Adobe Lightroom Classic CC & CC: Photo Editing Masterclass
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Adobe Lightroom Classic CC & CC: Photo Editing Masterclass

Your complete guide to editing beautiful photos in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC and Adobe Lightroom CC, both versions!
4.4 (6,028 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
54,865 students enrolled
Last updated 3/2019
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  • 10 hours on-demand video
  • 5 articles
  • 90 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • 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
  • Make your photos look the same across all devices including mobile, desktop, tablets, etc.
  • Use Lightroom CC on desktop and mobile
  • Take raw images on your mobile and edit them on your desktop without cables or hard drives
  • Organize your photos so you never lose another image
  • Learn to store your images on the cloud
  • Backup your images so you never worry about losing pictures
  • Create a stunning portfolio site
  • PC, Mac, or Mobile Device
  • Lightroom CC
  • Have a mobile (if you want to take pictures and edit on mobile with Lightroom)

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 Classic CC (formerly Lightroom CC) and Adobe Lightroom CC today!

The only class you'll find that covers Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, Adobe Lightroom CC, and Adobe Lightroom CC on mobile - it's totally comprehensive and the only Lightroom class you'll ever need.

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, Lightroom Classic CC, or Lightroom on mobile 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

Who this course is for:
  • Any photographer - beginner or advanced
  • Anyone who wants to make their photos look better
  • Wedding and portrait photographers
  • Landscape photographer
  • Photo retouchers
  • Portrait photographers
Course content
Expand all 96 lectures 10:04:45
+ Introduction
6 lectures 15:01

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

Preview 04:08

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.

Preview 01:01
Join the Official Student Photography Group

Good news, this course covers both Adobe Lightroom classic and Adobe Lightroom cc. Find out what that means and why it's important in this introductory video.

You get both Lightroom Classic CC and Lightroom CC in this course

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!

Preview 07:13
+ Lightroom Library & Organization
6 lectures 27:27

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.

Preview 06:41

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

Preview 03:43

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

Preview 04:23

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

Ranking Photos

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

Face Tagging Photos

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

Check For Learning
4 questions
Get More Photography Resources & Tips
+ Edit Your Photos
24 lectures 02:36:21

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!

Editing Your Images... Complete Section In 5 Minutes!

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!

Crop & Rotate

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.  

Before and After "\"
How to find the photo for assignment one which is next
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.
Adjusting Tone
1 question

Use a raw image (DNG) and follow along as we create a custom white balance

White balance with raw images
Edit the white balance and post your image
Raw white balance assignment
1 question

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.  

White Balance Adjustments

Download and unzip the zip file in additional resources

Uploading an entire folder of images to Adobe Lightroom cloud

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.

Clarity, Vibrance and Saturation

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.  

Tone Curve
Let's take a quick break and learn how to fix exposure in an image.
Fix Exposure
1 question

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

Great Work!

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.

HSL Panel

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.

Split Toning

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.    

Details Panel

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.  

Remove All Noise For Your Best Images
Lens correction updated lecture with raw file

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.

Lens Correction
Lens Correction Assignment with Raw Image Solution
Apply lens correction to the image supplied in this assignment (it's the same image you used in the lecture on lens correction with raw image)
Lens Correction Assignment with Raw Image
1 question

Adobe updated camera calibration and process versions - in response here is an updated lecture to explain the changes and how you as an editor should respond.  Included is a downloadable zip file with a raw image.

Update 2018 Oct release of calibration and process versions 1 through 5

Update about Adobe Lightroom Camera Calibration

Camera Calibration Update Note

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.  

Camera Calibration The way it use to be

Learn how to make photos look the same on your computer and phone. 

How to make your colors look the same across all devices (including mobile)

Check for learning on the Basic section of Lightroom

Check For Learning
5 questions

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

Tone Activity. Learn By Doing
+ Edit just Parts of Your Photos
5 lectures 21:22

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).

Local Adjustment Brush
Practice using the adjustment brush to make this landscape photo pop!
Adjustment Brushes
1 question

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.

Radial Filter

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

Graduated Filters

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

Spot Removal

Learn how to use the range masks to specify where you make photo adjustments.

Lightroom Classic CC Update: Range Masks

Time for a quick check on learning

Check for learning
3 questions
+ Saving and Exporting Photos
2 lectures 13:12

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

Export Photos from Lightroom

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

Save Photos with a Watermark

Let's pause for a quick check for learning.

Check For Learning
2 questions
+ Lightroom Editing Sessions - Putting it all Together
10 lectures 01:01:58

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

Way To Go

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

Edit a Landscape Photo With the Moon, Sunset, and Trees

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.  

Edit a Dark and Bright Landscape of A Road To Balance Tone

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.

Edit a Flash Photo With a Boy Sky and Beach

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.  

Edit a Group Flash Photo With a Golden Sky

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.  

Edit a Portrait With Natural Light To Get a More Cinematic Look

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.  

Create a Brand or Corporate Image By Matching a Websites Color With Lightroom

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

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!
Create a Panorama
1 question

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

Removing Noise from a Dark Image

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

Let's Workup Your First Image
+ Lightroom CC
13 lectures 01:16:08

Introductory lecture for Lightroom CC including 25 high resolution files.

Welcome to Lightroom CC

Let's explore Lightroom CC and understand how it's different than Lightroom Classic CC

What is Lightroom CC

Let's import our first round if images in Lightroom CC

Importing images in LIghtroom CC

Learn to create albums and folders and to organize your images effectively

Albums and images in Lightroom CC

Learn to rate and sort images and Adobe Lightroom cc

Ratings and sorting in Lightroom CC

Learn to edit images to get the best from each image you take. Learn to create a masterpiece using Adobe Lightroom cc tools.

Editing in Lightroom CC

More tips on editing in my room

Editing part 2 in Lightroom CC

Learn to crop so that your image looks straight and exactly the way you envisioned it

Cropping in Lightroom CC

Learn to heal and clone using the most advanced techniques available to photographers today

Healing in Lightroom CC

Learn brush tool adjustments in Lightroom cc so that you can make local adjustments effectively

Brush tool adjustments in Lightroom CC

Learn to use the linear gradient tool so that you can make local adjustments with the linear gradient technique

Linear gradient adjustments in Lightroom CC

Learn radial gradient techniques so you can make your images come to life

Radial Gradient adjustments in Lightroom CC
Lightroom on the Web
Learn to edit, keel, crop, and share images with Adobe Lightroom cc
Lightroom CC HD Image Editing Assignments - Light Bulb Image
1 question
+ Editing Photos with Lightroom Mobile
4 lectures 24:59

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.  

Intro to Lightroom Mobile

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.

Syncing Lightroom Mobile

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.  

Editing Your Photos using Lightroom Mobile

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.  

Using Lightroom Mobile for Organizing Photos

Time for a quick check for learning.

Check For Learning
3 questions
+ Using Lightroom Presets
3 lectures 13:34

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.

Darken Skies and Lighten Subjects With Selective Adjustments

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

What are Lightroom Presets? And How to Create a Preset

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

How to Download and Install Presets

Time for a check for learning

Check for learning
2 questions
+ Editing Portraits in Lightroom
7 lectures 26:44

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

Yeah! You're Almost There

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

Make Eyes and Teeth Whiter

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

Remove Red Eye in Lightroom

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

Softening Skin

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

Removing Pimples and Wrinkles

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!" 

Learn How to Sort, Filter, View, Edit, Export, Store, and Share Images Fast!

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