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Intro to Lightroom CC for Beginners


Intro to Lightroom CC for Beginners


Class Description


  • Understand the difference between Classic and CC
  • Import and organize images
  • Edit photos with confidence
  • Crop and make local adjustments
  • Export and share images
  • Adopt a basic post-processing workflow


Adobe Lightroom CC creates a streamlined mobile-friendly editing process, without ditching major features. But how do you best use Lightroom CC's tools? How can photographers build a time-saving workflow instead of spending hours behind the computer? Learn Lightroom CC from import to export in a series of start-to-finish Lightroom tutorials. Veteran instructor Daniel Gregory offers an easy-to-understand introduction to this useful program.

If you’ve been avoiding Adobe Lightroom, this is your opportunity to explore the interface and find out how it works. Unlock the tools on how to use Camera RAW, import your image, organize and catalog, edit and adjust each image. By the end of this course, you'll not only understand how to finish a basic edit in Lightroom CC, but you'll have a workflow designed for organizing and editing images quickly.

Even if you have never used Adobe Lightroom before, Daniel will help you develop a deeper understanding of the program and how it can play a role in your creative process. Take your post-production from confusing to creative in this beginner's course.


  • Beginners new to Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic
  • Beginners moving from Lightroom Classic to Lightroom CC
  • Photographers new to photo editing in general
  • Smartphone photographers ready to edit on the go without sacrificing features


Adobe Lightroom CC 2019, Adobe Lightroom Classic CC 2019, Adobe Spark


A huge fan of the importance of the creative process and the photographic print you hold in your hand, Daniel Gregory spends a great deal of the time in both the analog and digital darkrooms. Working in a variety of mediums, his current focus is combining digital techniques and technologies and applying them to alternative and historical photographic processes such as platinum printing, wet-plate, and mixed media.

Daniel is also the host of the podcast The Perceptive Photographer, which focuses on the creative life and challenges that artists and photographers face each and every day. He is Adobe® certified in Adobe® CC® Lightroom and Photoshop, and is an instructor at Photoshop World. Starting his career by working in the help center at Adobe, he's the go-to-guy for Lightroom questions. In addition, Daniel is a member of the core faculty at the Photographic Center Northwest, where he teaches classes on a variety of film, digital and conceptual photographic concepts.


  1. Class Introduction & Lightroom History

    Dip your feet into the world of Lightroom CC with an overview of the class. Then, learn how the software got started as a method to store and organize large quantities of digital photos.

  2. Lightroom CC vs Lightroom Classic CC

    Lightroom CC is actually fairly new, a branch of the original Lightroom Classic CC. But why choose Lightroom CC? What's the difference? Learn what Lightroom CC has to offer and how it compares in this lesson.

  3. Features of Lightroom CC vs. Lightroom Classic CC

    Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic CC have a few different features. Lightroom Classic, for example, has different modules like the develop module and Library module, where Lightroom CC makes the edits easier to find. In this lesson, explore both programs and see how the two programs compare and how the features differ.

  4. CC RAW shooting

    A big perk of Lightroom CC's mobile apps is the ability to shoot RAW files with the in-app camera on your smartphone or tablet. Explore the Lightroom CC camera and the different available controls for mobile photography.

  5. Importing Photos

    Import your images to get started in your Lightroom workflow. Work with image sync settings, like choosing whether or not to use cellar data for syncing. Learn quick tips for working with images, including basics like deleting images.

  6. Cloud, Hard Drives and Storage

    Lightroom CC is a cloud-based storage system, where photographers can choose to store images inside the Creative Cloud as well as on a hard drive. Prevent losing your best work with best practices on managing image storing in Lightroom CC.

  7. Folder, Albums, Collections

    Learn to organize photos using folders, albums, and collections in Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic. Quickly organize all those RAW photos using collections, smart collections, and collection sets. After learning shortcuts for building collections, syncing and even creating virtual copies, master the hierarchy of Lightroom organization to help you easily find images later.

  8. Shared Editing & Metadata

    The details or metadata that are embedded into your photographs are not set in stone. Learn how to edit a photograph's metadata, from using geotagging to add images to a map to adding searchable keywords, titles, and captions. Work with image ranking systems like stars and flags.

  9. Search, Sensei & Keeping Organized

    A database of images isn't much good if you can't actually find the image that you need. Work with searching for specific images, even if you don't have tagged keywords, and filtering the search results. Then, gain tips to help keep photographs organized.

  10. Basics of Good Workflow Management

    Lightroom doesn't have a strict step-by-step process -- you can adapt the software to your own style. But, some workflows are faster and less stressful than others. In this lesson, learn the basics of workflow management, including where to find the different editing controls.

  11. Color & Editing Theory

    With the images uploaded and organized, start editing images inside Lightroom CC. Work through tools in the Edit panel, including exposure, contrast, and the point curve. Work with Lightroom profiles to jump start your edit with a specific look, including adjustments for black and white photos.

  12. Color Panel

    Work with color adjustments inside Lightroom CC, whether that's to make colors pop, to create a cinematic effect, to correct the white balance, or to create a matte effect. Learn how to adjust colors with the point curve or tone curve, then jump into the controls in the color channels.

  13. Global Adjustment Panels

    After the light and color panels, jump into the rest of the controls for global edits, or edits that affect the entire image. Learn to work with clarity and dehaze and the difference between the two tools. Then, edit with adjustments like split toning, vignetting, grain, sharpness, lens corrections, and parallax adjustments.

  14. Basic Image Editing Workflow

    Now that you know where all the editing tools are, go through and edit an entire image to learn an ideal editing workflow, using both a computer and a tablet. Explore more advanced topics like histograms.

  15. Local Adjustments

    Move into local adjustments with the tools that can apply to only portions of the image. Remove unwanted things in the image with spot removal techniques to eliminate things like dust spots and acne with the healing brush, and learn how to import the image into Photoshop CC if the brush isn't doing the trick. Adjust specific parts of the image using the graduated filter tool, radial filter, and adjustment brush.

  16. Regional Adjustments

    Local adjustments work a bit differently on a touch device. Work with the same local adjustment tools from a tablet, picking up quick tips for working with the touch interface and locating the hidden options.

  17. Web Sharing

    Lightroom CC makes web sharing simpler with shortcuts and tools. Learn how to share collections and images online, from a quick share to customizing the design and options for a web gallery. Then, learn how to build a portfolio using Adobe Portfolio, which is linked to Lightroom CC and included with the Creative Cloud subscription.

  18. Spark

    Adobe Spark is another program that works well with Lightroom CC. Spark is an online design tool, and because it's designed by Adobe, your Lightroom images are easily accessible. Learn how to design social media posts, banners, and other graphics using Spark.

  19. Sharing using Lightroom CC

    In the final lesson, learn how to share images, from a quick web export, to exporting a JPEG. Pick up final tips on syncing, preferences, and more.



Daniel Gregory is an outstanding teacher. Simple to learn. Easy to remember. His teaching style is relaxed - but very informative. This is the best Lightroom CC presentation I have had. Bravo!


Such a great class! Daniel is so knowledgeable about the whole LR ecosystem and explains complex details clearly. There's so much valuable content packed into this class. I highly recommend for those moving from LR Classic to CC (mobile LR) and for those who are new to LR CC altogether. Highly recommend.


Daniel's introduction to Lightroom CC shattered my preconceptions about what is possible in this app versus Lightroom Classic. I now know thanks to Daniel's class on CreativeLive that you can enjoy 80-90% of the utility of LR Classic in LR CC with the added benefits of cloud storage of original images and edits, iPad-enabled import and edit workflows (yay for Apple Pencil brushing!), and tight integration with Adobe Portfolio and Spark (tools I hadn't even considered using until Dan demo'd their immense power in this class). Thanks, Dan and CreativeLive!