. Register for any RMSP course and you will receive a code to save 15% on a Adobe Creative Cloud subscription for the first year.

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