Lightroom Tutorial For Beginners – Overview of EVERYTHING Lightroom in 15 MINUTES

If only there were some awesome, sweet,
cool, fast, crazy crash course on Lightroom that took under 16 minutes to
learn everything you needed to know to become the Lightroom master of the world!
Well lucky for you – your dreams have come true. Alright, so let’s dive into lightroom together. So first when we open we have no photos in front of us. Let’s hit
this import button and scroll to where our photos are kept. You can select
whatever hard drive you want. I’ve got my photos on the desktop, and I’m going to
unselect this guy here and hit import. So those photos are going to be imported
into what’s called my library and now I’m gonna show you another easier way to
get photos in you just find your photos drag the entire folder into Lightroom
and it will automatically open up that import dialog you can select which
photos that you’d like to import and you can hit import or you can apply presets
while you’re importing which is very handy so just go to develop settings
select the preset you want and then you can apply copyright info to your photo
under metadata or you can apply keywords to the photos so that you already have
it sorted and done ahead of time very handy so once that’s done I’m going to
hit import I can choose to select previews built by Lightroom and that’s
gonna help Lightroom edit the photos faster but for now I’m just gonna hit
minimal so I have them imported as quickly as possible once the photos are
imported they’re all gonna pop up in this library grid now there’s different
views in the library you can select grid mode fullscreen XY z– compare look at
photos before and after different edits that sort of thing on the top left
you’ve got your Navigator panel which allows you to do things like zoom it
shows which photo you’ve got actively selected and working on and then on your
right bar you’ve got the quick develop panel this is an awesome panel for
developing and editing multiple photos at the same time so I can apply a preset
from here I can adjust my white white balance apply Auto tone controls
exposure settings that sort of a thing but what’s great about this is I can
actually select multiple photos and effect them all at the same time so if I
switch to the grid view here I’ll show you what I mean they’re all selected
using the shift key then I scroll down I select a preset and that preset will be
applied across all of those photos or if I go to white balance I can set them all
so this is very handy especially if you’ve got multiple photos with similar
settings say it’s all from the same shoot you apply a batch edit to all of
them and then you go individually and adjust things from there so Lightroom is
organized into different modules and those are basically different windows
for different things the library window is all about doing batch edits to
everything and organizing your photos so think of a library things are organized
that’s what your library is all about so I can apply keywords to my images that
helps with organizing I can batch edit things I can
adjust the metadata of the photos so that’s basically the information about
the actual photo itself I can change the file name I can change the title the
caption I can add a copyright status so that people know this photo is
copyrighted by me and that will actually be exported with the metadata in the
photo when you get save and get it out there so once I’ve got that inserted I
can head over to the catalog section and show you all the photos and how they’re
organized catalog shows you all the photos in your library folders shows you
where those photos are being stored on your computer
collections allows you to actually create virtual folders inside your
library and is sort your images so let’s say I wanted to sort these into a folder
I’d go create collection I’m going to title it cars and mountains so now I’ve
got a little folder that has my cars and mountains photos all set there so the
beauty of Lightroom is it lets you do things in different ways so there’s many
ways to organize your photos I’m rating my photos now using the one through five
keys or if I want to I can actually color code them as well so I can apply a
star writing or I can apply a color rating if you’re one of those people who
just likes to do yes or no you can flag it as pick or unpick and then you can
organize all of these things later and sort them depending on how you set your
images so right now I’m going to just go through and rate a few of them just to
show you how quickly I can organize and access these images later in Lightroom
if I go down here and I select four stars I’m going to see all of the photos
I’ve rated four stars or higher same as if I go through and do one star or if I
go rating is equal to 1 star it’ll show me just photos that are rated with one
star I can then go through and I can sort them by color I can sort them by
flagged or unflagged or a combination of the two so right now
I’m showing images with a color as well as five star filter there’s more I can
actually sort my images according to camera data which is amazing so I can
scroll through and I can find photos that were taken just with the g-h 5 or
just with the olympus EEM 10 or just with a Nikon d4 the beauty is you can
actually select your images and very quickly organize them using the metadata
so I can go through I can sort them by color label star camera lens or by none
so once I’ve got all of my images organized what do I do then well I get
to go over into the develop panel so I clicked
up on the right of library and that’ll actually take me into the image editor
inside of Lightroom the fun stuff so I’m gonna reset the edits on this image and
walk you through how all of this works I’ve still got my Navigator panel here
on the left and then presets underneath it so you can see how the Navigator
panel actually displays the preset before I click it so I can select
presets and quickly browse now below that I’ve got snapshots which shows my
edit processes collections again is accessible very easily so I can sort
into my car and mountain photo if I want to or I can go to my history to select
various points of edits during my editing process now this right-hand
toolbar is where all the power in the develop module lies at the very top is
my histogram it is going to show me my shadows my blacks whites highlights
exposure these two little boxes at the left and right actually turn on clipping
which lets me know when an image has too much black in it or too much white in it
basically portions of the image that are all white or all black are losing color
information and they’re gonna show up as red or blue and I have these boxes
selected very handy when you’re editing now if I scroll down to my next tools
I’ll find the basic panel this gives me all my basic image adjustments my white
balance which I can do manually or by setting it to auto or my exposure
contrast highlights shadows blacks whites below that way of the tone curve
which lets us adjust the brightness of various parts of the image and you can
actually do this with RGB so it’s red blue green or all the values at the same
time now let’s look at one of the most powerful parts of Lightroom the hue
saturation luminance panel this allows me to adjust the hue of any color the
saturation of any color and the brightness of any color within an image
simply by selecting it and pulling it up or down using the little tool on the
left of luminance or by grabbing it manually and adjusting it from there so
by going to the hue panel and selecting the color of this van I can click drag
and change it from baby blue to navy blue in about half a second how awesome
is that next we move into the split toning
section of Lightroom which lets you add a tint to the highlights or the shadows
in your image so with this image I can adjust and set my highlight to you know
red green yellow whatever a nice orange let’s say and the saturation is going to
control how much of that is in the image I can do the same thing with the shadows
by adjusting the saturation or by adjusting the hue which
is the color of that tint they have the sharpening sections of our image so we
can adjust the amount of sharpening on our image the radius which is how thick
the sharpening is and our mask which is going to adjust how much of the image
actually gets sharpening so our mask at 0 will apply sharpening to everything at
a hundred it will only apply sharpening to the strongest edges of the image so
if we can zoom in here just by double-clicking the image or by clicking
the Navigator panel and that will give us a better idea of what’s going on in
the sharpening our next tool is the lens correction panel so this is very handy
for adjusting your photo based on the flaws in your camera or your lens so
typical lenses will have a little bit of vignette in the edges a little bit of
distortion so this allows you to set it based on which lens which camera you
took it with and adjust it from there manually if you need to now transform
panel is for a very similar purpose let’s say that you were slightly
off-center when you took a picture of this van well you can adjust that using
the horizontal transform tool or if you are pointing too high too low you
weren’t directly level with your camera you can adjust that too by tilting the
photo forward or backwards this is a very handy tool when you’re just
slightly off and your photo needs a quick tweak moving into effects we have
vignette which we can add or take away set the midpoint that sort of a thing
and then we have grain so we can make our image look like it was shot on film
so you can go crazy with that I would prefer to go subtle so that you can’t
really notice it at the very bottom here we have camera calibration which
basically is telling your computer telling Lightroom how to interpret the
color of your photos so you can select the different camera profiles that you
shot your photo on or you can manually adjust how Adobe is interpreting the
Reds the Greens the shadows the blues and you can tweak things from there so
our signature Edit profiles use different camera calibrations to get
different looks in the hopes of making it look more like a film camera so let’s
say I apply a couple presets to an image and I want to decide which one I like
better well I can create what’s called a virtual copy and apply my preset to each
of them get two different edits and then I can compare them by going back into my
library panel and hitting this X Y button at the bottom grid and that will
actually show me both versions compared side-by-side I can zoom in by hitting
the fit or fill button see which edit I like better so I like
the one on the left better but I don’t like how D saturated is
so once I’ve got it kind of set where I want it to be I’m going to take those
settings and actually paste it on to the other copy of this image I’m gonna go
control-c or command-c depending on pc or mac and then i’m going to paste it
onto the one on the left here lastly we have our tools at the very top here and
these are the specialized tools so image by image all edit things like my crop go
in and use the spot he’ll to lure clone tool and that’s going to allow me to
very quickly remove blemishes loose hairs
maybe camera dust for my image small little thing so i’m gonna zoom in here
on the models face and if i look very closely i can see just a few little
blemishes that i’m gonna take care of by selecting them with the spot heal tool
and Lightroom is automatically going to find another area of similar color and
use that to clone over those little blemishes we’re gonna skip over the red
eye tool here and go into our graduated filters which lets us apply a filter
across an area of an image from highest intensity all the way down to zero so I
can adjust things like my exposure I can darken parts of the image to draw
attention to another area so let’s say I wanted to emphasize this cloud that’s in
front of her well I can take my clarity down my exposure up my white balance
tweak a little bit and look like it’s a lot thicker or I can press Delete at any
time and get rid of it beside that we have a radial filter which is the same
thing only using an ellipse slash circle with the center being the strongest
point the outside being the weakest if I press quotation it will actually invert
that so I can darken or light in the background or my subject in the photo
and lastly we have our adjustment brush which is pretty much my favorite part of
Lightroom I can take her hair paint over it with an adjustment brush and brighten
it in about two seconds to adjust the adjustment brush you just scroll down
here and I can adjust things like the size the feather which is how hard or
soft the brushes the flow which is how fast the effect comes out the density
which is the maximum amount of effect applied the most beautiful part about
adjustment layers is you can have as many as you want so you just scroll to
the top hit new and you’ve got another one so let’s edit an image together
first I’m going to apply my image then I’m going to select auto white balance
scroll down and adjust my exposure to a level that I think is practical so I’m
liking the way that this image is looking I’m just gonna slightly tweak
the highlights bring the shadows up ever so slightly bring some more saturation
into the photo but what’s bugging me is these two people off in the grass here
well let’s see if we can use the spot tool to remove them
I’m going to paint over and Lightroom will automatically select an area to
replace it with but that wasn’t accurate so I can just click and drag it over and
just like that man number one is gone I’m gonna just do the same thing over
here with woman number two paint over that and Lightroom again is gonna auto
select and sometimes it doesn’t do the best job so I’m just gonna select a
different area of the image here and just like that person number two is
almost hidden but kind of not good enough for me I’m gonna try and tweak
some different settings here but it doesn’t look good so if it doesn’t work
for you all you do is hit it hit delete and start again so I’m going to make my
brush a little bigger this time to cover her completely and there we go right
away it pretty much covered her up so how much better is that I’m actually
gonna create a virtual copy here pressing command apostrophe and just to
show you exactly where we came from here’s before and here’s after how great
is that so there’s a couple things I’d still like to do with this image one is
to emphasize the sky a little bit so I’m going to drag this graduated filter down
and I’m not going to make it that extreme just a little bit darker and
then I’m going to add some blue to it in the white balance and that’s just gonna
make it pop a little bit more now I’m gonna take this building and darken it
just the slightest bit using a radial filter I’ll take that press the
apostrophe key to invert it and darken it ever so slightly subtle is the best
choice of action here so just a tiny bit bringing the highlights down the
exposure ever so slightly and the whites down to make sure that nothing is
clipping and everything is looking good lastly I’m gonna brighten it up a little
bit and then paint with an adjustment layer on this grass just to bring out
some more detail and texture in the photo so first thing I’m gonna do is
paint over all of this grass I’m just gonna click hold and paint and you can
see it’s getting a little bit darker and after that I’m going to take the clarity
up at some D haze maybe a little bit of sharpening and some highlights some
White’s just put a little more contrast in that grass and you can see how it’s
popping already and adding some interest in detail to the image lastly I’m gonna
go up to this white balance add a little bit of warmth to that grass and maybe
not magenta let’s add some green back into it just so it looks a little more
grass like now I’m gonna press the O key and that’s gonna show me where I’ve
actually painted my adjustment layer and you can see that I’ve actually missed a
few spots so I’m just gonna touch those up and I’m gonna focus a little bit add
another adjustment layer onto this just brighten those clouds up and make
them pop out of the image so take my brush set the exposure a little bit
higher highlights a little bit of higher clarity and I’ve still got the okie
unlabeled so that’s gonna paint as red so I can see it very easily there we go
and I’m gonna paint one cloud at a time just very roughly very quickly for the
sake of this video and it’s gonna show you hopefully how quick and fast
Lightroom can be when you know what you’re doing so you see there’s these
little spots in here well that’s because I had Auto mask on I mean to turn it off
and now we are painting without Lightroom trying to figure out what
areas I’m actually painting and just painting on everything that I touch so
I’m going to go over these clouds here very quickly and once that’s done I’ll
just press o and I can see what my mask is looking like in reality
oh wow so it looks like we’re not that subtle I’m gonna take that down and just
very slightly get rid of the exposure add a little bit of highlights mostly
I’m concerned about adding some clarity some texture to these clouds so I’ll
take the clarity up and just see how we’re doing there so very slightly bring
some highlights into it and I can always press delete and very quickly see what
it was before and after by pressing command Z or control Zed on a PC just
cycle back and forth and it’s looking good I’m gonna dial it back just a
little bit because we always want it to be subtle you don’t want it to be
obvious and we are looking pretty good the contrast on the whole image back
bring the vibrance up ever so slightly in the saturation down that’s generally
a good rule of thumb vibrance is the saturation of the mid-tone saturation is
saturation on all the colors in the image shadows and highlights included
which makes it look a little bit less natural so I’ve got that where I want it
some of my edits are done let’s export some photos I’m gonna go to file export
that’ll bring up the export dialog I can either select a preset on the left or I
can set my settings manually put them in a subfolder once the images are finished
let’s just title this best image ever renamed I can set it to a custom name or
any number of things so let’s set in a custom text here set my compression size
I can have the image be smaller than 800 kilobytes or I can have it be full size
I can resize to fit the width and height dimensions long edge long edges this
edge down here the longest edge on image short edge is the short edge on the
image so it’ll make that edge as long as you want it to be
within height or I normally go with long edge and set it to 2048 that’s the best
for Facebook settings right now and we can add a watermark if we want to we
won’t right now and once we’ve got all that dialed in the way we want to well
hit export and Lightroom will show its progress in the top left corner and once
it’s done it will open up our photos automatically in finder or on a PC
whatever window you set it to okay great so there they are looking good so let’s
say you want to add a watermark you just go to Lightroom Edit watermark and you
can add your watermark either in a JPEG or just with text all these settings are
pretty straightforward you type them in and you’ve got your watermark just like
that congratulations you’re officially a Lightroom master how does it feel hey
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10 Replies to “Lightroom Tutorial For Beginners – Overview of EVERYTHING Lightroom in 15 MINUTES”

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  2. I enjoyed it. One tip. Please slow your rate of speech on your next video. So much valuable information…it would be okay if the video was longer.

  3. You obviously have a great command of Lightroom ~ but if you were reading War & Peace to us, I think we'd be done in about 23 minutes!! If you could s l o w d o w n, the value of your teaching could go WAAAAAY up! j/s

  4. I understand he was trying to keep a tutorial on a very powerful program as short as he could BUT about midway through I quit trying to remember anything he said because it was just a word stew at that point. I just related his instructions to PhotoShop, which has a quadzillion things to remember in it too. I'll try to find tutorial that is more step at a time and maybe come back to this one if I forget a thing I think he said. At least I could understand him. presets are the "new thing" I need to explore. Thank you for the video, I do feel I have an idea of what LR is now.

  5. I just downloaded lightroom classic and am following along. However, there is no picker tool when I'm in the hue panel 🙁 Any ideas?

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