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Adobe Lightroom 2020: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 2 of 116

Hard Drives


Adobe Lightroom 2020: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 2 of 116

Hard Drives


Lesson Info

Hard Drives

regardless of which version of light room you choose to use, you have to set things up first, and this is before you ever even get into the actual program. So we're not even gonna talk about programs right now. We're gonna talk about file organization. We're gonna talk about what you do with your files before you ever bring them into light room, because we need to be set up in such a way that we know where our images are and that they're well protected, especially if we're in light room Classic. Because in light Room Classic, we absolutely need to know exactly where those photos air going. Lightning desktop. The new version of Light Room will actually do a lot of that stuff for you. Um, and there's actually a way that you can just put him in the cloud, and they literally won't even be on your computer. Um, and we'll talk about that when we talk about light desktop. But in light room classic, we absolutely have to know where our files are. So first things first when you come home from a...

job or from a trip or photo shoot, or wherever you happen to be. You're gonna have cards. So I've got a card wallet here, and I've got several shot cards and and I've got two cards, per, uh, camera, because I have a mark four. So a five D mark four actually shoots two cards. So I have these two cards. Both of them have exactly the same information on them. So all the raw files air here and all the raw files air here. The reason that I shoot that way rather than having them shoot to this card and then this card to kind of have more space is that I want tohave an ultimate backup of the original file right at the camera that we have because cards can go bad. And so if this card goes bad, then this one is my backup. If this car goes bad, then this one's my backup. Plus a soon as I finished shooting him, I can separate the two cards. So when I'm traveling around in Europe or something like that, I will have one of these cards on my person at all times, and I'll have the other card back at wherever I'm staying in a safe place at all times so soon as I finished the day of shooting, I just separate the cards and now I have a full backup of all of my images right off the bat. And this is really important when you're actually a working professional. But it's also very critical when you're just traveling and taking pictures for yourself because you hate to lose all those great images that you you had. I remember one point I I was traveling in Europe when I was still in college, and I was It was still film because there was no digital at that time and I went through Paris and I photographed all these great images, some of the best images I've ever photographed. I photographed in Paris and they were so amazing. And then my bag got stolen and all the film was in the bag because it was just traveling with the backpack bag got stolen. Now I have no photos because I hadn't separated out the photos I had already taken. Plus, with film, it's not like you could make a duplicate of it really quickly. And so all of these photos air in my mind, and I know they were fantastic, but I don't have him because I couldn't separate him out. So I learned my lesson. As soon as I found cameras that she could shoot two cards, I immediately went to those types of cameras. So if you're going to be shooting, I really highly suggest getting a camera with two cards that will you have an ultimate backup right off the bat. Okay, so that's the first thing that we can do to back up our photographs. The next thing that we can do to back up our photographs is when we put them into a storage unit of some sort. And so what I like to do. And in my little diagram here to show how light room works and how it works with your computer in the cloud, you'll notice that I've got a little hard drive unit down here at the bottom, and that hard drive unit is called a raid. One system, a raid. One system is very critical in storing your photos. Now there's all sorts of raid systems. You can get a raid five system you can get beyond raid you can get. There's all sorts of the systems that will kind of automatically back themselves up, and you have five hard drives in one big box, and then that puts it on three different hard drives at any one time. Those are really complicated systems, and so if if that system goes bad at any point, you have to actually send that system back to the manufacturer, and then they have to go through and repair everything and figure it out. And it's a mess. But a raid one system is actually the same as this system. Whatever is on this card is on this card. It's that's what it is. So right here under this ah, monitor, you can see that I have a little tiny box, and that little box is a raid One system. It's got two hard drives in it, one at the top on one of the bottom, and those two hard drives are exact duplicates of each other. It's very simple. They This is a small travel sized one made by a company called C, are you? But they also make big ones, so you can you can buy one that fits 3.5 inch drives, and those drives are much less expensive. And so, if you're always working at your desktop, you can buy one of those and plug in a couple of drives. And the brilliance behind it is that not only do you have two backups of the hard drives, so there's a hard, hard drive. Number one and hard drive Number two. Whatever you put on a hard drive, number one automatically is put on the hard drive to instantly like a the same time. But also, if you remove hard, drive to and put 1/ drivin than everything from DR One will be put on to drive three the second drive down here. But it's now third drive, so now you have three copies, so it's really easy to back those things up. And if you just keep swapping, drive number two and drive number three back and forth. That raid one system will always have two copies in it and 1/3 copy from last week or the every time you swap it out. You got 1/3 copy and that one could go off site. It can go into a safe. It can go somewhere that's protected against theft or fire something like that. So we want to be backed up so that we always know that not only do we have instant backup of our images at the camera level, but once we put one of these cards into the computer, we want to actually put the photos where they're going to be. So that's that's file hygiene for you. So make sure you have backups when you put them on your computer, put them in a place that's automatically backing up. Now some people will put them on a drive. That's not a raid one system, it's just a normal drive. And then they'll have that drive tied to, say, back blaze or Google drive or something where it's automatically backing up to the cloud. That's a great sistemas Well, so just make sure that whenever you put your photos into a hard drive system that that hard drive system is automatically backing up somewhere, whether it's to a cloud or physical without you having to do it. Because if you have to back it up, you're not going to because you get busy and you'll be in a hurry and it just won't happen. I don't know any photographer whose good about manually backing anything up, so find a system that will do it automatically. A raid. One system does that perfectly, or a cloud system does it very well as well. But if you have a cloud system, you're gonna have to have, ah, high speed Internet to make sure that those raw files can get up there.

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


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



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).

Kayode Olorunfemi

I have been using lightroom for upwards of 6years and I still found this course incredibly useful. It can be useful learning through desperate tutorials online, but having a course that ties everything together, coupled with foundation principles, is invaluable.