Jul 052012

In this video, I develop a photo, using many of Lightroom’s Develop module tools. This video is part of my Lightroom 4 Fundamentals & Beyond series, and is intended as an introduction to, or overview of, developing. In it, I use the crop tool; Basic, HSL, Effects, and Detail panels; and the adjustment brush.

If you have a good internet connection, once you start the video, click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom left to increase the quality to 720p. (Even then, the quality isn’t up to my standards, but it is the best I can do with YouTube.)


Other videos from the Lightroom 4 Fundamentals & Beyond series (all of these tutorials below also happen to apply to Lightroom 3):

Importing Photos

Searching for Your Photos

Using the HSL Panel to Control Individual Colors


  10 Responses to “Video Tutorial: Overview of Developing a Photo in Lightroom 4”

  1. Thanks for a good lesson, didn’t know about sharpening presets comes with LR.

  2. I found this tutorial really useful – it has opened my eyes to the incrediable power of Lightroom 4. I like the way you explain things extremely well but quickly without unnecessary padding – thank you.

  3. this is amazing. thank you!

  4. Excellent tips on Video Laura. thanks a lot!!!
    My Photo shoots are lined up and this site and your writing surely is quite helpful, which I stumbled upon quite by chance.
    Thanks again for a quick roundup on what I should be looking for. 🙂


  5. That was awesome Laura…thank you 🙂

    A couple of quick questions if you don’t mind?

    Do you always shoot raw…even for family snaps?

    I’m using 4.3 and I’ve noticed that the sharpening & noise reduction I apply in the develop module seems to be diminish when moving to the library module. This seems to affect any slideshows as well. Have you noticed this? Any ideas on how to correct it or is it a bug?

    Many thanks

  6. Hi Laura, Many thanks, today was my first day on LR and thanks to you I was able to pace the necessary metadata on 6,300 images – certainly amazing software.
    Now two more questions; when you have the image corrected and looking good what do you do to save all those corrections – is there a key to press?

    And secondly, when I view my images in my original source file I presume all that metadata is still there (on my original file) ?

    I’ll have more questions in future, Thanks, Pat, Australia.

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