Photo Editing in Lightroom (Self Study)


Some of the topics that we will cover:

  • File naming and storage
  • Reviewing and rating photos
  • Keywording and collections
  • Cropping and rotating
  • Correcting white balance
  • The histogram
  • Adjusting tones and color
  • Noise reduction and sharpening
  • Targeted adjustments (filters and brushes)
  • Spot removal
  • Exporting, sharing and printing your photos


The reality with editing is that most people don’t know where to start. Any software manual can teach you how to edit your photos. But knowing what needs to be enhanced, and why, is usually the stumbling block for most people. The starting point of every discussion in this course will thus be identifying WHY your photo needs a boost, before we move on to the HOW.

Which software is needed?

Adobe Lightroom is highly recommended. 

Yes, I will focus on several editing concepts that can be applied in most mainstream editing software, but I’ll illustrate these concepts mainly in Adobe Lightroom 5 and 6, which is our software of choice as it balances an easy learning curve for beginners with a powerful feature set and incredible photo organization abilities. The price of Lightroom fluctuates between $100-$140 and can be purchased by clicking here.  You can also sign up for the Photographer’s Package on Adobe Creative Cloud – for only $9.99 per month you have access to the latest version of BOTH Lightroom and Photoshop. That is quite an amazing deal that you can purchase by clicking here.
If you have a previous version of Lightroom it’s not a big problem. Lightroom 5 and 6 has some new tools that are useful and fun, but you can certainly learn how to master the basics without it.

What is the course format?

The course is presented in a series of lesson videos, all produced in an easy-going and non-threatening style—with a good dose of humor thrown in.

There will be no weekly lessons or assignments like in our other courses – instead, you will receive full access to the entire series of videos, and you can watch them in your own time and at your own pace. No rush! You will access to these videos for three years, so you can review and revisit topics as you become more confident in your editing abilities.

All students will be invited to live Q&A webinars from time to time.   Students will be notified by email of the upcoming events.

You will also receive access to an exclusive, student-only Facebook page.  Here you are welcome to start discussions with fellow students and share your editing problems and triumphs.

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