Lightroom Training Videos & Other Usefull Resources

If this is your first time, watch the videos in order.

Lightroom Basics

15 Tips for Image Management Success in Lightroom 5 – Tim Grey

In this session, Tim counts down his top 15 tips for image management success in Lightroom 5. Whether you’ve been using Lightroom for years or you are considering adopting this powerful software in your own workflow, you’ll find some great tips you can put to use right away.


PS: Lightroom Mobile is now LR CC

Cleaning Up Your Mess in Lightroom 6 – Tim Grey

Admit it: Your Lightroom catalog isn’t quite as organized as you’d like. In fact, you might even be a little embarrassed if another photographer were to see your Lightroom catalog. In this session, Tim Grey shows you how to resolve organizational challenges in Lightroom and how to optimize your workflow to ensure you can always find the photo you need when you need it. This presentation features Lightroom 6, but works with older versions of Lightroom as well.


PS: Lightroom Mobile is now LR CC

If you are suffering from the “what did Lightroom do with my photos syndrome”, this class is for you. Join famed educator Tim Cooper for an in-depth look at how Adobe Lightroom handles and organizes your photographs. In this two hour class, Tim will fully explain the inner workings of the sometimes mysterious Library Module.

One caveat. In Tim Coopers talk I would NOT recommend using the  “Pictures” folder on Windows 10. Since recording back in 2012 how this folder integrates with Microsoft Onedrive has changed.  We still need that top-level folder but we will create it manually and call it something like ‘Photography’.

Here is your homework:

  • Finish watching the first three videos
  • Continue organising your folder structure.

Watch the following video by Tim Grey. We are now starting to focus on importing your photos into Lightroom, getting ready to edit and organise them. The majority of steps shown here also translate to Adobe Bridge. After we learn how to import our photos, the focus will switch to editing our images.

Streamlined Organization in Lightroom | Tim Grey

We are now getting to the good bit, learning how to edit our images.

 Top 10 Tips For Optimizing Photos in Lightroom

 This will give you a good overview of the Develop Module. Please note, that again this is an earlier version of Lightroom so all the new functionality, knobs, bells & whistles since this was recorded aren’t included.

For those of you who are using Photoshop Elements (PSE), you have access to Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) at some level of functionality, built into PSE. If you plan to use Adobe Bridge to supplement PS Elements or Affinity Photo,  Adobe Bridge also gives you access to ACR.

ACR – looks different, but it’s the same editing engine as found in Lightroom.

Using Bridge, PSE and what functionality is available with ACR gets complicated depending on your PSE version. So not going to cover it here. For those that this affects I have sent you a separate email.

Your homework is to watch the following video’s from Anthony Morganti.  The first two videos recap material we have covered with Tim Grey. As I have said before, repetition is good. Most people won’t get everything at first viewing, if you are like me, you need to keep going back and re-watching.

As your knowledge increases a) you will understand them better and b) you will pick up on the bits you missed or didn’t understand on the first, second, third time of viewing.

The first two videos are 43 mins and 35 mins long. The other three are 27mins, 20 mins & 21 mins long respectively.

Please Note: In the first video ‘Mastering Lightroom Classic CC: 1 – Quick Start’ Anthony shows you a different way and order that he changes the basic sliders for Blacks, Shadows, Whites, highlights etc. He discusses  ‘flattening the curve’.

Both are valid approaches. I tend to lean towards the Tim Grey methodology of setting the black point and white point first. But I do use this other methodology Anthony demonstrates. As you gain experience you will tailor your approach based on the image.





Advanced Editing Techniques

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Learn about the difference between the new Texture adjustment, Clarity, Dehaze, and sharpening in Lightroom Classic 8.3 (as well as Lightroom CC and Adobe Camera Raw) in this sample episode from Tim Grey’s Lightroom Quick Tips.

Luminosity masks are a popular technique for editing landscape photos in Adobe Photoshop. But what about Lightroom? Does it support luminosity masks? Yes, indeed! While not exactly the same as Photoshop, the technique demonstrated in this video will show you how to target specific areas of your photos using luminosity values in Adobe Lightroom.

Advanced Features

In this episode of The Complete Picture on Adobe TV, Julieanne Kost explains how changes made to photographs are saved automatically to the Lightroom Catalog. She also shows how to use both the “Save Metadata to Files” command as well as the “Automatically write changes to XMP” Catalog Setting to push changes made to photographs from the catalog into individual files (or sidecar files) so that they can be read and utilized within additional applications such as Adobe Bridge.

In this Quick Tip for Lightroom, Julieanne demonstrates how to prevent Lightroom from automatically switching folders when importing files.

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Putting It All Together

A series of tutorials by Serge Ramelli. These tutorials are using earlier versions of Lightroom. Don’t be put off, in the current up to date version of LR you have all the tools used here, and many more.

You can download the practice files from Serge Ramelli & Robin Whalley to follow along with their tutorials at:!Aj2HNedPUyNggW8wTeeQmyIFfuT3?e=ehKKac


Urban Skyline


In this Lightroom CC tutorial for beginners, Ed Gregory shows you how to edit Urban photography in Lightroom 6 / CC. Urban photography editing can be done in many ways but this Lightroom urban editing style has become popular lately. it uses a selection of desaturated photo editing in adobe lightroom and enhanced colours in lightroom. Learn how to edit your urban photos in this style quickly and easily in the Lightroom tutorials for beginners. This is followed in an Urban Instagram style following the techniques of many Lightroom Instagram techniques. These are not only great for Lightroom Instagram photos but also for you Lightroom urban editing.

Lightroom CC is used here, but of course, the more powerful Lightroom Classic can do everything shown here (and more). Don’t focus on the create a panorama bit at the beginning, concentrate on how the local adjustment tools are used.

How to retouch a panorama in Lightroom CC like a PRO

Make Your Landscapes Amazingly Dramatic and Enhance the Mood by Shaping the Light! Using the amazing power of Adjustment Brushes in Lightroom, learn how to play with white balance, clarity, exposure, and colours locally to create a really vibrant and attractive landscape with great drama, depth, and dimension. In this tutorial, we are going to learn how to use adjustment brushes to add colour and dimension to our landscapes in Lightroom, thus recreating and reshaping light.

Dramatically Shape the Light and Mood Using Adjustment Brushes in Lightroom 18:30

Join landscape photographer and Canon Infinity ambassador Robert Rodriguez Jr as he shares advanced workflows in the Lightroom 5 Develop module (Remember the basics don’t change, this is still relevant today).

Creatively developing images in Lightroom is more than just optimizing tonalities and colour, it entails careful interpretation of the raw file to effectively convey the essence of the image. Selective detail, subtle use of colour, and local adjustments are some of the things Robert demonstrates using the tools in the develop module.

He also explains why these adjustments are important and how they can contribute to better images. This is not about pre-sets, but rather being open to your personal creative vision.

In this Lightroom tutorial, Ed Gregory shows you have to use the Lightroom CC dehire tool. The Lightroom develop module tutorial is great for creating Lightroom dramatic edits. Lightroom fog tutorial and Lightroom 6 tutorial for beginners. Lightroom dehaze tutorial and Lightroom 6 fog tutorial. Create dramatic photo editing using Lightroom CC.

Other Resources

Previews are an essential part of the Lightroom workflow. But with so many different types of Lightroom previews, it’s easy to get confused. For example, do you know the difference between minimal, standard and 1:1 previews? Or what a Smart Preview does? Or why 1:1 previews are useless in the Develop module?

Why There are 6 Types of Lightroom Previews and How to Use Them

Note: If you want to be competent at editing photos and showing them to others, be it Facebook, Instagram, going to Boots and using their print kiosk, sending your images to an online print service, entering a photo competition, entering club competitions etc etc etc. You should start to at least begin to understand this topic. Rather than rely on blind luck.

Why? This, in part,  is what determines whether what you see on the screen in Affinity Photo (Photoshop, Lightroom, etc)  looks the same on the Club projector,  printed or viewed on social media.

However, this is the most complex, most difficult to understand subject you will probably come across in photography. I have been trying to learn this for over 5 years and still struggle. In a very bad analogy:

  •  In the content above, we learn, what is a car,
  • As we progress from “my image doesn’t look the same on my monitor as the club projector or Zoom” to I’m a commercial photographer who regularly has the front cover of Vogue or National Geographic. Or  I create Gallery quality prints that sell for thousands of pounds. Then you need to learn:
  • What do all the pedals, knobs and switches do,
  • Driving on the road,
  • How to pass your driving test.
  • How to strip an engine and gearbox, repair it and put it back together again
  • How to performance tune a racing car

Ø  You can get the Raw Image provided by Robin Whalley, to follow along with his tutorials, at the following link:     NOTE: this is a large file  (50MB)

Many photographers don’t protect their photos. Ok, you can’t prevent people from nicking your pics when they are on the web, but at least by putting a notice up you may deter a useful percentage. Rather than adding an ugly stamp across the front of your photos, you can also use the photo’s metadata to add a copyright notice.

Rights Usage Terms for Photographs

One image, 2 editors… why does are the resulting images different? I’ve compared the calibration algorithms in Adobe Lightroom and Capture One and the results are extremely interesting. To understand the resulting photos, you have to understand a few things about RAW format and how it is interpreted.

Adobe Lightroom has been the market-leading software for image editing for what seems like forever. But we are entering a time where we actually have choices and depending on your priorities as a photographer you can choose what image editor works best for the photography you make.

What you DON’T know about RAW image files :: Lightroom vs Capture One

Create Your Triage Process

  • Create your   Smart Collection In Lightroom called “Portfolio Editing Stage 1” or “Photo Triage Stage 1”
  • Rule 1 – Label equals Yellow
  • Rule 2 – Rating equals one star
  • Match – All



Add the images from Wednesdays photo critique – give each image 1 star, Keyboard Shortcut:  1    |  and set the colour label to Yellow , Keyboard Shortcut:  7

Start looking through your images, identify those you think will make a club photography photo and give them 1 star and set the label to Yellow.

In this presentation, Tim Grey discusses strategy and workflow tips for adding keywords to the metadata for your photos. This presentation is part of the GreyLearning Webinar Series sponsored by Tamron USA, featuring free webinars on a variety of subjects of interest to photographers. The live presentation was on December 3, 2019.