These Lightroom tutorials and tips will help you learn Lightroom basics and show you how Lightroom tools and adjustments can be applied to real-world subjects. Lightroom expert Sean McCormack walks you through each process with step by step instructions and a video showing how these adjustments are made.
This series originally ran in Digital Camera magazine and we're republishing it here for everyone stuck in lockdown and looking for a new and useful photography project.
Just scroll or swipe through the list of projects below and tap on any one of them to view the full tutorial. And if you don't yet have Lightroom, or you want to know how to get it, you can click on the links below to get the Adobe Photography Plan trial or choose the subscription plan you want.
Find out why Lightroom is called a Digital Darkroom: how to make sepia prints, duotones and more.
Use Lightroom to discover three straightforward ways to make your favourite photos look sharper and much more detailed.
Discover how Lightroom can help you reduce the artifacts that camera image sensors sometimes add to your shots.
Even the very best lens can produce a misshapen image, but Lightroom can easily help you remove the effects.
Discover the smart way to fix those tricky perspective issues that can ruin your beautiful architectural shots.
Focus attention where it’s most needed by taking charge of tonal values using a simple Post-Crop Vignetting control.
When there’s too much difference in brightness between the sky and the ground in your shot, Lightroom has the solution.
How to make the most of your landscape photos by using a series of different tools available in Lightroom.
Find out how the Radial Filter enables you to make precise local changes, rather than affecting the whole image at once.
You can enhance portraits to perfection with these straightforward Lightroom techniques.
Combine a few simple techniques in Lightroom and you’ll soon bring out the stellar detail in your Milky Way photos.
Marks from sensor dust can easily appear in your images, but with Lightroom, it’s simple to make it look like they were never there.
Become a dedicated follower of fashion, and learn how to retouch low-key images using the handy tools in Lightroom.
Simulating tilt-shift effects for toy town landscapes is all the rage – but did you know you can use the effect in portraits too?
Discover how to successfully emulate an old-time portrait using a modern-day toolset in Lightroom.
These handy Lightroom tips and tricks will really make your night-time landscape shots pop.
Lightroom’s editing tools can help you character and drama to your male portraits – apply these techniques to your own shots.
Give an ordinary landscape an otherworldly feel when you remove the colour and choose your own hues.
How to use Lightroom’s HDR Merge options to effectively combine a set of landscape photos at different exposures.
Add old-school imperfections to your pristine photos with the help of the Graduated and Radial Filters in Lightroom.
If your building shots are looking squiffy, Lightroom can fix your images so that everything is looking nice and straight.
Add character to your subjects by bringing out their freckles, using techniques that work in both black and white and color.
Apply a series of Lomography-inspired effects to make your images look like you shot them with an old-school film camera.
Create a matte border to show off your photos in the Print Module in Lightroom, and discover some automation tricks.
Bring your separate panoramic photos into Lightroom and merge them into a raw file you can edit any way you like.
Merge bracketed exposures into to a single HDR file without losing access to Lightroom’s full raw editing toolset.
Convert a regular color image into a moody monochromatic landscape with tonal contrast and dynamic range.
Discover the techniques that help you make a night-time sky sparkle after a nocturnal shooting session.
Avoid manufactured social media filters and create your own Instagram-inspired look – one you can adapt over again.
Get out and about to capture a performance, then deal with the effects of low light and bring out the colour of the scene
Take advantage of the latest tools in Lightroom Classic to choose and customise your preferred black- and-white look.
Go beyond cleaning up and photo correction as you discover how to add a distinctive look to every shot you take.
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How to get Lightroom
Adobe Lightroom is available in two versions: the regular Adobe Lightroom Classic CC designed for desktop users, which is what we cover in this series, and a new cloud-based Adobe Lightroom CC, which stores your files online and offers a similar but reduced set of features. For regular desktop users we recommend Adobe Lightroom Classic CC.
Adobe offers three subscription based Photography Plans which you can click on below. We recommend either the regular Photography Plan, or the Photography Plan (1TB) which costs more but comes with 1TB online storage in case you decide to go with Lightroom CC.
For this set of tutorials and for anyone who likes to work on a single main computer, we recommend the regular Creative Cloud Photography Plan. This is the cheapest way to get started AND it comes with Photoshop CC too.