March program, Colby McLemore Lightroom….

Our March  meeting featured our own Colby McLemore on Lightroom:

Why is the industry is quickly moving to this software, an in-depth review of the basics and how you can adopt it into your business quickly and easily?

If you went to the TNPPA convention this year, you heard the speakers enthusiasm for this revolutionary software.

Quickly more and more photographers, professional as well as enthusiasts are seeing the light, Lightroom that is.  Adobe’s newest kid on the block is taking a larger and larger market share as photographers are learning that they can do most of their organizing, editing, and even output their images in a small fraction of the time that it would take in Photoshop.  We’re talking about speed and batching made easy.  If you are like me, time is money and as soon as I can put one job to bed the quicker I can work on getting the next one.  Sounds intimidating to learn another program?  That is the great part!  Lightroom’s designed to be intuitive and easy to learn to learn.

Colby McLemore is an ACE (Adobe Certified Expert), teaches classes at the University of Tennessee and offers various workshops throughout the region.  He has received great feedback from some people that you might know:

Lynn Austin – “Colby Mclemore is one of the best instructors that I’ve had in 20+ year of photography.  I love his sense of humor.”

Ray Holaway – “Great enthusiasm, in-depth practical knowledge and great teaching skills = very useful course..”

Paul Schubert – “Very useful, no fluff.  What works and why.”

He is very proud that his last Lightroom class evaluation received over 40% Far Exceeds Expectations, the highest possible rating from his students.


Also, please note:

UT Gardens Professional Photography Policy
March 2011
The UT Gardens in Knoxville are proud to provide an attractive venue and colorful setting that has become a popular location for all types of photography in the East Tennessee region.  Considerable materials and labor are required to maintain the Gardens to the high standard that has attracted so many professional photographers to use the Garden’s in their work.
As a result, starting March 1, 2011, the UT Gardens will implement the following Professional Photography policy. ‘Professional Photographer’s being defined as one who charge a fee for their services.’
Professional photographers who wish to take advantage of the UT Gardens’ as part of their commercial work are asked to become Friends of the UT Gardens at the $100 level or above.  These funds will directly support the maintenance and upkeep of the UT Gardens.  Membership information is available at
Photographers who do not wish to become Friends of the UT Gardens at this level may schedule photo shoots on the grounds for a fee of $35 per hour.  Non-member (commercial) photographers who bring clients to the UT Gardens without scheduling in advance, or without paying the sitting fee, may be asked to leave the grounds.
All professional photography session at the UT Gardens shall be scheduled no less than 48 hours in advance of the desired session.  UT Gardens reserves the right to deny access to the grounds for photography purposes if a photo shoot conflicts with educational or other events, Advance scheduling is for everyone’s safety, helps prevent more than one group attempting to use an area at the same time, and allows staff to schedule irrigation times so that they don’t conflict with photography appointments. Please contact Emily Smith to schedule appointments at or 865-974-7151.
Photographers working with brides, bridal parties, and other guests who rent the UT Gardens for a function may coordinate a photo shoot with the renters, if desired, in advance of the event.  Renters of the UT Gardens may use the photographer of their choice for the duration of the rental period specified in their rental contract.
Both photographers and subjects must stay on walkways or on grass at all times.  Please do not pose, walk on, or cut through our planting beds.  This includes any area covered with pine straw, even if no plants are visible at the time.  Also, do not step on or move any plant labels.  Photographers and subjects are also asked to respect all UT property by not climbing onto fences, trees, or other structures for photo poses or any other reason including the old truck in the power plant garden.
The attention that photographers and their clients bring to the UT Gardens is appreciated.  However, substantial funds and efforts are used to ensure that the UT Gardens are an attractive, educational venue for UT faculty and students and the entire community.  In order to maintain our standards and provide access to all users, it is crucial that photographers adhere to this policy.