Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond
A Workshop on Video with Laura Shoe
Up to Date through CC 2015.5.1/6.5.1
Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals and Beyond
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In this Lightroom 5, 6, and CC 2015 version of the widely-acclaimed Fundamentals & Beyond series, delve into the fundamentals of Lightroom and way beyond, in 15 1/2 hours of training on 76 videos. Laura guides you through how to organize and manage, enhance and share your photos and videos with Lightroom’s Library, Develop and Map modules. From her years of teaching experience and creating video tutorials for her own followers and for Adobe, she anticipates where students get stuck, and with a clear and concise presentation style, guides you through the complexities with ease. (For more details on what’s covered, scroll down to the “More Details on What’s Covered” link.)
Who This Series Is For
For the past five years, Laura’s Fundamentals & Beyond series has consistently gotten 5 star reviews from both beginners and experienced users, as she teaches in a way that beginners can easily understand and immediately put to use, and with enough depth that experienced users can also benefit greatly. Beginners: she doesn’t assume you know anything about Lightroom, and she advises you on which videos to watch first so that you aren’t overwhelmed. Experienced users: Laura is often surprised at how many cool things or critical skills in Lightroom even users with many years of experience don’t know about. She provides comprehensive, consistently high quality education that builds your skills as you go along.
What you get
- Comprehensive instruction in 76 videos.
- Laura’s practice photos for the lessons on developing and on panorama and HDR merges
- A PDF of Laura’s favorite Lightroom shortcuts
- A detailed searchable index, so you can get back to any point in any of the videos
- Free downloadable updates for any new features added to Lightroom CC 2015 and 6.
- Participation in an experimental private Facebook group in which to ask questions. (This group is being started on a trial basis, so it is not guaranteed to continue. After purchase, contact Laura for entry.)
- 60 Day No-Risk Satisfaction Guarantee: If you’re not fully satisfied with this series, contact us within 60 days for a full refund.
About Watching These Videos
The series includes 76 MP4 movies (1024×768). Lightroom 6 and CC 2015 added new features, but didn’t change fundamentals ways of doing things, so most videos are applicable to both CC/6 and 5, without confusion over major interface differences. 74 of the videos are applicable to Lightroom CC/6, and 69 are applicable to Lightroom 5.
These videos are playable with QuickTime, iTunes, and all other media players. Once you download the series or receive a DVD, no internet connection is required to watch the videos! Watch them anywhere: you can put them on two of your own computers and all your mobile devices. Instruction is provided on how to download them to your iPad or iPhone. Note that most TVs will not play MP4 videos directly. Alternatives include using Apple TV, or connecting your iPad or laptop to your TV.
- Work with Laura’s photos for all the lessons on developing, and on panorama and HDR merges.
- Easily get back to any point in a video with the detailed Video Index. Use Acrobat Reader to search the index for any topic.
- Comprehensive instruction in Lightroom CC/6’s new features. The big ones are panorama and HDR merges and face tagging, but all the “little” ones are included as well.
- New videos: Importing from iPhoto, Importing from Mac Photos, Keyword Suggestions and Sets, The Quick Develop Panel, Overview of Lightroom Mobile and Web, and for Lightroom CC/6 users: Photo Merge HDR, Photo Merge Panorama, Dehaze,and Face Tagging.
I have your Lightroom 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond series. Should I get this version as well?
If you watched and mastered all or most of Laura’s Lightroom 5 series and really just need to learn the new features, a more efficient way to do this would be to watch my free Learn Lightroom CC/6’s New Features series. In Lightroom CC/6 & 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond, new features are not covered in a separate section, they are covered in the context of the broader Lightroom topic (for example, new features in the Keyword List are covered within the Keyword List video.)If you have the Lightroom 3 or 4 version of this series, so much has changed or been added since that it would most likely be beneficial for you to purchase this series. Five hours of content has been added since Lightroom 4: The Fundamentals and Beyond, and the series has been entirely rerecorded with eight additional hours of training since Lightroom 3: The Fundamentals and Beyond, taking it from seven hours to over fifteen.
More Detail on What’s Covered
Understand how Lightroom works with a catalog, 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.
Import, Organize and Find Your Photos
- Learn to import your photos from your hard drive, from memory cards, as well as from Elements, iPhoto and Mac Photos.
- Master critical skills to reorganize your folders and photos, why they go missing, and how to resolve this vexing issue.
- Cull your photos with flags, stars and color labels, then add keywords and in CC/6, face tag your photos. Learn how you can find any photo or group of photos almost instantly.
- Create collections to pull together photos for projects without having duplicate photos all over your hard drive.
- Learn how the Map module can save you time and allow you to easily find photos based on location. Quickly assign location to your photos with pin-point accuracy using your smart phone’s GPS capabilities.
- Learn whether converting your raw files to DNG is right for you, and if so, how to convert and manage your DNG files.
- Learn how to transfer photos and work from one computer to another, and how to edit your photos with smart previews so you can travel and work on your photos without taking your external drive.
Develop Your Photos
- Watch me develop a photo start-to-finish, then delve into the tools to transform your images, using my photos.
- Whether you want to learn just the basics, or master every tool available, this segment will inform and inspire you.
- Learn how to read the histogram, and then to use the crop, spot removal, and red eye tools.
- Learn to make your photos pop with 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.
- Take care of problem areas in your photos and bring attention to your subject with the adjustment brush, radial filter and graduated filter.
- Retouch portraits with the adjustment brush and spot removal tool.
- 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.
- Create Lightroom 6 Panoramas and Merge Multiple Exposures (HDR): Learn to use these powerful new tools (including 2015.4’s new Boundary Warp feature), then how to document your panorama and HDR files and how to find them.
Manage and Develop Your Videos
- Learn how to trim videos and capture still photographs from your videos.
- Develop your videos using creative workarounds to Lightroom’s limitations.
Share Your Photos and Videos
Export copies of your photos to share with people, publish directly to Facebook, Flickr and other services, and email photos straight from Lightroom. Add text or a graphic (watermark) to your photos as you export.
- Series Introduction
- Downloading These Videos and PDFs to Your iPad or iPhone
- Introduction to Lightroom
- How Lightroom Works
- to Upgrade to Lightroom 5
- How to Upgrade to Lightroom CC/6
- Importing Photos Already on Your Computer
- Setting Up and Managing Catalog Backups
- Moving Your Photo Library (13:39)
- Importing Photos Already on Your Computer
- Importing Photos from New Memory Cards
- Importing from Elements into Lightroom CC/6
- Importing from Elements into Lightroom 5
- Importing from iPhoto into Lightroom
- Importing from Apple Photos into Lightroom
- Orientation to the Library Module
- The Identity Plate
- Setting Library Grid and Loupe View Options
- Lightroom Preferences
- Catalog Settings
- File and Folder Management
- Missing Folders and Files
- Pros and Cons of Converting Your Raw Files to DNG
- How to Convert and Manage Your DNG Files
- Evaluating Photos
- The Quick Develop Panel
- Keywording Basics
- Keyword Suggestions and Sets
- Face Tagging (Lightroom CC/6 only)
- Organizing and Managing Keywords – The Keyword List Panel
- Adding and Viewing Photo Information 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
- Map Module Part 1: Adding and Managing Photos
- 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
Merging Images in Lightroom CC/6
Photomerge Panorama (Lightroom CC/6 only)
Photomerge HDR (Lightroom CC/6 only)
Developing Your Photos
- Orientation to the Develop Module
- The Histogram
- Overview of Developing a Photo
- Develop Process Version
- Cropping and Straightening Photos
- The Spot Removal Tool
- The Red Eye and Pet Eye Tools
- Camera Profiles
- The Basic Panel
- Viewing Before and After
- The Tone Curve Panel
- The HSL Panel
- Adjustment Brush Basics
- The Adjustment Brush: More Examples
- The Graduated Filter
- Radial Filter Tool
- Converting to Black & White, Split Toning
- Adding Vignettes and Grain with The Effects Panel
- The Effects Panel: Dehaze (for Creative Cloud subscribers only)
- The Lens Corrections Panel
- The Detail Panel: Noise Reduction and Sharpening
- Soft Proofing
- Working Groups of Photos with Sync and Auto Sync
- Virtual Copies and Snapshots
- Exporting Copies of Your Photos
- Emailing from Lightroom
- Watermark Your Photos
- Publish Services
- Working with Photoshop, Elements and Other Image Editors
- Setting Preferences for Working with Photoshop, Elements and Other Image Editors
- Editing in Photoshop or Elements
FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
1. Which series is right for me, The Fundamentals & Beyond, or Producing Great Output?
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.
2. Is Lightroom the right photo-editing program for me?
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?
4. Do you provide free updates when Adobe releases a new version of Lightroom?
For minor releases, such as from Lightroom 6.0 to Lightroom 6.2 or CC 2015.0 to CC 2015.2, Laura provides free downloadable updates.
5. I like to learn on my own and there is a lot of free content on the web – why would I need your video series?
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.
6. If I purchase the DVDs, do I need to download anything?
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.
7. Can I put the videos on multiple computers and mobile devices?
Your purchase entitles you to copy the videos onto all of your own computers and/or mobile devices, exclusively for your own personal use. For detailed terms and conditions, contact Laura.
8. How can I put the videos on my iPad or other mobile device?
The second video in this series shows you how to use iTunes to download the videos and PDFs from your computer to your iPad or iPhone. You’ll then use the Videos app to play the videos, and the iBooks app to read the PDFs.
For other mobile devices: Check with your device manufacturer for instructions on how to transfer and view .MP4 video files.
9. How will I play the videos – is software included?
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.
10. Can I play the videos on my TV?
Most television DVD players will not play .MP4 videos directly. Alternatives include using Apple TV, or connecting your iPad or laptop to your TV.
11. What if I’m not satisfied with your product?
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.
I have many, many books on Lightroom — too many to read them all. However, I have found that Laura’s videos are far easier to comprehend and the quality of the videos is unequaled. She is definitely a cut above.
I found Laura’s videos on Lightroom 5 to be the best way to learn how to use it. The series contains a wealth of information on all the tools in the program. Being a video-based learning series, I was able to pause when I wanted to try what Laura was teaching. Laura is a fantastic teacher who clearly explains the process of the actions being used. I highly recommend Laura’s videos to any one wanting to learn Lightroom the best and easiest way possible.
I just wanted you to know how much I have enjoyed your Lightroom video series. The tutorials are clear and concise, but cover all relevant aspects of the Lightroom features. In fact, I make it a habit to sit down once every couple of weeks and give myself a short “refresher” on some aspect (usually of the Develop module). There is so much functionality that I find I’m always rediscovering something about the program when I revisit a video. Thanks so much.
What a great discovery [Laura has been], with no nonsense tutorials and very clear to understand step by step instructions. Laura has now become my first turn to instructor sharing her extensive knowledge and excellent customer support. I really thought I knew Lightroom but was really just skimming the surface. Other instructors I have tried usually just say “do this”, Laura firmly sits in the “why you should” bracket. Please support this top class instructor and you will not be sorry. In fact like myself you will be very delighted that you did.
I’m one of the many who moved from Aperture to Lightroom. Most of my struggles these past months have been in the Library module. I just couldn’t grasp how to organize my photo library. All the books and online tutorials kind of just glanced over this important step. At some point I found your blog and from there found and purchased your videos “The Fundamentals and Beyond” and “Producing Great Output”. My eyes were opened and the light began to shine as I watched your videos and followed your instructions on how to organize my photos. I can’t say enough about how easy, thorough and precise you are in explaining the concepts in your videos. I’ve learned so much from you in fact that recently I was asked by a long-time LR user to show her how to organize her library! Thanks for all your help. I couldn’t have done this without you!!!
I purchased your Lightroom tutorial series and have found it to be superb! Your style of instruction is easy to follow, very informative and helped me become more facile in using Lightroom. I gained a great deal of expertise and felt more at ease in editing my images after participating in this series. Thank you for aiding me in becoming a better photographer.
As a serious non-professional travel photographer I had been using Photoshop for 15 years when Lightroom came along. After attending classes in Lightroom where I came away confused, I bought Laura’s video course on LR. Her clear instruction taught me LR and today I use it for all my photography, only occasionally going to Photoshop. I can’t thank Laura enough and would recommend her videos highly.
Laura is the consummate professional, at the top of the game in terms of delivering the best available Lightroom training, tutorials and tips for both the advanced and beginner. Her training course are extremely well crafted. Pace and pitch of delivery is a pleasure to experience.
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