Lightroom 4 Fundamentals and Beyond Video Tutorials


Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4: The Fundamentals & Beyond

A Workshop on Video with Laura Shoe
Lightroom 4: The Fundamentals & Beyond

Lightroom 4: The Fundamentals & Beyond
Lightroom 4: Producing Great Output

Master the Fundamentals and Beyond in Lightroom 4!

In this series for both beginners and experienced users, learn how to import, organize and manage, fix and enhance and share your photos with Lightroom 4′s Library, Develop, and Map modules.

10½ hours of training on 55 videos; for MAC or PC; playable with Quick Time, iTunes and other media players on your computer. iPad compatible (MP4 videos)!

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In this Lightroom 4 version of the widely-acclaimed Fundamentals & Beyond series, delve into the fundamentals of Lightroom 4 and way beyond, in 10 1/2 hours of training on 55 videos. Laura guides you through how to manage, enhance and share your photos and videos in Lightroom 4 in a way that beginners can easily understand and immediately put to use, and with enough depth that intermediate users can also benefit greatly. From her years of teaching experience and moderating Adobe’s Community Help system, she anticipates where students get stuck, and with a clear and concise presentation style, guides you through the complexities with ease. For beginners, Laura advises you on which videos are most important to watch first, so that you are not overwhelmed.

Getting Started: Understand how Lightroom 4 works with a catalog and nondestructive editing, where to put your images and how to organize them, how to move your catalog and images, how to ensure that everything gets backed up, how to set preferences and catalog settings.

Library: Learn how to get around in the Library module, manage screen space, set view options, import photos and videos (including from Elements), manage your files and folders, resolve problems that occur, rate, flag and keyword your photos and videos, add metadata, find files, create collections and smart collections. Learn the advantages of converting your raw files to DNG, the benefits of new Lightroom 4 DNG features, and how to convert to and manage DNG files. Learn how to use Publish Services to share your photos and videos on Facebook, Flickr, Adobe Revel and other services, how to email photos directly from Lightroom, and to create jpeg and other copies of your photos and videos to share via Export. Learn how to play and trim your videos, how to capture jpeg snapshots, and develop them using Quick Develop (and the Develop module)

Map: Understand where this powerful new module fits into your workflow. Learn to assign GPS location to photos by dragging them to them map (or using a smart-phone GPS track-log, or companion camera phone), and preview and select your photos based on location. Understand and leverage the power of reverse geocoding to automatically assign country, city and state to your photos. Use saved locations and filtering.

Develop: after an overview of the Develop process, learn how to read the histogram, and then to use the crop, spot removal, and red eye tools. Learn the basics panel, how to adjust individual tones with the tone curve, individual colors with HSL, black and white conversions and split toning, adding grain and vignettes, lens and perspective corrections (including 4.1 fringe controls), sharpening and noise reduction. Learn how to take advantage of virtual copies and presets, and how to use history and snapshots. Make local changes with the adjustment brush and graduated filter. Work on multiple images with sync and auto sync. Understand color spaces, rendering intents and soft Proof your photos for print or export. Learn different ways to view your image before and after your work. Integrate Photoshop or Elements into your Lightroom workflow.

55 high resolution (1024×768) MP4 movies (playable with Quick Time, iTunes and other media players. iPad compatible!

Beginners: Watch videos in green to master the most fundamental skills in Lightroom 4. (These videos are also appropriate for experienced users.)

  • Series Introduction
  • What’s New in Lightroom 4
  • Introduction to Lightroom
Organizing and Managing Your Photo Library
  • Organizing Your Photos and Backing Up Your Photo Library
  • Moving Your Photo Library
  • Importing Photos Already on Your Hard Drive
  • Importing New Photos from Memory Cards
  • Importing from Elements
  • Orientation to the Library Module
  • Setting Grid and Loupe View Options
  • Setting Lightroom Preferences
  • Lightroom Catalog Settings
  • File and Folder Management
  • Pros and Cons of Converting Your Raw Files to DNG
  • Converting to and Managing DNG Raw Files
  • Evaluating Photos
  • Keywording Basics
  • More on Keywording
  • Adding Metadata Using the Metadata Panel
  • Renaming Photos
  • Searching for Your Photos
  • Collections and Smart Collections
Using the Map Module to Help Organize Your Photos
  • Map Module Part 1: Adding to and Managing Photos on the Map
  • Map Module Part 2: Leveraging the Power of the Map Module
  • Map Module Part 3: Saved Locations and Filtering
  • Map Module Part 4: Automated Ways to Assign GPS Location
Developing Your Photos
  • Orientation to the Develop Module
  • The Histogram
  • Overview of Developing an Image
  • Process Version
  • Crop tool
  • Spot Removal
  • Red Eye
  • Camera Profiles
  • Basic Panel
  • Before and After
  • The Tone Curve
  • The HSL Panel
  • Adjustment Brush Basics
  • More Adjustment Brush Applications
  • Graduated Filter
  • Black and White + Split Toning
  • Adding Vignettes & Grain with the Effects Panel
  • Lens Corrections Panel
  • Detail Panel
  • Soft Proofing in the Develop Module
  • Working Groups of Photos with Sync and Auto Sync
  • Virtual Copies and Snapshots
  • Develop Presets
    Sharing Your Photos
  • Exporting Copies of Your Photos
  • Emailing Photos Directly from Lightroom
  • Watermarking your Photos
  • Publish Services
  • Video Editing and Exporting
    Working with Other Photo Editors
  • Setting Preferences for Working with Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and other Photo Editors
  • Editing in Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or Another Photo Editor

Generally speaking: Begin with Lightroom 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond, and then proceed to Lightroom 5: Producing Great Output.

In Lightroom 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond I teach what I consider to be the core of Lightroom – the Library and Develop modules (plus the Map module.) You’ll learn how to import, organize and manage, and edit your photos, and how to share them by exporting copies, emailing from Lightroom, and using Publish Services to upload to social media and photo sharing sites. If you are a beginner, you should start with The Fundamentals & Beyond. If you are an experienced user who wants to fill in gaps in your knowledge or learn to work more efficiently, you can also benefit greatly from Lightroom 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond.

Lightroom 5: Producing Great Output is a companion series that assumes some foundation in the fundamentals of importing, organizing and editing. It specifically covers how to use Lightroom’s output modules (Book, Slideshow, Web, Print) to create photo books, slideshows and web galleries, and to design single and multi-photo print layouts and print to your own printer or export to send out to print. I also spend 2 ½ hours on important output concepts that are critical to getting great output, and that I believe all photographers need a solid foundation in. This section is very valuable even if you don’t use Lightroom’s Print, Book, Slideshow or Web modules. You’ll learn why sometimes you don’t get in print or other output what you see in Lightroom, and what you can do about it (the big and sometimes unnecessarily intimidating topic of color management), and how to set output settings like JPEG quality and sharpening.

Lightroom is an excellent program for both serious amateurs and professional photographers. If you are an amateur and you are managing a large collection of photographs or you want to take the time to make the most of your photos, and you don’t mind the time investment to learn Lightroom, then you qualify as a “serious” amateur in this sense. Read more in this article of mine, Should I Learn Lightroom or Photoshop or Both or Neither?

For minor releases, such as from Lightroom 5.0 to Lightroom 5.2, Laura provides free downloadable updates. (Note that Adobe generally only adds new features in the first minor update, which with Lightroom 5 was Lightroom 5.2)

No question there is a lot of content out there – and some of it is quite good! However, some of it is not of the highest quality, and moreover, it is difficult to construct comprehensive education for yourself from piecemeal free content. I am often surprised at how many cool things or critical skills in Lightroom even users with many years of experience don’t know about. I provide comprehensive, consistently high quality education that builds your skills as you go along.

I have seen many short videos on the web as well as in-person “crash courses” that show off cool Lightroom tools or techniques that leave folks excited to try them, but don’t go into sufficient detail to actually enable you to use the tools successfully, or to understand how to get unstuck when you get stuck. I have taught Lightroom in-person for many years, so I understand where users get stuck and what things are difficult to grasp, and I guide you through these.

No. Your DVD purchase does entitle you to a free download of the series so that you can get started right away if you choose. However, it is an exact copy of what is on the DVD, so there is no need to download it if you prefer not to.

Your purchase entitles you to copy the videos on up to three computers and/or mobile devices, exclusively for your personal use. For more extensive usage requirements, contact Laura.

For an iPad or iPhone: On your computer, add the videos to iTunes by going to File > Add Folder. Plug in your iPad or iPhone and select it in iTunes. Go to the Movies tab, select the videos you want to copy, and click on Sync or Apply. Once the videos have been synced to your device, open the Videos app to view the videos.

For other mobile devices: Check with your device manufacturer for instructions on how to transfer and view .MP4 video files.

You will double-click on each video to play it with your computer’s default media player. Media players include QuickTime, Windows Media Player, and iTunes.

The series also includes PDF’s containing descriptions of each video and my favorite Lightroom shortcuts.

Most television DVD players will not play .MP4 videos directly. Alternatives include using Apple TV, or connecting your iPad or laptop to your TV.

If you’re not fully satisfied with Laura’s Lightroom video tutorials, you can contact us within 60 days of purchase for a full refund.

Sample Videos From This Series
Complete Video Descriptions (pdf)

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If you want to learn Lightroom 4 don’t look for anything else. Get the DVD and in few hours you’ll be amazed by how much you learned and how things that seemed so complex before are easy once Laura explain them. To get the best of these video you must have Lightroom open and try what you learn on your own photos. Can’t wait for the second part.
Sam (Amazon review)

I paid for and downloaded LR4 (having no previous experience with LR), fooled around with it for a day and then stumbled onto Laura’s website and videos. The sample videos looked good so I ordered and downloaded the whole set. Wow! I’m so glad I did! It took me two days but I watched each video all the way through from beginning to end. By the time I was done I felt very oriented to the program and its capabilities. Then it was time to put the material to use. I began editing photos. Every time I stalled out and didn’t know what to do, I reviewed the applicable video lesson. It wasn’t long before I was using the program productively and getting excellent results. There’s no doubt in my mind that Laura’s videos saved me months and months of learning by trial and error or reading books. In fact, I probably would have given up in frustration and that would have been very too bad since LR is an amazing program. I look forward to Laura’s next video series.
Kevin Furlin (Amazon review)

Great Customer service! She is very prompt and professional with replies just in case you have questions about the product. I ordered the the training DVD and it was shipped to me after a couple of days. It is well structured and well explained, for example new features in LR4 which didn’t exist in LR3. She even included a .pdf file which contains keyboard shortcuts, I find this very helpful and time saving. I highly recommend this tutorial!
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Of the hundreds of teachers that I’ve had in my life, Laura Shoe stands in the top three. She is articulate, methodical, humorous and obviously well versed in the subject matter. This instructional DVD represents an exceptional value. In fact, I consider it a gift from Laura to the photographic community. Thank you, Laura!
Island Guy (Amazon review)

All of Laura Shoe’s videos are outstanding. I knew nothing about editing photos and was struggling along until I came across Laura’s tutorials. They are easy to understand, even for someone that is not particularly computer wise. I began with her tutorials for Lightroom 3 and purchased her upgrade for Lightroom 4. She is so good that I will continue with anything that she produces.
R26 (Amazon review)

I searched high and low for a Lightroom tutorial without attending a class per se. I settled on this one and I am extremely glad I did. I have nothing to compare it to so I don’t know if there are better products or not. That doesn’t matter because I found exactly what I was looking for. I am brand new to photography and Lightroom. While photography itself is its own bear to contend with I am feeling extremely comfortable with Lightroom…because of these dvd tutorials. There was a review posted that said the dvds jump from topic to topic but I beg to differ. Like I said I am a beginner at this and I find the dvds very easy to follow and whenever the author mentioned another topic she did not go into detail about it, she simply said we would learn about that in another lesson. It’s like she was just giving me a heads up that there was more. Lightroom is awesome and so are these dvds. I highly encourage and recommend these dvds for beginners and experienced users. I believe we can all learn something using these dvds. Get it, you won’t regret it!
Donna Osborne (Amazon review)

If you are going to buy just one item to help you get the most out of using Lightroom, this should be it. With a clear, easily paced style Laura will help you learn how to get the most from your pictures using this great software. Highly recommended.
RogerW (Amazon review)

Laura Shoe’s DVD is quite easy to use. I find that learning Lightroom is easiest when you can see a list of topics or categories and then pick and choose what you most want to learn and in what order you choose to learn. I have read several books on Lightroom and checked out several forums as well; but for me the big advantage of Laura’s DVD is that you are looking at a video (you can choose from a comprehensive listing) which you can speed up or stop to suit your purposes. The content of the videos is thorough and she explains WHY she instructs the way she does. Also check out her website; there is a lot of free advice there. I find I get a sense of her dedication and interest in teaching these concepts in a personal way.
John P. Nash (Amazon review)

These video tutorials are fantastic. The best way to learn how to manage Lightroom 4. I had seen very good tutorials on Lightroom 4, but for me these ones by Laura Shoe are really the best. More examples, more details, very well explained. Besides being an expert on the subject, she knows how to teach it.
Ricardo J. Maskoud (Amazon review)

Laura Shoe must have stayed up all night for a month digging through every nook and cranny of Lightroom 4 because she has left no stone unturned. If you complete all the lessons in this DVD you will be more knowledgeable about Lightroom 4 than 95% of the photographers out there. But better than that, you will be able to use this amazing piece of software by Adobe to turn your Okay photos into WOW! photos before ever needing to touch Photoshop. I recommend this training DVD very highly. I am so fortunate to own it because I know that if there’s ever anything I need to do or can’t remember how to do, Laura has all the answers right at my fingertips. It’s more than worth the price.
Stephen Sherrill (Amazon review)

If you’re not fully satisfied with Laura’s Lightroom video tutorials, you can contact us within 60 days of purchase for a full refund.

All videos have been re-recorded with higher quality audio, and at higher resolution. Many videos remain the same in terms of core content, but may have more tips and tricks, small subtractions, and/or small Lightroom 4 enhancements.

New videos:
  • Importing from Photoshop Elements
  • Pros and Cons of Converting to DNG (considering new Lightroom 4 DNG features)
  • Converting and Managing Your DNG Files
  • Map Module Part 1: Adding to and Managing Photos on the Map
  • Map Module Part 2: Reverse Geocoding
  • Map Module Part 3: Saved Locations and Filtering
  • Map Module Part 4: Advanced Ways to Assign Photos
  • Updating to the Lightroom 4 Process Version (with cautions)
  • Camera Profiles
  • Soft Proofing
  • Emailing from Lightroom
  • Video Editing and Exporting
Videos updated with new core content:
  • Basic Panel (complete re-do with new Lightroom 4 sliders)
  • Tone Curve (R,G,B channel controls; my perspective on when to use Basic panel vs. Tone Curve, given new powerful Basic controls)
  • Adjustment Brush Basics (new white balance and tone control options)
  • More Adjustment Brush Applications (new noise reduction and moire options)
  • Lens Corrections panel (new Lightroom 4.1 Color panel with fringe controls)
  • Exporting Copies (new DNG options, CD/DVD, Email)
  • Publish Services (Adobe Revel)
  • More on Keywording (how to import keyword lists and to clean up your keyword list)
  • Edit in Photoshop: Lightroom 4.1 32 bit HDR support

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  18 Responses to “Lightroom 4 Fundamentals and Beyond Video Tutorials”

  1. Hi Laura, Your Creative live show was GREAT. I bought your Fundamentals and beyond DVD and I the Creative Live show was so great that I got it also You did a great job! Do you have a list of your free video web sights ?


    • Hi Bruce, I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the creativeLIVE show, and I appreciate all your support!

      If you mean one page where I list links to all my free videos, I don’t at this point. It’s on the to-do list though!

  2. Hi Laura, just want to make a comment that I watched a part of your day 3 creativeLIVE show. I enjoyed your teaching style and bought the course that day.
    I will try to download the video soon and looking forward to go throughout the entire 3 days.


    • Thanks for taking the time to write, Paul — I am happy to hear that you enjoyed it, and thank you for your purchase!

  3. I have just purchased and downloaded the Lightroom 4 training and I’m excited to get started with it. I believe I read someplace that the download is compatable with my i Pad as well. If so, is there a way to link/sink the downloaded files from my PC to the i Pad. Thanks for the information,

    • Thank you for your purchase, Karen! You will need to use iTunes on your computer to copy them to your iPad. First, import the videos into iTunes by going to File>Add Folder in iTunes. Select the (downloaded or DVD) LR 4 FAB videos folder on your hard drive or DVD. Next, you will sync your iPad with iTunes: Connect your iPad to your computer. In the left sidebar of iTunes, click on your iPad, then, click on the Movies tab. Check “Automatically Include All Movies”, or uncheck this, and then select just those you want to copy to your iPad. Finally, click the Apply or Sync button. Enjoy!

  4. I have been watching your videos on u tube. Excellent as i am na new user they have help me so much, can i get your dvd disc’s in England, and how long would it take. Again your tutorials have helped me so much so thanks.


  5. Hi Laura,
    Excellent Creative Live workshop.

    Appreciate if you could help me with a situation in LR4. Info: I have all my photos on a NAS drive in one parent folder with individual sub folders for family friends (Manually done earlier) etc. etc. I downloaded some presets from various sites & imported them into LR4 through site explained guidelines. Now they are in my LR4 presets pane but the present files are actually in my pictures folder on my NAS drive. I presume they should be in my LR4 catalog. I have now set the LR4 preferences , preset folder to “keep it organized” after the fact.

    What should I do to rectify this and get all my downloaded presets into my LR4 catalog? How do I set my preferences in Lr4?

    Thank you and look forward to hear from you.

    • Hi Roshan, sorry, I thought I answered this last week. When you import presets, LR makes a copy and puts it either in Lightroom Settings in your catalog folder, or in the Adobe preset folder. You can see where a user preset is stored by right-clicking on it and choosing Show in Explorer/Finder. Don’t reorganize in Explorer or Finder though — create new user preset folders in LR, and drag presets.

      If your presets are being stored in the Adobe system folder and you want them stored in your catalog folder, open up preferences and checn “store presets with catalog”. Then click on each of the Restore Presets buttons. Then you will have to manually copy or move over your user presets from the Adobe Location to the new Lightroom Settings subfolders. Uncheck Store Presets with Catalog and click on Show to see where they need to be copied from, then check Store Presets with Catalog and click on Show to see where they need to be copied to.

      I used to recommend that people store their presets with their catalog — now I don’t think it is worth sweating, because this Adobe system folder lives in your User folder, which most backup programs automatically back up.

  6. Hello Laura

    watched you on Creative live today. Learned alot. Question for you which would give me the best content purchasing Both of your training sections on Creative live or purchasing your Lightroom 4: The Fundamentals & Beyond and Lightroom 4: Producing Great Output DVDs.. Are the DVDS covering the same topics as you are training on Creative Live.

    • Hi Wesley, I’m glad you enjoyed the show today! As far as a comparison of the live show to the DVDs on my website, the DVDs on my website do cover more content (they are tightly edited). They are, however, just my voice over a screenshare of Lightroom, so you don’t see me and there is no audience. Some people prefer the DVDs because they have more content, other people prefer the live show because of the energy and audience participation, and many others have purchased and enjoyed both. Thanks for your interest!

  7. Hi Denver, there is no book (I haven’t written one yet) — just the two video series. I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed the show!

  8. I just received your Fundamentals and Beyond and Producing Great Output DVD’s can not wait to start watching them. Thank you for the fast response with the order. I received them fast.

  9. HI Laura, i am a recent newbe to LR4 and i’ve come across your work and reviews. My question: Do you mail outside of the USA i live in ireland?



    • Hi Adrian, yes I do – international shipping is free at this point. Thank you for your interest!

  10. laura; I purchased both of your lightroom 4 videos tutorials last year and downloaded them to another computer. it crashed. how do I get my paid tutorials downloaded on this computer? thanks

  11. I REORDERED TO CORRECT THIS MISTAKE,ORDER 2934-1561-91412649 IS GOOD,PLEASE CANCLE ORDER 1381-1601-0377-4278,i MESSED UPED BEING SO EARLY,i NEED THE C.D.s in the second order,not the down load.Blessings~Brian~

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