Photography Masterclass: The Adobe Lightroom Boot Camp
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Photography Masterclass: The Adobe Lightroom Boot Camp

The Complete Beginner's Guide to Learning the Lightroom Modules
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Created by David Miller
Last updated 9/2017
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • use each module of Adobe Lightroom to properly catalog, edit and finalize their photographs.
  • understand how the many functions of Adobe Lightroom could be relevant to the kind of work they want to produce.
  • have a much more rapid workflow to their photographic output than if they simply worked with Adobe Photoshop.
  • be able to utilize batch processing to make alterations to as many photos as possible at once.
  • do specialized functions like geotagging their images and make photo books.
  • develop their images with their own personal style as part of the process.
  • create custom filters, brushes, exporting options, and more.
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  • Students will need access to Adobe Lightroom and a set of images they want to work with.
  • Basic knowledge of photographic terms such as "exposure" is useful.

Adobe Lightroom is the industry standard for both maintaining a large digital photo library and editing images to achieve their full artistic potential.  Lightroom’s interface corresponds to an ideal workflow that makes sense to experienced darkroom photographers and digital creators just learning their tools.  The program is broken down into powerful modules – the Library, Develop, Map, Book, Slideshow, Print, and Web- and in this Lightroom Bootcamp, we tackle each one, exploring all the features and how they might be relevant to different kinds of photographers, no matter what genre or if its for commercial or purely artistic purposes. 

Students will learn:

…editing approaches that bring out the best in your photography

…how to retouch portraits and create classic epic landscapes

…how to create custom filters, brushes and other templates while getting the most out of Lightroom’s stock filters and brushes

…techniques for speeding up their workflow through the use of auto synchronization, virtual copies, and more

…how to combine multiple exposures for panoramic and HDR photography

…ideas for sequencing and creating layouts for photo books and prints

And much, much more. 

I’ve been using and teaching Lightroom for a decade, and in that time I’ve found it to be my go-to software for photo editing, organization and finishing. 

Who is the target audience?
  • This class is targeted towards people just beginning to work with Adobe Lightroom.
  • The class is also meant for the experienced photo editor who has only worked in Adobe Photoshop and is looking to speed up their workflow with a different program.
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Curriculum For This Course
48 Lectures
3 Lectures 06:14

Here we introduce key concepts of Adobe Lightroom and the structure of the class.

Preview 02:01

Here we describe Adobe's photography Creative Cloud plan and why photographers may prefer Lightroom over Photoshop as their primary photographic software.

Preview 01:33

We cover how Lightroom is divided into modules to accommodate workflow- the Library, Develop, Map, Slideshow, Book, Print and Web modules.

The Modules of Lightroom
The Library Module
9 Lectures 28:42

This is simply a general overview of our Library Module workspace.

Preview 01:50

In Lightroom, there's a bit more to Importing than simply bringing your images into the program.  We cover the various options and how you can do some of your basic metadata and develop batch processing right from this first step.

Importing Images

This is where we get used to how the panels operate and how they correspond to other photography tools we may already relate to.

The Library Module Panels

Once you've finished any development to an image, or simply want to send copies to social media or other people, we head over to the Export window to make our new photographic iterations.  Here we explore the various options in the Export window.

Exporting Options

Lightroom's Library module keeps a number of its primary functions in the center workspace, including orientation and rating.

The Center Panel Pt. 1

Continuing our discussion about the center panel options of Lightroom's Library module.

The Center Panel Pt. 2

Students will learn how to search all the various metadata choices within their Lightroom library to find exactly the images they are searching for, or to cross reference information.

Searching Your Library

Virtual copies are new iterations of your images that allow you to have alternate edits.  We'll cover how to make these and how they may be useful to a photographer.

Virtual Copies and Stacking

I show you how I import and catalog a new shoot, as well as using the optional editing functions while importing and how I synchronize metadata.

Putting It All Together
The Develop Module
16 Lectures 52:53

Photo editing can be fun but it can be trying if you don't have a direction to the process.  Here we lay out some of the basic strategies for editing and take a quick tour of our Develop module workspace.

Preview 03:11

This lesson covers the exposure tools of the Develop module including all highlight/ shadow tone correction controls, the histogram and clipping masks.

Preview 02:34

Here we cover white balance, hue, saturation and luminosity.

Color Controls

This section shows how the right panel controls can be used to emulate black and white film looks, and introduces the concept of the black and white presets in the left panel. 

Black and White Conversion

This section covers sharpening, clarity, and noise reduction in Lightroom's Develop module.

Detail Enhancements

Lens Corrections + Transformation

In this lesson we check out the grain and haze effects and I elaborate on why you would want to use or avoid these effects.

Grain + Haze FX

Adjustment Brushes

Creating A Custom Adjustment Brush

Adjustment Brush Options

Radial and Gradient Filters

The Red Eye Removal + Spotting Tool


Preset Filters

History + Syncing

Editing Offline or Via Lightroom Mobile
Portrait Retouching
6 Lectures 26:50

This is an actual editing session using photos I shot of a model for a jewelry designer.  This lesson shows the initial editing steps we take.

Preview 02:39

In this editing session I show you how I use the Adjustment Brush in Adobe Lightroom to smooth out skin and do specific exposure and clarity alterations.

Portrait Retouching 2-Adjustment Brush

Spotting is can be a lengthy process and it can be hard to determine where we should do it and to what degree.  Here I show you my strategies for spotting and how to make retouching look natural rather than heavy handed.

Portrait Retouching 3-Spotting 1

Here we continue our last lesson about spotting out flaws in a naturalistic way.

Portrait Retouching 4-Spotting 2

Lastly, we do some eye enhancement to make our model's eyes stand out in the photograph using the adjustment brush.

Portrait Retouching 5-Eye Enhancement

The Finishing Modules
9 Lectures 33:52
The Map Module

Here we get into Lightroom's Book Module, showing the association with the company Blurb and options within and without the program.

Preview 05:22

Here students will get into the layout tools of Lightroom's book module.

The Book Module 2

Students will learn some general design guidelines on how to be more creative with their image and text placement in layout.

The Book Module 3

In this lesson I describe the PDF generation process and steps you should take before publishing a book.

The Book Module 4

Here we get deep into the Slideshow module and determine how it's useful in contrast to the Book Module.

The Slideshow Module Pt. 1

Here we describe how to add music, how it affects the slides, and do a preview of our work.

The Slideshow Module Pt. 2

Here we explore the 3 main layout tools of the Print module and why a photographer might choose one over the other, as well as how to create saved prints that can be accessible at any time.

The Print Module

A Brief Word About the Wed Module
Appendix + Conclusion
5 Lectures 12:47
Appendix: Catalogs

In this lesson you'll see one of the specialized collections in Lightroom and how to pull still images from your videos.

Appendix: Working with Video #1

Here we cover trimming a video and creating video filters.

Appendix: Working with Video #2

Here we cover export settings for video available in Lightroom.

Appendix: Working with Video #3

Thanks to all students participating in this course- here's my final thoughts on the program as a whole!

Final thoughts

We've covered a lot of information- let's see how well you remember it!

Lightroom Quiz
15 questions
About the Instructor
David Miller
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Multimedia Artist

David was born in 1977 in Omaha, NE. He graduated with his BFA in Photography from Arizona State University in 2006, creating portrait series that reflected both the hyperkinetic films, games and comics of the 1980s and 1990s, as well as more humanist documentary work with Indigenous communities in America and Australia.

After ASU he became a teaching artist as well as exhibing around the Southwest/ West Coast and been published in numerous magazines such as Orion, View Camera, B+W/ Color, and others. In 2014 he was named as one of the top 100 Creatives of Arizona by New Times Magazine. He currently lives in Chandler with wife Vesna and 2 children, Patrick and Magdalena.