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2 - Using a School Computer

(Desktop Computer at Home)

Switch to Raw

Your camera is probably saving photographs as JPEG files.

With Lightroom, raw files are superior to JPEG files.

If you're "shooting JPEGs," here are general instructions for switching to raw.

1) Press the Menu button on your camera.

2) Look for Image Quality or Quality.

3) Select RAW.

You may have to refer to your camera manual.

Or, search using these terms:

Your camera make & model raw quality

I can help you with this before or after class.

At Home

Your computer at home has Lightroom 6 or Lightroom Classic CC installed.

A mouse is recommended.

Bring to Class . . .

• Your camera and the cord to connect it to a computer.

Or—bring in a memory card (with photographs) and a card reader.

• A flash drive that's 16 GB or larger.

A 64 GB flash drive is about $20.

Flash drives are available from Amazon, Best Buy, Staples, Walmart, and many other stores.

Avoid buying on Ebay, as the flash drives may be counterfeit.

Please avoid using a flash drive that you got for free—or one that's been kicking around your desk drawer for years.

Students with a Windows computer at home may use an external hard drive—instead of a flash drive.

• A one inch, 3-ring, binder for handouts.

Make a Folder on Your

Flash Drive

Windows

1) Insert the flash drive into your computer.

2) Press the Windows key + e.

The Windows key looks like a wavy flag.

It's to the left of the space bar.

3) On the left side of the window, click your flash drive to open it up.

4) Make a folder on your flash drive:

a) Press Shift + Ctrl + n.

b) Enter Lightroom Photos.

c) Click Enter.

Mac

1) Insert the flash drive into your computer.

2) Go to the Dock and click Finder, the blue double-face icon on the left end.

3) On the left side of the window, click your flash drive to open it up.

4) Make a folder on your flash drive:

a) Click the File menu at the top of the screen and select New Folder.

b) Enter Lightroom Photos.

c) Click Return.

You're Done

Thank you!

You can ignore what follows.

It's what we'll do in class.

Basic Workflow

First, we'll make a Lightroom catalog.

The catalog is a database that stores all of your organizing and editing.

Then, we'll proceed through the Basic Workflow: School Computer.