Course Code: lr5
In the first lesson, you'll take some time to be sure you're comfortable with the way the online classroom works, downloading images for class, and where things are in Lightroom 5. You'll learn how to create an organizational system that works with Lightroom and keeps your images easily available to you. With Lightroom's import tools, you'll be able to add keywords to images and add personalized metadata for easy searches and Internet security.
As you continue to learn about libraries and importing images into Lightroom, you'll be pleased to see how many different options you have! This lesson will discuss shortcuts for photographers working with Lightroom and several different ways to speed up the import process. You'll also explore a variety of methods to add keywords and metadata and use them to search and sort your images. By the end of this lesson, you'll have all the tools you need to import, sort, and export images for a clean start to managing your images.
Today you'll explore how Lightroom works behind the scenes—something you'll want to know as you move into developing or making changes to your images with Lightroom. With an understanding of how the Library module works for importing, organizing, and exporting images, you're ready to work with Lightroom's Quick Develop tools. In this lesson, you'll see how to make quick changes, not just to one image, but to groups and large batches of images. This is just the beginning of your journey through Lightroom's Develop tools. You'll also learn how to work with multiple images and make virtual copies—all part of Lightroom's quick and easy developing tools.
Today, you'll begin your exploration of the Develop module and the many tools for editing and adjusting images. You'll have lots of hands-on practice with tools for straightening, rotating, and cropping images. It may seem like a straightforward subject, but Lightroom has many variations, so you can perfect both the shape and the size of your image. You may prefer to straighten based on a horizon in the image, or by fine-tuning the alignment against a grid. You can crop to a variety of different preset shapes, create your own custom shape, or crop by hand. You'll be pleased with the results!
Color is an integral part of the perfect print, and it's important to see how Lightroom helps you adjust your overall color tone and lighting with several sophisticated tools. In today's lesson, you'll see how to pick the best white balance for your images, use a histogram to adjust the light, and find and correct problem areas with exposure clippings. These changes may be simple, but the right color and lighting bring your pictures to life, and you'll want to start the development process with these adjustments!
In this lesson, you'll complete your study of the Basic panel, and you'll have quite a collection of tools at your disposal from the Develop module. You'll focus on color and see how a subtle adjustment can clear away muted tones. You'll work with contrast, shadows, highlights, saturation, vibrance, and more. You'll also use the new Radial Filter tool. You may not know exactly what each of these does as you begin, but you'll find it's easy to experiment until you like what you see—and before you know it, you'll master the tools!
Next in your study of Lightroom, you'll have fun seeing the difference when you sharpen an image. Photographers work hard to shoot crisp images, but at times . . . things don't go as planned, and you'll be able to put the snap back into your images with Lightroom's tools. You'll work with its sharpening and noise reduction tools and then see how to apply its editing options to batches of images, bringing Lightroom's two best features together. It just gets better and better!
This lesson will continue to discuss synchronizing, or copying changes from one image to many. You'll work with several tools like Red Eye Correction, Spot Removal, and the Adjustment Brush so that you can see how Lightroom corrects subtle issues in selected areas. This lesson will wrap up the topic of the editing tools in Lightroom, and you won't be disappointed!
The first few lessons have shown you how to import images to Lightroom and develop them with an amazing array of tools. Now it's time to see what you can do with these images outside of Lightroom. This lesson is about exporting Lightroom's images, and you'll see that there are many options for size, shape, and further editing. Whether you're working with raw or JPEG, Lightroom will efficiently process your images, save your changes, and provide you images you can upload to printers, create scrapbooks with, or use with Adobe's companion products: Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.
In today's lesson, you'll see how to use Lightroom's Print module to create a variety of output options. Whether you print at home or send your images out to print, Lightroom has a number of menus you'll want to be familiar with. You'll see how to print single images, create contact sheets, and customize layouts for many purposes. Once you've mastered the Print module, you'll be ready to print with all the advantages of using Lightroom.
Lightroom has fans in two different areas: developing and organization. Today you'll go back to the organizational side and see how to rate images with star ratings and color labels, and you'll also look at how to create collections. With all these tools, you'll be able to categorize and find things with very little effort. It makes Lightroom a fast tool for locating images and moving forward in your workflow. You can work simply with Quick Collection and Target Collection, or you can create a sophisticated network of your own collections!
The last lesson will show off a bit with Lightroom's slideshow and identity plates. You'll see how to create both a PDF presentation and an MP4 Slideshow with music and special effects from your Lightroom collections. You'll also build an Identity Plate that you can use both in printing and presentations. With all the things you've learned in Lightroom, this is a great way to share your images with friends, family, and clients!
Beverly Richards Schulz is an award-winning photographer and graduate of the New York Institute of Photography. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies from UC Berkeley and a master's degree in Adult and Continuing Education. For the past 10 years, Schulz has taught at the University of San Francisco. With more than 15 years teaching experience, she has written over 30 digital photography and digital editing courses. She co-authored the book "Photoshop Elements 14—What's New?"
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you're encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
I am very satisfied with the course and instruction. The course is full of well chosen examples supported with relevant screenshots and videos. I enjoyed learning the Lightroom program. Each lesson contains the small details needed to use Lightroom...I am very glad to have taken this course and will recommend it to others."
I had downloaded Lightroom 5 and struggled for weeks trying to figure it out and watching internet help videos which were not helpful. This course was presented in a concise layout and was very easy to follow. I feel like I learned so much in this course that would have otherwise taken me months if not years to figure out. Thank you!"
I didn't realize that Lightroom was going to be a little gem. I can't believe organizing is such fun."
It was a very enjoyable course with lots of information. The classes were easy to follow and allowed me to see what was going on. I'll be taking another class soon."
I enjoyed this course. The course explained the program in simple terms, and took you step-by-step. I just need to keep using the program and various options, so I do not forget, and maybe turn out some better pictures. I thank you all for the support when I ran into trouble."
I came away with a huge amount of information. I'm feeling I will need a lot of time to absorb it all and a good amount of practice so that I can use it as a hobbyist. I can see the beauty of this tool and appreciate the amount of work to put this course together. Thank you!"
This course was fun and interesting. I think I have a good grasp of Lightroom fundamentals and can now build on that. The course was very comprehensive. Thank you for all your help."
Great class! This is my second course with this instructor and I've enjoyed both. Thanks for having these photography related offerings."
I've used Lightroom for years and I still learned new tips and tricks. Great course!"
Thank you so much for offering this course. I recently purchased Lightroom 5 and had been looking for a course to learn how to use it. This one came along at the right time and I found it to be very helpful. I will definitely look into other course offerings and into continuing to develop my skills in Lightroom 5."