August 13, 2016  •  3 Comments


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Did something happen to you recently? All of a sudden, instead of having a shoe box with 50 to 100 photos in it, you found yourself with thousands of images on your computer and no way to deal with them. These photos are now coming from your smart phone, your point and shoot camera, your tablet computer, your friends and maybe even a high quality DSLR. So how do you keep track of them all, select the good ones and make them look better?If you’re anywhere near Palo Alto California and have decided to use Adobe’s powerful Lightroom product to manage and improve your photos but need some help to get started, give me a call.

I'm an award winning photographer with great teaching skills who can show you how to use and get the biggest bang for your buck from LR. My inexpensive one-on-one lessons are tailored to your skill level, usage, and can be as shallow or in depth as you like. These are in person, 1 on 1, private sessions given at my place Palo Alto or for people with desktop computers I can travel to nearby locations.  I provide printed tutorials to augment what I show you in person. This is not on watching online training video's or a series of things you download and do on your own. This also not an webinar or a classroom full of people.  This is hands on sessions with you and your instructor which is always me, live and in person dealing with your needs, problems, issues and training.  Personally, I use LR to manage all my images (over 65,000 of them). I also use LR for over 98% of my image editing needs, only going over to other tools such as Photoshop for specialized work such as erasing tourists and telephone wires or making composite images.

Or, maybe you just need some help.  Perhaps over the years you've wound up with several catalogs each containing different or the same images in different states?  Maybe your fed up with the way your images are organized (or not organized) on your hard drive.  Perhaps, all of a sudden all your images seem to be missing.  Or, really anything in LR that is causing you problems, doesn't look right. or you just plain need help with.  We can work out whatever it is that is giving you grief.

My rate is a flat $50 per hour of instruction. The $50/hr rate includes simultaneous private instruction for yourself and up to two other people of your choosing (no charge for extra people). Lessons can be arranged in sessions of 1 to 3 hours duration each (2 hr minimum for first lesson).

If, after the first hour you are not 100% satisfied we can stop there and there will be no charge



  • Organizing your physical images on your compute
  • Naming your images
  • The power of the LR catalog
  • How LR differs from products like Photoshop, iPhoto, and Photoshop Elements
  • Importing images into LR
  • Rating and ranking your photos using Stars, Colors, Pick Flags
  • Stacking similar images to hide all but the best one
  • The incredibly powerful use of keywords to tag and find images
  • Creating manual and smart collections to group images into sets that make sense to you
  • Using face detection tools to find and tag people you care about in your images
  • Using LR “publish Services” to automatically and seamlessly post and manage images on web tools such as Facebook, Flickr, Picassa Web and others – all from within LR.


  • Using the Histogram to adjust images
  • Correcting White Balance
  • Adjusting your image: contrast, brightness, fill light, shadows, highlights, vibrance, saturation, clarity
  • Using “Tone Curve” to target brightness of different tonal ranges"
  • Adjusting colors with Hue, Saturation, and luminance controls
  • Split Toning
  • Sharpness and noise control
  • Reducing haze in images
  • Correcting for lens distortion, change perspective to straighten buildings,
  • Add vignetting for a professional look
  • Focusing attention on your subject by applying targeted adjustments
  • Creating stunning HDR images from multiple shots
  • Creating stitched panorama images from multiple shots


  • Geo Tagging images
  • Showing your track log (from a GPS device) with your images superimposed on the track
  • Changing image locations
  • Have LR find and add Country, State/Province, City and Sub Location to your photos

We can also talk about Slide Shows, Using LR to make a photo book, printing and export for the web.


Contact me through the "Contact & About" menu at the top of this screen, or through email to  Mention "3 for 1" offer and you can bring two friends or relatives at no extra charge.


Examples of image improvement with Adobe Lightroom that I can show you how to do

Floor Light Pattern, Upper Antelope Slot CanyonFloor Light Pattern, Upper Antelope Slot CanyonUpper Antelope Slot Canyon, Page, AZ



racetrack Playa 11, Traveling Stonesracetrack Playa 11, Traveling StonesTraveling Stones in Racetrack Playa in Death Valley NP, CA



La Sal Mtns Through Delicate ArchLa Sal Mtns Through Delicate ArchDelicate Arch with the La Sal Mountains in the background from upper view point, Arches National Park, UT. Delicate Arch is a 65-foot tall freestanding natural arch. It is the most widely-recognized landmark in Arches National Park and a symbol for Utah itself.




Two Grand Ladies of the RailTwo Grand Ladies of the RailNevada Northern Railway National Historic Museum, Ely, Nevada. Engines 40 and 93 are still in use pulling vintage excursion trains to and from this E Ely Nevada rail yard. This railway complex (Est. 1905) is said to be the best-preserved, least altered, and most complete main yard complex remaining from the steam railroad era. Due to it's remote location off the main line, it owes its authenticity to having largely escaped the modernization that took place in most rail complexes during the transition from steam to diesel in the 1950's.



Bryce Amphitheater 2Bryce Amphitheater 2From Horse Trail below Sunset Point, Bryce NP, UT



Cherry blossom pathCherry blossom pathInternational Rose Test Garden, Portland, OR





Joshua Trees and Wind Turbines 3Joshua Trees and Wind Turbines 3Joshua Trees and Wind Turbines, Off CA RT-14 near Californai City, CA



Two Butte's near Round Rock ArizonaTwo Butte's near Round Rock ArizonaTwo Butte's near Round Rock Arizona. Driving between Needles CA (where CA meets AZ at the Colorado river east of Barstow) and Blanding UT (between Monument valley and Moab) we saw this off the side of the road. We were getting that pre-sunset golden Southwest light (around 5:30 in May) which turns the red rock on the buttes thjis amzaing rich red color. Had to walk a little ways across some scrub to a barb wire fence in order to shoot over it such that it did not clutter the shot, but was well wotth the effort.


Thanks -- Dan


John Kalb(non-registered)
(copied from Yelp and Google reviews)

I have been a Lightroom user for over 10 years, through multiple versions and formats. With over 100,000 images in my library it was taking over my computer and storage system. I needed help in organizing Lightroom on my computer, getting rid of unnecessary of files and optimizing the infrastructure.

Dan is a Lightroom Expert! He understands the nuances of how Lightroom is organized and was able to delete unwanted and unneeded histories, optimize the file structure and preferences and voila, I'm back to running Lightroom efficiently. I am a happy customer!
Denise Donnelly(non-registered)
I am seeking mostly organizational help w/still shots from iPhone. Can you help w/editing video?

Thanks, DD
Chris A.(non-registered)
[Copied from Yelp 12/1/2015]

I am a wildlife photographer living in East Africa, and photography is an integral part of my work. During my visit to the Bay Area, my goal was to improve my DSLR skills, particularly shooting in manual mode. I started taking lessons regularly with Dan a few months ago , and my skill level has improved by leaps and bounds. Dan is a great teacher, and he has the unique ability to explain the technical aspects of photography in ways that are understandable, and useable out in the field. My understanding of the relationship between ISO, shutter speed, and aperture has increased. Dan also has an in depth understanding of post processing using Lightroom, and I have learned a lot from him about this complicated program. He also has helped me with organizing my files, and folders. What I have learned from Dan is invaluable, and I feel confident that when I return to East Africa, my photography will be greatly improved.
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