Adobe Lightroom 4 & 5 post-processing work flow for everyone
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Adobe Lightroom 4 & 5 post-processing work flow for everyone

Spend more time shooting by learning to efficiently import, rate, correct, edit, and output your photos with Lightroom.
4.7 (5 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
173 students enrolled
Created by John Hoeft
Last updated 1/2015
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What Will I Learn?
  • Learn how to quickly process digital images in Adobe Lightroom 4 or 5 and turn good images in to great photographs
  • Learn how to Import images into Lightroom in an efficient and organized manner
  • Learn how to output digital images in an efficient manner for delivery to family, friends, or clients
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  • Have a copy of Lightroom 4 or 5 installed on thier computer
  • Have a mouse or other pointing device
  • Have the ability to import images in to their computer

This course is for anyone who has Lightroom or is interested in using Lightroom as part of their post processing work flow for their digital photos. If you take a lot of photos then you know how important a organized work flow is. The quicker you can finish turning good images in to great photographs the more time you can spend on other things.

This course will cover:

  • Importing your photos into Lightroom
  • Narrowing your photos down to the ones that need to be worked on
  • Quickly processing the photos in Adobe Lightroom
  • Outputting the photos for delivery to family, friends, or clients

Time is everything and this course covers the work flow that I developed over the years. When I was doing event photography I would often shoot 6,000+ images in a day and have to process and post them within 5 days for client purchase. Due to these requirements I developed a work flow to meet the objective of being able to quickly process and post my images.I was initially using Photoshop and then moved to Lightroom. I saw an immediate improvement in the time needed to complete my image processing. As I moved from using Lightroom version 1 to now Lightroom version 5 it has evolved in to what I am presenting in this course. I now do over 90% of my image processing in Lightroom

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who has Lightroom 4 or 5 or is thinking about using it.
  • Anyone who is interested in how using Lightroom can speed up thier post processing and output workflow
  • Anyone who wants to improve their work flow and spend more time taking pictures and less time processing them.
  • Anyone who has problems with getting great results from their portraits of people and wants to see how to quickly turn a good image into a great photograph
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Curriculum For This Course
18 Lectures
Introduction and Overview
1 Lecture 02:21

Instructor introduction, brief overview of the course, and the importance of an efficient work flow.

Preview 02:21
Setting up Lightroom
1 Lecture 03:44

I will cover my default settings for Lightroom and make some suggestions for changes to improve your workflow.

Preview 03:44
Importing and Initial Image Adjustments
5 Lectures 40:03

I will cover getting your images into Lightroom so you can work on them.

Importing your images

Now that your images are in Lightroom this is the first Lightroom module that I will be covering with as I prepare to narrow down the number of images I need to work on. I will cover image tagging and other features of the library module.

Preview 04:49

Having a consistent system for rating your images is an important part of an efficient work flow. I will cover the rating systems that I use and why it has enabled me to have a more efficient work flow in Lightroom.

Rating your images

The Develop module is where I start processing the images. I will cover where everything used during my work flow is and how to use it.

Develop Module

In this lecture I will cover how to quickly get all of the global image adjustments done in a very quick and efficient manner.

Processing the first image
Individual Image Adjustments
5 Lectures 52:09

In this lecture I will cover how to make adjustments to one image and then apply those changes to multiple images. This is key to really speeding up the post-production workflow.

Initial adjustments of the selected images

Spot removal is a key component of creating great images. In this lecture I will cover how to quickly perform spot removal on images.

Spot Removal

Skin softening. if done correctly; is a way to make a good image great. I will cover a quick and easy method for applying this adjustment to you images and still maintain a very natural look to your final images.

Skin Softening

One of the most powerful and versatile tools in the Lightroom bag of tricks for post processing is the adjustment brush. I will cover how to use them to quickly transform your images.

Adjustment Brushes

  • Cropping and straightening your images is an essential task in making great images.
  • Cropping and rotating your images can really change the look and feel of an image. A tilted horizon can easily be corrected and empty space quickly removed.
Cropping and image rotation and straightening
Image Variations and Output
3 Lectures 20:41

Now that the processing of the images is done I will cover how to create “virtual” copies of your images that will allow me to add a bit of artistic flair to my images without losing the progress on my completed images.

Creating Virtual Copies

Now that I have turned good images in to some great photographs I need to output them for print, web, or soft copy delivery.

Exporting your images

I will cover how to use the built-in Lightroom filters to quickly create additional image options for your clients and yourself without losing any progress on images already processed.

Lightroom filters
Course Review and Wrap Up
3 Lectures 19:30

A quick review of what we have covered in this course as well as a discussion on how the rating system I have discussed in this course will really help you to be able to sort, organize, and use your images in the future.

Review, wrap up, and next steps

I have included a PDF of the workflow for you to follow along with off-line when you are processing your images. I will also show you how to create your own presets and have included two presets to get you started. Just for fun I will cover branding your Lightroom with your own logo or studio name.

Bonus materials

Overview of the differances between LR 4 and LR 5 as it pertains to this work flow tutorial.

Lightroom 4 versus 5
About the Instructor
John Hoeft
4.3 Average rating
21 Reviews
452 Students
2 Courses
Photographer / Instructor

I have been hooked on photography for over 30+ years. For the last 9 years I have been shooting professionally. I enjoy shooting fashion, glamor, travel, and portrait photography. I also conduct live workshops when my schedule allows.

In the typical left brain / right brain way of separating people I have found that there are two generally two types of successful photographers. Artistic photographers that see the image before they take it and Technical photographers that right away spot the challenge that a scene will present and formulate a plan to best capture that scene. There are of course hybrids of these two as I believe we are all trying to be masters of both in today's digital photography age. I tend to be a more technical photographer that is always looking to improve my artistic side of my passion. I have worked with a number of students that struggle sometimes with the ever evolving technology that is digital photography today. I believe this is one of the places I really enjoy being more of a technical photographer as it allows me to share my knowledge in a way that can better help them achieve their vision. I really enjoy conveying what I have learned to other people through my live workshop and now through my online courses.

I am a long time shooter of Canon cameras but have also realized long ago that it is nothing more than a tool and like any tool in the right hands it can do magic. So as far as camera brands go I am agnostic and believe it is more the person behind the camera that makes the difference between images and art.