Ok. I've moved along from high level "tips and tricks" tutorials that might be as long as an hour...and covered a lot of ground in a somewhat organized fashion. These have been around a workflow or theme, so could cover narrow slivers of the overall application. Since they were high level, it didn't take long to run through the list I had. I learned a bit, but most of this was a confirmation of certain basic concepts. High level, I get the workflow. The devil is in the details!
NOW - I'm getting into the technical lessons, build around the structure and details of the application, module/menu by module/menu.
I'm in the details now...
I feel like I'm getting a degree in Adobe Lightroom!
For example, just looking at the tutorials produced and made available for free by Adobe
These are grouped by:
- Getting Started
- Learn Essentials
- Key Techniques
There are over 120 FREE tutorial clips within this "course" on Adobe Lightroom, covering all of the functional and technical aspects of the software.
Adobe has another set of paid online modules or workshops on "world class photography." These are available to those who subscribe to their Creative Cloud service. These are put together to cover the art of digital photography, from photographers...not software programmers. If I have read their site correctly, each of the following tutorials cost between $30-$60 and covers ## Video lessons in HD; Lifetime access, anywhere, anytime; Streaming and downloadable files; Available on desktop, mobile and tablet. Topics include:
The Photography Starter Kit
Lightroom for Beginners
Getting Started in Photoshop
iPhone 6s Photogaphy
The Art of Nature Photography
Posing 101: Essentials
Fundamentals of Photoshop Layers
Photoshop Restoration Rescue
Manual Mode Made Simple
Understanding File Formats
Ultimate Lightroom workflow
That's not even thinking about what's available for Adobe Photoshop.
But, all of this is valuable foundational knowledge for a professional digital photographer.
This reminds me of when I went to work for Blackbaud in a Customer Support Role. We spent 6 weeks in the classroom learning the software, which included hands-on training, mock support calls, module tests, etc. We had to know the software inside and out to be effective at our jobs.
While I may not need 6 weeks of classroom training to do my job as a photographer - or shall I say, to enhance my creative art form, photography. But, I've already figured out I need something more than "figure it out as I go."
So, if the average clip is 8-10 mins, that's 16-20 hours of "classroom instruction." There would be additional time spent replaying particular sections, taking notes, and practicing what we've learned.
So, we're look at a good solid week or so of full-time training.
Of course, I'll take a slower pace... But, now I have a plan of attack and some metrics to give me feedback / encouragement!
Here we go...