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The Ultimate Lightroom Classic CC Workflow

Lesson 1 of 41

Intro and File Management


The Ultimate Lightroom Classic CC Workflow

Lesson 1 of 41

Intro and File Management


Lesson Info

Intro and File Management

We're going to go through the entire workflow that is surrounding light room um, light room is just one tool in your box of tools, just like your camera is a tool, just like your computer is a tool light room is a tool within your toolbox, but it really is a central tool. I kind of think of as the hub for all photo things, so things break off of that so I your camera is kind of like a plug in tow light room, so you use your camera to get the images to light room and then light room is the place where everything resides, everything works, everything is broadcast from there, everything has edited, they're so light room is just that central tool around which everything else you know, gravitates eso we're going to be talking a lot about light room, but we're also going to be talking a lot about the workflow involved in making light room the most efficient it can be, so we're going to start with importing images so after we've shot, our images were going to talk about the actual process of ...

importing them all the way through, exporting him through printing them on printers through sending him to, uh, make albums, creating albums in your computer, designing them, we're gonna talk about file workflow. We'll talk about photo shop a little bit will be all over the spectrum when it comes to the tools that we use but in the end the purpose of the whole class is to take you from start to finish from after you've captured your images until you've delivered him to the client what are the most efficient workflow processes that you can put into play surrounding like room and so that's our goal for today but in order to start that we have to talk about file management because there's no possible way for you teo teo have any kind of an efficient workflow um or even to do your job without an efficient and a safe file management program so file management is the key organization is the key to being efficient um and just to being safe with files so we're going to start their um before before we go into that though I want to get a sense at least here in my room how many of us are wedding photographers portrait photographers landscape photographers event photographer's so just kind of give me a show of hands or a bizarre whatever um so how many of us do shoot people okay so what do you shoot landscape travel landscaping travel ok so when youre doing travel are you doing some photographs of people and stuff like that but but not necessarily portraiture right? Okay, all right so is that is that a job or is that a hobby or more hobby more hobby great so just so you know we're going to be talking not only from a perspective of of, uh working professionals but we'll also be talking from a hobbyist standpoint as well, eh? So it doesn't matter if you're advanced user or beginning user or whether you're hobbyist or whether you're professional the workflow needs to stay the same it's all the same we might use a little different equipment based on whether we're a pro or whether or amateur but we will always follow the same process on dh that's going to be the safest, most efficient process that we can follow um you guys shoot people but you travel a bit and you do interesting go for it definitely primarily wedding photography way dealt to do events in portraiture which has taken us all over the world been very fortunate so we are full time awesome so we'll talk a lot to that type of work flow as well and we'll talk a bit about travel workflow because that's pretty kid killer you know I mean when you're traveling it's tough work flow when you're travelling is tough, you shoot portraiture and weddings is that right? I'm trying to break any weddings mostly I'm shooting portage er and action sports things like that got it okay interestingly enough, I have a the first sports portrait I've ever taken we'll look at it it's of my son who now plays baseball, so so I took sports portrait's of my son in a very different way, so I'm sure that you'll look at him and think that's an a unique way to take sports portrait but in my limited scope of understanding of sports, it is what I do, okay, so, uh you are ah food photographer and travel not shooting food. Yeah, not much to know really know, so I now I'm back to my fine arts route and I'm making artist books, so now I'm sure mostly fine art and product and product and people along the way that's part of financing, but but your product and stop okay? So in a very commercial sense and an art sense, you get the opportunity to work on a smaller number of images, which is much more enjoyable and like that's the pleasant way of playing with photos on dh. So really, I think that's why artists are just so like groovy and happy because they work on small number of images on dh, then all of us that shoot weddings and portrait's and stuff and just pulling our hair out, so, um, cool, but we'll talk about that, um and the important thing, and then you shoot people what do you do? A little bit of everything? I shoot motor sports. I've come home with two or three thousand images, and then I do a little product things here and there where I'll have ten or twenty weddings events. A mix is it is it? Are you full time professional, full time? Okay, all right, so great, we got a good mix. So I want you guys to keep me on my toes as we go through this and make sure you ask questions based on what you do because that's a pretty good mix, we've got someone who does travel and landscape. We've got someone who does. Poor teo does art got people to do sports. We got people do weddings, got portrait's, all of you and in various levels of professional vs, you know, personal. So keep me on my toes, make sure that you get the information that you need based on your particular needs. And that will pretty much represents the audience out in the internet.

Class Description

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

In The Ultimate Lightroom Classic CC Workflow, Jared will show you how to radically cut your workflow time while improving the quality of your product and the organization of your digital world. 

Jared will teach you how to:

  • Protect your images with simple backup strategies
  • Manage your files to enable seamless and immediate recall
  • Get your computer and software to run faster
  • Efficiently cull and retouch photographs
  • Create impressive photobooks and slideshows
  • Take advantage of video editing tools
  • Improve your SEO using Lightroom features
  • Deliver and share your images directly from Lightroom

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.

Whether you are new to Lightroom or simply ready to improve your process, The Ultimate Lightroom Classic CC Workflow will help you organize your images in Lightroom so you have more time to focus on the other important aspects of your business.

Software Used: Adobe Lightroom Classic CC


  1. Intro and File Management
  2. File Organization and Lightroom Workflow Overview
  3. Workstation Diagram and File Flow
  4. Converting From a Previous Lightroom Workflow
  5. Lightroom CC Tour: Folders and Collections
  6. Lightroom CC Tour: Publish, Histogram and Quick Develop
  7. Importing Images into Lightroom CC
  8. Rules for Selecting Images in Lightroom CC
  9. Organizing Photos in Lightroom CC
  10. Keywording in Lightroom CC
  11. Using Facial Recognition in Lightroom CC
  12. Working With Catalogs in Lightroom CC
  13. Synchronizing Catalogs in Lightroom CC
  14. Using Lightroom Mobile
  15. Publish Services in Lightroom CC
  16. Lightroom Workflow Q&A
  17. Tour of The Develop Module in Lightroom CC
  18. New Features in the Lightroom CC Develop Module
  19. Camera Calibration
  20. Calibrations and Custom Profiles in Lightroom CC
  21. Calibrations in Lightroom CC: Comparing RAW and JPEG
  22. Rules for Developing in Lightroom CC
  23. Understanding Presets in Lightroom CC
  24. Making Presets in Lightroom CC
  25. Syncing Presets in Lightroom CC
  26. Working with Photoshop and Lightroom CC
  27. Using the Lightroom CC Print Module
  28. Setting printer profile in Lightroom CC
  29. Comparing Prints from Lightroom CC
  30. Finalizing the Job in Lightroom CC
  31. Archiving the Job in Lightroom CC
  32. Importing Back from the Archive
  33. Building a Proof Book in Lightroom CC
  34. Building Albums with Smart Albums
  35. How to Create a Portfolio in Lightroom CC
  36. Advanced Search in a Portfolio in Lightroom CC
  37. Scott Wyden Kivowitz Interview on SEO
  38. Optimizing Image Metadata in Lightroom CC
  39. Publishing a Blog Post From Lightroom CC
  40. Making Slideshows in Lightroom CC
  41. Lightroom CC Workflow Recap


April S.

I've been using Lightroom for about a year now. I'm pretty comfortable with the basics and a little more. Sometimes knowing what I want to learn next depends on knowing what's out there to be learned. I listened in to this course from work to get an idea of whether there was enough new content to warrant buying the course. Though Jared covers lots that I know, he filled many small things I didn't know and covered some bigger topics that were new to me. I decided that I wanted to own this course because I respond best to structured learning, and Jared starts at point A and carries through to point Z, so to speak. I have watched his live and rebroadcast courses before and I really like and learn from his teaching style too, so I'm sure this course will be the boost I need as I prepare to subscribe to Lightroom CC instead of just using my local copy. Though another reviewer's tone wasn't very nice, I have to agree that it would helpful to have a written synopsis or outline of courses to help when deciding whether to purchase. Looking at the titles of the included videos is helpful, but not enough. This would be especially useful when a person hasn't seen the live broadcast first, and is simply evaluating a course in the course library.

Jim Pater

I learned a lot from this class when I took it a long time ago. I'm not as fond of his ego but that's fine as I don't have to be around him all day long. What I found extremely useful was the video on synching Lightroom Presets. I set this Dropbox synching system on my laptop and desktop Mac computers and it works perfectly. I also use it for other programs as well like Photoshop and another program called Keyboard Maestro. Thanks for your help Jared. Much appreciated trick.


I am new to Lightroom and from the start of the course it became very clear to me that Jared is one quality person with a real passion to explain everything with great skill and a motivation for success. I did not hesitate to download his course as this is the basis for my personal development and the journey to experience great photography.