About - Digital Darkroom Academy

Hi. I am Shajee Aijazi, the founder of Digital Darkroom Academy.

I've been teaching Lightroom and Photoshop for the past five years and here I want to help you speed up your post-processing workflow without going crazy.

Why would you go crazy, you ask? Keep reading.

Hi, I am Ahmed Shajee Aijazi

As a photographer, we’ve all found ourselves in these situations where we can’t help but say to ourselves:

  • "There are so many tools in Lightroom and Photoshop, it’s so overwhelming. I don’t even know which one I should apply to my photograph."

  • "I have to edit 100 images from this shoot, it's going to take me days to work on each photo individually. I don’t want editing to take up all my time."

  • "There are around a thousand photos from this shoot. How will I select just 50 to deliver to the client? It’s going to be a pain managing which files to keep and which to reject."

  • "A client wants a photo from Paris for their project; I know I have it from my vacation last year, but don’t exactly know where it is. It’s going to take me ages going through all my hard drives figuring out what’s where."

  • *Hard Drive Not Working* "Oh no, if anything were to happen to my hard drive…" *panic*. "I don’t have these photos anywhere else. If I lose them, I lose years of my work!"

If any of this sounds like you, you’re not alone. For the longest time as a photographer, I faced all of these situations. I didn’t have a workflow. I had no idea what I should do with my photos when I bring them into the computer. I didn’t have the faintest clue of how I should retouch a particular photograph, which sliders should I move to make them look great; my filing structure was a mess; If I had to find a particular photo, I would pull my hair out going through all the different folders and hard drives wondering where it was. And the worst of all, one of my hard drives crashed, taking a lot of my work with it and I had no backup for it. This did it.

I figured I had to do something about it. After quite a few years of trial and error and spending a lot of time researching volumes of information on the subject, I came up with many systems and best practices in Lightroom and Photoshop to make my workflow really efficient. Once I was able to solve these problems for myself, I figured there would be a lot of people, just like you, who would find these solutions helpful. At Digital Darkroom Academy, I want to share all of these solutions with you. So you don’t make the same mistakes I did. In fact, I share some of these insights with my e-mail list. To join it, just enter your e-mail address below and click “sign me up!” and as a bonus, I will send you a FREE copy of my Lightroom Quick Start Guide.


The Ultimate Quick Start Guide for Lightroom

If you're just getting started with Lightroom, it can seem a bit too much. Where do you even begin? In this free guide, I will take you step-by-step through the fundamentals of Lightroom so you can feel more confident.

I have already helped hundreds of people get results. But I must say that the people who were really able to make their post-processing life easier were the ones who actually went ahead and implemented my material. So, if you're here reading this, know that you'll only get results by doing the work. Here's what one of my students has to say about the results he got:

After learning all the stuff Shajee teaches, I got to see the beauty of Lightroom. Not only did my retouching process become faster and non-destructive but the systems taught by Shajee help me keep all my photographs organized and easy-to-find.

Sarmad A.


Here’s what the material on this website will help you do:

  • get more confident with Lightroom and Photoshop.

  • know exactly which sliders to move in Lightroom or Photoshop so that your photos go from dull looking images to dynamic photographs within no time, sometimes just by a click of a button.

  • reduce the time you take to retouch your photographs, by half!

  • create an organized filing structure so you don’t spend time figuring out which photos are where.

  • sort and shortlist photos from a shoot more quickly and easily so you know exactly which photographs to deliver to your client and which ones to reject.

  • find photos from your archive in 5 seconds or less, even if it has more than a 100,000 images.

  • backup your photographs so that you never have to worry about losing them, even if tragedy strikes.

  • share your photos with the rest of the world.

With the systems you will learn here, your workflow will be completely streamlined and they will keep your mind at ease when it comes to managing and editing your photographs. You will get to spend more time being out there in the field, taking amazing photographs, because of all the time that you will save by streamlining your post-processing workflow.

I’ve created an archive of free resources that you’ll find helpful. You can use these right away to see a real difference in your retouching process. My goal is for my free material to be better than most other people’s paid stuff.

So, let me offer you the first free resource: The Lightroom Quick Start Guide, in this guide, I give a quick overview of Adobe Lightroom and share with you some of the post-processing strategies that most successful photographers use. Leave your email below and click “Sign Me Up” to get your free guide.


The Ultimate Quick Start Guide for Lightroom

If you're just getting started with Lightroom, it can seem a bit too much. Where do you even begin? In this free guide, I will take you step-by-step through the fundamentals of Lightroom so you can feel more confident.

Apart from the free guide, I share detailed strategies and tactics with my e-mail list on how you can streamline your photographic workflow – The email list is where you can get access to the ideas that I don’t share on the blog, as well as premium content. So, if you still haven’t done it, type your email address in the form above and click “Sign Me Up”.