Lightroom 5 Basics for Photographers By Matt Kloskowski

Duration
1 hr 13 min
Lessons
11
Difficulty Difficulty Difficulty
Beginner

In this class, Matt Kloskowski walks you through the key things you need to know to get up and running right away. You’ll learn the easiest and quickest way to get your photos into Lightroom. If you’ve ever had trouble organizing, Matt makes this a total breeze. Then you’ll learn how to organize your favorites, the most important settings for editing those photos, and finally how to share them with everyone else.

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Matt introduces the class and goes over what we'll cover.
The most important thing when you start using Lightroom is where to put your photos. You'll learn how to get started the right way, with a folder structure that can grow with you.
Once you come back from a photo shoot, you'll want to get moving quickly and get your photos in to Lightroom.
Chances are that you've got photos taken before you started using Lightroom and you want to get them in your photo library as well.
One of the main advantages of Lightroom over other programs is sorting and organizing your photos. In this lesson you'll find out the easiest ways to do that.
Once you've found your favorites, Matt shows you how to use Collections (kinda like Albums) to organize them so they're just one click away.
You'll love the power of the Basic panel for editing your photos. There's a ton of different things we can do, but the Basic panel still remains one of the most useful.
Once you've done some global edits, you can hone in and do selective edits with Lightroom's tools as well.
Matt finishes up the Develop module by going through some of the more advanced (but not that advanced) editing tools that you may come across.
Whether it\\'s simply saving a JPEG or sharing your photos online via email, Facebook or Flickr, Lightroom has built-in ways to do this automatically for you.
It's all about the print. Between the photo books and the Print module, you'll learn how you can get great prints that look just like they do on your screen.
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Matt Kloskowski

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Matt is the full-time Director of Education for Kelby Media Group and a Tampa-based photographer. He's the Editor-in-Chief of Lightroom Magazine, the lead instructor on the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom LIVE Seminar Tour and author of several best-selling Photoshop books. Matt also hosts the world's top Lightroom blog, LightroomKillerTips.com...

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  1. Profile photo of Bonnie Esrig Bonnie Esrig

    Matt, thanks so much for this LIghtroom 5 Basics instruction. You made it so clear and easy to follow! I can’t believe how hard I had made it for myself stumbling around the past 2 months. It really makes sense now. Great course.

  2. Profile photo of JerryCWilson JerryCWilson

    Matt, Thanks for a very well done video. It has enabled me to avoid a lot of frustration. When I’ve made several photos of the same subject my inclination is to select what I think is the best one prior to working on it in lightroom. What is the quickest method of accomplishing this. When I have attempted to compare 2 side by side it seems to be slow.

  3. Profile photo of Debbi Marquette Debbi Marquette

    Thank you for this course! I started Lightroom folders several times based on others feedback. This is the best way to organize and import my photos. It totally works for me and I can now find a photo I am looking for. I just finished moving over 9000 photos to my new folder structure and eliminating my 3 other folder structures that did not work. I culled my photos while I did it since I learned so much at PhotoShop World! I also purchased Perfect Effects based on your presentation at PhotoShop World and I love it. I’m going to start learning more about that next.

  4. Profile photo of mildredsyip@gmail.com mildredsyip@gmail.com

    Hi and thank you for this course. I am learning Lightroom 5 and going through each of these videos, (quite a novice at this) but I do have a question with regards to unwanted folders that came in while importing my photographs folder. Can I remove them from the Lightroom folders tree? and if so, how? Will they be deleted from the main location if I remove them from the Lightroom folders listing?

  5. Profile photo of Dave Johnson Dave Johnson

    Is there a way to come back to a lesson that you left off on automatically. The old format let you pick up where you left off !

  6. Profile photo of debbiereisetter debbiereisetter

    Thank you so VERY much for the clarity and detail of your explanations. Really helps me to get started.

  7. Profile photo of sergekay sergekay

    I am new to LR and have never used it. I am slowly developing my skills to become a good hobbyist photographer.
    B&H sell LR5 to students at a lower price. Could I buy the program as a student and learn how to use it by watching your courses?

  8. Profile photo of Jeanette Frizzell Jeanette Frizzell

    Very informative. I have been using camera raw. Really wanted to use Lightroom and you certainly got me started. You make it easy and interesting. Thanks so much