Complete Guide to Lightroom Online Course

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Course Description

This course will take the beginner Lightroom user to an advanced level in no time and for the more intermediate user it will fill any gaps of knowledge that are causing confusion and enable you to use this program to its full potential.

By learning Lightroom, your photography will be taken to the next level, allowing it to stack up against pro-looking shots and your workflow will speed up considerably. You’ll be able to organise and process your photography with ease and reorganise any pictures you may have already imported in an easy to manage system.

Post-processing is an essential skill for keen enthusiasts or anyone looking to make photography their profession. This one-time investment will provide you with a structured Lightroom training course that will save you time by ensuring you get the thorough and accurate knowledge required to succeed.

What you will learn

> Introduction to post-processing in LR
> Differences between LR Classic CC and LR CC
> Differences between LR and Photoshop
> Raw, Jpeg and DNG files
> Getting organised
> Folder systems within LR
> The Lightroom Workflow
> Importing Photos
> Setting up LR for improved workflow
> What XMP files are
> Optimising Catalog Settings
> Tiffs or PSDs

> Develop module
> Global and Local editing
> Tonal and Colour Adjustments
> Histograms
> Range Masking
> Black and White editing
> Sharpening masks
> Noise Reduction
> Lens and perspective Correction
> Snapshot editing
> Batch processing
> Catalog, Folders, Collections and Collection sets
> Publish Services

> View and sort options
> Flagging, Star ratings and Colour Labelling
> Keywording for tagging, searching and sorting
> Metadata settings
> Syncing options
> Exporting in Lightroom
> Export Presets
> Adding Watermarks
> Develop presets
> Adding presets on import and export
> Adding Copyright information

> Metadata presets
> Using Virtual Copies
> Creating HDR images
> Creating Panorama images
> Syncing with Lightroom CC
> Sharing collections
> Editing between LR and Photoshop
> Using the Map Module for GPS tagging
> Creating Books in the Book Module
> Using the Slideshow Module
> Printing through Lightroom
> Using the Web Module

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Who is this course for?

> Lightroom users looking to fill gaps in their knowledge so they can use this program to its full potential.

> Lightroom users looking to create an organised, easy to manage photo library.

> Photographers new to Lightroom.

> Photographers looking to save time by speeding up their workflow.

> Photographers looking to create professional looking work.


“Marc's approach to teaching is first class. I had some experience of Lightroom but learned many things that I didn't know. His explanations and reasons for doing things are excellent. I really recommend this course.” – David Wilkins – New Zealand

Course Content - Stage 1

Everything needed to process your images like a pro!

Intro to lightroom lesson

Lesson 1 – Introduction to Lightroom

An explanation of Lightroom, post-processing, using Raw files and the difference between LR and PS. Plus a great task to kick off your LR learning journey!

Getting pictures organised in Lightroom

Lesson 2 – Getting Organised

It’s important you get organised and have a system in place before you start using Lightroom. Here we will look at optimising your folder system for use in Lightroom.

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Lesson 3 – Importing Photos

Here we will look at how to import, convert and organise your photos properly from the start. We’ll look at import options and the common files types you need to use when importing into Lightroom. You’ll start to import your photos correctly and avoid making the common import mistakes in the future.

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Lesson 4 – Setting up Lightroom

There are some general good practices when using Lightroom. This lesson will help if you ever need to upgrade your computer, re-install your catalog and images after a hard drive failure and save hard drive space.

Using the develop module

Lesson 5 – Develop module

The Develop Module is where the magic happens! Here you’ll learn, in depth, how to post process your pictures using all the powerful tools Lightroom provides.

Ho to use the library module

Lesson 6 – Library Module

This lesson will teach you how to view, manage, organize, sort, compare, and rate your photos in Lightroom. It’s the home base for working with photos after importing them into Lightroom and a really important part of Lightroom to master!

How to export pictures in Lightroom

Lesson 7 – Exporting

When you’ve made adjustments to a photo, you need to export it. This will enable it to be viewed by others and sent for printing. Here you’ll learn how to export images for different purposes, how to create export preset to speed up workflow and how to add watermarks to your images. I’ll also be showing you how to process Black and White images!

Creating and using develop presets in Lightroom

Lesson 8 – Develop Presets

You can create develop presets that you can quickly apply to other photos. Lightroom has several presets built into the ‘Preset panel’ but it’s much more fun to create your own! Here I’ll teach you how to create and use presets to quickly change the look of your images.

Adding Copyright info to images in Lightroom

Lesson 9 – Adding Copyright Information

As you work more professionally, or if you are going to be uploading pictures to the internet, it’s good practice to add your copyright and contact information into the metadata of the picture. Here you’ll learn how to add copyright data to your photos so you don’t get caught out in the future!

How to create a virtual copy

Lesson 10 – Creating a Virtual Copy

Lightroom allows you to create virtual copies of an image so you can work on more than one version at once. In this lesson I’ll teach you the how to create and process virtual copies and the pros and cons of using this technique.

Stage 2

The extras that can make excellent imagery or products!

making HDR images in Lightroom example

Lesson 11 – HDR Merging

HDR is a way of increasing the tones and colours across an image. It’s used to reproduce a greater dynamic range of luminosity than standard imaging. Here you’ll learn how to merge photos to HDR images and process them for stunning results.

creating Panoramas in Lightroom

Lesson 12 – Creating Panoramas

Lightroom can stitch together several photos together to create one panorama image. Here I’ll teach you how to merge a panoramic image into one Raw file!

Syncing with Lightroom CC

Lesson 13 – Syncing with Lightroom CC and Sharing Collections

You can sync your photos to LR CC which is a great option if you want to work on photos away from the studio/home or if you want to show clients. You can also share your photos with others via URL links and give people the option to view specific image details and comment on the photos. Here you’ll learn how to utilise Lightroom’s sharing options properly and really impress you clients or friends!

Lesson in editing between Lightroom and Photoshop

Lesson 14 – Editing Between Lightroom and Photoshop

Here we push your newly acquired knowledge further by showing you how edit between Lightroom and Photoshop. We’ll look at why you might need to do this and the different options Lightroom provides for editing between its sister program!

using the Map module

Lesson 15 – Map Module

This is a great option to add GPS tagging to your photos. I’ll teach you, in depth, how to use the map module to add location information manually and on import.

using the Book Module lesson

Lesson 16 – Book Module

Lightroom gives you option to create books of your photos and export them direct for print which is great option for wedding or travel books. Here we look at how to create and export them in different formats.

using the slideshow module

Lesson 17 – Slideshow Module

Creating slideshows in Lightroom is a fun way to show off your work or a more professional way to showcase it to clients. Here we’ll look at various ways to create these and then export these slideshows in PDF or video format.

Using the print module

Lesson 18 – Print Module

If you’re looking at printing your work from the home/studio, then this is something you will want to learn about. Here we take a look at the print options Lightroom give you to get professional prints and print packages.

How to use the web module

Lesson 19 – Web Module

The Web Module is used to create web photo galleries and to create photo galleries that can be directly uploaded to web sites. Here we’ll look at how to do this and the options you have to create professional looking website galleries with ease!

Recap on learning Lightroom

Lesson 20 – End and Recap

An end to the course and recapping on all the great stuff you’ve learnt!

Examples of using Lightroom, as taught in the course



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I already have some Lightroom knowledge – will this course be suitable for me?
Yes! - The course is taught from the bottom up giving you the opportunity to start your learning from whatever level you’re at. If you’re totally new to Lightroom, start from lesson 1, if you’re a bit more experienced dive in at a later lesson, it’s up to you!

What’s the difference between ‘Stream and Download’ and ‘Stream Only’?
The Stream and Download option allows you to watch the videos online and download them to keep forever. The Stream Only option allows you to watch the videos as many times as you want for a period of 6 months but has no option to download them. The PDF’s in both options can be downloaded.

What’s the cost in my own currency?
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What version of Lightroom do I need?
It’s advised that you have Lightroom Classic CC installed however the course will also be fine for people using Lightroom 4, 5 and 6. There may be a few features shown in the course that won’t be available in LR 4, 5 or 6 but this won’t impact on its general use.

I’m confused on what Lightroom version to buy?
It can be confusing when buying Lightroom so here’s my advice. You cannot buy Lightroom Classic CC as a standalone program. Instead Adobe provides various types of plans which include it. The best one to buy is the ‘Creative Cloud Photography Plan’ which includes Lightroom Classic CC, Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC for a monthly fee. For more details on this plan click here.

What’s the difference between LR Classic CC and Lightroom CC?
Lightroom Classic CC is made for Desktop PC’s and LR CC is made for mobile devices such as tablets and is a scaled down version of Classic CC. For more details on this click here.

Do I get a certificate with this course?
Yes - On completion of all our all courses, you receive a certificate from The School of Photography.


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