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Sharing Images From Lightroom Classic

Lesson 38 from: Lightroom CC: Organizing Your Digital Photo Life

Jared Platt

Sharing Images From Lightroom Classic

Lesson 38 from: Lightroom CC: Organizing Your Digital Photo Life

Jared Platt

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38. Sharing Images From Lightroom Classic


Class Trailer

Class Introduction


Creative Cloud Construct


Lightroom Classic vs. Lightroom CC


Importing and Organization


Folder and Album Creation


Image Selection


Connectivity and Data


Finding Images in Lightroom CC


Lesson Info

Sharing Images From Lightroom Classic

Another way to share photos. So let's go back into our, let's go to this photograph and let's go back to the concept of sharing photos. If you're in Lightroom classic, you also have the ability to share your photos and it's done through what's called Publish Services. So it doesn't have that sharing button right up here. So if I'm looking at this photo, and I want to share it I would click on this button and share it. But when I'm in Lightroom classic, the sharing option is here inside of Publish Services. A Publish Service is the ability to just simply say here's a pot that I want to throw stuff in and when I throw stuff in it, it's gonna publish to Facebook. So the way you share inside of Lightroom classic is you grab an image and you drag it into that pot. So I've already set the pot up, you just simply go in here and right-click it, and you say I want to set up a ... I set up landscape and I'm going to go and create a collection, and when I create that collection, it asks me what I...

want to name the collection, and then all of this stuff is Facebook-oriented. So the album name, the location, the description, who gets to see it, friends of friends, only friends, everyone, et cetera. So you set up your albums here going to Facebook and it will simply drop them over there. So all it needs is your credentials. You'll log into it for the first time and then after that, it's always tied into Facebook and any time you choose to make a new album, it'll make it right in here, and then any time you drag something to it, you click on it and you hit this little Publish button and when you do it, this is literally sharing to Facebook right now. As soon as it's done, people can go to Facebook and look at it. So now, people could go to Facebook and see that photograph and it'll just be published as a photograph. Now I can add stuff to it by putting some title and caption information on the photograph and that will add to Facebook as text. But if there's nothing there, it's just gonna share it as photographs so people can see it on my Facebook page. So that's a little bit of a difference between Lightroom classic and Lightroom CC, because Lightroom CC, when you share it, it asks you to put a comment in about it. But this is actually just sharing a bunch of photos to a specific place on Facebook. Then as you look at that photo, that photo now that it's published in Facebook, if someone goes and likes it or comments on it, those comments or likes will show right here inside of this comments area inside of Facebook. You can see there's one like on it right now. It's a like count of one. Okay? Yes, you have a question. If I were to post something to Facebook through there, do I have a choice between whether it goes to my personal page and my business page? Yes you do. Let me show you that. So if you go in here, and let's just, let's just edit this collection. So we edit this collection; oh wait. I have to start a new collection. So when you're starting the new collection, that's when you get it. You can put it in an existing album and these are all albums in my Facebook page. But if you put it in an existing non-user album, these are non-personal. These are the ones on my Facebook pages like Platt photography or Jared Platt live or whatever. Your main page is your personal existing albums. That's where that is. So anything here is your main, personal page and then anything in the non-user album is stuff that's on pages that you own. So whatever you've set up is gonna be there. Does that make sense? Yeah. Okay. (clicking) That's a really easy way to share an entire group of images, so you're sharing say 50 images to a client or to a bride and groom or to a senior or something like that you took a picture of. Highlight all of them, drag them into that Facebook collection, and then it sends it out and it'll be an album inside of Facebook. So you're just sharing a big group of images. It's better to share one image at a time if you want. If you're gonna share one image at a time, it's better to say something about it so people can read about and post it. But if all you're doing is sharing photos, then just drag them in there, hit Publish, it'll just publish them to that album and just keep doing that. So, I'm sorry. So if I wanted to just do a quick sneak peek, I should do it through CC? Where I can write info about it? 'Cause I don't post albums to my business page, but I do the little sneak peeks for clients. Okay, little sneak peeks you can do it this way, or you can do it through here, but just utilize the title and caption, and then that way little bits of information will go out about that photo. Just type it in here, and then you can put all the photos in there and publish them one at a time. If you want to publish them one at a time, put one in, hit Publish. Then put another one in, hit Publish. 'Cause it's just gonna add to that other one. But if you put about 10 of them in at one time and hit Publish, all of them are gonna publish at one time. If that's the sneak peek you wanna do, you wanna do 10 at a time, then just publish and all 10 will go out. But if you want to do one at a time; so we've already published this one and so then if I wanna go and do another one, then I can click on this and grab this snow picture and do this and then if I hit Publish, then that one will be published next, and it will be up in the timeline like that, even though this one's already been published. It doesn't re-publish this one. It just publishes this one. Kay, good? You like that? Awesome, good. I didn't know I could do that. Well there you go. Things you didn't know you could do in Lightroom. Publish, okay. The important thing about our discussion here is, there are a lot of ways to share. But remember, we've shared from Lightroom CC and we've gone directly to Facebook through this sharing feature here. We've also shared entire collections or albums. We take an album, and we wanna share that album. So by the way, if you right-click; my right-click wasn't working so. Right-click, you actually can; oh, there we go. You can share that album and when you click share, then it gives you a link. The second you hit share, gives a link. But the options for what you share are only over here on the web. So you have to go to the web and click on this little gearbox thing in order for you to share specifics. Like, whether they can download or can't. But it's always off. Download is always off if you just share. So you can always be certain that if you share something and send the link, they're not gonna be able to download it unless you go to the web and turn on the sharing option. Here's something really cool that ... If you're going to share stuff, you probably wanna find the best images and you're gonna be searching for things and creating albums, so let's create an album. Let's say, I want to create an album and I want to call it My Best Photos. Whatever, so I'm creating a album called My Best Photos, and I'm gonna take that and I'm gonna put it in my portfolio. I'm doing this all on the web. I could do all of this in my Lightroom CC and then come to the web. But on the web there's a really cool feature. So I'm gonna go to my portfolio work. So I'm just looking at portfolio type work and I'm going to click a little button, and this is just super fun. (chuckles) I love this part. See that little button, Best Photos? It's got a little trophy next to it? Just click on it. So, go and put a whole bunch of images. Put every image that you have in the one collection or put all your kid photos or put all your landscape photos in one collection, and then just hit Best Photos. What's happening is, Adobe Sensei is actually looking at your photos, and comparing them to great photos and looking at compositional rules, and it's going to tell you which images are your best images. (chuckles) It's just a machine doing it. There we go. These are all of my best images, and quite frankly, it's right, most of the images that I'm looking at are my better images. Like it's not showing me my crappy images. It's showing some pretty good images. So, it's taken 597 and whittled it down to-- well actually, it's 900 images so there are 597 other images, and then there are that it found that are really good, that it thinks are good. The machine thinks are good. Then I can tell it, I want fewer. I'm just gonna keep scaling it down until I get down to the three top images and I would say, if I were to take three images from my portfolio from this set of images, those are actually three of my very favorite images. So it actually found my favorite images in a group; there might be several images more that I liked so if I were to increase this to that, I would say that a lot of these, some of these aren't my favorite images but a lot of them are, and so then I can come through and say well, you know, let's see. That image is not my favorite. So I get rid of it and I just taught Adobe Sensei something about better images, worse images, et cetera and so I can just go through and say well, some of these are not my favorite images. Like that's not my favorite image. I'm getting rid of it and I'm teaching it all at the same time which ones it should or shouldn't have chosen. Pretty amazing, huh? So then I can take all of these, now that I've got this I can create in the album right from here and I can say, I'm gonna build a new album called ... The Machine Knows My Heart. So I click on that, there we go and now I've got a set of images called The Machine Knows My Heart. It knows what I like, and so I can collect those. Once I collect all those images, then I can share them out to say, my family or friends or whatever, so that's a really fun feature that is worth exploring. So if you're just looking through things and you're like, "I want to quickly find some really great images." Just go and click on that Best Photos but, in order to get to that, you actually have to turn it on. So if you go to Lightroom Web, and you get there and it's not there, it's because you have to go, I think it's. Yeah, it's right here. So you have to go to that little Lightroom logo, click on it, and you have to go to what's called Technology Previews. So what they're doing, is they have lots of little things that they throw in here to let you play with and see what you think of it. So these are previews; Best Photos, and also the New, Improved Auto Tone is available there as well, so I'm gonna show you that next. So there's Best Photos and Auto Tone are both inside of here. So let's go to our ... Where are you? Iceland, where are you? There you are, okay. So let's go to Iceland, and let's just do some auto-toning, and see what happens when we do some auto-toning inside of Lightroom Web. So this is not the same inside of Lightroom CC, 'cause CC is still just the normal; it's not very good, it's just looking for middle gray and trying to do that, whereas the Lightroom Web, because they can kind of play with it a little bit more, that technology preview allows them to throw stuff in that they're testing and working with, and so you can kind of get a sense of what it's gonna be like. The idea is that at some point, auto tone in Lightroom and Lightroom CC, Lightroom classic and Lightroom CC, will be really, really good because machine learning will be used when it auto-tones your image. So that's the idea. Here, on Lightroom Web, you actually get to see that happening. So we're gonna go into Lightroom Web and I'm gonna edit this photo. I haven't done this before with this photo, so I don't know what it's gonna do, but we're gonna find out. It's a clear piece of ice, so it's a little bit black but you can see these are reflections of clouds in the water, and then this is dark. If I hit auto, see how it tells me, choose the better looking image. So it's asking for some feedback. But it's auto-toning it, and quite frankly, I like that this looks more like what it looked like and so I'm gonna click on that one. See how Auto Tone, based on that, and then the only thing I need to do is take the highlights back down a little bit. So that I get those clouds back under control. But it's pretty much there. So let's save and exit that one. Then we're gonna go to, say a photo of me. Here. The grumpy one, so this is my grumpy photo. I wasn't actually grumpy, I was just serious I guess. So I'm gonna click on Auto. It asks me which one is better. This one's better. It's not perfect but it's better, so I'm gonna click on that. So it did all of this; see how it tries to get the highlights under control? It's not quite right, so I just take the exposure down just a bit. That looks pretty good. Instead of touching a bunch of things, the Auto Tone is doing a pretty good job at figuring it out, and it's just gonna get better and better and better and better. Auto Tone is a machine learning version of Auto Tone in the web, but everywhere else it's just the normal Auto Tone feature that we have normally. All right, so. We have shown you a lot of different ways to share your images, but the last thing that you want to know about sharing images, so. Remember we talked about, you can share directly from all of your applications in your phone. Your iPad or your phone. From Lightroom, you can send it to any application that's on your phone. Or, you can go from applications on your phone or in your iPad, and because they're tied to Lightroom mobile, you can go back to Lightroom mobile, 'cause all of it's in the Cloud, so like when we did Adobe Post, we could just go from Post and kind of reach into Lightroom and grab our photos from there. We can also do that on the web. So when we're on Lightroom Web, or when we're in Adobe Spark page, like making pages on our website, we can go back and find stuff so you can go both ways. Share from Lightroom out, or you can be out of Lightroom in these applications, and then you can drill back and find your photos from Lightroom. Like I said, there are some companies that have made plug-ins that will take you back to Lightroom so like, Animoto is one of those things. It's an online slideshow program, and when you're making an Animoto slideshow, if you want to use photos from Lightroom, you simply are in Animoto and say, I want to get my photos from Lightroom and it'll draw them right across the web. So you have those, from Lightroom out, or outside of Lightroom in. Then of course you have the ability to share directly from the web and so what we did earlier, is we created an album, and then we shared that album. Oh, I'm on the web now. So we created an album and then we shared that album directly from Lightroom CC up. But the other thing that we can do is we can actually create a shared website that has more than one album in it. So I can actually create a website that has multiple albums in it, instead of just sharing one album with a link to it. I can actually share one link that has many albums in it. That works better for people who are trying show maybe a portfolio of different types of work, or maybe they're trying to show different vacations that they took, and they want their family to be able to go on those, or even different kids. So you want to photograph this kid, this kid, this kid and then grandma can go in and look at all the kids and if she wants to see just, you know son number one you can click on that and son number one shows up. So that's an option as well. The way we do that, is we need to go to the web, so we're gonna go over to our website, and we're gonna create an album; so see this up here? If you're in these folders here. So on the left-hand side you can see folders or web. So folders is all of the different albums that exist. All your photos, and then this dashboard. The dashboard is kind of an interesting little; it just shows you random things that you've done recently, and then it also shows you kind of a statistical view of your photos. Then there's a bunch of preview updates and stuff like that. But if you go to the little globe right here, if you click on that, you'll find that there are albums that you've shared and then there's a gallery up at the top. So if I click on this, and I want to share a couple more albums, so I could go ... My portfolio work, let's share that one. So I'm gonna click on that and I'm gonna say go ahead and share that album as well. So now I've got a link to that album and hit, let's only do things that are flagged and then hit done. Then I'm gonna go back to that web, and now there are three things that are shared. They're individual and I would have to send someone three different links. But instead I can grab those, and I can just say I want this one to be part of that as well. So, do you see? If I click on the gallery, then when I'm here I can tell on all of this. Let's name the gallery Jared Platt's Work. Then I can just say I want to add this stuff and I want to remove this one, and I want to remove this one. I just want those, so I only want those three in there and then I wanted to add those two, and then I wanna add some more albums, so I'm gonna say the portfolio work I'm gonna add, and the Iceland/Sweden. So now I've got four things that are going to be in that gallery. Then there's the link to the gallery. If I click on this; and I can enable it. I can turn it off. No one can see it, right now. No one can see it. Turn it on, anybody can see it. It's that fast, to turn it on and off. So you could be building it for weeks without people being able to see it. Then once you're ready to show it, then you just simply copy that address there, or click on it and there's my work right there. So someone can see all these different albums. They can click on it, and then they get to see that. They can go back, click on this one. They can see those. Go back, click on it, see those. So it's a little bit better than it used to be because now you don't have to share each individual album, you can choose, I want all of these different collections or these different albums to be shown on the web as one major website with a whole bunch of different collections.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Lightroom® CC Ecosystem PDF
Film Presets

Ratings and Reviews


This class blew my mind! As a full-time professional photographer, with a very complicated workflow (that is next to impossible to explain to my assistant) I cannot express how essential this class is to overhauling and simplifying my workflow. I am so excited to finally be able to split my workflow between multiple laptops and work stations WITHOUT having to build a server at my studio. I love that I now have a framework to start building a new organizational and backup system that I can easily train others on, and mobilize quickly. With all of the changes and improvements that Adobe is bringing to Lightroom CC & Classic, this class is integral to understanding and utilizing the program to its fullest potential! Jared Platt is a wonderful teacher and this class especially is perfect for novices and seasoned professionals alike!

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I was lucky enough to participate in-studio for this class. Jared is a great presenter and broke down the complicated Lightroom CC vs. Lightroom Classic changes. His conversational style of presenting kept things interesting and participants involved. This course was much more than just learning what the programs do. Jared walked through sample workflows to show when and why you would use the multitude of sliders and editing tools within the program. The course is worth every penny! Topics will remain pertinent well after newer versions of Lightroom CC and Classic are released.


I won't be able to watch all of this, but I purchased it anyway. Jared's ability to address the technical as well as the artistic aspects of Lightroom is unparalleled. He is one of my preferred presenters, especially for Lightroom. I especially appreciate how he has clarified the differences among the versions of Lightroom that are available. Thank you Jared!

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