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Lightroom Fundamentals

with jamie rubeis

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Lightroom Fundamentals is a 4 week course designed to help you uncover the secrets of Adobe Lightroom. We will walk through 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 and develop a fast, efficient, and effective workflow to help speed up your editing time.
“I absolutely LOVED this course and have learned so many valuable and useful processes that I will use everyday!”
Commitment
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4 weeks + 1 break week

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daily shooting encouraged

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4 hours of work per week

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this course has prerequisites

Prerequisites

Students need a copy of Lightroom 4, 5, 6 or Lightroom CC. Earlier versions may also work– please contact the instructor for more details.

Instructor

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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 and is inspired by beautiful golden light, real connections and raw life moments. 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. Her portfolio is available here.

The following photographers also participate in discussions and provide assignment critiques as teaching assistants:

A number of course alumni are invited to engage in discussion, share insight with students, and provide feedback and encouragement throughout the course.

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• 4 Weekly PDFs with Assignments
• 35+ Instructional Videos
• 2 sets of Lightroom Presets
• 2 live Q and A sessions

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 receive instructor and TA critiques of the posted assignment each week and have lifetime access to a Workshop Alumni forum for continued peer discussion after the course concludes.

Study Along students will have access to all materials and will be able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum and receive access to their own private subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments.

Welcome & Preassignment

Week One

Reading: image organization, skin tones, the basic panel
Assignment: skin tones, wb adjustment, and RGB values

Week Two

Reading: clean color edits, soft proofing, black and white conversions
Assignment: submit two clean color edits and black and white conversions

Break Week

Week Three

Reading: filters, local adjustments, presets and retouching
Assignment: select two images with different subjects and do a complete clean color edit with retouching

Week Four

Reading: synchronizing, publishing, workflow and vision
Assignment: consistent edits

The CMU workshop is a 100% online classroom experience. Once you sign up, you have access to a course forum that is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule.

Each week students receive a set of course materials– these materials generally include a PDF and/or videos. Throughout the week, instructors and TAs are present in the forum every day to answer questions and offer encouragement. Students receive an assignment each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and class discussion throughout the week.

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 forum and receive instructor and TA critiques each week. They also have lifetime access to a Workshop Alumni forum for continued peer discussion after the course concludes.

Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum. They also receive access to their own private Study Along subforum for peer study groups and image shares. 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.

Whether you are a Full Participation student or a Study Along student, the course materials are yours to keep.



34 Comments

  • Zoë says:

    This was my first CM course and I was really blown away, the format, the teacher, the amount of quality material covered…so awesome! Jamie is a very knowledgeable instructor and is also very enthusiastic and encouraging to each individual student. I took this course as a full participation student as I was totally new at LR. My original plan was to teach it to myself, I’m glad I didn’t do that!! The TA’s were also very positive, but also gave honest helpful technical feedback. The PDF’s and videos are incredibly valuable, the exercises are very thorough and fun to review again. I am having a wonderful time taking pictures and using LR with confidence~ thank you so much Jamie!

  • Claire says:

    I’ve been meaning to leave a review for this class for ages! I loved this class. Jamie is a wonderful instructor – very warm and encouraging but also very helpful in showing you how you can improve your work. I definitely gained a lot of skills and feel much more confident using Lightroom. I had played around in LR before – I wasn’t a complete beginner – but I had never really learned anything systematically so this class was chock full of new things to master. Jamie’s materials are clear and thorough and she really takes the time to help you with your images. Her videos were also really great. I appreciated how much she could convey in videos that weren’t terribly long. This is a wonderful class and I heartily recommend it!

  • klrmullins says:

    If you only take one class on this website, make it this one!!! And make it full participation without question!! I was blown away by how invested Jamie Rubeis is in her students and in making sure we get the most out of every bit of this class! I’ve fumbled my way through Lightroom for years, and now I have the confidence to edit any picture I’ve taken. I have countless pictures sitting on my hard drives and many are now ready to be printed because of this one class!! Thank you Jamie! I truly owe it all to you! Your teaching style is amazing! Your PDF’s, videos, and dedicated forum interaction made it so easy to absorb all of the amazing knowledge you had to share with us! Thank you so much! I am forever grateful for this class and opportunity to learn from you!!

    • Jamie Rubeis says:

      Thank you so much for the kind words. I hope that you have been busy printing those images now!!! I am so glad you are feeling more confident with editing. That makes my heart so happy.

  • Heide Estrada says:

    I absolutely loved Jamie’s class! Her materials are very thorough and easy to understand and follow. Her attention to detail shines through the weekly PDFs and videos. I had some experience navigating in Lightroom, but learned so much more than I thought I would, including many shortcuts and ways to improve my workflow. Jamie and the TAs provided excellent critique to the weekly assignments, but what I loved the most was being able to share throughout the week and receive Jamie’s prompt feedback on my personal images. I also really appreciated the break week and the live Q&A sessions. My only regret was not taking Jamie’s Lightroom class sooner!

    • Jamie Rubeis says:

      Heidi! Thank you so much for such a wonderful review. It was truly such a pleasure having you in class. I hope that the mysteries of Lightroom have become more like second nature with more practice.

  • Maggie says:

    A few years ago, I signed up for a Lightroom class… I wasn’t a fit for the style of instruction nor the classroom materials.

    Fast forward to late December. I saw a Lightroom class with @jrubeis was about to begin and I made the decision to sign up and give it another try. One of the BEST decisions I have ever made! What I liked about this class:

    – Jamie was always available to the class and consistently provided very thoughtful feedback with detailed instruction and examples on the student’s photos
    – All class materials – PDFs, examples, videos, sample images to use – were presented very professionally and were also very easy to follow
    – There was a 1 week break mid-way through the class to give us time to catch up and also practice more
    – The TAs also provided very thoughful feedback with detailed instruction on opportunities to make photos even better

    I cannot recommend this Lightroom class with Jamie enough…!!

    • Jamie Rubeis says:

      Thank you so much for the kind words Maggie! I really just love watching the progress of each and every student in the course.

  • Iris says:

    What an amazing class this is. If you like me, looking to improve using the LR for the basics before stepping over to PS, this is a class you need to take. Jamie’s material is very detailed and comprehensive. Jamie’s teaching style is warm and very on the point. No matter if you have questions regarding the material or other processing questions, Jamie is with you every step of the way. I am so glad that I have taken this class. I have a much better understanding of WB and skin tones.
    My favorite trick I learned during the class is finding the light mid-tones to correct skin tones. I have to say the Lightroom is much more than just converting your RAW files. There are so many hidden gems, you will be amazed.

    • Jamie Rubeis says:

      Iris! Thank you so much for leaving such a wonderful review. It was such a pleasure having you in the class, and I just love following along with your progress in the main forum and watching you continue to grow!

  • Laura says:

    This was my very first full participation class taken on CM and i really didn’t know what to expect…all i can say is this class is AMAZING! I literally went from not ever have edited a picture to actually being able to! I still need lots of practice but Jamie truly was awesome at answering every question and making sure we understood her answers! She definitely dedicates a lot of time to this course and it really shows! The TAs for the class were great as well! I can’t wait to go over all of the materials again and keep practicing what i learned! If you want to learn Lightroom, this class is a must!! Also, i would definitely recommend full participation, the feedback is so worth it!!

    • Jamie Rubeis says:

      Thank you so much Laura for the wonderful compliments! I absolutely loved being the first to introduce you into the world of editing and can’t wait to see where you go from here.

  • Kerry says:

    The information and lessons I learned during this course were invaluable! I knew almost nothing about LR before taking this course and I finished it feeling very comfortable using LR and very comfortable creating a nice, clean edit. No more fumbling around and guessing if my skin tones look correct. The volume of info that is provided to the students is incredible as well! You will have access to countless videos, in addition to the weekly PDF’s, that walk you through not only editing in LR but also how to navigate LR and become comfortable using the catalog. Jamie is a wonderful instructor who took time daily to critique student’s editing work, in addition to her weekly assignment critiques. You won’t regret taking this course if you would like to become more knowledgable about LR!

    • Jamie Rubeis says:

      Thank you so much Kerry for leaving such a wonderful review. I absolutely loved watching everyone’s progress throughout our 4 weeks together. I really hope you will continue to share your images in the forum!!!

  • Ronne says:

    I knew nothing about Lightroom when I took this course. Jamie made it so easy and approachable. I didn’t feel intimidated at all even as a total rookie. And she was very involved and present, offering helpful tips and guidance throughout. I will definitely refer back to this beginning clean edit knowledge over and over again and I feel like I have been using LR for years after just four weeks with Jamie and the other students. Super useful class, definitely one you don’t want to miss. This class will open many doors to your photographic future.

  • Holli says:

    This was my first CMU course and it has definitely set the bar very high! I came to this class having used LR for about 3-6 months and had a “basic” knowledge, but I leave the course now actually understanding the functionality, organization, and tools within LR. I know that my editing time and work flow will greatly improve. The information in this class was extremely well presented and easy to follow. The PDF alone is worth the cost, and the videos are amazing. I know I will come back to them as a reference as I continue to work on skin tone for sure. Definitely a turning point for me in my editing. So grateful I took this class!

  • Joan Showers says:

    What a difference four weeks can make. Jamie made learning Lightroom fun and challenged us as well. Jamie made herself available to answer our questions no matter how many times the same question was asked and graciously and patiently explained the processes. I am a convert to Lightroom and so glad that I took this class.

  • Deb K says:

    Jamie – great job with the course materials, organization and flow. I literally knew nothing about Lightroom and can walk away from this course able to edit pictures to a place I’m happy to post to the world. Your method of teaching both challenged me, and gave me the materials to find the answers I needed, and the support from you and your TA’s was always encouraging and more than helpful. Thank you! I would recommend this course with 5 stars :)

  • Tonja says:

    This class was beyond my expectations! Jamie is an amazing instructor, and her videos explain everything so well. She walks you through everything and is there with you every step of the way. She and the TA’s are so sweet, and give you wonderful constructive criticism to help you grow on your photography journey. The material and workload is not too much that you can’t handle work and family, but it’s enough to challenge you each week. I’m so glad I took this course. It was worth every penny!

  • Melissa Cottle says:

    Great class and great instructor! Jamie is in there with you, pulling your images into LR herself to show you how to nail it. I don’t think she sleeps for 4 weeks. The material is extensive. Carve out at least 2-3 hours one day to view and read everything. Expect to go back and view again. I started this class, fearing LR and not knowing where to start. Now, I whiz through the panels with comfort. I finally know what I’m doing! Lightroom is really a wonderful program that finally makes sense to me and feels so user friendly now. As far as FP or SA? I’d say you should really go FP. You’ll need the experienced eye to point out color issues and provide solid feedback to help you learn how to get a clean edit on your own.

  • Suzanne says:

    I took this course as an SA and I can’t say enough about how awesome the learning materials were and how well Jamie breaks everything into pieces. I think FP is beneficial if you want that instructor feedback but if your on a tight budget like I am you still get a great class from study along.

  • Emily says:

    A truly thorough and fantastic course to take! Jamie does a fantastic job teaching Lightroom basics for organization of your photos, clean editing, brush adjustments, and exporting. I was self taught in Lightroom, and throughout this course, I realized how much more I had to learn to truly grasp and implement the software to make it work the best for me. I loved this class, and Jamie is a wonderful instructor!

    The course consists of videos, pdfs and homework throughout the four weeks. Everything is very organized, detailed, and easy to learn. Jamie and the TAs do an excellent job of answering any and all questions every week, and they provide excellent feedback on each homework assignment. I loved all the clean editing and skin tone information. Lightroom doesn’t have to be the unknown, and you will come away from this class feeling very comfortable with it. Awesome class!

  • Lori says:

    I LOVED this class! I was a little nervous to sign up because it was only the second run, but I had been fumbling through LR for 8 months and figured it was time to get help! Jamie came off as a seasoned instructor, and I was not at all disappointed. My workflow has improved significantly thanks to Jamie’s concise, well organized and articulate instructions included in the weekly pdfs and videos. I am confident in my skills to correct exposure and white balance AND finally have an understanding how the all the sliders in the basic panel affect skin tones. Another thing that I appreciated was that Jamie always gave a context for each tool and the objective was always clear from the start. Lastly, I thought it was helpful to see her edit both personal and professional photos from her portfolio.

  • Jen says:

    This is the first course I have taken through Clickin Moms (or anywhere for that matter!) so I didn’t really know what to expect. I was extremely pleased with Jamie and the materials. I had no clue how to edit photos and didn’t even know how to important a picture into Lightroom before the class. However, now even after 4 short weeks, I learned SO much about Lightroom and can quickly edit a photo in minutes. Jamie provided wonderful videos to go along with the pdfs. She also gave very detailed and specific feedback on assignments and when you asked questions. I was shocked that she gave so much feedback, help and advice even on our practice editing through the picture share thread- it was like getting critiqued the entire four weeks rather than at 4 weekly checkpoints. She definitely puts in a lot of time with her students! I liked that even a busy mom could fit in the weekly work throughout the week- it wasn’t too overwhelming. I definitely recommend this course especially for a newbie like myself! Thanks Jamie!!

  • Melina says:

    The amount of work and organization poured into this workshop is truly astounding! I cannot believe how much we covered in four short weeks and how clearly and thoroughly Jamie buzzed through it! The PDFs and videos are specific and easy to follow…Jamie encourages daily editing and is constantly present to provide helpful feedback! I couldn’t believe the world of possibilities that Lightroom has to offer and I know I’ve only begun to scratch the creative surface of editing! I now feel so much more confident about WB and skintones!! I highly recommend this course for anyone seeking a better understanding of LR!!! <3 <3

  • Shannon Jones says:

    WOW!!! This is the most thought out and described course I have taken. Every little bit she shows you a video to explain what she is talking about. So not only do you get it in writing to read, you also get to watch her do it! I can not recommend this course enough and am really looking forward to working with LR.

  • Mary Pat Reeve says:

    Jamie did such a great job with this class! I was a self-taught LR4/5 user and my workflow in Lightroom has speeded up dramatically! I found Jamie’s materials very clear and concise. The way she organized the videos made it very easy to fit them into my life and I found it was just the information I was looking for. It seemed that Jamie managed to both present a solid overview of LR but also details about just the little things that I had been struggling with. For me, one of the biggest things was learning how to get my skintones correct! But there is so much more here.

    Aside from the excellent technical aspects of the course, Jamie did an AWESOME job answering questions. Any image I had questions on Jamie gave thorough and very helpful answer, providing examples with my own image and an explanation of how to get there, she is so generous in her guidance. It was SO helpful. I highly recommend the class whether you’re new or you know there’s more you can get out of LR.

  • Megan says:

    Jamie is amazing and this course is fab. I took this class this fall as a SA student. She did such a thorough job of explaining in great detail all the key aspects of learning Lightroom for beginners. I was VERY reluctant to take a technical / software class online vs. an in person option but the very detailed videos and fantastic PDFs eased my worries and really lined up well with my style of learning. Thanks so much Jamie!

  • Elaina says:

    LOVED this course!! Each week I was learning so much and was amazed at how much I was missing out on!! Jamie did an excellent job putting this course together. The materials were very well organized. The information was clear and to the point. The videos were on point. You’d never know it was the first run of the class! Jamie and her TA’s offered helpful, constructive and invaluable feedback for each photo. If you are new to LR or maybe you’ve played around but never really dove in, this course is an excellent place to start to build that solid LR post processing foundation.

  • Caitlyn says:

    This was my first CM course and it was amazing! Jamie did a fabulous job striking a balance between making the course material challeging yet manageable at the same time. The videos and PDFs were excellent and her critiques were invaluable as we worked our way through Lightroom. I feel so much better about my post-processing now! Seeing how far everyone in the class came with their images in such a short time is a testament to Jamie’s skill as both a photographer and a teacher. I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to participate!

  • Joyce says:

    This was one of the best online courses I have taken. I tried to learn Lightroom only own a couple of years ago and I hated it; I can’t tell you how many times I tried and would give up. I participated as a SA and I was thrilled with the course materials, videos, questions and feedback. Jamie’s way of teaching is so concise and easy to understand and I learned so much. Besides learning the ins and outs of Lightroom (which was huge), learning how to correctly fix WB and what settings skin tones need to be and how to adjust for them were the biggest tools that I took away from this class. I highly recommend this class; you would NEVER know that this was the first time Jamie taught this course; she was so well prepared.

  • Amy says:

    I absolutely LOVED this course and have learned so many valuable and useful processes that I will use everyday!!! I love LR and as a hobbyist, my intention from the beginning was to do all of my PP in LR only, and I now have a strong foundation to do just that! So thank you Jamie and all the TA’s for this amazing workshop and helpful critique!!!!

    I had been a self-taught user of LR4 for about a year and this workshop BLEW ME AWAY with the details I was missing. Jamie covers everything from organization (of which I had none,, previous to this workshop!!) to all editing tools available to take my photos to another level that I’ve been trying to reach, but have been unsuccessful with, on my own. I had been ‘eyeballing’ my edits previously and was never really satisfied with my results. In this course you will learn how to accurately edit exposure, WB, skin tone, color, noise, tint, abberations, recover shadows and/or highlights (and fix images that I always thought were delete-worthy!) and the list goes on an on. I can’t wait to play with old photos with my new found knowledge. I highly recommend this workshop for beginner LR enthusiasts! Or not so beginner, like myself. :)

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