NIK and Luminar: Creative Plugins for Lightroom and Photoshop

with Shelley Vandegrift

November 12 – 22, 2024

Tuesdays and Fridays; 12:30 – 3:00 pm (Mountain Time)
  • Tuition $495.00

Course Description

Are you trying to add a creative flair to an image, fix a capture problem, or enhance a composite? One way to accomplish these goals is by using “third-party plugins” for Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Two of the best plugin applications are NIK and Luminar. They both provide a multiple of creative solutions and are a path to easier image processing.

Join digital photographer and skilled workshop instructor Shelley Vandegrift for a four-session online workshop that takes you on an in-depth journey of creative exploration through the magic and ease of using NIK and Luminar.

The NIK Collection consists of eight applications: Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Dfine, HDR Efex Pro, Perspective Efex, Silver Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro, and Viveza. Each app targets a specific purpose, and the suite offers a mix of artistic filter effects and tools to accomplish more technical tasks, such as noise reduction and sharpening.

Luminar Neo is one of the most advanced AI-powered photo editing plugins on the market. If you don’t like spending a lot of time working on a color grade or overall image enhancements, then understanding how to use these creative tools from Luminar is an important step forward.

Shelley takes a step-by-step approach that spans installing each plugin, how they interact with Lightroom and Photoshop, then reviews the specific tools and what each does, and most importantly explains how to incorporate them into your creative workflow.

Expand the creative possibilities of Lightroom and Photoshop by becoming proficient using NIK and Luminar with Shelley as your guide.

Additional Information

Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs
What You Should Know:

Working knowledge of post-processing workflow using Lightroom and/or Photoshop is essential. Trial versions of NIK and Luminar are available for those who don’t already own copies.

Special Notes:

Class will meet 12:30 – 3:00 pm (Mountain Time) on Tuesdays and Fridays starting November 12 and ending November 22 (four online group sessions). Enrollment is limited to 14 participants.

Zoom Video Conferencing software (available for no charge from will be used to facilitate the class sessions. Further details will be emailed to registrants.

Santa Fe Workshops always aims to produce a high-quality experience for our online attendees. That said, variables including regional and local internet provider speeds, traffic on Zoom's servers, and your own computing hardware can contribute to a less than ideal streaming event. While we do our best to minimize the impact of these variables, they are outside the control of Santa Fe Workshops.


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For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for one month after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after one month to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.

Applications, Digital Workflow, One-of-a-Kind
Shelley Vandegrift

Shelley Vandegrift fell under the spell of photography as a 10-year-old child, carefully watching and learning in her father’s darkroom. From that point forward, the technical components of the post-production process held as much attraction for her as the creative experience behind the lens. With the introduction of digital photography, she found a marriage between her two passions: photography and computer technology. She shares that passion both in her photographic art and in workshops and webinars globally.

Her teaching focuses primarily on two areas: artistic post-processing techniques and infrared photography. Shelley possesses a knack for taking post-processing techniques and making them accessible to all.  She guides photographers in achieving their own artistic vision through the magic of post-processing and discovering the skills they need to craft their stories. In conjunction with her artistic mentor and friend, Laurie Klein, she also leads students into the beautiful world of infrared.

Shelley is co-author with Laurie Klein of Infrared Photography: Digital Techniques for Artistic Images, 2nd Edition from Amherst Publishing. She is the designer and developer of Infrared Mastery presets for Luminar and Lightroom, and has been a guest lecturer/presenter for Skylum and DxO software. She is the 23rd Julia Margaret Cameron Award Digital Manipulation and Collage winner. Her work has been featured in the two-woman exhibit, The Beauty of Invisible Light, at the Commons Gallery and in B&W Magazine, A. Smith Gallery, the Latino Cultural Center of Dallas, Dallas City Hall, Lucas Gallery, and the Art Travelers Gallery at Dallas’s Love Field airport.

NIK and Luminar: Creative Plugins for Lightroom and Photoshop
with Shelley Vandegrift
April 16 – 26, 2024
NIK and Luminar: Creative Plugins for Lightroom and Photoshop
with Shelley Vandegrift
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