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Adobe Lightroom: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

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Adding Images to your Portfolio

Jared Platt

Adobe Lightroom: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

Jared Platt

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50. Adding Images to your Portfolio


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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

Adding Images to your Portfolio

Now we're going to add images to our portfolio on We're going to do that, Uh, by going back to light room, remember, we've got our copy. This archive copy is ready, and we're gonna presume that they're the same because we've done a zero sum check. We didn't actually do that in real time here, but we'll pretend that we have that. We don't waste time cause those take a long time. It will take hours for it to go one by one and get all those bites. So you have to walk away from it for a while. So now we're gonna go back toe light room, and we're going to go back into these images and I've already collected, but this is the way you would do it. You search for your starred images, and once you search for your star images, go through and find your favorite images and add them to a collection. And so here is our collection. Right. So these are the images from the wedding that I'm really interested in here. This air, my portfolio were the images. So they're the ones that I want to keep, um, and...

139 of them. I don't need the rest of them for my portfolio. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna come back to this collection that I've collected them in, and I'm this is what I need to keep. And so these I'm going to put into a portfolio area, meaning that they're actually gonna leave the the file where they used to be. So they used to be inside of this folder right here. You can see this. This is the folder here. The milliner wedding is is that's the folder. But we're going to take them away from that folder, and we're gonna put them in our own folder on DSO. You can see that I have a portfolio drive right here, but it's dark, and the reason it's dark is because it's actually at home. Um, and that's where I keep all my portfolio work. But in the in term, we're going to kind of make a little fake portfolio. And if you have a really, really large working drive, then you could actually put your portfolio and your, uh, working catalog like you could have your working images in a Jobs folder and then a portfolio full to right above it in the same drive, and that would be a great way to operate if you have a really large drive. So like an eight terabyte drive or if you're if you're not shooting a lot, if you're not working as a professional photographer and you're just taking pictures, maybe if 546 terabyte drive or something like that would be great. But if you have separate drives and I have to different drives, I have one drive that has all of my working images in it and another for the portfolio. Then you run into this issue where you have to transfer them to another disk. So what I'm going to Dio is here in my working drive itself, I'm going to create another folder called Portfolio that's gonna be outside of these jobs. So let's do that right now, and the way to do that is you do it inside of light room. So if I want to see that, see, this is the folder, the Jobs folder that has all of our photos in it. But if I want to actually see the folder above jobs, I right click it and I say show the parent folder. Once I do that, then I've got tough tech. See, that's the name of the disk is the folder, and inside that folder I have jobs. I have a little brief case where I collect things that I need to take with me, and I can right click here on that folder and I can create a new folder inside it. And that folder we're going to call it Port Folio and not including images. Light room is just creating a folder. So now we have created a folder called Portfolio Down Here inside of our main drive. So there's a great way for you to operate if you have a large enough drive to store your regular images in and your portfolio images in. But if you have a lot of portfolio images, then you might want to consider having two different drives. One portfolio drive, one working drive where all your regular images were being I worked on. But in this case, because we have to fake it anyway because my portfolio drives home, we're gonna put them inside of the current working drive, and there's the portfolio. So now remember I'm still highlighting right here. I haven't changed all that file creating that. I just did. I still I'm highlighting this Bahamas wedding, and I just want to take these images, got him highlighted, and I want to move them into the portfolio. So I'm gonna right click the portfolio itself, and I'm gonna create another folder inside the portfolio. And I really like to segment out my portfolio by years. So I'm gonna create another folder called 2019 and I'm not gonna create I'm not gonna include the photos in it. So I've just created an extra folder called 2019 and then I'm gonna right click that. This is where I'm gonna create a folder for this job. So I'm just going to say, this is the milliner wedding, and it was shot in 2019. So it goes in the 2019 folder and I'm gonna include the selected photos and hit create. Now, if I was putting him into my portfolio drive at home, it would actually be making a copy of those images and putting him in that drive, but it's actually moving them, and it moves them pretty quickly. because it doesn't have to actually make new copies. It just moves them. So it's actually taking them out of the original folder of the job, and then it's putting them into my portfolio folder. And the beauty of this is that because light removed it because light removed it into this 2019 folder, the connection to this collection is still active, and the connection to online is still active. And so this once I delete the job, the images that I kept for my portfolio and moved over to the 2019 section of the portfolio. They're still on the Web there, still active. They're still doing everything that they did before. Um, and it's perfect. Nothing's changed. If you have people looking at him online, they're going to still be able to look at him online. So no positions online have changed the cattle. The collections that I have them associate ID in haven't changed. And so now all I'm going to do is go up to the original job, the Milner wedding job and this job. I simply right click it and I'm going to remove it when I click remove. It's going to completely remove the the job from light room, but it's not gonna delete any of the images. It's just going to remove it from light room. It will also remove any of the images that air up in the Web. It's going to remove those from the Web as well. So those that's what's gonna happen when I do that. I'm not going to do it right now because it will take a little bit of time. But all you got to do is right. Click that and remove confirmed that you want to remove it and that entire job will go away. You'll have the final images right here inside of your portfolio. So these are your favorite images that you want to keep. The rest of it could go away and then just simply hide light room, Come to the Milner wedding. This is here's Here's your job. Go to that job, right. Click it and move it to the trash. I remember you already have an archive copy. You've confirmed that that copy Israel. You've also put it into a cloud storage. Perhaps if you have the bandwidth to be able to do it and so you have copies elsewhere. You've also already delivered the job. So you don't archive anything until you've delivered the job. And if that means you've delivered it to say smugmug so clients can print from it. That's considered delivery. Even if they haven't ordered Prince yet. They're ordering it from online eso. It's secure. The client has seen the copies. That client has access to the copies of the images. So you're safe. So delete this original copy and make some space for the next set of photos you're gonna bring in. And that is the process of archiving your job. If you don't archive your jobs, you're going to Philip a disk and then you got to go get a new disk and then fill up that desk and get a new disk, and you're going to start getting confused as to where things are. So the job are the drive that you use to work on. Your photos should be the working drive, and things should come into it, get worked on and leave. It's like a train station. Trains come in and trains go out. They don't just keep piling up. You don't just fill up the train station, and then when you fill it up, go build a new train station, you let the trains come in. If you let the trains go out, that's how you're working. Drive should be. And then you have an archive drive to put all of that extra stuff that you're no longer using and, of course, a portfolio to keep the stuff you really love.

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.