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How to use Adobe Lightroom (Part 1 of 5) - The Photography Express

How to use Adobe Lightroom (Part 1 of 5)

Learning how to use Adobe Lightroom is one of the most challenging task to photographers. It looks complicated and its a program that is not self-explanatory unless you really dive in and do the edits yourself. Many photographers (even myself) tend to read the manual but it take so long to read you may as well click each button to figure out what they do. Furthermore, I’ve received many requests from ThePhotographyExpress community to make a video on “how to use Adobe Lightroom”. So I’ve finally created part 1 of the 5 videos just for you! The rest of the videos are coming within the week so please come back to my blog to check it out. By the way, this is my first ever YouTube video and I came a long way of doing this. In fact, I hate my voice so much that at one point I rather want to write 5 long blog post instead. But after thinking about the benefits and how convenient it’ll be for my amazing audience (you!) to learn Lightroom I really want to give it a shot. I hope you enjoy what I did in this video and I’d love to hear your honest comments and feedbacks. I’ve written the show note below so you don’t need to take notes during the video. Please enjoy and share this post around to those who wants to learn the post processing world of photography!

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Show Notes

1)   Lightroom is a photo editing software that allows you to edit photos in high volumes.

2)   Photoshop is used for heavy duty editing work while Lightroom is to edit pictures in batches.

3)   You don’t need to know every single function in Lightroom. However, you need to know the certain functions well in order to edit photos like a professional. I’ll show you more in part 2-5 of the videos.

4)   Lightroom uses a reference database that is non-destructive to your photo. That means all changes you made does not impact the original file. Lightroom creates a catalog file that stores the edits separately from the original photo.

5)   To import a picture, click File, then Import photos and videos. There are 3 import options. COPY let Lightroom copy the original photo to the destination folder so you’ll end up with 2 pictures. MOVE let Lightroom copy the photo straight to the destination folder so only 1 copy of the file exists in the destination folder. ADD is let you add a photo to catalog without moving them.

6)   To export, click File, change file name then export. Remember even if you accidently export a photo with the wrong edits it doesn’t affect the original file.

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How to use Adobe Lightroom (Part 2 of 5)

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  1. Such a great resource for lightroom users!

    • Thank you Eden, I’ll be creating 5 videos all together and I hope these videos can help anyone who needs to jumpstart their LR foundations.

  2. Great video! Thank you.

  3. Great tips for those just starting out with LR!

    • Thank you for your kind comment. Hope all those who watched this video (and the upcoming ones) will learn some quick skills in LR.

  4. Thank you so much!! This was exactly what I needed to see!

    • You are very welcome Stephanie. I’m planning to do more in depth Lightroom tutorial so please check back often! Also, if you have any questions feel free to ask me.

  5. Will lightroom 5 work with a Mac osx Lion 10.7 and a Canon t5i?

    Thank you.

    • Hi Cindy thanks for visiting by blog! Yes Lightroom 5 does work as long as you have Mac version 10.7 or above and yes it also supports Canon T5i.

  6. Thank you! You answered SO many questions I had about Lightroom.

  7. Thanks… This really helped me a lot.
    Waiting for your future contents.

  8. god job, thank’s, great tips for starting!

  9. Thank you so much for this tutorial! It is very resourceful!

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