Three videos, 7 hours total
There are plenty of tutorials, videos and books that will show you how every little detail of Lightroom works. They’ll show you how to get photos imported into Lightroom and show you how to use all the sliders, but they don’t tell you why or when you should be using Lightroom’s powerful controls to organize or how to get the most out of your photos. I’ explain not only what the modules do, but the why’s and why not’s, no matter if you are making prints, posting on the Internet or sending photos off for publication. I show you time-saving techniques that will help you find your images and export them quicker and make them look better.
We start at the beginning, talking about the best way to get your photos organized, where and how to store them and how to import. We talk about creating catalogs and best practices for backing up and using multiple catalogs. I show what all the windows and modules do and how to keep them under control. We look at how to keep track of your photos once they are imported, the different ways to find and sort them, including using collections, filtering, flagging and mapping. I show you how and why to add keywords, captions and other metadata.
We dig deep into the Develop Module, where the magic happens to photos! I show you the best time to use controls like white balance, exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, whites, blacks, clarity, vibrance and saturation. You learn how and why to use cloning, healing, cropping and masking. I cover sharpening, noise reduction, lens correction, effects and camera calibration. I show you some new things in the latest version including using multiple photos for HDR and creating panoramas.
I use real examples using my photos, you will see how I transform images and get them to pop.
And finally, we talk about when, why and how you should export your photos and how to make the best prints.
I’m not real fond of the Book or Slideshow modules, but we talk about what they do. We don’t talk much about using Lightroom for video editing or the web module, since, frankly, they suck. We stick to the great things Lightroom does for still photos. I demonstrate with the latest version of Lightroom Classic and it doesn’t matter whether you work on a Mac or Windows.