Lightroom for Photographers Ronkonkoma, New York


Lightroom for Photographers Ronkonkoma, New York

05/29/2014 - 06/01/2014
$50 off
$50 off if deposit received by 02/28/2014
This workshop is past its starting date.
Please Note: If you are registering more than one participant, please call us at 1-800-394-7677 to process it for you.

Why? Do you have a nagging feeling your photos could be better if you only knew more about image processing? Does managing images on your computer drive you to temporary bouts of madness? This four-day workshop—offered in select cities across the U.S. in 2014—is your ticket to easier, calmer, and more effective days working with images on your computer. What? Adobe Photoshop Lightroom® is a powerful, professional-grade image management and enhancement tool that can furrow the brows of new users trying to learn it on their own. For serious amateurs and professional photographers alike, strong Lightroom skills can dramatically improve both your happiness level and your images. The majority of this course is spent where the action happens—in the Library and Develop modules—focusing on techniques for managing a large volume of digital images. From proper storage methods to understanding the relationship between Lightroom’s database and your actual digital files, knowing the software from the ground up will help streamline your workflow. After the initial import of images, you learn how to work with files by using the rate, keyword, sort, find, and label functions. In the Develop module, making exposure adjustments, cropping, converting to black and white, and removing pesky spots are a breeze—and can dramatically improve your images. Lightroom even makes it easy to sync your actions to many images at once. Lastly, you get an introduction to the various methods of showing your work, from slideshows to publishing your images on the web. Who? Lightroom is professional-level image management software and may not be appropriate for novice photographers. New users are welcome to attend but must have a solid working knowledge of their computer’s operating system to get the most from this workshop. Participants are required to have their own laptop for this course.

Student Testimonials

Barbara Lewis Washington

Before this Foundation Workshop, I had taken four Photo Weekends and enjoyed the fine instruction of Tony Rizzuto, Tim Cooper, and Doug Johnson. Over the years I have taken many workshops with various other schools and photographers but consider RMSP and their instructors as the best that I have experienced.


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Meeting Space

This workshop will be held at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Ronkonkoma, New York. Your class will meet in the Bay Room at the hotel daily.


We suggest that you stay at this location for the dates of May 29-June 1, departing June 1 or 2. This workshop begins on Thursday at 9 a.m. and ends Sunday at 5 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly. Be sure to indicate that you are a student of Rocky Mountain School of Photography.

Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
3845 Veterans Memorial Highway
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
(631) 585-9500
Rates: Rooms have been blocked at the rate of $125 per night + tax (single). Cutoff date: Be sure to make your reservations by January 1, 2014. After this date, reservations will be based on availability. Cancellation Policy: Please check with the hotel regarding their cancellation policy.


Complimentary parking is available at the hotel.

Air Transportation

RMSP is not responsible for cancellations due to medical or other emergencies or reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets/hotel rooms in the event of a course cancellation. Please consider the purchase of trip/travel insurance. The nearest international airport to this workshop is the John F Kennedy Airport, located approximately 50 miles from the hotel.

Long Island MacArthur Airport
100 Arrival Ave.
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779

Car Rental

Major car rental companies are available at the airport. Contact information and links can be found by visiting the airport website.


You are responsible for your own meals during the workshop. Your instructor will allow plenty of breaks in the schedule.


Any additional fees and/or supplies will be the responsibility of the participant.


Tim Cooper began his career as a commercial and assignment photographer working with clients such as The North Face, Vasque, 3M and The International Heart Institute of Montana. His editorial and commercial photographs have appeared in Travel and Leisure, The New York Times Magazine, Outdoor Photographer, Fly Rod and Reel, Northern Lights and Private Clubs as covers, advertising, art and editorial illustration. Tim now spends most of his time as an educator and writer, lecturing on photographic and digital imaging technologies. Tim has been the consultant and technical editor for many digital imaging books as well as the co-author of the book, Complete Photoshop® CS4 for Digital Photographers, as well as Night Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots with Gabriel Biderman. In his spare time, he continues his pursuit of fine art photography of the natural world.

View other courses taught by Tim Cooper.


Lightroom for Photographers Schedule & Equipment List (This is also downloadable by clicking here.)


9-12:30 1:45-4:00 4:00-5:00
Thursday Lightroom IntroductionSetup and Preference  MenusImporting New Images Library NavigationThe importance of MetadataBasic Workflow One on One Help
Friday Intro to the Develop ModuleUnderstanding the HistogramBasic Tone EditingBasic Spot Removal Advanced Library Functions One on One Help
Saturday Advanced Develop Module Export ModulePrintEmail One on One Help
Sunday CollectionsSlide Shows Final Questions

Please keep in mind that this is an example of the schedule.  This schedule is subject to change due to class size, weather and any other unforeseen need to make adjustments.  Equipment & Supply List Note:  The following is meant to be a packing aid, not a shopping list.   Please call 800-394-7677 if you have questions. Equipment Advice for Lightroom for Photographers Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a professional grade workflow tool designed specifically for digital photographers. This is a complex program but an intuitively designed one. Proficient computing skills, plus a powerful computer, are needed to master this software. Experience has shown us that to get the most out of this software, you need far more powerful hardware than Adobe’s bare bones minimum suggestions. I recommend using a laptop with at least these specs for maximum Photoshop Lightroom efficiency. Mac Intel dual­ core i5 or i7 processor Mac OS X v10.7 At least 8GB of RAM qLots of free hard drive space Windows Intel dual­core i5 or i7 processor Microsoft Windows 8 (64­bit Edition) At least 8GB of RAM Lots of free hard drive space Please come to our class with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Version 5 already loaded on your laptop. You can find the latest updates for this software, or download a trial version of the program, at Additional Supplies: Please bring your memory card containing a few images for initial downloading demonstration. An external hard drive (1 Terabyte recommended) Mouse Card reader Computer Power Cord External Hard Drive: Photo files are quite large and tend to fill up your computers hard drive.  This is one of the reasons we recommend using an external hard drive to hold your photographs.  If you decide to purchase a external drive, copy or move ALL of your exisiting photographs onto the external hard drive before the start of class. All students must supply their own laptop computer with the following specifications: RAM (Memory) – Minimum of 4 GBs. Free Hard Drive Space – We recommend that you have at least 60-70 GBs of free space on your laptop’s built-in hard drive if you plan to store photos on your computer. External Hard Drive – Bring 1 or 2 external hard drives dedicated to your photography. Virus Protection – Please update your virus protection prior to the workshop. Operating System CDs, Passwords and Cables/Cords – As needed


What is the 2017 workshops schedule?
Please see our Event Calendar.  
Which workshop is right for me?

Depending on the workshop, varying levels of photographic knowledge are recommended for enrollment. For those interested in building a solid photographic skill base, we have designed a stair-step approach that teaches you to think, see and create with your camera. We call these our "Foundation" workshops. Beginners should start with Basic Photography, then progress to Intermediate Photography. Additional Foundation workshops such as Lightroom for Photographers, Photography of People, Macro Photography and Flash Photography will help to round out your technical know-how.

Our "Travel" workshops invite you to some of the U.S.'s most stunning locations, under the wing of our accomplished instructors. For most of these workshops, we require that you are familiar with the manual operation of your camera. Check individual workshop listings under the "Considerations" or "Who?" section for this information. It will help you make a good decision about what workshop is a good fit for you.

If you are uncertain about where you should begin, please call and we will be happy to help you decide what class is right for you.

What is the cutoff date for registration?
We accept registrations on a first-come first-served basis until a workshop is full. Register early! If your favorite workshop is full, ask to be put on a wait list.  
How do I register?
  1. Register online
  2. Call the RMSP offices at (800) 394-7677
How many participants are in a workshop?
Depending on the workshop, there can be a maximum of 8 to 20 students. Generally we add an assistant when registration exceeds 8 students.
What is a "Friend of RMSP"?
Once you’ve taken an RMSP course you become a "Friend" and are able to deduct $50 off workshop tuition.
What is included in the tuition?
The tuition for most workshops includes the instruction only. Hotel stays are not included. Selected hotels, most of which have special RMSP rates, are noted in the accommodations section of each workshop. Some transportation is included on selected workshops. Additional charges such as entrance fees/admissions to national parks and select shooting venues are extra.
Do I pay a deposit to reserve my spot on a workshop?
Yes. Most workshops require a $300.00 deposit and the balance paid 60 days prior to the start of the workshop. Payment options include personal checks, cash and Mastercard, Visa, and American Express.
What is RMSP’s cancellation policy?

Please read our cancellation policy.

Note: Workshop content may change from that advertised based on weather, access to shooting locations, and other unforeseen situations. A change of instructor is also possible, though it rarely happens. Whenever possible, registered students will be notified ahead of time of any changes.

RMSP reserves the right to cancel any program that does not meet minimum participant requirements, in which case participants will be informed as soon as possible and all money will be refunded. RMSP is not responsible for any losses incurred as a result of a course cancellation. We encourage participants to purchase refundable airline tickets and consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance.

Travel Insurance
RMSP recommends that you purchase travel insurance to protect yourself from circumstances that may prevent you from attending a workshop. Please check with your insurance agent about this low-cost service. RMSP is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies or reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets in the event of a workshop cancellation.

Other Logistics

Blocks of rooms are reserved on most workshops. Unless otherwise specified, workshop participants make their own reservations for accommodations.
On most workshops, travel is the responsibility of the workshop participant. Participants usually get together on the first day and make arrangements to share car rides for field shoots. We encourage carpooling for the sake of camaraderie and also to reduce the impact on our environment.
You will be given breaks during the workshop to purchase and enjoy meals, however in some locations meals take a second place to shooting at the right light. It’s always a good idea to include snacks for those moments when a regular meal is not available.
Free Time
RMSP wants to make sure you get what you want, need and expect from a workshop. Expect to be busy from morning until evening every day. If you’re coming to an outdoor workshop, remember that sunrises and sunsets will be part of the shooting schedule!
Spouse / Partners
On most RMSP workshops, non-photographing spouses/partners are welcome to come to shooting locations and some critiques. Lectures and any other learning sessions are not open to guests. Please call our office for the guidelines for your specific workshop.


What should I bring?
You'll find a list of recommended equipment on the "Equipment & Schedules" tab for each workshop on this website.
All participants should bring a laptop computer for downloading, sorting, viewing and selecting images for daily critiques. Computer specifics are included in the equipment lists for each workshop.   Please feel free to contact us either by phone or email with any further questions you may have. We look forward to welcoming you to an RMSP Workshop!    

Cancellation Policy

  Cancellation Policy for Workshops
  1. For cancellations received at least 60 days prior to the workshop start date: RMSP refunds any tuition paid, less a $50 processing fee.
  2. For cancellations received 30 to 60 days prior to the start of the workshop: RMSP refunds any tuition paid less the tuition deposit.
  3. For cancellations received within 30 days prior to the start of the workshop: RMSP retains full tuition.
  4. For cancellations after the workshop is in progress: RMSP retains full tuition.
  5. For no-shows: RMSP retains full tuition.
  6. Refunds will be processed within 30 days after our office receives notice of cancellation.
  Note: Workshop content may change from that advertised based on weather, access to shooting locations, and other unforeseen situations. Whenever possible, registered students will be notified ahead of time of any changes. RMSP reserves the right to cancel any program that does not meet minimum participant requirements, in which case participants will be informed as soon as possible and all money will be refunded. RMSP is not responsible for any losses incurred as a result of a course cancellation. We encourage participants to purchase refundable airline tickets and consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance.