Posts in Category "Lightroom"

Getting Started with Lightroom 5

If you are new to Lightroom and want a quick start, here is a new set of video tutorials by George Jardine. Included are tutorial files that you can download and use to follow along.

How to manage all your photos with Lightroom

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For more Lightroom tutorials on Adobe TV, see Learn Lightroom 5.  See George’s blog for Lightroom insights and full training courses.

Creating a photo calendar

Robert Rodriquez Jr. is a landscape and nature photographer based in New York’s Hudson Valley. Robert is also a great teacher and shares his passion and expertise in his Beyond the Lens blog.

In this post, How I Make and Sell My Yearly Photo CalendarRobert shows how he created his 2014 calendar using Lightroom, Photoshop and InDesign.


New Lightroom 5 video tutorials

Looking for Lightroom 5 tutorials?  We’ve assembled a collection of over 70 video tutorials to help you get started and learn fundamental tasks and concepts. The videos are made available from courses at Infinite Skills,, Kelby Training, and Adobe Press. Visit these video training providers for complete courses on Lightroom 5.

The following videos were recently added to the show.

The Book Module
How to generate smart previews
Applying more flexible and precise retouching
Introducing the Radial filter
Creating custom page templates
Building a slideshow with still images and video files
Customizing the grid and guide overlays
Advanced Healing Brush and Visualization tool
Smart Previews in Lightroom 5
Automatically leveling your photographs with Upright
Lens corrections in Lightroom 5
Placing photos into books
Page Layout freedom
Converting to Black and White
Applying changes to other photos
Edit in Photoshop
Sharing photos to Facebook
Creating a slideshow
Exporting images
Library module workspace
File renaming options
Printing photos
Portrait touch up in Lightroom 5
Working with panels and Lights Out
Managing and using plugins in Lightroom
Modifying black-and-white tones with the Grayscale panel

It Pays to Share Your Knowledge

Recently, Adobe ran a contest called “No App Is an Island”. We asked you to submit an original text or video tutorial that explains how you use two or more Adobe apps together.

We had a great time reading and watching the entries, and we’ve now chosen the winners. The Grand Prize—a year’s subscription to the Creative Cloud, worth almost $600—goes to Theo Lipfert, an award-winning filmmaker who is also Associate Professor in the School of Film and Photography at Montana State University, Bozeman. His entry garnered praise for its simple workflow that could be adapted to many animation projects:

Howard Pinsky submitted a close contender for the grand prize. He’ll get a $100 gift card to for his how-to on getting the most out of a photo:

The other winners include Jason Anderson (“Complete Map-Making Workflow”), Sara Frances (“Photo Effects and Filters”), Mike Gentilini (“Customizable Twitter and Facebook Logo Videos”), Kirk Nelson (“Create Cool Pie Charts”), and Kelly Vaughn (“Acrobat Highlighters that Don’t Require Recognizable Text”). Theo Lipfert was also recognized for two additional entries: “Using Lightroom as a CinemaDNG importer for After Effects” and “CinemaDNG Round Tripping Between After Effects and Premiere Pro”.

All of these entries will appear in several places in the Adobe universe in the upcoming year.

Thank you to everyone who participated, and congratulations to the winners!

Speed up Lightroom

If Lightroom is running a little slow for you, a hardware, preference setting, or workflow change might improve performance.

Check out Lightroom Performance Hints.

The Lightroom team is always looking for specific performance issues and coming up with fixes. The most important performance tip is to check for updates. In Lightroom choose Help > Check for Updates.

Create a photo book in Lightroom 4

This is the time of year many of us think about creating a photo book to give to family and friends. If you are using Lightroom 4, try the Book module to lay out your book and upload it to the Blurb book printing service.

The book module is covered in the Adobe Lightroom 4 Classroom in a Book. Peachpit press has provided the detailed book lesson free on their web site. See Creating a Photo Book in Lightroom 4. You’ll need to follow along using your photos rather that the tutorial files, but you’ll end up with a book of your own. Skip the instructions about importing the tutorial files and put the photos you want to use into a collection.

Tip for tablet users: View the lesson article on your iPad or other tablet device as you follow along in Lightroom.

Video tutorials

If you are looking for a quick start to the Book module, I recommend Julieanne Kost’s video:

Book Module Basics

When you are done with that, Julieanne has 2 more videos on the book module.

Modifying Book Layouts
Advanced Book Features

Posting a Web Photo Gallery to Your Website

If you are having trouble getting your web gallery posted from Lightroom, watch this video from Tim Grey. He walks through the Lightroom FTP settings and provides tips on the type of information you’ll need from your internet provider.

Posting a Web Photo Gallery to Your Website

See more free videos from video2brain photography and Lightroom 4 courses.

Photoshop Lightroom 4 articles

Peachpit Press posted several free Lightroom 4 articles. Here are a few highlights.

By Dan Moughamian:

• Tips on getting the most out of the new Process Version 2012 image controls.

• Learn about new Adjustment brush controls to make corrections to specific areas of a photo.

From Martin Evening’s excellent Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Book.

• Importing photos into Lightroom 4.

Reading tip: Click the Print button on the article page to display an HTML page that contains the entire article.

Visit the Peachpit Lightroom 4 page for more book excerpts and videos.

Where the heck is Fill Light?

If you upgraded to Lightroom 4 and imported some new images, you might be a bit perplexed with the Develop module’s Basic controls. Fill Light, Recovery, and the Brightness sliders are gone.

Here is an explanation in the Lightroom Journal:

Julieanne Kost goes into detail in this video:

The Lightroom Queen, Victoria Bampton, provides a quick insight in how to think about these new controls:

By the way, if your question is: Where are these new controls? They are right there in the Basic panel, but you need to convert your image to Process Version 2012. Click the ! icon in the lower right of the image area. Julieanne discuss this in her video.

Lightroom 4 video tutorials

Lightroom 4 is shipping!  Here are some videos to get you going.

What’s New

In-depth look at the new Lightroom 4 features by Julieanne Kost:

The NAPP overview of Lightroom 4 new features:

Laura Shoe has a video overview of what is new.

Laura’s blog is sure to have more info coming.

Getting started with Lightroom or need a refresher?

In this series, Julieanne Kost takes you through in-depth tutorials to learn Lightroom 4.

The official Lightroom Help and Support page

Got a question? Try asking the Lightroom experts in the Lightroom forum.