Lots of ways to learn Lightroom

I spend a large portion of my days helping people learn Lightroom in lots of different ways. I thought it would be useful to round them up a bit as we all have different learning preferences.

Lightroom 5 BookIf you are the type who just likes to have a good book at your side as you make your way in new software then I have a Lightroom 5 book just for you.

If you need a bit more support in the form of video tutorials and the chance to ask an instructor questions as you go through the book, then I would encourage you to check out my Lightroom for Everyone class over at PPSOP.com.

If you are already a KelbyOne subscriber there are a variety of excellent Lightroom video classes by Matt Kloskowski, Scott Kelby, and others. In addition, your KelbyOne subscription also gives you 10 issues of Photoshop User magazine (in which I have a regular Lightroom column), and unlimited 1-on-1 Lightroom and Photoshop tech support (I do all of the Lightroom support). If you really want to jump start your learning I’d also suggest attending Photoshop World, where you can attend a variety of Lightroom classes and even drop by the Help Desk Live booth and ask me your questions in person (you can save $50 off the price of Photoshop World if you use code PSWFOCUS414 on check out).

If you like to follow blogs then keep an eye on Photofocus. I am contributing regular Lightroom-centric blog posts, monthly Lightroom Hangouts, and we just released a iBook on the Lightroom Develop module that is free until August 1st!

If you like to get out into some of the most amazing National Parks in the USA, make some amazing photographs, and learn a little Lightroom along the way then I invite you to join me on one of the trips I’m co-leading with The Digital Photo Workshops this year.

I’m working on a really cool new Lightroom-based project with my friends at Peachpit Press. I can’t say much about it now, but I’m super excited to bring you yet one more unique way to learn Lightroom later this year.

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Photofocus: Using Target Collections in Lightroom

Using Target Collections

In this Photofocus blog post I cover how you can use the target collection feature to your advantage and speed up your workflow. It is a small, but very useful feature!

You may have heard about collections, smart collections, and collection sets, but have you ever used a target collection? If you haven’t then I’ve got something pretty cool to share with you. The original target collection is the Quick Collection, which is found in the Catalog panel of the Library module. Continue reading at Photofocus.

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Photofocus: Understanding the Snapshots and History Panels in Lightroom


In this Photofocus blog post I take a deep dive into the Snapshots and History panels in the Develop module. Knowing when to use each can really improve your workflow.

One of Lightroom’s greatest strengths is the fact that it stores all the work you do in its catalog file and never changes the pixel data in the source photos. Having all of that data on hand gives you a tremendous amount of freedom and flexibility in your post-production workflow. The most obvious benefit is that you can always return to the un-processed state of your photo at any time, which gives you the freedom to explore and experiment without fear of doing permanent damage. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing though as you can step back and forth through every slider bump and setting tweak you’ve ever made in the Develop module, and you can even preserve certain states along the way in what Lightroom calls Snapshots. Let’s take a look at the two panels in the Develop module that make this all possible, and how to get the most out of them. Continue reading at Photofocus.

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Photofocus: How to Read a Histogram: Underexposed? Overexposed? Or Just Right?

In this Photofocus blog post I discuss the Histogram panel, and how you can use it to evaluate and adjust your photos in Lightroom. This is an excerpt of a larger Photofocus project that should be released soon.

The Histogram panel contains a number of tools to help you evaluate your photo’s exposure and even begin making adjustments. The most visible part of the panel is the histogram itself, which is simply a graphical representation of all of the tones contained in your photo, from the darkest tones on the left to the brightest tones on the right. While there is no such thing as a “good” or “bad” histogram, the histogram can be incredibly instructive when examined alongside your photo. The histogram below shows that the associated photo contains brightness values that span across the entire tonal range, from pure black on the left to pure white on the right. Continue reading on Photofocus.

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