In this series  of Adobe Lightroom tutorials you’ll discover simple ways to dramatically improve your photos that anyone can do, how to organize your photos so that you’ll  find them  instantly, and how to easily  import your photos from memory cards.

For a general overview of the benefits of Adobe Lightroom and how it will help you to spend less time at the computer and more time out in the field click here.

Adobe Lightroom holds a catalog that you can organize by keywords saving you time when you need to find a specific shot. It has powerful editing tools when processing your images too.

Looking for advanced tutorials?

Getting started with Lightroom

Easily Import your photos

If you’re just getting started with Lightroom, the first thing you’ll need to do is transfer photos from your camera into Lightroom. This is very straight forward to do.

Right from the beginning its important to get those photos organised so that you can easily find them even in a few years time.

Lightroom can import photos from your memory card and organize them automatically. The more photo shoots you go out on, the more important it becomes to automate this so that you can maximize your time out in the field. We show you exactly how to do this in this Adobe Lightroom tutorial.

Instantly finding your photos

You want to be able to find the right images quickly. Fancy being able to show all your images of snakes within seconds?

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No matter if they are stored in multiple locations. Lightroom can find everything that’s tagged with the relevant keywords. Less time spent sorting disorganised images on a computer is more time outside with wildlife.

If you’re looking to make money from your photography the efficiency of using keywords is essential. In this Lightroom tutorial you will discover exactly how to quickly and efficiently Organize your photos.

Lightroom workflow

Adobe lightroom can help your entire workflow. A workflow is simply the flow of what happens to your image from memory card to its final output. Lightroom has 5 modules to take of this.

  1. library. Sorting and keywording photos in a catalog so that they can easily be found when needed
  2. develop. The digital darkroom where the post processing of the image takes place
  3. slideshow. The first of the output options is a slideshow
  4. web. Can create a web gallery from some attractive templates to share with others
  5. print. Preparing the image for final print

Save yourself time with presets

Presets are used to automate some of the editing in Lightroom. They’re just saved settings that can be applied with a click. For instance If you have found a color effect you like then create a preset by clicking the + icon on the presets dropdown to the left of your image.

Now you won’t have to drag color sliders next time to achieve the same thing. Lightroom remembers so that the effect is instantly applied next time.

Lightroom has a small number of presets already saved that you can use. You can add even more presets yourself or other people’s are easily imported.

For the shot of this lynx yawning, I’ve applied a series of edits with a single click.
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Click here to discover how these Adobe Lightroom tutorials will speed up your workflow by using presets.

Advanced adobe lightroom tutorials

Blurring Backgrounds

Backgrounds can often be distracting. Every effort should be made out in the field to get your image backgrounds right with nothing distracting the eye from the main subject.

However, there can be occasions when you have an image that was difficult to get and would be ideal if the background was a little more blurred. This lightroom tutorial shows you exactly how to blur the background by making use of the adjustment brush in the develop module.

Further Reading

If you’ve enjoyed this page then you’ll find the following adobe lightroom tutorials interesting:

Adobe Lightroom Benefits – Discover the top “Must Have” benefits of Lightroom that will allow you to spend less time at the computer and more time out in the field.

Using keywords in Lightroom – Lightroom keywords are a very powerful feature and should form part of your photography workflow.

Adobe Lightroom Presets – allow you to rapidly process your photos and automate your workflow by making adjustments to your images with a single click.

Blurring Backgrounds to make your subject pop.

Cloning – Discover how to remove unwanted items in your photos by using the cloning tool.

Lightroom Workflow – If you get your lightroom workflow correct then you can very quickly organize and process your photos, leaving you with a lot more time out in the field.

Get to know Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts to speed up your workflow.

There are some processing techniques that are essential for a wildlife photographer, such as extending the canvas, but either can’t be done in Lightroom, or is quite difficult. This tutorial will introduce you to some powerful low-cost software that will allow you to go that step further.

Lightroom 3 – Adobe has made some significant improvements to lightroom with the introduction of Lightroom 3. Discover what the main features are and how they will benefit you.