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Comprehensive Tutorial: Using the basic sliders in Lightroom

This comprehensive video tutorial will show you how to use the basic Lightroom sliders for processing your images. Learn some image processing tips that have left classroom students with their “minds blown.”


Portrait retouching in 10 minutes using Lightroom

In this Lightroom tutorial I will show you my workflow for editing and retouching a portrait. I usually spend no more than 10 minutes on a single image, and often it's less than five. As I go through the process of retouching this portrait using Lightroom, I'll do some basic edits and then some global adjustments. Then I'll brighten the eyes and sooth out some skin issues.

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Step by Step Lightroom Import Tutorial

In these two videos, Darlene walks you through importing your images into your Lightroom catalog as well as how to merge a catalog into your main catalog.

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7 deadly lightroom processing sins

7 Deadly Lightroom Processing Sins

Wherever you are on your photography journey there are always new things to learn. But something else you want to consider is what things you want to avoid doing. Which mistakes have others made previously, that you can learn from and avoid? In this article, you'll look at photo editing with Lightroom and seven processing sins that you want to avoid.


Setting up a good digital workflow with Lightroom

In this article I’ll walk you through how I set up my system, as well as look at a few things you’ll want to avoid. Based on my own past failures and mistakes, I want to help you create a solid foundation so that your workflow is smooth and you avoid any potential disasters and headaches. Learn about importing your memory cards into your catalog, folder structure and naming conventions, storing and backing up your digital photos and then what to do with your card after all your images are imported.


Using Lightroom keyboard shortcuts

In this video tutorial I will show you some of my most used Lightroom keyboard shortcuts, in particular for the Library and Develop modules. If you’re not a shortcut fan, I urge you to have a watch of this and see how quickly I move around without using my mouse much, or at all. It can really speed up your workflow to keep your hands off the mouse.

Common Lightroom Catalog Questions

6 Common questions about the Lightroom catalog

Darlene first explains what the Lightroom catalog is and then covers questions such as where does it live?, How many catalog's do I need? What does the exclamation point in my catalog mean and how to backup your catalog for safety. These seem to be some of the most commonly asked questions about the catalog.


Correct your images in under 2 minutes using Lightroom

In this quick lightroom tutorial video, I show you how to correct for lens corrections and too much contrast.

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Using Adobe Lightroom presets

Lightroom Develop Presets consist of a copy of some of the settings available inside Adobe Lightroom, already applied in a certain way, to create a certain affect on your image. Learn about some handy tools for creating unique and stunning images in this video tutorial. I'll show you how to import presets, apply them, how to modify your image after applying a preset, how to create your own presets and then how to export and share your presets with others.


Setting up your Lightroom preferences

In this article I go over some of the important things you need to know about your Lightroom preference settings, how I set them up, and why. Lightroom is a powerful tool, but like any tool how you use it makes all the difference. Tweaking just a couple things can either make it lightning fast, or have you clock watching. Follow this tips and it should help you understand the options a bit better.


Top 10 reasons Adobe Lightroom rocks

After a quick review of the image processing software available, I go over the top 10 reason that Lightroom blows them all away. These are the top 10 reasons I choose to use it.

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3 Tips for Better Black and White Conversion using Lightroom

Have you ever wondered how the professional photographers get those beautiful black and white or sepia toned images? Wonder why yours come out looking dull and flat looking? Here are 3 tips to help you with better black and white conversions using Adobe Lightroom, and solve that problem!

Source: Digital Photography School

How To Import Into Lightroom

Darlene walks you through all the steps involved in getting your images from the memory card, over to your hard drive and into Lightroom. She goes over options for presets, preference settings and more.

More in her importing into your Lightroom catalog article

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