Lightroom 4: The Fundamentals & Beyond
A Workshop on Video with Laura Shoe
Master the fundamentals of Lightroom and way beyond!
In this series for both beginners and experienced users, learn how to import, organize and manage, edit and share your photos.
This Lightroom 4 series is no longer available for purchase. Please consider the Lightroom 5, 6 and Classic CC version (click here) – it covers features not available in Lightroom 4, but otherwise is mostly applicable to Lightroom 4.
Start you best-in-class Lightroom training with this series.
10 1/2 hours of training on 55 videos
For PC, Mac, and mobile devices
“Laura’s video training has to be the best and easiest way to master Lightroom. It’s superb…perfect for both beginners and intermediate level Lightroom users and will impress advanced users as well.”
Laura Shoe has taught for Adobe, creativeLIVE, Rocky Mountain School of Photography and other organizations and has been making video tutorials for 10 years. From her years of teaching experience she anticipates where students get stuck, and with a clear and concise presentation style, guides you through the complexities with ease.
This series covers the most important parts of Lightroom that everyone should learn well – the Library and Develop modules – as well as Map. Here’s a summary of what you’ll learn:
Get and Stay Organized
Understand how Lightroom works with a catalog and how to avoid painful mistakes users often make
Make decisions on where to store your photos and how to organize them, set up Lightroom to meet your needs
Protect your photo library: understand what needs to be backed up and how
Import from memory cards, hard drives and Elements
Move and reorganize your library; resolve and avoid missing file issues
Add keywords, stars, labels, names, other “metadata” to find any photo almost instantly
Use the Map module to save time and easily find photos based on location without having to add location keywords
Edit Your Photos to Bring Out Their Best
Watch me develop a photo start-to-finish, then delve into the tools to transform your images
Learn and focus on the basics, or master and leverage every tool in the Develop module
Take care of problem areas in your photos and bring attention to your main subject
Eliminate distractions by removing spots and objects
Retouch portraits to smooth skin, remove blemishes, reduce appearance of wrinkles and under-eye shadows
Fix architectural lines and lens issues
Convert all or part of your photo to black and white, add color toning, grain, and other creative effects
Get more done faster with presets and by working on many photos at once
Move from Lightroom to Photoshop (or Elements) and back
Share Your Photos
Export copies of your photos to send out for printing or to share electronically
Email photos from within Lightroom
Upload to Facebook, Flickr and other services
Watermark your photos with a logo or your copyright
And MUCH MORE!
Beginners: I give you guidance on which videos are most important to watch, so that you don’t feel overwhelmed. Experienced users: in addition to many videos intended particularly for you (The Pros and Cons of DNG, The Tone Curve, Noise Reduction and Sharpening, mastering the Map module, etc., etc.), you’ll find that almost all videos have content intended for you as well – use them to fill gaps in your knowledge.
What a great discovery Laura has been, with no nonsense tutorials and very clear to understand step-by-step instructions. 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.– Graeme Broadhurst (United Kingdom, camera club member)
Laura’s training is always clear and to the point. She seems to anticipate my questions before they even form in my mind. I highly recommend Laura’s training to beginners as well as advanced users. She knows her stuff!
– LM Greene (Computer Consultant/Photo Enthusiast, Connecticut)
I tried using Lightroom for a number of years and always gave up right away - there are so many subtle issues with the interface, and it's not always clear what's going on. I purchased your Lightroom Fundamentals and Beyond video series and I am so glad that I did. Your clear, detailed explanations are so helpful and have given me the understanding I was missing by trying to figure it out on my own. Thank you so much!
– Jim Detwiler
Laura Shoe’s Lightroom course has allowed me to finally understand what Lightroom is and what I can do with it. I have paid hundreds of dollars for Lightroom lessons in person and on the internet, but I screwed up constantly. But by following all the easy steps in Laura Shoe’s course I see myself now as a Lightroom pro! She is clear, calm, easy to understand, exact, precise and friendly. What more do you want?! Hurry, she is the best Lightroom coach you’ll ever need!
– Marijke Rawie (Documentary Consultant, Amsterdam Netherlands)
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.
– Sandra Kunz (Bend, OR)
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.
– Michal Bagley (travel and pet photographer, Austin, Texas)
I purchased your Lightroom tutorial series and have found it to be superb! 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.
– Dick Weaver (Pensacola, FL; convert from B/W film and darkroom printing; photo club president)
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.– Matt O’Brien
Learning how to get the most from Lightroom is so much easier with Laura’s video workshops. Each topic is covered by a short stand alone video which can be watched on its own or as part of the series. I have both The Fundamentals & Beyond and Producing Great Output (for Lightroom 5) on my iPad. Ahead of working on some photos I watch one or more video chapters to refresh my memory. It’s great when you are on a train, etc. My knowledge and use of Lightroom is so much better now thanks to Laura’s clearly explained tutorials.
– Sandy (Cambridge, UK)
Your straightforward and clear videos finally opened my eyes to the value of Lightroom after I had made several previous failed attempts. Largely thanks to your instruction, I now use it for almost 90% of my photo work, and I have recommended your videos to many other people.
– Caspar Davis (Victoria, B.C.)
Without Laura Shoe, I would have given up on photography completely. I came to it late – in my 60s – and after frustrating experiences with Photoshop, I switched to Lightroom. I found that the teaching resources available didn’t work very well for me. I wish I could remember how I discovered Laura’s work, but I am enormously glad that I did. Her videos have helped me so much – the content and presentation are beyond reproach. Thanks to her inspiration, photography is now an important part of my life. I can create and print images that give me great satisfaction and just occasionally pride. Laura – thank you so much!John Woodman (Castletown, Isle of Man)
I am 67 years old, an ‘enthusiast’ photographer, and was slowly discovering Lightroom through trial and error until I discovered your website. THANK YOU so much!! You have saved me hours of frustration. After working through both Fundamentals & Beyond and Producing Great Output workshops on video I now feel like I know what I am doing (and why). And I love Lightroom!– Barb Twite (Australia)
The Laura Shoe video series for Lightroom has been indispensable in my development as a photographer. While I had strong photography skills in terms of capturing photos, the post-processing learning curve was steep for me. I purchased both series of Laura’s educational videos and have enjoyed her ability to explain Lightroom in a way that makes sense and is easy to follow. I am presently working on a book about the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve and the knowledge gained from Laura Shoe’s video series has contributed greatly to the success of this project. I would highly recommend this series to anyone wanting to learn more about Lightroom.
– Joe Ordonez (Rainbow Glacier Adventures; professional nature photographer, author, tour leader)
I have Laura’s tutorials on Lightroom 4 and 5. They have enabled me to utilize the wonders of Lightroom. Tutorials are clear, easy to understand and tell you what you need to know. They are the best I have seen. Well worth the cost. Keep up the good work, Laura.
– Rick Currie (landscape, nature and travel photographer)
I had been using Photoshop Elements. At first I was overwhelmed with learning how to use Lightroom because I couldn’t intuitively grasp all of its capabilities. I watched Adobe and YouTube videos but I still did not have a comprehensive understanding of this software. Then then I found Laura Shoe’s instructional videos. They gave me a solid grounding in the capability and function of Lightroom. Since then I have watched many other good tutorials by other people. But it is Laura’s set of instructional videos which I found to be the clearest and most concise – especially at that point in my learning curve. It was money very well spent to allow this teacher to guide me through the intricacies of Lightroom while I gained confidence.Thank you for a wonderful product.
– Grace Finaldi
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. 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!!!Susan Pederson
Laura Shoe’s Lightroom tutorials are simple, clear, and comprehensive. I have made a career of teaching computer applications and Laura Shoe’s tutorials are taught by a person who knows how to teach.
– Stephen Cysewski (Professor of Computer Applications, Emeritus, University of Alaska Fairbanks)
I am a retired healthcare educator who teaches digital photography. Laura is a superb instructor. I especially enjoy viewing the videos I purchased so I can refer to them while I’m working projects such as the Book module. I have An Apple desktop and a PC side by side, so I can easily refer to Laura’s material on the PC while I’m working on the Apple. I feel grateful that I know about Laura and her excellent videos. I urge you to order her products. You won’t be disappointed! With gratitude for a great instructor like Laura,– Barbara Bourgette (North Providence, Rhode Island)
I have had Lightroom for a couple of years and really had no understanding of the complexity of all the modules and was muddling away in a disorganised manner getting nowhere fast. Sure I had a couple of books on the topic but they didn’t quite get the message across to me in a way that I could understand. Then I found Laura and her tutorials. I got the Fundamentals and Beyond and have learned more than I thought was possible. Laura is a pro — she explains without ego in clear concise and easy to follow manner. She gets on with the job, edits out unnecessary fluff and gets to the point, highlighting various relevant scenarios. I recommend and endorse Laura’s packages, totally.– Mike McPhee (Perth, Western Australia)
I can not tell you how many times I go back to your [Fundamentals & Beyond] tutorials to help me fix an issue in Lightroom or to figure how a tool is used. Thank You So Much! They have saved me countless hours trying to do it on my own.
– Carla Mongelluzzi
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.
– Joe (seascape photographer, Australia)
Laura Shoe’s workshop has provided an immeasurable insight into Lightroom and its catalog. Her clear communication and concise instructions corrected my misconceptions and enabled me to continue cataloging over 20,000 of my collected images. Thank you, Laura.
– Glenda Scott (graphic production; Richland, WA)
L – Learning made easy and enjoyable
A – Anyone who can’t learn from Laura should pursue a different art form
U – You have nothing to lose and mastery of Lightroom to gain
R – Are you still reading this? Order a class already…
A – And another thing; She’s so entertaining, you don’t even need to be interested in Lightroom
S – So what’s it gonna take to get you into one of her lessons?
H – How about a money back guarantee?
O – Or the ability to ask her questions via Facebook?
E – Everyone can pick up something useful from her blog
– Gary Bakeman (Anchorage, Alaska; abstract and landscape photographer)