amy caterina
Assistant Faculty

Photography / Lightroom Project

Lesson Plan Published 10/26/15 Last updated on 5/17/19

Objective: To use Lightroom and basic Photoshop tools to create a series of photographic responses to the film Watermark. You will make 5 photographs that investigate your personal relationship with water, landscape and the drought.

You can use any of the techniques we have discussed in class to illustrate this idea; including night photography, black and white, combined images and panoramas.

For more information on the film: References:

Goal: to use Lightroom’s exposure adjustments with your photographs.


I am looking for photographs that show an understanding of basic lighting principles and an understanding of how aperture and shutter speed can control an image.

You are expected to be conscious of the lighting and the mood it creates for every image.

Which techniques that you have learned this semester are the best for conveying your mood and feelings to the viewer?

Shoot a minimum of 200 different photographs based on the your response to the Watermark film and a thoughtful consideration of the role of water in your daily life.

Contact Sheets

Import your images to the computer.

Create a digital contact sheet of your photographs using Lightroom.

Upload your digital contact sheet to the server for peer review.

After peer review, pick your best 25 and create a collection.

We will review your top images and edit it down the top 5 best compositions.


1. In the Library Module, choose 25 of your best composed photographs and place them in a Collection titled “Project 4- Water”

2. In the Develop Module, we will create an efficient and concise work flow. Please see Work-flow PDF for details.

Among the tools we will investigate are:

Crop Overlay / Graduated Filter / Adjustment Brush / White Balance

Tone Curve Panel / Lens correction / Histogram / Burning and Dodging

HSL & Black and White


Export your catalog and 5 edited exposures to the server.

We will print and mount your top 5 images for critique.

  • Photoshop

    Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

  • Bridge

    Centralized desktop access for all your files and assets.

  • Lightroom Classic

    Desktop-focused photo editing.

Age Levels
1+ Week
Content Standards
Visual Communication using Adobe Photoshop


Photoshop / Lightroom

CC License
4 / 5 • 3 Ratings

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Diego Alvarez

Posted on 10/26/15 9:08:49 PM Permalink

I´ll show you my progress. But I´ll use it