Lightroom Essentials: Everything you need to know

Master Adobe's Lightroom photo editing and organising application, with emphasis on editing images.
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  • Lectures 37
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 12/2013 English

Course Description

This course will take you through everything you need to know about Adobe's Lightroom software, with particular emphasis on the develop module - the module where you edit and adjust your images.

This course is a combination of video with comprehensive notes in PDF format as well as exercise files so you can follow along and do the edits yourself - so you'll be learning by doing.

The course focuses on the most useful commands, the best practices, and how to bring your images to life.

What are the requirements?

  • Adobe Lightroom Version 5 (version 4 is also OK)
  • No previous knowledge required

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of this course you'll have a solid general knowledge or Lightroom, but more importantly you should be able to really enhance all your images.

Who is the target audience?

  • professional and amateur photogrphers
  • no previous knowledge required

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, Fundamentals and the Interface
3 pages

Here's how to get your photos into Lightroom

Lightroom vs. Bridge and the Library Analogy

What is a catalogue in Lightroom?

A catalogue is what Lightroom does.


If you don't back up you're asking for disaster!

1 page

A comparison between Aperture and Lightroom - two packages that do the same job.

Section 2: The Interface
4 pages

Here's a quick overview of the Lightroom interface.

IMPORTANT TIP for viewing these video tutorials....

How best to view while you work.


Solo will make it easier to see what controls yo are using. Quick Develop is a set of Presets.

3 pages

How to keep your photos organised and search through them.


Keywords will make it so much easier to keep track of all your images.


Metadata is all the information that Lightroom can read from your images - the date the shot was taken, the camera settings and so forth.

Shortcuts will show you how best to learn the shortcuts in Lightroom.

Section 3: The Develop Module

The most important adjustment is exposure - but it's not just one simple slider!


This time we're working on an image that is already reasonable, but bringing it to life.


In this session we have a night scene that has some minor problems.


This is your first assignment - an image to work through by yourself!

If you want to get certified for your Lightroom skills, look on the OPI web site...

When you have finished this course you have the option to sign up for an exam (at an additional cost). To do the exam you'll be working on a set of images that you'll need to adjust and export - pretty much like the assignment projects in this course, except that you'll send your work in and get feedback from the grading panel as to what you did well or not-so-well. Each exam you pass takes you closer to earning the OPI Diploma in Photography.


We'll work on this image in black and white to better understand the underlying structure.


This night scene requires noise reduction.


Having been working in black and white, this time we'll add some colour back in!


Here's your next assignment...


In this session we'll learn how to bring our the textures in the paintwork of this old car.


Here we'll really get to grips with making the colours pop!


This time we're going to apply colour selectively.


The next assingment for you to work through.


The tools we'll use for retouching can be used in all sorts of other images.


A second retouching exercise.


An assignment to test your ability to take the methods you've learned in the previous two sessions and apply them to a differnt sort of portrait. This is the last assignment in the course.

Section 4: Getting Images out of Lightroom

Lightroom has lots of options for exporting your images.


Learn how to use Soft Proofing so that you images print out the way you expect them to.


Here we cover the options around the print dialogues.


Using Lightroom to make a photobook to be published as a PDF or by


What the Map module reveals to us.


A quick introduction to the web module.


Making a slideshow in Lightroom

Section 5: Wrap up
Wrap Up

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Instructor Biography

Phil Davison, Online Photo Institute

Phil has been a photographer and filmmaker for more than 30 years, starting in the 1980s doing commercial photography, but always pursuing photography as an art form. Phil has been teaching photography and filmmaking at Otago University and the Southern Institute of Technology for the last decade. He is an Associate of the Photographic Society of New Zealand. Recently his film 'Ghost TV' was nominated at the New Zealand Film Awards. Phil is the founder of the Online Photo institute.

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