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Adobe Lightroom: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

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30,000 Foot View of Workflow

Jared Platt

Adobe Lightroom: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

Jared Platt

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4. 30,000 Foot View of Workflow


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2 Hard Drives Duration:08:06
3 File Organization Duration:08:31
4 30,000 Foot View of Workflow Duration:05:36
5 Importing into Lightroom Duration:04:10
6 Building Previews Duration:07:14
8 Keywords Duration:06:27
9 Hardware for Lightroom Duration:06:08
10 Searching for Images Duration:07:51
11 Selecting Images Duration:14:15
12 Organizing Images Duration:04:02
13 Collecting Images for Use Duration:14:56
14 Develop Module Overview Duration:10:15
15 Profiles Duration:11:34
16 Basic Adjustments Duration:11:45
19 Tone Curve Duration:09:26
20 HSL Duration:04:48
21 Split Tone Duration:08:19
22 Lens Corrections Duration:08:32
23 Details Duration:09:34
24 Transform Tool Duration:05:52
25 Effects Panel Duration:10:00
27 Spot Tool Duration:17:51
28 Skin Softening and Brush Work Duration:07:00
29 Range Masking Duration:13:28
30 Dodge and Burn Duration:17:36
31 Working with Specific Colors Duration:08:30
33 Making Presets Duration:13:24
34 Preparing Image in Lightroom Duration:09:51
35 Content Aware Fill Duration:11:14
36 Skin Repair Duration:02:44
37 Skin Smoothing Duration:14:39
38 Expanding a Canvas Duration:04:30
39 Liquify Duration:10:22
40 Layers and Composite Images Duration:12:54
41 Sharing via Web Duration:17:52
42 Exporting Files Duration:10:47
43 Sharing with Slideshows Duration:08:00
44 Archiving Photos and Catalogs Duration:19:54
45 Designing Duration:13:35
46 Making Prints Duration:11:27
47 Color Management and Profiles Duration:13:00
48 Archiving Photos and Catalogs Duration:11:31
49 Using Cloud Storage Duration:04:09
51 Collecting for Your Portfolio Duration:18:03
53 Sharing to Instagram Duration:07:06
54 HDR Duration:15:32
55 Panorama Duration:06:41
56 HDR Panorama Duration:09:54
57 Making Presets Duration:15:39
58 Creating Profiles Duration:18:09
59 Maps Duration:07:08
60 Setup for Tethered Shooting Duration:23:21
61 Sharing with the Client Duration:05:42
62 Watched Folder Process Duration:07:04
63 Second Monitor and iPad Duration:06:09
64 Backup at the Camera Duration:03:50
65 Gnar Box Disk Backup Duration:06:45
66 iPhone and iPad Review Duration:12:52
67 Importing to Lightroom on iPad Duration:02:59
68 Cloud Backup Duration:04:39
69 Adjust, Edit, and Organize Duration:07:46
71 Lightroom Desktop Duration:05:27
72 Removing Images from the Cloud Duration:10:49
73 Profiles Duration:09:34
74 Light Duration:04:34
75 Color Duration:05:36
76 Effects Duration:15:22
77 Details Duration:08:33
78 Optics Duration:03:49
79 Geometry Duration:04:12
80 Crop Duration:04:39
82 Local Adjustments Duration:15:40
83 Healing Tool Duration:03:29
84 Synchronizing Edits Duration:04:57
85 Editing in Photoshop Duration:08:54
86 Finding Images Duration:07:09
88 Posting Images to Social Media Duration:14:01
89 Overview of Lightroom Desktop Duration:07:35
90 The Workflow Overview Duration:10:08
91 Organizing Images Duration:05:10
92 Albums and Shared Albums Duration:18:21
94 Importing and Selecting Images Duration:09:23
95 HDR and Panoramics Duration:22:44
96 Light Duration:07:47
97 Profiles Duration:07:23
98 Tone Curves Duration:02:57
99 Color Duration:08:35
100 Effects Duration:17:01
101 Details Duration:12:43
102 Optics Duration:04:05
103 Geometry and Crop Tool Duration:06:01
104 Sync Settings Duration:02:40
105 Making and Adding Presets Duration:03:48
106 Healing Brush Duration:02:21
107 Brush Tool Duration:03:14
108 Gradient Tool Duration:04:16
109 Edit in Photoshop Duration:02:53
110 Finding Images with Sensei Duration:06:32
111 Sharing Albums on the Web Duration:04:57
112 Print through Photoshop Duration:02:09
115 Archiving Images for Storage Duration:09:55
116 Review of the Workflow Duration:07:20

Lesson Info

30,000 Foot View of Workflow

before we start working on her files, I want to talk a little bit about kind of the 30,000 foot view of what you're trying to accomplish with your photo workflow. And again, it doesn't matter if your professional or if you're an amateur or if you're a student, it doesn't matter what what level of photography you're doing. Workflow is still important to you because even from for me, workflow is important because the longer I work on files, the less I'm making per hour. And I'm not seeing my family and things like that. So I need to get it done so that I can get on to the next job, that kind of stuff. But for someone who's coming home from a trip from, they went to Italy. They went on a trip that come home, and they've got a normal job that they're going to, but they want to get through these files. It's better to get through him fast so that your friends can see him and you can show people and you can start making prints because that's what you love. You love to show these images, so yo...

ur workflow matters. Whether it's for pleasure or whether it's for work. So let's talk a little bit about that workflow. We've just shown you the first step in any workflow, and that is being backed up, making sure the files are in the right place so that they never get lost. That's the first part of workflow. After that, we're going to start moving into the things that you could do with a particular job. So there's a lot that you can do with your job. In fact, this is everything that could be done with your job, and it's a lot, um, up here in the top left hand corner, you can see that this is the backup system. See how the camera has two cards. We put one of them in like the hotel safe. The other one gets ingested into our hard drive. The hard drive now has two files, so now we have two copies there. This is where we put him see outs and the Jobs folder in the raw folder, and then we put it into separate folders. All of this stuff then goes into light room, and then the games begin and we can go through a lot of things, a lot of things that weaken Dio. So we're going to go through. This is an overview, so you can see what happened. So our first goal was to secure the files. We've done it now from here on out, our job is to get them into light room and light room is going to be where we review them. We're going to review them quicker if we make good decisions about how we import them. So I'm going to show you how to import them. That's our first step of work, flows importing. Then we're going to review them. Once we were reviewed him, then we're going to go into the development process because we don't want to develop images that were not worthy of developing. So we select them first. Then we review them are then we do develop him, and after we've developed them, then we'll send them to retouching. So retouching would be going outside of light room to go to photo shop, say, or to any other program that you need to go to. Um, most of the things that you need to do can actually be done inside a light room inside of the development process. They only need to go outside of light room. If you really need to do some intense work on him inside a photo shop will do that kind of retouching work to him. And then once we've done the retouching work, then we're going to go into the organizational and sharing mode, and we want to organize them in such a way that we can always find them. We want to keep the ones that are gonna be portfolio worthy. We're gonna put them in a special place so that we can always access them. The rest of them, especially for a professional. We don't necessarily need to access all the time. So we're gonna archive those. We're gonna get rid of those. So once we've developed them, we're going to go into the process of organizing them, sharing him and then archiving them so that we always have access to every photo that we've shot. But the ones that we really want to access to that we want to show people all the time that we want to use to promote our own work or that we want to show to our friends and family all the time. Those need to stay in as portfolio, where the images so that we can access them all the time. Once we've shared him to our client and we've archived him, then it's a matter of getting rid of the bulk of the files, the things that we're not going to use. We're going to get rid of those off of our system because we have made a archive. And that archive process is really critical, because you've got to make sure that whatever your archiving is a true archival copy of your images, so that later on you don't go and go look for him and find out that they were corrupted on the copy or something like that. So So we have to do a good archive copy. So that's the process that we're going to go through. And there's a lot of little steps along the way, and a lot of little things that you can do to make your life a little easier is you're doing it. But we're going to show you that entire process here. So basically this mess of stuff, this long line of things that you could be doing to your photos. It boils down to those few steps. Import your image well, secure your images, import your images, select develop and then after develop. If you need to, You retouch once you've retouched, then you go into the process of organizing, uh, sharing and archiving. And that, in a nutshell, is your process of workflow that we're going to go through throughout the workshop.

Class Description

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  • Efficiently cull and retouch photographs
  • Manage your files to enable seamless and immediate recall
  • Get your computer and software to run faster
  • Create impressive photo books and slideshows
  • Take advantage of global adjustments
  • Improve your mobile workflow with both your iPhone and iPad
  • Deliver and share your images directly from Lightroom


Adobe® Lightroom® is the industry standard for post-production workflow and in Adobe Lightroom: The Ultimate Guide, you’ll learn Jared Platt’s gold standard for retouching and managing files quickly and efficiently.

Jared will show the ins and outs of Lightroom Classic, Lightroom Mobile, and Lightroom Desktop. He’ll demystify the difference between each and demonstrate when to use each one for maximum output.

Jared will share tips on improving every phase of your workflow – from shooting to archiving. You’ll learn how to take advantage of the latest Lightroom tools and features and become faster and more skilled at adjusting your images.


  • Beginner, intermediate, and advanced users of Adobe Lightroom
  • Those who want to gain confidence in Adobe Lightroom and learn new features to help edit photos
  • Students who’d like to take ordinary images and make them look extraordinary with some image editing or Lightroom fixes


Adobe Lightroom Classic 9.2
Adobe Lightroom Desktop 3.2
Adobe Lightroom Mobile 5.2


Jared Platt is a professional wedding and lifestyle photographer from Phoenix, Arizona. Jared holds a Masters of Fine Arts in the Photographic Studies and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography from Arizona State University and has been a professional photographer and college educator for the past 12 years and has been a speaking, debating and lecturing for the past 17 years. His attention to detail and craft make him a demanding photography instructor. Jared has lectured at major trade shows and photo conferences as well as at universities around the world on the subject of photography as well as workflow. Currently, Jared is traveling the United States and Canada teaching and lecturing on photography and post production workflow. Join him online for monthly "Office Hours" at


Dan Clarke

This class was great. I've never used Lightroom before and now I feel comfortable in it. Massive amount of good info.


Thorough but very easy to follow. I've noticed a significant improvement in my work since starting this course a couple weeks ago, and I'm also spending noticeably less time editing my photos. I appreciate that it's up-to-date as of October, 2020, so the info is current (I wish CL would take down some of the older courses, since software changes make some of them obsolete).

Kyosa Canuck

I hate to say this is a repetitive class due to covering much of the same things in each LR app. I appreciate Ben's classes better but this does give different perspectives. Also, Ben knows better than to use the word "super" let alone use it 10+ times per lesson.