Adobe Lightroom CC: Photo Editing Masterclass

Your complete guide to editing beautiful photos in Adobe Lightroom!
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  • Lectures 69
  • Length 7 hours
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Published 9/2016 English

Course Description

Do you want your photos to look better… to look amazing?

Do you want to learn the world’s most powerful and efficient editing application, used by professional photographers?

If so, you’re in the right place - and we’re happy to have you here!

It's great to have you here. WE LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY and PHOTO EDITING!

Maybe you're an amateur photographer who has done a little bit of photo editing, or maybe you have quite a bit of photo editing experience. Either way, we've made this course to help you make images that matter.

Start editing photos in Adobe Lightroom today!

You've always wanted to learn how to easily edit your photos. Lightroom is the perfect tool for you. It's robust, yet intuitive. This course will teach you everything you to start photo editing today. 


  • MP3 downloads for all editing lessons to follow along or listen on the go
  • Practice photos to edit with us
  • Adjustment brush presets for specific-use projects

What makes us qualified to teach you?

We are Phil Ebiner and Jon Haase, and we've been using Adobe Lightroom for over a decade. We are professional portrait and wedding photographers. We run photo studios. And our photos have been featured in major publications.

Plus, the creators of some of the world's most popular photography courses - with over 150,000 students and thousands of 5-star reviews like these ones:

My first LR course, well organized and easy to follow! - Ana Toli

I am an absolute beginner. This course gave me every tool I needed to edit my photos....5 Stars! - Jim King

I loved this course, I've used Lightroom for a little while now, but have always used presets to edit my photos. After viewing this course I can now edit my photos to exactly the way I like them. - Linda


We'll be here for you every step of the way. If you have any questions about the course content or anything related to this topic, you can always post a question in the course or send me a direct message. 

We want to make this the best course on how use Adobe Lightroom. So if there is any way we can improve this course, just tell us and we'll make it happen.


Whether you are using Lightroom CC or a previous version, this course will teach you how to use the program to its fullest potential.

When you are done with this course, you’ll be able to edit your photos in Lightroom like a pro. You’ll be able to set up Lightroom so it will run its best saving you hours of frustration and you’ll have the confidence that you’re not going to lose your images.

You’ll also be able to professionally retouch images and you’ll spend less time doing it with pro Lightroom tips and tricks.  You’ll also be able to do pro camera calibration and custom white balance corrections, a remarkably powerful advanced one button correction.

We’ll do this by covering Lightroom setup and configuration, exposure adjustments, adding drama through clarity, mastering Lightroom presets, covering top Lightroom plugins, organizing images in Lightroom for Mobile, editing in Lightroom for Mobile, recovering details in shadows, how to edit a landscape photo, how to retouch a portrait, and much more.

Make your photos shine with this great course.

Each lesson is available for download, so you can take it with you wherever you go.


  • Navigating the Lightroom application
  • Importing and organizing photos - including face tagging and ranking
  • Using basic editing tools to fix photo problems like crop, white balance, and exposure
  • Editing with advanced techniques
  • Improving portraits and photos of people
  • Using Lightroom Mobile to edit on the go
  • Setting up Lightroom to run efficiently
  • Exporting photos and adding watermarks
  • and so much more!

With our 30-day 100% money back guarantee, there is nothing holding you back from jumping in right now and trying the course out.

Go ahead and click the enroll button, and we'll see you in lesson 1!


Phil & Jon

What are the requirements?

  • PC, Mac, or Mobile Device
  • Lightroom CC

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Edit photos the way you imagine, making them matter more!
  • Master the Lightroom workflow, just like a pro photographer
  • Improve photos, fixing any mistakes from your shoots
  • Understand the most important tools in Lightroom
  • Set up Lightroom to run efficiently

Who is the target audience?

  • Any photographer - beginner or advanced
  • Anyone who wants to make their photos look better
  • Wedding and portrait photographers

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

Welcome to the course! In this video, you'll learn what this course is all about and what to expect in the next lessons.


This is my story as a photographer and retoucher.  Here's what I love about Lightroom and why I always use it.  It's the only tool that lets me deliver hundreds of images to happy clients.  Let me explain.


As an added bonus to the course, we'd like to give you downloadable mp3 files for all of the editing lessons. This may help if you'd like to just listen while you practice editing, or just listening on the go! 


Welcome to a fun lesson in the Adobe Lightroom course! We're going to dive right in and learn the basics of Adobe Lightroom. Get ready! Let's go!

Section 2: Lightroom Library & Organization

In this lesson, you'll learn how to navigate the Adobe Lightroom program. We'll cover the main modules (library and development) and the file menus.


In this lesson of the Lightroom course, you'll learn how to import photos into Adobe Lightroom.


In this lesson of the Lightroom course, you'll learn how to create a collection of photos to help organize your photos.


In this lesson of the Lightroom course, you'll learn how to rank photos with 1 to 5 stars, flag photos, and label photos.


In this lesson of the Lightroom course, you'll learn how to use Lightroom's face tagging feature.

4 questions

Let's do a quick check for learning with a short quiz.  

Section 3: Edit Your Photos

Let's jump right in!  In this fast lesson I'll give you an overview of everything you'll probably need.  In the following lessons we'll slow down and go one function at a time.  If you're already a Lightroom ninja, you can watch this lesson to get a brief refresher.  If you're new to Lightroom, then just enjoy this lesson an don't worry about mastering each adjustment.  The next lessons will let us slow down and cover everything in detail.  By the time you're done with this 4:59 lesson you'll have been exposed to the features I use most in Lightroom.  You'll be able to navigate through these features and know which features you'll want to use on your images.  Let's go!


Adobe Lightroom Crop and Straighten: Have you ever had a pic that wasn't straight?  It's the worst.  You spend all this time trying to get it straight and you always feel like your guessing.  Stop guessing and see how you can nail it.  Get perfectly straight horizons in no time flat with a few simple tricks and tips.  You'll also see how you can set and hold aspect ratios as you crop out unwanted parts of each image.  You'll love how quickly and easily you'll be able to get the perfect composition after you're done with this 10:38 lesson.  I promise, you'll learn something new so don't skip it!


Adobe Lightroom Tone: What do you think the single most important feature in Lightroom is?  I think it's tone.  Tone let's you really take creative control of your image. The tone refers to the Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, Whites, and Blacks.  Don't use the auto button, take create control of you images.  The best part?  You can correct one image then apply that correction to an entire batch saving you time and energy.  You won't want to miss this fast but complete session on Tone in Adobe Lightroom.  

It's time to take action! Download the practice photo, and try to match the contrast and exposure using just the tone sliders learned in the previous lesson.

Adobe Lightroom White Balance: It's the first step to any professional image.  The white balance of an image is how warm or cool the image is.  Warm images are yellower and cooler images are bluer. There is a simple slider as well as a dialog box in Adobe LIghtroom that lets you adjust this key adjustment.  You can also select an eye dropper located next to WB and click in the image.  There's a dialog box that let's you auto dismiss and show loop.  You can use these features if you're spending a lot of time white balancing.  We'll show you how to move through the process quickly.  

Hint, hint... it's a grey card.  You'll learn how to use it by hitting the W key then clicking on your grey card.  Don't have a grey card?  Open Photoshop, create a new document, click edit-fill, contents-color, enter S:0 B82, click OK, print.  Congratulations, you've got a free 18% grey card.  


Adobe Lightroom Presence: Find out what clarity does and when you want more clarity and when you want less.  Vibrance is different than saturation and it's a better tool in many situations.  Vibrance lets you adjust the intensity of color for just those colors that are less intense.  Saturation, on the other hand, makes a more global adjustment to color intensity.  That means it makes a color adjustment to all the colors which can lead to some unflattering and unnatural colors in your image.  That's why I prefer vibrance.  Decrease clarity to make this look like a soft painting, increase clarity to give images a grungy sort of punch.


Tone Curve in Adobe Lightroom: The tone curve is another intermediate way to adjust the tone.  You can select from several different ways to interact with the curve from preset zones, to independent points.  The zones are better for simple, minor adjustments.  Using the independent points is a more advanced and powerful way to adjust tone, but you can get hideous results if you make adjustments that are too extreme.  In this lesson you'll learn the tone curve and by the time we're done you'll be able to use that curve in several different ways to adjust your exposure.  

Let's take a quick break and learn how to fix exposure in an image.

Congratulations, you're about 25% complete.  Keep it up, you're doing great!


Hue, Saturation, and Luminance in Lightroom.  This set of adjustments is perhaps one of the most advanced and powerful in all of Lightroom.  You can make selective adjustments to the hue, saturation, and luminance by adjusting these attributes for a given color range, or by clicking an area of a  pic and dragging up or down.  Why should you care?  You can finally make your skies bluer, darker, and more stunning with a very easy adjustment.  Want to change someone's shirt or dress color?  Here's the tool to do it.  Don't miss this powerful set of tools!  By the time you're done you'll be able to use the HSL panel to make creative and corrective adjustments in Lightroom.


Split Toning in Lightroom: Split toning is an adjustment that lets you color your highlights and your shadows separately.  Why would you want to do this?  Highlights should be warm (yellow) and your shadows should be cool (blue).  Instead of just making your entire image warmer (which would make your shadows warm).  I recommend you use split toning to warm up the highlights and cool the shadows.  It is a more accurate and realistic adjustment and will set you apart from most photographers who don't know about split toning.  By the time you're done with this 5:21 lesson you'll be able precisely apply split toning to get stunning and accurate colors in the bright and dark areas of your photo.


Details in Lightroom: The details panel in Lightroom lets you do two key things.  The first is the sharpen an image.  This is some very cool stuff.  The sharpening lets you pick how much sharpening (amount) and where to apply the sharpening (radius).  Set the radius to the left for portraits because that will give you softer, more flattering sharpening that works for portraits.  Slide radius to the right for landscapes or architectural photos.  Next up is noise.  Noise is either color noise (different colors where it should be a solid color) and luminance noise is where the color is uniform, but the brightness varies.  You can correct both independently in LIghtroom and it's so easy.  Adobe has done a great job making these corrections super fast and easy in Lightroom.  By the time you're done with this lesson you'll be able to make smart choices to sharpen and remove noise in your images.  Your images will look sharper and will have less noise.    


Noise, you know, those pesky artifacts in your image that create either 1. luminance or 2. color noise. No problem, in this lesson you'll see what both types of noise are and how you can remove both of them quickly and easily in Adobe Lightroom.  


Lens Correction in Lightroom: No lens is perfect, the good news is that you can correct your photos to remove the distortion (volume deformation) and chromatic aberrations (color artifacts) using the lens correction feature.  The good news?  Adobe makes is so easy.  Just select your make, model, and profile.  Lightroom is smart enough to handle the rest.  This feature doesn't do too much if you're shooting with a focal length of 100mm or above, but for lower focal lengths, especially 35mm and below, it's a very powerful correction.  When you're done with this lesson you'll be able to make lens corrections to your images.


Camera Calibration in Lightroom: Have you ever wondered why your images look different in Lightroom?  Why they don't match the back of your camera?  It's because your camera's profile doesn't match the profile Lightroom is applying.  So, what can you do?  Simple, apply your camera's profile right in Lightroom.  That's right, Lightroom can make your images look exactly like they did on the back of your camera.  Pretty cool! In this lesson you'll learn how to make your images look like they did on your camera by applying your cameras built in profiles in Lightroom.  

5 questions

Check for learning on the Basic section of Lightroom


It's time to put your new skills to work.  Let's do a practice activity to reinforce your new skills!

Section 4: Edit just Parts of Your Photos

In this lesson of the Lightroom course, you'll learn how to use the local adjustment brush to adjust just a portion of your photo (wherever you brush).

Practice using the adjustment brush to make this landscape photo pop!

In this lesson of the Lightroom course, you'll learn how to use the radial filter to edit just a portion of your video - inside or outside of a circle mask.


In this lesson of the Lightroom course, you'll learn how to editing just one side of your photos with graduated linear filters.


In this lesson of the Lightroom course, you'll learn how to remove blemishes in Lightroom.

3 questions

Time for a quick check on learning

Section 5: Saving and Exporting Photos

In this lesson of the Lightroom course, you'll learn how to save photos from Lightroom.


In this lesson of the Lightroom course, you'll learn how to add and edit watermarks for your photos.

2 questions

Let's pause for a quick check for learning.

Section 6: Lightroom Editing Sessions - Putting it all Together

You're half way through the course.  Keep it up!


Edit a landscape with a moon in Adobe Lightroom. Dark foregrounds and light backgrounds are a real challenge for photographers.  With great dynamic range in your modern cameras, how you can you bring that detail out?  In this 10:54 lesson you'll follow along as we deal with these challenges and more.  By the end of the lesson you'll be able to use the tools we've covered in this course to create a stunning landscape image.  We'll use some basic and intermediate editing techniques to make a great


In this lesson you'll follow along as we deal with a pretty clean horizon line and a dark road and bright sky.  Watch as we balance everything out using some simple Lightroom tricks.  By the time you're done with this lesson you'll have a better idea how to tie these tools together to create a great landscape.  


Editing an image with a flash can be tricky.  In this lesson we'll show you how you can edit a flash photo image and create depth and interest in you work.  By the time you're done you'll be able to make selective adjustments and create punchy outdoor portraits using flash.  It's a basic to intermediate edit appropriate for photographers who have made it this far in the course.


Here's another flash photo edit, this time with a group.  Follow along as you learn how to deal with bright, orange sunsets, flash lighting, and groups.  By the time you're done you'll know a few new tricks for group flash photo editing.  You'll also see how the skills you've learned can be used together.  


This is a naturally lit image that's going to get a more cinematic look.  Follow along as you see how we can turn a flat image into an elegant, cinematic style image.  You'll know how to color grade in Adobe Lightroom after you're done with this lesson.  You'll also know how to make stylist choices and create a strong mood and feel to your shots.  


In this 5:31 lesson you'll learn how to use Adobe Lightroom for branding or corporate images.  You'll learn how to match an existing websites color scheme with the HSL tool.  The result is an image that a business can use for branding and web use because all the colors and hues are consistent with their existing brand.  


In this lesson of the Lightroom course, you'll learn how to stitch together multiple photos right within Lightroom to create a panorama.

Practice stitching together three photos, then edit them however you please! Post your final image to the course so we can see your beautiful work!

In this lesson of the Lightroom course, we'll learn how to remove noise from a dark image.


Join me for another fun activity to reinforce your new ability!

Section 7: Editing Photos with Lightroom Mobile

Adobe Lightroom Mobile Introductory Lesson.  That's right!  Adobe has a mobile version of Lightroom.  Think it's just for viewing your collections?  Wrong!  It's a full photography, editing, and mobile sharing system.  It's an incredibly simple, powerful, and professional mobile editing system.  It also lets you sync between desktop and mobile across the cloud.  You can have your portfolio right on your phone so you can show people your work without having to download high resolution images on your phone or referring people to your website.  It's all your images in one place, always.  


Syncing in Lightroom Mobile.  In this 7:39 lesson you'll learn how to setup your Lightroom mobile to sync between your desktop and mobile.  Don't accidentally erase your images, follow along as we sync your photos.  See how to make, sync, and manage your images.  Don't worry, the desktop images aren't stored on your phone, they are just displayed on your phone.  It's all on the cloud and it's wonderful.  You'll thank Adobe after you see all the features they've packed into this system.


Editing in Adobe Lightroom Mobile.  Adobe Lightroom Mobile is a full mobile editing system.  It has great presets, powerful adjustments, and selective adjustments.  It has many of the features of the desktop version packed into your mobile device.  You can adjust exposure, contrast, filters, radial, and graduated filter adjustments and more.  You'll be amazed how powerful this great mobile editing software is.  Your mobile shots will never look better.  By the time you're done with this lesson you'll be able to perform basic and intermediate photo edits on your mobile using Adobe Lightroom.  


Organizing in Adobe Lightroom Mobile.  Create, organize, and master your collections in Adobe Lightroom Mobile.  The best part is everything you do on Mobile transfers to desktop and vice versa if you set it up properly.  By the time your done with this lesson you'll be able to organize and access your photos across all of your devices.  

3 questions

Time for a quick check for learning.

Section 8: Using Lightroom Presets

Many mobile images suffer from dark faces and bright backgrounds.  See how to fix both problems quickly and easily with a few bold Adobe Lightroom edits so your pics looks epic.


In this lesson of the Lightroom course, you'll learn how to use Lightroom presets.


In this lesson of the Lightroom course, you'll learn how to find free presets, download them, and install them.

2 questions

Time for a check for learning

Section 9: Editing Portraits in Lightroom

Way to go, you're about 75% complete.  You're almost done!


In this lesson of the Lightroom course, you'll learn how to brighter eyes and make teeth whiter.


In this lesson of the Lightroom course, you'll learn how to remove red-eye due to camera flash in Lightroom.


In this lesson of the Lightroom course, we'll learn how to quickly soften skin to make portraits look better!


In this lesson of the Lightroom course, you'll learn how to remove pimples and wrinkles in Lightroom.


After the cameras stopped rolling and I sent these images to my client... here's the result, "Thank you for the quick turn around!  We are going through photos now.  There are lots of great shots to choose from.  Thanks for such a great job!" 


In response to Molly's question about skin tones. Here is how I would fix this image's color temperature.

Section 10: Pro Lightroom Calibration and Organization

This is NOT a Lightroom lesson, this is a lesson on how to calibrate your monitor.  You see, if you have all the skills in the world, but don't calibrate your monitor you colors may always be off.  You should calibrate your monitor so your colors will always be true.  In this lesson you'll see how to calibrate your monitor so you can work in a color controlled workspace.  Your images will print better and share better after you've removed the color error from your monitor.


Get perfect colors by calibrating your camera and getting custom white balance.  This is an intermediate to advanced tutorial on how to get perfect calibration and colors every time.  You're photos will look better immediately if you incorporate this into your workflow.  Now more questions about white balance and tint.  By the time you're done with this lesson you'll know how to calibrate your camera and colors.  As a result, your image will be perfectly adjusted for color.


Tablets are a great way to make fine adjustments quickly.  In this lesson you'll learn which tablet to buy and how to use it.  By the time you're done you'll have a solid introduction to tablets and you can decide for yourself if you should get a tablet or not.  


A catalogue in Adobe Lightroom really is the magic.  It's how Adobe is able to make non-destructive edits to your image.  In this dense and theory packed lesson you'll see how catalogues work, how to setup your catalogues, and how to use catalogues to get the most from Adobe Lightroom. 

Section 11: Lightroom Plugins

Google NIK is a free, powerful Lightroom plugin.  It let's you make selective adjustments, sharpen, denoise, and much more.  In this introductory lesson you'll understand the basic features and functions in Google NIK so you can explore them with the confidence you know what you're doing.  By the time your done, you'll know how to raw pre sharpen, denoise, adjust luminance, adjust color, and output sharper.  As a result, you'll be able to create gallery quality proofs and prints with confidence.  I am happy to provide advanced and follow up tutorials if you've interested.  Just send me a message and I'll whip it together!

Section 12: Advanced Techniques With Brushes

Take your photo editing skills to the next level with using the adjustment brush to improve the details of your subject's eyes. 


Flat light isn't the best.  Faces should have subtle and flattering contours.  In this video we'll talk about how you can get flattering contours using some advanced custom brushes.  By the time we're done you'll be able to apply some natural contours to make faces look captivating. 

Enhance Eyes With A Tone Ring
Enhance Eye Hightlights
Whiten Eyes The Pro Way With This Great Trick

See how a few simple adjustments can make eyelashes and eyebrows have more contract, more sharpness, and more spring to them.  We'll make a custom brush and use it across two very different faces so you'll know how to make eyelashes and eyebrows look their best with a Lightroom brush.


Skin always needs a little bit of help evening out the tones and textures.  In this lesson you'll learn how to create smoother skin using custom Adobe Lightroom brushes.  The default brush is OK, but we'll make one that's a little better in this lesson.  


Learn to make blue eyed subjects look their best as you see how to create and use a custom Adobe Lightroom brush for blue eyes.

Section 13: Batch Processing B&W With Heal and Clone Adjustments

See how you can quickly and easily remove distracting objects in Lightroom.  See how to adjust the sampling area, the target area, and get the right feather for quick and effective edits.  You'll be ready to make your images distraction free when you're done.


Watch as we turn 55 images to beautiful black and white images with a few basic adjustments then a clever, time saving trick to adjust all of them just right.  At the end of this lesson we'll also do a few crops to get the images ready for publication.  You'll know how to effectively manage a workflow in Lightroom by the end of this lesson.

Section 14: Conclusion
Course Conclusion and Thank You

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Instructor Biography

Phil Ebiner, Best Selling Instructor, 200,000+ Students

My passion is inspiring people through online courses. I love learning new skills, and since 2012 have been teaching people like you everything I know. Through my online learning business, Video School Online, I create courses that teach you how to become the better version of yourself with all kinds of skills.

What would you like to learn?

Would you like to make money teaching online courses?

Would you like to build your own 6-figure business?

Would you like to learn motion graphics in After Effects?

Would you like to learn how to shoot & edit videos like a pro?

Would you like to take better photographs?

Would you like to design better presentations, create a great resume, colorize black & white photographs, brew beer, adopt a cat, edit photos in Lightroom, launch a freelance career?

If you want to do any of these things, just enroll in the course. You have a 30-day money back guarantee if you don't like it. And I'm always improving my courses so that they stay up to date and the best that they can be. Check them out, and enroll today!


I've always tried to live life presently and to the fullest. Some of the things I love to do in my spare time include mountain biking, nerding out on personal finance, traveling to new places, watching sports (huge baseball fan here!), and sharing meals with friends and family. Most days you can find me spending quality time with my lovely wife and our cat.

In 2011, I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television Production at Loyola Marymount University - one of the top 10 film schools in the country. While there, I was fortunate to make documentaries in Switzerland, Germany, Mexico, and India. After graduating, I worked at Participant Media shooting and editing short-form documentaries for their website TakePart. I followed that stint with a contract at Stanbridge College where I discovered online learning. I helped pioneer their online school there. Most recently, I spent 2 years working at University of California Berkeley with the media team. Throughout this time I built my Video School Online brand to teach others the skills that I have. In May of 2015, I left the 9-5 world to make my own path. Since then, I've made more money, worked fewer hours, and only have done the things I love each day.

I want to show you how to be a better creator, make money from your creations, and live the life you dreamed of.

Instructor Biography

Jon Haase, Commercial and Studio Photographer

Jon is a photographer who has worked with major corporations. He's also a passionate instructor.  His students range from novice photographers filled with passion to fellow professionals looking to sharpen their skills.  Jon has over 9,000 happy students.  

   Jon has been featured in both Popular Photography and Digital Photography School.  His work has been featured by Tamron.  

What can you expect when you take one of his courses?  First, get ready to make some fast initial gains.  You'll learn some tricks and tips so you'll see immediate progress.  Second, expect personal attention as all your questions are answered and you get feedback on every image you post.  Third, expect to have fun as you enjoy your passion.  

Jon also enjoys skydiving, road biking, SCUBA diving, and volunteer work.    

 Why not join me today and see what over 7,000 other students have discovered that has caused so many of them to return for class after classes.  

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