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Sparksman

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I was curious if there were any good videos or books on using Lightroom. I watched Steve's Lightroom Library which was a huge help for me as I am a newbie. I was wondering if there was anything available for Lightroom Develop? Thanks in advance
 

Butlerkid

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Ben Willmore and Tim Grey both have excellent videos on YouTube. They both explain things in a way that is very easy to understand.

Also there is a Lightroom Virtual Summit coming up soon with lots of free classes! See below:

Coming Soon: Lightroom Virtual Summit​
In less than two weeks Tim Grey will be presenting three classes as part of the Lightroom Virtual Summit, which is a free online event that will be held October 3rd through the 7th. He will be presenting on "Streamlined Image Review", "Automating Optimization", and "Find Any Photo", all focused on Lightroom Classic. He is also teaching a bonus class exclusively for those who upgrade to a VIP Pass for the online event. Get all the details and register to attend free (or get the VIP Pass) here:

https://timgrey.krtra.com/t/U9PuWgJeiMlF
 

Replytoken

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There is a summit coming up in early October - https://www.lightroomsummit.com/ . I attended last year and found it to be helpful to beginners and advanced users alike. It is free to attend in real time, but you can buy unlimited access for a fee. Check out their website and see what they are offering this year.

Good luck,

--Ken

P.S. And as mentioned above, The Lightroom Queen is a useful website for both materials and the forum.
 

EricBowles

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It's a little dated, but George Jardine has some excellent videos on Lightroom that walk through every setting. They were created for LR 5/6, so they are missing some of the newer settings. But the would be a great start and will move you to Advanced from Novice in your understanding of LR Classic. They are sold by module - $29 for the Develop module series of videos and $29 for the Library series. I'd get the Develop module and get Steve's Library module.
 

frdjohns

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I know that I learn better from books than other forms of instruction. When I was trying to learn LR (a long time ago), the book that made sense of Light Room was Scott Kelby's "Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic" Book. Rather than trying to teach you every single button and switch, the book takes you through the entire LR process including importing, organizing, developing and printing. Kelby tells you what he does and how he does it. I was not only able to easily understand it, but could follow along with the downloaded images he provides. I quickly recognized other ways I could use the techniques he demonstrated which increased my ability to use LR.

I'm not generally a fan of Scott Kelby (and his never-ending self-promotion), but this book was an exception and helped me to make sense of all things LR. There are other books that explain every single option in LR (this one does not), but this one helped me.
 
The Lightroom Queen has been mentioned previously. However, overnight I received an email saying her 3rd edition of Lightroom books are to be released next month.

I have utilised her website forums which I find helpful in solving particular Lr issues. Though I have not purchased any of her books so cannot comment about their content.

 

Replytoken

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The Lightroom Queen has been mentioned previously. However, overnight I received an email saying her 3rd edition of Lightroom books are to be released next month.

I have utilised her website forums which I find helpful in solving particular Lr issues. Though I have not purchased any of her books so cannot comment about their content.

Do not forget the forum there as well.

--Ken
 

ajm057

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With the upgrade of Lightroom Classic (LRC) from 11.4.1 to 11.5. LRC stopped exporting images with the graphical watermarks added to the image -- images were exported without the watermarks. I finally was able to speak to adobe support who had me role LRC back to version 11.4.1.
I am using a mac Studio Ultra (so Apple Silicon) and run LRC with Rosetta Emulation ON. There are clearly somer issues when running Adobe LRC 11.5 on Apple silicon (macOS Monterey 12.6).
 

Melanie

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Ben Willmore and Tim Grey both have excellent videos on YouTube. They both explain things in a way that is very easy to understand.

Also there is a Lightroom Virtual Summit coming up soon with lots of free classes! See below:

Coming Soon: Lightroom Virtual Summit​
In less than two weeks Tim Grey will be presenting three classes as part of the Lightroom Virtual Summit, which is a free online event that will be held October 3rd through the 7th. He will be presenting on "Streamlined Image Review", "Automating Optimization", and "Find Any Photo", all focused on Lightroom Classic. He is also teaching a bonus class exclusively for those who upgrade to a VIP Pass for the online event. Get all the details and register to attend free (or get the VIP Pass) here:

https://timgrey.krtra.com/t/U9PuWgJeiMlF
Is that geared towards expert LR users, or will newbies benefit? I find so many tutorials use the previous version of LRC and the screens and icons are different than what I am seeing on my device. When you are trying to learn these, it does make a difference if you are trying to follow along and you don't have the same options. So, am always looking for basic LR tutorials that have the current LRC version.
 

Butlerkid

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Is that geared towards expert LR users, or will newbies benefit? I find so many tutorials use the previous version of LRC and the screens and icons are different than what I am seeing on my device. When you are trying to learn these, it does make a difference if you are trying to follow along and you don't have the same options. So, am always looking for basic LR tutorials that have the current LRC version.
While the tutorials will target various levels of users (beginner, intermediate and advanced) I would think that the presenters would be using the latest version of the s/w.
 

bleirer

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Is that geared towards expert LR users, or will newbies benefit? I find so many tutorials use the previous version of LRC and the screens and icons are different than what I am seeing on my device. When you are trying to learn these, it does make a difference if you are trying to follow along and you don't have the same options. So, am always looking for basic LR tutorials that have the current LRC version.
I've participated in two of the previous lightroom virtual summit. There is something for every level of expertise, probably more content for someone with at least a little familiarity with the software, but you can pick and choose which presentations to view and which to skip. Overall worthwhile. Since Lightroom always is up to date and the presenters have made their videos very recently it all should be the recent version.
 

Viathelens

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One excellent resource for you is the Adobe Help Manual, you can find this in the header bar across the top where the menus are. The link takes you to the Adobe Manual. Reading the entire Adobe manual through first, before reading any books or watching any videos, is a great way to learn the basics of the program and will help you to understand the books and videos to follow. Learning how to manage in the Library Module is the key to success in the program, this module is the base module from which everything else follows to some some degree. LrC actually has seven modules, or applications, all in one and learning how to mange the Library Module first will help when you want to use the other modules. In the Develop Module you can start out with an image by clicking on the Auto button, this will set a black and white balance, it also adds saturation and vibrance so you may need to set that back to 0, depending on the image. From that point you can start to use the other sliders, experiment and don't expect to get perfect right away. To date, I've processed over 17,000 photos and I'm still learning new things. You will love the masking ability in LrC for wildlife, it is incredible. Good luck.
 

Melanie

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One excellent resource for you is the Adobe Help Manual, you can find this in the header bar across the top where the menus are. The link takes you to the Adobe Manual. Reading the entire Adobe manual through first, before reading any books or watching any videos, is a great way to learn the basics of the program and will help you to understand the books and videos to follow. Learning how to manage in the Library Module is the key to success in the program, this module is the base module from which everything else follows to some some degree. LrC actually has seven modules, or applications, all in one and learning how to mange the Library Module first will help when you want to use the other modules. In the Develop Module you can start out with an image by clicking on the Auto button, this will set a black and white balance, it also adds saturation and vibrance so you may need to set that back to 0, depending on the image. From that point you can start to use the other sliders, experiment and don't expect to get perfect right away. To date, I've processed over 17,000 photos and I'm still learning new things. You will love the masking ability in LrC for wildlife, it is incredible. Good luck.
I'm not sure if I've clicked on the right space, but under the LRc Help tab, I click on the help link and it takes me to Adobe LRC where I click on the User Guide. Unfortunately, it still uses the screen shots from the previous LR version. I'm sure it's helpful, but it would be nice if they would update their screen shots, as it does get confusing when you are trying to follow along and your screen doesn't match what they are showing. I haven't gone through Steve's LR Library help here and think that it probably worth every penny. I thought Library was nothing to really worry about - that Develop was what mattered, and I think I will follow your advice and learn Library as a foundation. I've done okay, but I feel like I'm just winging it and getting lucky sometimes with what I'm doing, which is probably also wasting a lot of time.
 

Viathelens

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I'm not sure if I've clicked on the right space, but under the LRc Help tab, I click on the help link and it takes me to Adobe LRC where I click on the User Guide. Unfortunately, it still uses the screen shots from the previous LR version. I'm sure it's helpful, but it would be nice if they would update their screen shots, as it does get confusing when you are trying to follow along and your screen doesn't match what they are showing. I haven't gone through Steve's LR Library help here and think that it probably worth every penny. I thought Library was nothing to really worry about - that Develop was what mattered, and I think I will follow your advice and learn Library as a foundation. I've done okay, but I feel like I'm just winging it and getting lucky sometimes with what I'm doing, which is probably also wasting a lot of time.

You really do need to learn how to use the Library Module first, if you do this it will save you many headaches on importing and exporting and filtering and marking images. Many people have trouble when it comes to importing, although LrC makes it very easy. Sometimes people don't pay attention to what the wording is for the settings and this causes problems. Hearing people say "Lightroom lost my images" is somewhat common, but it really is not LrC, it's the user who fails to control the process. Once you understand how LrC operates it's easy to use; for example, understanding that your images are not stored in the LrC catalog but are really only linked to LrC is important. The Adobe User Guide can help with this type of basic information. When I started some 10 years ago I did use a book by Scott Kelby as well as the user manual, although I would never recommend Kelby. I like Martin Evening's book much better, he knew the guys who created the program and also worked on PS. I also read the LrC help manual and then got certified in Lightroom, which I don't think they do anymore. I've taught LrC at a community college and this always started with understanding how the program works and how the Library Module works. After that, you can figure the rest out. I use the Slideshow and Book Modules a lot, working on several slideshows now and creating three books with African images.
 
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