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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond

A Workshop on Video with Laura Shoe

Master the Fundamentals and Beyond in Lightroom 5!

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 5′s Library, Map and Develop modules.

• 12½ hours of training on 61 videos
• PC or MAC; playable with Quick Time, iTunes or your computer’s media player
• iPad compatible! (MP4 videos)

“Has to be the best and easiest way to master Lightroom…
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Lightroom users and will impress advanced users as well…
Next best thing to having a great expert at your side
…a great value.”

– Photo Source International

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In this Lightroom 5 version of the widely-acclaimed Fundamentals & Beyond series, delve into the fundamentals of Lightroom 5 and way beyond, in 12 1/2 hours of training on 61 videos. Laura guides you through how to manage, enhance and share your photos and videos in Lightroom 5 in a way that beginners can easily understand and immediately put to use, and with enough depth that experienced 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.

Beginners: Laura advises you on which videos are most important to watch first, so that you are not overwhelmed.

Getting Started: Understand how Lightroom 5 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, and create smart previews for off-line editing. Learn the advantages of converting your raw files to DNG, and how to convert to and manage DNG files. Learn how to use Publish Services to share your photos and videos on Facebook, Flickr, Behance 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)

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 Basic 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, 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, radial filter 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.

Map: Understand where this powerful new module fits into your workflow. Learn to assign GPS location to photos by dragging them to the 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.

61 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 5. (These videos are also appropriate for experienced users.)


Introduction
  • Series Introduction
  • What’s New in Lightroom 5
  • Upgrading to Lightroom 5 from An Earlier Version
  • Introduction to Lightroom
Organizing and Managing Your Photo Library
  • Organizing Your Images and Backing Up Your Photo Library
  • Organizing and Backing Up, Part 2: Managing Catalog Backups
  • 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
  • Smart Previews for Offline Editing
  • Transferring Lightroom Work from One Computer to Another
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 / Advanced Healing Brush
  • Red Eye
  • Camera Profiles
  • Basic Panel
  • Before and After
  • The Tone Curve
  • The HSL Panel
  • Adjustment Brush Basics
  • More Adjustment Brush Applications
  • Graduated Filter
  • Radial Filter
  • Black and White + Split Toning
  • Adding Vignettes & Grain with the Effects Panel
  • Lens Corrections Panel
  • Sharpening and Noise Reduction with the 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

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?

With only one exception, all videos (60) have been completely updated for Lightroom 5. The exception is a video on importing your Photoshop Elements catalog into Lightroom – this was recorded with Lightroom 4. The process is exactly the same for Lightroom 5.

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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Customer Review Quotes

Lightroom 5 is my first experience with Adobe Lightroom, and The Fundamentals & Beyond as been my method of learning. Each lesson is clear, concise, and delivered by the presenter that is easily followed. The ability to pause a lesson and mimic the procedure has enabled me to progress at my own pace without being overwhelmed at any time. I whole heartedly endorse this set of videos to anyone new to Lightroom and I also see many tutorials covering the new aspects of Lightroom 5 that would undoubtedly benefit more experienced users.
Arjay (Amazon review)

I have been using Lightroom since version 1 was released. I have purchased at least 5 books over the past few years on how to use Lightroom. I am fairly proficient at it. After purchasing Lightroom 5, I found some of Laura’s short tutorials after a Google search. I was impressed with her presentations and purchased her video series when it became available. Her course is divided into 61 topics of 6-12 minutes each. These are easily digestible topics. Laura is a fantastic teacher. She is clear and concise. Her videos are full of excellent information with no wasted verbiage. The Lightroom 5 desktop is in view throughout the video. Although the tutorial is geared to the novice Lightroom, it has enough additional detail to challenge the intermediate user. I have come away with lots of useful tips that I did not glean from my books. I can find nothing to criticize in this series. I recommend it wholeheartedly!
James Lesser (Amazon review)

Just what the Doctor ordered when learning the ins and outs of the latest version of Adobe’s Lightroom. Laura Shoe’s instructions are clear and complete. Many comments help the user to avoid the little traps that sometimes catch the novice user resulting in wasted time and effort. Highly recommended!
Jeffrey Vale (Amazon review)

I always tried to learn new software (LR, CS4, CS5, etc.) by reading books. Since I have bought Lightroom 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond, I have now given up reading all books. Your videos have given me the best and clearest way to learn, and more in depth knowledge in Lightroom than other similar tutorial videos. I practice my own work side by side with two monitors, with your video playing on one of the them. A great way to learn and fast! I also put your videoso n my iPad so that I can train myself when traveling. I thank you once again. I just love it.
Robert Yan (China)

The Lightroom 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond DVD arrived promptly today. Here I am, like an excited schoolboy, with my 15-months grandson giggling along with me! YOUR EXPLANATIONS ARE CLEAR AND SIMPLE. As a struggling writer, I know how painful it is to achieve such elegant simplicity.
Tiberman Ramyead (Mauritius)

“After many years of trial and error teaching myself Lightroom, I have finally found a teacher that I can understand! Laura is the best. I was so frustrated with purchasing books and paying for classes that used ‘lingo’ I didn’t understand. After watching her tutorials, I feel comfortable and am using Lightroom exclusively for my personal and business photos like a pro! (almost!)”
Rivka F.

“Thank you for the videos for Lightroom 4. I always thought I was not a visual learner but your style and presentation has proved me wrong. Wish I had found you sooner – my library would be a lot easier to work with!”
Gerry Y.

“I’m a Brazilian engineer and amateur photographer. I bought your DVD and I’m liking it very much. I saw tutorials on Lynda.com and Kelbytraining.com. They are both very good. But yours is the BEST. I’d like to thank you for your wonderful work, that is so useful to me.”
Ricardo M.

“I can very readily confirm that all good reports I had read before purchasing Lightroom 4 Fundamentals & Beyond are utterly correct and wish to add that Laura, bless her, is not only a joy to listen to but so professional ! By that I mean she has a distinct, unequivocally clear voice and she delivers information so explicitly and comprehensively. Obviously, she has put in a lot of preparation with this package. Very commendable and worth the money. Thank you Laura, great job !!”
Tim S.

“I just wanted to take a second to tell you how impressed I am with your Lightroom 4 video tutorial series, The Fundamentals & Beyond. I’m often disappointed with instructional material I purchase. But your course really works. It moves at a comfortable, easy to follow pace. You’ve presented the material in the way my mind learns new things. You use an extremely practical breakout of the material. Exactly in the order I need to learn it as I began using Lightroom. Your pace of presentation is so perfect that I now keep Lightroom open while watching your videos. When you show a setting I need to apply to my Lightroom program, I pause your video and toggle back into my Lightroom program with one keystroke. I make your recommended changes (99% of which I agree with) or try out the new technique you just shared, then toggle back out of Lightroom. I hit the play key on your video . . . and I’ve just mastered a new technique (with your help of course). And finally . . . the price . . . a fraction of what other instructional videos charge. But yours really works! Thanks so much. I wish everyone using Lightroom knew about your tutorial.”
Jimmy J.

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.



This series is the same as the Lightroom 4 series, except that it reflects and provides instruction in the new Lightroom 5 features and changes. As a result, it is almost two hours longer.

Completely new videos:
  • What’s New in Lightroom 5
  • Upgrading to Lightroom 5
  • Smart Previews for Offline Editing
  • The Radial Filter Tool
  • Transferring Lightroom Work from One Computer to Another
Videos with large additions:
  • Spot Removal – added Advanced Healing Brush capabilities, Visualize Spots feature
  • Lens Corrections – added Upright feature
Other videos have smaller additions / changes as needed.


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  25 Responses to “Lightroom 5 Fundamentals & Beyond Video Tutorials”

  1. Laura: Beyond a doubt the best tutorials on learning Lightroom (just my opinion) having watched a lot of others. Thanks for all of your disks.

  2. [...] Lightroom 5: The Fundamentals and Beyond with Laura Shoe (DVD Series) [...]

  3. Hi Laura your tutorials on learning Lightroom are great I am just starting out with Lightroom and wanted to ask what package would be best for me. I have Lightroom 5 and have watched your videos on four and five just trying to figure out what would be best. Thank you

  4. Laura has been a great help not only with her tutorials but also by phone on a personal level to solve problems

    Thanks Laura

  5. Laura
    I was wondering if you have any info or video’s on how to transfer your existing LR catalog to a new location. EX: If i want to move my existing catalog from 1 external HD to another new external had drive what be the easiest and quickest way to achieve this.

    Any info would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you !

  6. Hi Laura, I had intended to order the LR5 Video before yesterday but a family emergency took my attention away.
    Can I still order with a discount?
    Thank you
    Best regards,
    Alan Shefland

  7. Hi Laura, I bought a Leica D-lux 6 camera a month ago that came with LR 4. I also bought your “Fundamentals & Producing” DVDs for LR 4 to start learning the LR. Last week Leica let me upgrade to LR 5 for free, which I did. I’d like to find out how much more different LR 5 is from LR 4?
    Should I keep the LR 4 DVDs and keep familiarizing myself ( since I’m a beginner ) or I need to get the LR 5 DVD and start from scratch?
    Thank you,

    Best regards,
    Bobby Velev

    • Hi Bobby, I am sorry that I overlooked your question! Lightroom 5 is a smaller update than some of the previous ones. You could go with my shorter Master Lightroom 5 New Features series to get up-to-speed on just the changes (or of course watch free videos on the web!), or you could go with my LR 5 series, so that you learn about them in the context of the section of Lightroom that you are learning. It really depends on how far you are into the LR 4 series, how thrown off you might feel if something you see in Lightroom isn’t as I discuss it in my LR 4 videos, and whether you want the series to be an accurate reference tool going forward. If you do choose to go with the LR 5 FAB series, you can contact me offline for an upgrade discount.

  8. I’m really glad to have purchased this workshop. Lightroom 5 is an impressive piece of software but it can be overwhelming when you’re just starting out. Now, with Laura just a mouse click away so to speak, one cannot go wrong. I’ve learned a lot of LR features and strategies from her video’s and if occasionaly I’m in doubt about how to handle certain aspects of LR I can always review the video(‘s) on the subject I need to freshen up.

    I do have a few remarks to make : 1) Laura says that a converted DNG file is about minus 10% in file size from your original RAW file. This is not the case in my situation. I have a Fujifilm X100S and when I shoot in RAW (which I usually do) the size of the RAF file is 32,1 Mb. When I convert this RAW file to DNG the resulting file size becomes : 43,7 Mb !!! That’s a serious increase (+ 36 %) !

    2) LR (being such an impressive piece of software) seems to put an high demand on my PC resources. For instance, after exporting a few RAF files with success LR let me know is hasn’t got enough memory to continue the export? I have a Win7 system with 3 Gb RAM installed. Apparently that seems to be insufficient to easily work with this program. I guess I need to upgrade my system to at least 4 Gb RAM unless Laura has some tips for me to solve this issue in another way?

    • Hi Daniel, my apologies for the delay in responding. Thank you very much for the endorsement!! I’m happy to hear that the videos are working out well for you.

      That’s interesting that DNGs are bigger than your original RAFs – thanks for the heads up! I assume that you are not embedding the original. I see from a quick Google search that there are a lot of threads on DNG conversion of RAFs. In the future I will say that conversion “usually” results in a savings!

      Unfortunately 3 GB of RAM is really just not enough these days. Even Adobe, while listing 2 GB as the minimum required, recommends 4 — and if you are going to upgrade, I would suggest going to 8 so that you have enough for future demands. In the meantime, click here for suggestions from Adobe to improve performance.

      Best,

      Laura

      • Thanks for your reply (and apologies accepted). I’ve dropped the idea of converting to DNG. Right now, I’m considering an upgrade in RAM but having Windows 7 – in a 32 bit version, I believe the maximum adressable RAM is 4 Gb. If I want more I guess I also have to upgrade to a 64 bit Windows system ! Bummer…

  9. I am well placed to recommend LR 5.0 Fundamentals & Beyond – I am a first time LR user and the the videos have made me feel confident and contented. AND it is value for money.

  10. I am not even through the Lightroom 4 “The Fundamentals & Beyond” and I want to upgrade to LR5. I am sure there are not that many differences between LR4 and LR5. Do I really have to buy the LR5 version of … Fundamentsls…? Isn’t there shorter version that covers only the differences between LR4 & LR5?

    I am looking at this as a time & expense issue.

    Thanks.

    Pat

  11. Just watched Laura’s creative live show on output and it was fantastic. I am having a problem though with the new lightroom 5 in that after downloading it asked to upgrade my catalogues so they would be readable in LR 5 and after up grading every photo in both catalogues is gone!!
    Both catalogues and all my glamour shots are missing…just empty squares where pictures were! Help! Any suggestions?

    • Sounds like a previews file corruption issue, Valerie. Delete the previews file that is stored with your catalog, select all your photos in LR and go to Library>Previews>Build Standard Previews.

  12. do you ship to the uk.
    peter

  13. hi all ready bought your vidios looking forward to watching and learning.
    thanks peter

  14. Thank you
    I enjoyed todays session it was very helpful
    thanks lloyd

  15. I have purchased applications such as Elements and others in the past but have never purchased a video to learn how to use them. I purchased Lightroom 4 and never used it because it was confusing. I upgraded to Lightroom 5 and told myself I would never waste my money again. I purchased your DVD and I am half way through it (coming up to Maps in a few days) and it has made all the difference in the world. Your DVD makes everything clear and your instruction is second to none. I looked at a few before deciding on your DVD. Thanks for all of your help. It was well worth the investment. I only wish you had a training DVD on Photoshop CS6. As a retired church musician, I need a new direction and have decided to use my Nikon D7000 and learn how to edit. You have started me on the right track. Thank you.

    • Thank you for your note, Richard! I am happy to hear that my videos have been so helpful. I also wish I had a Photoshop series!

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