Welcome! On this site you will find Lightroom (and occasionally Photoshop) tutorials, tips, videos, and more for amateur and professional photographers,  beginners as well as experienced Lightroom users.  You will also find information about Laura’s Lightroom Workshops on Video,  one-on-one private tutoring over the web, and in-person workshops in Seattle.

Laura is a blogger, instructor and fine art photographer based in Seattle, Washington. She worked for almost 20 years in the corporate world before pursuing her passion of photography. She particularly enjoys sharing her knowledge of Photoshop, Lightroom and other digital imaging topics with other photographers.  She is an Adobe Community Professional and an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop Lightroom, and in addition to offering independent workshops, she teaches at Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle, Washington. She also taught for many years for the Rocky Mountain School of Photography.

Laura also recently had the honor of teaching Lightroom 4 Fundamentals for creativeLIVE. The 3-day workshop is available on video at creativeLIVE.com.

What Students Say

“Laura is a GREAT teacher! Her explanations are clear and concise. She puts things into a clear perspective. It’s often difficult to put complex ideas into a simple format; however, Laura does this very well! I was so impressed with her teaching I drove 1400+ miles (one way) to attend one of her workshops!” Trish P.

“Laura was fantastic. WIth her excellent teaching skills she helped me understand how to streamline my workflow, improve the quality of my photographs, and become much more organized with my images and backups. I was intimidated by post-processing and wasted a lot of time struggling with things I didn’t understand. Now I am much more comfortable.” Georgia J.

“I have had a lot of education in my career as a surgeon. Laura is as excellent an instructor as I have ever had.”  Jim W.

“This is the first time I’ve ever enjoyed attending a digital workshop. Laura made this fun and interesting. Laura is an excellent teacher. She is patient, easy to understand, well organized and knows her subject.”  Dee W.

“This [Lightroom Fundamentals] class was fabulous. I had little knowledge of Lightroom prior to this weekend. I am leaving here feeling confident in my ability to streamline my workflow and function within Lightroom. I cannot thank you enough. Your teaching style is very simple and straightforward. You make Lightroom so easy to understand, at the perfect pace.”  Lacey Y.

“Class was excellent and Laura’s a fantastic teacher. I would definitely take a class by her again!”  Tim T.

“Loved her calmness and matter of fact approach. Great knowledge of Photoshop and Lightroom, excellent communication skills. Explains steps and the process in a way that is easy to understand and apply, and able to solve problems well.”  Steve W.

“Very good teacher. Her patience with people is amazing. These classes were way beyond what I expected. She knows her stuff!”   Bruce D.

“Laura Shoe was an amazing instructor. She made everything seem much easier to do than I previously thought, and she actually helped me enjoy Photoshop for the first time.”  Kearie M.

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