Lightroom is a powerful tool that most photographers do not use to its full advantage. I know that I didn’t. Once upon a time, I used Lightroom for small adjustments and finished up editing in Photoshop. All of that changed after I watched a few of Jinky Art’s Post Processing Videos. My images are almost finished now when I export them. Lightroom has cut my post processing in half!
For those of us who aren’t Lightroom experts, the software can seem a little overwhelming. There are a lot of panels that do tons of different things, and it is easy to not explore the possibilities. It’s easy to just ignore the adjustments that we don’t understand and use only what we know.
Don’t do that! You are missing out on so much! I could kick myself because I ignored Lightroom’s power for so long. I can’t believe how much time I’ve wasted.
Don’t worry if you are a beginner! There are so many good tutorials about how to use this incredibly powerful software, and you guys know that I am all about the tutorials. I have a rather large *ahem* amount of them saved to my Photography Tutorials board on Pinterest. Make sure to follow me there and discover all the goodies I am always pinning!
Here are 5 tutorials that I have found that have helped me.
This tutorial by Louise Myers is a great introduction to how the different functions of Lightroom work. She discusses the layout, importing photos, and more. The best part is that Louise goes into so much detail, and the tutorial is super easy to follow. If you know almost nothing about Lightroom, this is a great place to start.
First, I have to say that I am a Photoshop girl all the way. However, I do acknowledge that for some photographers Lightroom is all they need to edit their images. That being said, Kevin and Amanda do an excellent job pleading their case in this tutorial. I was almost a believer!
They take you through a few images that they have edited in Lightroom. They show you how to crop and straighten, how to change the White Balance, and how to use the Vibrance slider. It’s pretty cool to see the difference in their before and after pictures!
A lot of photographers will not publish their work online without watermarks, myself included. Photo theft is a huge problem in the photography community. While watermarks may not prevent someone with Photoshop experience from removing it, it may prove as a deterrent. It is also a good way to get others to look up your photography business after seeing one of your amazing images.
BeArt-Presets does an excellent job of taking you step by step through the process of adding your watermark. It’s pretty much a set it and forget it kind of thing. Super easy!
Presets are to Lightroom what actions are to Photoshop. That is why it is so important to grasp the basics of how to use presets. Not only are they a huge time save, they are also a great way of getting a consist look in your sessions. This tutorial not only tells you how to import your new presets, Improve Photography recommends presets that are free. What a great way to test out your new skills!
Now that you are starting to get the hang of the basics, this tutorial will show you a few tips and tricks while using Lightroom. Josh goes over how to add drama to your skies, quick skin fixes, how to use split toning, and more. This article is definitely worth the read once you find your footing.
There you go. Those are 5 tutorials for Lightroom beginners. I know this software seems a little intimidating at first but it is so worth the time and energy to explore. Are there any tips you want to share? Make sure to tell me in the comments!