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Adobe Lightroom 2020: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 9 of 116

Hardware for Lightroom


Adobe Lightroom 2020: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 9 of 116

Hardware for Lightroom


Lesson Info

Hardware for Lightroom

now, um, one thing that you should know, Um and that is that light room is a ram and a graphics Ah, card and a processor hog. So light room classic uses all three of those things. So if you find that the process of building smart previews building previews, exporting images Ah, that kind of activity is really difficult for your computer because it's slowing it down. There are three places you need to look. First, you need to look at your ram. Do you have enough RAM? 32 gigabytes around 64 gigabytes around. None of those are, uh, overkill. So if you could get 64 gets 64. If you can get 28 128 the more ram you have, the better off you'll be. So that's the first thing. Second thing speed of a hard drive, wherever your catalog is, should be a fast, hard drive, so make sure that you are working on the fastest possible hard drive. So we're going to have lots of RAM fast, hard drive. So a, uh, SSD drive is better than a spinning drive, so catalogues should not be on spinning drives So put yo...

ur catalogue on the internal drive. The fastest possible connection to a solid state drive is where you want your catalog to be. So that's the second thing is that you need a really fast, hard drive. So lots of ram fast, hard drive. The next thing is a good graphics processor, so you want an actual dedicated graphics processors something that is really good. So, for instance, this laptop is fairly good at running light room because it has two graphics processors in it. One of them is specific to allow the program to use, and the other one is doing the monitor stuff and all that. So there's two graphics processors, and if you get a laptop that only has one in it and it's just kind of a general graphics processor, you're probably gonna have issues with slowness in light room because you don't have a dedicated graphics processor that's actually doing work. Four Light room. It's just trying your graphics processors too busy working the monitor. So that's another thing that will help you. And then, of course, this the speed of your computer itself on. And for those of you who are knowledgeable about computers. There are two things now in these days with computers. There's how many cores are in your system, and then the clock speed of the system and light room cares more about the clock speed. Not all that much about the course. So if you're choosing a computer right now and you're like, what computer should I get to one run light room? You're really options. Should be. Get a high clock speed. Don't worry about the course. Yeah, you know, get as many quarters you like or whatever, but half those course aren't gonna be used by light room. So don't worry about getting all of these cores. That's not gonna help you if you're doing other stuff, maybe, but light room? No. So what you want is doesn't matter about the course. You want a high clock speed, you want lots of ram, You want fast, solid state hard drive, and you want to make sure that you have a good graphics processor that is dedicated toe work on on programs rather than just running the monitor on DSO. In this case, it's a pretty good system. This is This is a fairly new Mac book pro, but I have something else that helps me. And that is this unit right over here on the right hand side of me. Um, is a e g p you. It's an external graph graphics processor. And so, if you notice that your light room is a little too slow for your tastes, then get yourself an E GPU. They're not super expensive. They just simply plug into your computer and they actually take away some of the of the graphics heavy stuff and they pull some of that off. But if you're gonna do it, let me show you really quickly. You need to go into your hard drive and into the applications and inside of your applications. If this is on Mac, I don't know exactly how you do this on Windows, but I'm sure you'll figure it out. If you're a Windows person, um, you simply click on the actual, uh, icon for the program and click command I to get info and you'll find an option right here. Once you have a GPU installed. Any GPU, it says, prefer external GPU. I have just told light room that whenever you're working, you should send your workload off to the IGP you, the external graphics processor, so that I'm not hogging up all my space here inside of the computer. So my computer can be working on what it needs to be working on, and it can send tasks out to an external graphics processor. So if you have an older computer and you're like, oh, light room slowing down, I needed to be faster. You could do that. You can get light room to speed up, and you don't have to necessarily buy a new computer. Just get yourself any GPU. Plug it in. It's a lot less expensive than buying a new computer, and you'll find that you it relieves some of the tension on the internal processing in your computer. So that's just some good tips on speed on, and you'll notice the speed differences a lot when you're exporting and importing files. And that's why I tell you now, because importing is quite a hog on your computers processors, both graphics processors and your internal processor

Class Description

All lessons are also available here for individual purchase.


  • 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).

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.

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.