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Organizing Your Images in Lightroom Classic

Ben Willmore

Organizing Your Images in Lightroom Classic

Ben Willmore

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Class Description


  • Know the Status of Any Image or Folder at a Glance
  • Organize Projects with Ease
  • Develop an Effective Keywording Strategy
  • Find Images as Quickly as You can Think of Them


Relying solely on file names, folders and your memory is a formula for frustration. Learn to take full advantage of Lightroom Classic’s organization features so that finding a memorable image is just as fast and easy as performing a Google search. You’ll see how to transform seemingly simple features such as color labels into powerful organizational tools that will change the way you think about Lightroom. Then combine labels with keywords, smart collections and filtering and you’ll be amazed at how much more organized your photo archives can become. Ben will show you the standardized systems, tips & tricks and troubleshooting ideas he has developed by working with over 250,000 images over just shy of a decade and a half of working with Lightroom Classic.


  • Anyone just getting started with Lightroom Classic that wants to do it right from the beginning so they can get the most out of the program
  • Those who have a large archive of photos in Lightroom Classic and want to transform their current setup into something dramatically more organized
  • Experienced Lightroom Classic users who want to ensure they know every tip and trick possible so they can be a true power user


Adobe Lightroom Classic 11.0


As a photographer, Ben Willmore has shot in all 50 states and explored over 80 countries. He has been pushing Photoshop and Lightroom Classic to their limits since the beginning. Ben is part of a select group of non-employees that Adobe trusts with pre-release beta versions of their software so he can have a voice in the future direction of their software. He has written more than a dozen books on digital imaging that have been translated into 9 languages, has written over 100 articles for major magazines, and was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame. He has been a featured speaker at events on all seven continents where he has taught well over 100,000 people.

Ratings and Reviews

Deb Green

Brilliant in-depth, on-topic information well presented. Ben has forgotten more about LR than most people will ever know - his depth of knowledge is exceptional and he's also a polished presenter. Love the way each of Ben's words count, no chatter for the sake of it - straight to the point every time, but still engaging and friendly! I like the new office location, but do miss the excellent handouts that have come with Ben's earlier CreativeLive classes.


Ben is the best instructor! I have tried several different Lightroom organizational strategies from other instructors but find Ben's way is what works best for me. It is well thought out and makes working in Lightroom Classic a joy. Thank you Ben!

a Creativelive Student

Great ORGANIZATIONAL overview course for Lightroom Classic. Ben presents everything quite clearly. I've always been a "Collections/Sets" person and now considering working more within the Folders structure he presents. Which leads to a key concern - with Ben's "240,000" images in his Lightroom catalog - I wondered about discussing how to use Preview types (since they chew up space, and the discussion about local/internal image storage vs. external storage is an important one). Also with that type of quite detailed folder and photo naming structures, I wonder how often he runs into "character length restrictions" Overall, great organizational info and I picked up a few things, as always. Would recommend it for anyone new to Lightroom Classic or NOT new to Lightroom Classic. It's never too late to learn things or - in this case - move photos to another organization type! :)

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