Unlock Your Editing Skills with Lightroom Classic
Learn more with this Lightroom course than just how to improve your photos. It’s less expensive than any equipment upgrade, with often just as much or more impact.
Impress friends, family, and yourself with a newfound command of photo editing and the resulting images by getting a complete handle on Lightroom Classic. Learn how to master tools you’ve never used before with finesse and skill.
Developed in 2022 with Lightroom Classic 11.4, you’ll learn how to use Lightroom in its most up-to-date version, with all the latest masking AI tools and more. The course will always be kept current and any new tools or changes will be added to the course at no extra charge to you.
You’ll learn the best approach to photo editing, starting with the basics, before moving on to adding your own creative touches. Editing will be a breeze and you’ll soon be fixing and solving common image issues.
This Lightroom course is available forever. Once you register, you will have lifetime access to all the video lessons so you can refer to them whenever you need a refresher. New lessons will be added as Lightroom develops and gets upgrades.
The RAW image files used in the lessons are included with the course so you can follow along. As well, you get six bonus images (two sky replacement images, two textures, and two bokeh overlays) so you can practice more creative and advanced techniques using Photoshop and plugins.
With a full 30-day money-back guarantee, you’ve got nothing to lose. If you’re not happy or decide the course isn’t for you, that’s not a problem. Full refunds are available as necessary.
Your Photos, Your Way
In this 16+ hour course, you’ll learn how to use Lightroom, to understand the software, how to use the editing tools, and the best way to approach your images to get the end results you want.
By following the instructor’s steps in each lesson and matching the edits demonstrated you will have a solid understanding of how all the tools work and when to use each. Then you can apply all this newfound knowledge to your own images to make them pop!
What You’ll Learn in This
The easy answer is EVERYTHING you need to know.
In more detail, you’ll learn everything that is listed below, PLUS, get ongoing course updates. Once you own this course, you will get free updates as new features are added to the software. Additional lessons will be added as necessary for all improvements, updates, and changes to Lightroom and you’ll always have FULL ACCESS!
Lightroom Workflow and Interface
- How to install and update Lightroom
- What is a catalog, where is it saved, and how to back it up properly
- How to import images
- How to use the library features for sorting, flagging, and finding images
- How to use all the tools in the develop module
- How to execute basic adjustments like exposure, color, and contrast
- How to fix common image issues and problems
- How to use Collections in Lightroom
How to do Photo Editing with Lightroom Classic
- Which tools to use for the effect that you want to achieve
- How and why to use the masking tools to make local adjustments
- Understanding the history panel
- How and when to use snapshots
- How to create and use virtual copies
- How to apply develop presets and create your own
- How to crop
- How to clone and erase
- How to batch process, sync edits, and copy and paste image adjustments
How to Take Your Images to the Next Level
- Learn how to approach the editing process and how to know when you’ve gone too far
- Learn how to add style and a finishing touch to your images
- How to save or export your images ready for print or online usage
- How to use all the other modules to make a slideshow, print, map, web gallery, or book
- How to use Photoshop and other third-party plugins within your Lightroom workflow
How is This Lightroom Course Organized?
The course is organized into sections that lead you through a complete understanding of the interface and tools, the workflow for using Lightroom, and related plugins such as Photoshop, Luminar Neo, ON1 Photo Raw, and Topaz. You’ll learn how to fix common image problems and edit all kinds of photos including landscapes, portraits, pets, and macro.
In this opening section of the course, you’ll be introduced to Lightroom Classic and shown how to get around the different modules, side panels, and tools. You’ll also learn how to customize the software and all about the catalog. What it is, how it works, and why you need to understand it.
The Library Module
Here you’ll learn how to add or import images into Lightroom. Then over several lessons, you’ll see how to flag, tag, and label images as well as add metadata, copyright information, and more. Next, you’ll see how to use the Filter bar to sort and find images quickly and easily.
In this part of the course, you’ll learn about stacking images, virtual copies, using two monitors, creating and managing image collections, and more. See the difference between Smart Collections and regular ones and how to use them.
Develop Module Part 1
Learning how to use the tools in the basic panel, understanding the histogram, and a few other essential skills is our starting point in the Develop Module. You’ll get an overview of the module and you will learn about each tool in Develop one by one. Crop tool, Spot removal, Curves, Lens Corrections, HSL, B/W, Color Grading, Details, Effects, and Calibration. You can easily follow along using the RAW files provided!
Develop Part 2
This section is where you will get tips on which order to apply the tools, and how to do balanced editing (you’ll learn about “the photo editing dance”). Then you’ll take it to the next level Now you’ll learn how to take it to the next level with local edits and masking. As well you’ll see how to use the history, snapshots, do batch processing, sync settings across multiple images, merge to HDR, and merge to Panorama.
Develop Part 3 Advanced
Finally, getting your finished images out of Lightroom will be covered in detail including the Export dialog box, transferring images to Photoshop and other plugins, and using the Publish panel. You’ll also see how to use Develop Presets to speed up your workflow and how to make your own. Lastly, we’ll talk about handling the Lightroom catalog, exporting one, importing one, moving it, merging two, working with more than one, etc.
This is where the practical application of all the tools and techniques you’ve learned so far in the course all come together.
You’ll learn how to use Lightroom Classic to fix color problems and contrast issues (too much or not enough). Finally, you’ll see a full start-to-finish edit on two different images – one landscape and one portrait.
Using the RAW images provided in the course to practice, you can follow along and try to reproduce the same results as your instructor. Then, you’ll be ready to tackle just about anything!
Lightroom’s Other Modules
Finally, each of the other modules inside Lightroom Classic will also be covered one lesson at a time including:
You’ll be challenged to design your own book and order one, make a slideshow, and add your own photos to the map for Geo tagging.
Bonus: Custom Print templates for you to use will also be provided as another bonus!
Frequently Asked Questions
Watch and learn as Darlene answers all student questions in a live format, while she not only answer the questions, she demonstrates them in real time.
Watch many more hours of photo editing demonstrations while having your questions answered and pick up a few more tips and tricks.
NOTE: These live sessions are now all completed and the recordings are part of the course so you get even more valuable content!
This Lightroom Course IS FOR YOU if you say YES to any of the following:
- You already have and use Lightroom Classic but consider yourself a beginner to intermediate with your photo editing skills.
- You feel somewhat confident using Lightoom Classic but are sure there’s more to it that you might be missing or unaware of.
- You don’t know what you don’t know – so you want to learn from a pro.
- You have an older version of Lightroom and are familiar with the interface.
- You’re a bit lost with some of the new features in Lightroom Classic.
- You have many random questions and aren’t sure where to go for help.
- You want to take your editing to a new level.
- You want to get the most out of using Lightroom and eventually branch into Photoshop (this course is a good jumping-off point – we also have a Photoshop course for you to take next as well!).
- You want to learn how to use Lightroom Classic and you want everything you need in one easy-to-find place.
- You want to find ONE good instructor and follow that person so you aren’t confused by different methods.
This Lightroom Course is NOT FOR YOU if this sounds more like you:
- You are already a photo editing master or at least you have mastered Lightroom (in that case you might want to check out our Photoshop for Photographers Course).
- You are using Lightroom Mobile or Lightroom CC. This course is based on Lightroom Classic ONLY.
- You lack basic computer skills such as understanding the file and folder structure on your computer.
- You have never done any photo editing and are totally new to it.
- In this case I’d suggest you look at Luminar Neo and our course for that software instead of Lightroom! Use our discount code DPM-NEO to get $10 off Luminar Neo.) Luminar Neo is MUCH more user-friendly for beginners.
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What are students saying about this Lightroom Course?
I have taken a number of online as well as in-person courses, and this Digital Photo Mentor Lightroom course is unquestionably the BEST. Darlene Hildebrandt instructs Lightroom Classic in a logical, clear, and concise manner making every minute of one’s time count.
I consider myself to be an “advanced intermediate” user of Lightroom and I hesitated to sign up for the course because I was not sure I would learn anything new. I was wrong to think that. I have received new insights in nearly every lesson, sometimes finding out about a shortcut I was not aware of, other times discovering new uses for an existing control that I thought I knew well.
Working through the lessons I was gob-smacked, again and again, as Darlene demonstrated a feature or capability that I had no clue Lightroom offered or explained how the program worked, many times solving challenges I struggled with.
As an instructor, Darlene demonstrated that she cares about her students and goes above and beyond patiently answering questions and helping her students.
Darlene Hildebrandt has been a professional photographer since 1987. She’s owned a photography studio, done every type of photography from food to portraits, and over 250 weddings. She has done photography business coaching as well as retouched physical negatives in a dark room.
With the advent of digital photography, Darlene moved into using Photoshop in 1995 and Lightroom since it’s creation. She has led photography tours around the world, lead workshops in multiple countries and teaches her photo editing skills through Lightroom, Photoshop, and Luminar Neo courses and classes here on Digital Photo Mentor.
More Rave Reviews From Students
Let me put it simply, Darlene’s class was superior to any of the very large number of classes in which I have been a student. Five stars and well deserved.
Dr. Steven Gottlieb
This course is definitely the Complete Course for anyone wanting to learn Lightroom Classic. Darlene uses basic building blocks that make a foundation that will last into the future with your Lightroom use.
What’s Included With Your Lightroom Course Purchase
The Lightroom Course
Over 16 hours of training on the Lightroom interface, editing workflow, how to do creative photo editing, and taking your photos to the next level.
Bonus: Darlene’s RAW Files
Over 30 of my own RAW files to work with and practice as you follow along with the tutorials. The students in this course HIGHLY value having these files!
Bonus: Keyboard Shortcuts
Also included is my Lightroom Classic keyboard shortcuts PDF cheat sheet, suitable for printing and keeping by your desk to help speed up your editing process.
Bonus: Custom Overlays
You’ll receive two bokeh overlays, two texture overlays, and two sky replacement images from my Ultimate Editing Bundle to use when we get to the lesson on transferring images from Lightroom to Photoshop.
Bonus: Print Templates
Includes a selection of custom print templates for making printable layouts of your photos. For use inside the Print Module in Lightroom – instructions are provided on how to use them in one of the course lessons.
Bonus: Lightroom Presets
Lightroom Classic allows you to use presets in many different areas to save time. I’ve included some of my presets for the Develop module, brushes, and other uses within Lightroom for you to use and follow the lessons.
Enroll in the course now!
Purchase the course now, and get immediate access to the lessons with full access to recordings of Q & A sessions.
- 47 Lessons
- Over 16 hours of video training
- Over 30 RAW files to work with
- Full editing workflows
- Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts cheat sheet
- LOTS of bonuses
- Lifetime access to the lessons
- Private Facebook group for students only
- 30-day money-back guarantee
- Lessons always kept up to date with the software
100% Satisfaction Guarantee
We wholeheartedly believe in this Lightroom course, and have many satisfied students. But we want you to feel confident in trying it out for yourself!
That’s why we have a 100% risk-free guarantee. Try out Lightroom for Photographers: The Complete Course for 30 days, and if you aren’t satisfied, just ask us for a full refund.
If you do the work, put in your best effort, and feel that we haven’t delivered or it’s just not right for you, we will issue a 100% refund (or transfer you to a course that is right for you!).
Frequently Asked Questions
Darlene has been a professional photographer for over 33 years and has been teaching photography for over 11. She is a teacher who understands the needs of beginners and advanced students alike.
Your purchase allows you lifetime unlimited access to the course and all the lessons – watch it and refer to it as often as you want, and get any updates free of charge.
So you can go through the lessons at your own pace, and start when it is convenient for you.
You can watch the video lessons on any device including a laptop, smartphone, or tablet. Unfortunately, the videos are not available for download.
No. If you already have the Lightroom software from Adobe, there are no other costs. Any additional items mentioned in the course are optional (such as a monitor calibration device or a graphics tablet). They are just suggestions if you want to explore those items.
YES! As Lightroom gets updates, so will the course!
As Adobe updates the software I will do a short video explaining what’s new. If it warrants a lesson update or addition that will be done as well.
So you’ll always have the most current information and lessons on the latest version of Lightroom.
Yes, you can watch the video lessons on any device including a laptop, smartphone, or tablet. The lesson notes are online and readable on any device. RAW files and sample textures, skies, and bokeh will need to be downloaded to your computer as they’re zipped and are very large files.
There is a dedicated technical help email address – get help when you’re stuck.
There is a spot on each lesson page for you to submit any questions. If you send in a question I will either answer you by email, or I’ll record something to cover it and add it as well. You can also post your questions in the dedicated, private Facebook group for students of this course only and it will be answered there.
Finally, I also demonstrate photo editing live on YouTube each week using Lightroom, Photoshop, Luminar Neo, and other software. You can attend these live workflow sessions and ask any questions you like there.
If you aren’t happy with the course content, just let us know within 30 days of your purchase we will give you a full refund.