Learn Lightroom

Learn how to manage your photos and process them beautifully

Workshop for beginners and experienced photographers

Are you an outdoor photographer in the digital era who loves taking photographs but has an unmanageable volume of photographs on your computer that just keeps growing? 

If you love expressing your creativity by taking photos but dread the long hours in front of your computer required to manage your photographs then this course is designed for you. As a professional wildlife photographer who loves taking photos but hates spending time in front of my computer, Isak Pretorius will show you how to effortlessly create spectacular portfolios of your best work using this software.


What is the point of having spectacular photographs but not being able to show your top photographs to your friends or finding any of the good ones when that calendar company finally asks you for your portfolio?

We are faced with the problem in the digital era that it has become too easy to take lots of photos. We love taking them but hate sitting in front of the computer sorting and editing them. The number of different applications you have to use to import, sort and edit your photographs has become tedious. Unless you are diligent with your workflow you will create your own monster of unsorted and edited photos. Without sticking to a proven workflow you risk losing your photos that are probably scattered throughout a number of folders and external hard drives.

Take action now and sort out your photos with Lightroom. It is the industry standard software tool designed to manage your photographs effortlessly from downloading to sorting, deleting, editing, and exporting them to emails or for printing. The complete digital workflow in one software package! 

Lightroom is:

Easy to use

Quick to learn

Simple to enhance your photos

The best tool to organize your photo library

Enrol now to attend


Weekend Workshop
USD $ 390 Per Person
  • Saturday 23 May 2020:
    1pm - 6pm (US Standard Time)
  • Sunday 24 May 2020:
    1pm - 6pm (US Standard Time)


Weekend Workshop
ZAR 3,900 Per Person
  • Saturday 09 May 2020:
    1pm - 6pm (SA Timezone)
  • Sunday 10 May 2020:
    1pm - 6pm (SA Timezone)

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Course overview

Your Instructor

Wildlife photographer Isak Pretorius – take a look at his profile and portfolio


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Day one’s WORKFLOW section of the course is designed to setup Lightroom on YOUR OWN COMPUTER and to teach you the proven WORKFLOW for the typical outdoor photographer. Not only will I personally make sure Lightroom is setup on your own computer that will work for you, but my style of teaching also involves lots of “doing” and exercising the techniques with my sample images. We will take an in-depth look at each of the tools in the Library module to optimize the way you organize and find your photographs.

Day two’s DEVELOP section of the course is designed to teach you how to utilize the tools to make your images look spectacular and harness the full potential of this database management tool! We will take an in-depth look at each of the tools in the Develop module to make your photographs look as good as the way you saw them through your lens. This will also include the seamless editing in Photoshop from within Lightroom. As a professional wildlife photographer who loves taking photos but hates spending time in front of my computer, I will show you how to effortlessly harness the power of Lightroom in developing your photos and to make them look spectacular.

At the end of the two days you will be able to use the basic modules and features of Lightroom, leaving you to focus on TAKING stunning images and then EFFORTLESSLY develop them in Lightroom into a stunning portfolio.


Online via Zoom conference call

Who should attend?

Anyone can attend, whether you are new to Lightroom and want to learn it from scratch, or if you are using Lightroom already but want to learn to use it in a way that suits wildlife photographers. The principles and most features are similar across all versions of Lightroom, so even if you have an older version you will benefit. Adobe updated and re-named Lightroom to “Lightroom Classic CC” in October 2017, and that is the version we will be using. 

Date & Time

The workshop runs on:

  • Saturday 23 May and Sunday 24 May 2020
    Times: 1pm to 6pm (US Eastern Standard Time). We’ll start the conference call at 12:30 so that you have time to log in and sort out technical issues for the 1pm start.
  • Another workshop aimed at a SA audience runs on Saturday 09 May and Sunday 10 May 2020
    Times: 10am to 3pm (South Africa Timezone). We’ll start the conference call at 09:30 so that you have time to log in and sort out technical issues for the 10am start.

Group size

Maximum of 5 people

Course Content

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  • An introduction to Lightroom Classic CC. HOW it will improve your photo management
  • The basic concept of lightroom. The catalog vs your photo files
  • The look and feel of Lightroom. Where is everything?
  • Installing and setting up Lightroom to keep things simple yet effective: files and folders
  • The Library module overview
  • The Develop module overview
  • Introduction to Map, Book, Slideshow, Print and Web modules
  • Backup strategy
  • Importing photos
  • Keywording
  • Finding and filtering: text, attributes and metadata
  • The typical workflow for an outdoor photographer: import, render previews, star rating, and deleting
  • Setting up presets
  • Basic editing in the Develop module
  • Collections: smart collections and hierarchies
  • Exporting photos
  • Extras: virtual copies
  • How and when to use Lightroom CC vs Lightroom Classic CC


  • Overview of Lightroom Classic CC and the typical workflow for an outdoor photographer
  • Develop tools: cropping
  • Develop tools: spot removal
  • Develop tools: gradient tool
  • Develop tools: adjustment brush
  • Develop tools: exposure sliders
  • Develop tools: other sliders
  • Selective noise reduction and sharpening
  • Advanced editing in Photoshop
  • Organising (stacking) and developing of Panorama’s and HDR’s
  • Extending canvas
  • Develop module additional features
  • Installing 3rd party tools, e.g. B&W filters like Silver Effects Pro

What is included?

  • Notes of the presentations
  • A free 7-day trial of Lightroom Classic CC
  • Sample images
  • Complete Southern Africa Bird, Mammal, Reptile and Frog keyword list
  • Lightroom reference material including shortcut list

* Isak will share all these via WeTransfer to your email address a day before the course starts

What to bring to your desk where you’ll participate in the workshop?

  • Bring your own computer. Preferably a laptop although a desktop is also welcome.
  • Bring your external hard drives with your photos.
  • Isak will provide you with a fully functional 7-day trial version of Lightroom Classic CC if you don’t have your own copy. If you have any version of Photoshop or Photoshop elements installed that will be a bonus.
  • Pen and paper for notes