Introduction to Image Editing, File Management & Workflow
Tutor: Francesca Moore
Location: Evolution Arts, 2 Sillwood Terrace, Brighton BN1 2LR
Next dates: 10 & 17 June 2017 - workshop over two Saturdays
Learn the best practices of file management and your photographic workflow across two day-long sessions. Everything you’ll need to know for everyday usage and to speed up your workflow giving you more enjoyment from your photographs and helping you build your portfolio.
The course is designed to provide an understanding of image file types, naming and storage, and workflow and output (for both web and print) through Adobe Lightroom. This includes image editing and processing, as well as additional basic retouching in Photoshop.
'Lightroom' is the perfect platform for viewing, rating and processing your images and you’ll learn how to use all of its ‘developing tools’ to enhance your pictures, such as exposure adjustments, the cropping tool and making colour corrections or B&W conversions. Plus you can save yourself heaps of time by creating your own ‘presets’, bulk-processing your images and learning loads of handy shortcuts!
The week between classes will give you time to practise in order to overcome any problems you may have encountered, and your development will be supported every step of the way. You’ll also be invited to bring in your own photographs to the second session in order to practise selecting and processing images for your portfolio.
Knowledge of the software is not important, but this course is suited to people who have an understanding of capturing and processing digital images.
You will require:
- Laptop (and charger) with Lightroom (any version or trial version will do)
- Photoshop (preferable, but not essential)
All photographs by Francesca Moore
About the tutor
Francesca Moore Photographer
Francesca Moore is a documentary photographer whose personal work stems from interests in people and the environment. With a formalised and methodological approach, she draws on her scientific background to portray humanitarian, social and environmental issues. Past projects investigate the effect of EU legislation on traditional Romanian subsistence farmers at the point of Romania joining the EU, and a meditative exploration of the Camino, a pilgrimage walk to the town of Santiago, in the Northwest of Spain.
Moore’s Arts Council England funded project, Bhopal: Facing 30, portrays the site of the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster today, and the people who continue to be affected thirty years on. A book was published to commemorate the disaster’s thirtieth anniversary and the photographs were exhibited nationally and internationally and shortlisted and exhibited for Environmental Photographer of the Year 2014. The project received Special Commendations for the Nick Reeves award for Arts and the Environment in recognition of an outstanding contribution in the field of environmental arts.
Moore is currently Artist In Residence at The University of Derby developing her Coming To Light series of Joseph Wright inspired photographic portraits, initially produced during a Format Photography Festival 2015 commission. Where Wright’s paintings, produced during the emerging industrial revolution, would depict the most prominent members of society at that time, she will be photographing the un-sung heroes of Derby’s green, sustainable, initiatives; A juxtaposition of the past and the present, capturing Derbyshire’s most prominent people for its future.
With Brighton based arts collective, Dialectica, Moore produced a new body of personal work under the theme of identity for a Brighton Fringe Festival exhibition, May 2016. Where Moore’s work usually falls within the parameters of environmental arts, she will be exploring the inspiration for her work and her interests through an introspective investigation into the secret life of her grandmother, and the maternal line of her family – through letters, documents, objects, an expansive archive of formal family photographs and a freedom of information request.
Moore is a press accredited member of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), and the London Photographer’s Branch Equality Officer, and combines her personal work with a passion for the performing arts. This has seen her photographing live stage shows, festivals and events for over ten years. In this time she has been shooting at intimate venues and major stage events editorially and with the production of limited edition fine art prints.
Additionally, Moore will be teaching photography to 15-17 years olds as part of the National Citizen Service (NCS), a social enterprise scheme that engages young people with people of all ages, ethnicities and walks of life within their local communities; with the aim to teach new skills, connect communities and build trust.
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