Category Archives Lightroom

I can’t tell you how many times during our various live seminars, photographers would come up and tell either Matt or me, “Why should I switch to Lightroom? I already have the Bridge & Camera Raw?” or “I thought Lightroom was just the same as the Bridge and Camera Raw.” Uggh!

It’s particularly frustrating because Lightroom has so many advantages over the Bridge & Camera Raw, that you can’t just explain it in few sentences. In fact, Matt and I were talking about this very problem one day, and just joking around we said, “We ought to make a list called “100 ways Lightroom kicks the Bridge’s A$$!” so we could point them to it, and really illustrate the reasons why, as a photographer, they should be using Lightroom. The next thing you know, we decided not only to make a list, but to create 100 videos that would really showcase the advantages.

Why 100 videos?
Now, we intentionally did 100 very short (30 to 60 seconds each) videos rather than one long 60-minute plus video, so people could go directly to the topics that interested them most (since I doubt anyone would watch all 100, or would be willing to sit through 100 when they only needed a few to change their mind). NOTE: There is a little forward button at the top right corner of each video, which you can click to take you to the next video, in case you want to watch all 100.

So, the site is live, and if you’re one of those photographers still using the Bridge & Camera Raw, take a few minutes and swing over to the site and check a few of the reasons out (and at the very least, watch the short intro that Matt and I put together to get you started).

Here’s the link.

I hope it helps you at least want to download the free 30-day full-working trial version from Adobe, and give it a whirl (download link for Mac & Windows). It’ll speed and transform your workflow forever, and I cannot tell you how many emails we’ve gotten from people who thanked us for turning them on to Lightroom. You will love it!

P.S. We actually came up with around 121 reasons, but 121 reasons sounded kind of weenie, so we whittled it down to just 100.

When I’m teaching my Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it tour, I use Lightroom quite a bit during the day, and in one city one of the attendees came up and told me they had just bought Lightroom, and wanted my recommendations on where to go to learn Lightroom.

Of course, I told him that we actually do a ton of Lightroom training, and he was like, “Really? I thought you guys just taught Photoshop.” I told him that Lightroom’s full name is “Adobe Photoshop Lightroom” and that Lightroom was part of the Photoshop family, and that we probably teach more about Lightroom than anyone on the planet.

I gave him some ideas of what we do, but it really got me to thinking: If this guy at my live seminar doesn’t realize how much Lightroom training we actually offer, I wonder how many other people don’t realize all the Lightroom training we have available. I’ll bet it’s more than I ever realized, so I thought today I’d give him (and everybody here) a quick list of what we’re teaching in Lightroom, and where to find it. So, here’s what we do:

(1) Our Lightroom magazine within a magazine! In every issue of Photoshop User magazine (the how-to print magazine that is published ten times a year for NAPP members), we have an entire section of the magazine (kind of magazine within a magazine) that focuses just on Lightroom, with features, articles, and tutorials just on Lightroom. Here’s the link for info on NAPP (you get a Photoshop User magazine subscription as part of your membership)

(2) We produce the free “Lightroom Killer Tips,” podcast hosted by Matt Kloskowski. You can watch it on our site (here’s the link) or subscribe to it on iTunes.

(3) The Lightroom Killer Tips Blog. Matt also pens the incredibly popular “Lightroom Killer Tips” blog for us, where he posts three days a week various tips, techniques, topics, and loads of his free Lightroom Presets (that’s right—awesome free presets. In fact, some of the presets that Matt created are actually included by Adobe in the Lightroom presets that come preinstalled in Lightroom 3).

(4) The Lightroom 3 Tour Live! At Kelby Training we produce the nationwide that Matt and I both teach in cities across the country. We’re getting ready to announce another round of tour dates shortly—keep your eye here on the blog for the tour dates.

(5) I’ve written the #1 bestselling book on the topic, The Lightroom 3 Book for Digital Photographers.” I just looked on, and even though it came out back out in July of 2010, it’s still the #1 bestselling book of all books in both the Photoshop and Digital Photography categories (and right now it ranks at #208 of . ALL books sold on Sweet!). Here’s the link.

(6) I teach Lightroom all day during the tour that started this post: My Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It tour. My next stop is in New York City on June 2nd. Come out and you’ll learn Lightroom stuff all day long. Here’s where to sign up (after new York, I’m coming to Canada, then Germany, Holland, and then all over the USA)

(7) We teach Lightroom on D-Town TV. We produce this wildly popular, free weekly show for DSLR shooters (hosted by RC Concepcion and Larry Becker), and since it’s a show for DSLR shooters, we cover some post production, too, so we include tutorials on Lightroom every chance we get (It’s in it’s 5th season now. You can watch back episodes free, and you’ll see lots of Lightroom when Matt and I used to host the show). Here’s that link.

(8) The Lightroom Conference at Photoshop World. That’s right—we have a special Lightroom training track all unto itself at the Photoshop World Conference & Expo that runs the entire conference, with sessions taught by the leading experts on Lightroom, every day–all day (we joke that you can go to Photoshop World, do the Lightroom conference tracks, and never take a single Photoshop class. That’s awesome!). Join us in September in Vegas for this three-day Lightroom love fest (Here’s a link to check out the Lightroom classes offered).

(9) Our Free Lightroom Learning Centers. When a new version of Lightroom comes out, we launch an extensive free online Learning Center, with individual videos on all the new features, along with video interviews with Adobe’s Lightroom product managers, and loads more information on the new release than you’ll find anywhere. You can still visit our Lightroom 3 Learning Center right here.

(10) Our Lightroom Online Classes at We have literally hours of Lightroom training available to subscribers to our online training segment, with classes on everything from how to properly back-up your Lightroom catalog and images, to classes on Sharpening in Lightroom, and Lightroom for the Web, plus our three-part “Lightroom In Depth” classes from Matt. Here’s the link.

(11) Lightroom Training DVDs. Not everybody likes to learn live, or online, which is why we offer Lightroom training DVDs, and they’re still incredibly popular (especially titles like our “Lightroom 3 Power Session” which is designed to bring people who upgrade from earlier versions of Lightroom up to speed fast on Lightroom 3).

(12) Lightroom Tutorials on Photoshop User TV. In just about every free weekly episode of Photoshop User TV, we feature either a Lightroom tip, or a full feature tutorial during the show, because like I said earlier, it’s actually called “Photoshop” Lightroom. It’s free. Every week. Here’s the link.

(13) Our upcoming Lightroom Training App. We’re about to release a new way of learning Lightroom, as this training was created expressly for learning on the iPad, and it’s hosted by Matt Kloskowski (I have to admit, it’s awesome having one of the absolutely world’s best Lightroom trainers working for us), and I can’t wait to shout about it (but we’re waiting for that Kelby Training App to come out first!).

(14) Lightroom Training on the NAPP Member Site. Another place where we do a lot of Lightroom training is on the NAPP Member home page. We have both videos and written tutorials, and within the next 30-day we’ll be launching a whole new NAPP member Web experience with more video training than ever, and you can be sure a bunch of it will be on Lightroom. Plus, we have a Lightroom Help Desk where you can get your questions answered directly, one-on-one. Here’s the link with info on joining NAPP.

Whew!!! That’s a bunch of stuff, and probably the first time I’ve ever written it all out like that.

I hope some of you find that helpful, and that maybe you found out about some other ways we’re supporting the education of Lightroom in the community. I am such of fan of Lightroom, and the direction where Adobe is taking it, and as soon as I get the final OK, we’ll be releasing the 15th way we’re teaching Lightroom, which is a series of 100 individual videos (recorded by Matt and I) called (and I’m not making this up): 100 Ways Lightroom Kicks The Bridge and Camera Raw’s A$%!!!! (I’ll let you know when it goes live! It will surprise a lot of people when you see this side-by-side comparison, because there is no comparison).

That’s it gang. Thanks for giving me an opportunity to share all this with you. I hope you guys have a truly cool and kick butt Monday! (CAKB!). I might have another shoot with a pro athlete Tuesday morning (keeping my fingers crossed). :)

Hi Gang: I have been dying for Adobe to come out with a Lightroom App for the iPad, and although this isn’t from Adobe, it’s the next best thing, and I personally am really excited about it.

It’s called “Photosmith for iPad” and it’s designed to work as a mobile companion Lightroom by letting you create Collections, rate, tag, add keywords and metadata to your photos, and then (wait for it, wait for it) sync your Collections to Lightroom on your computer wirelessly. It’s the dream baby!!! The dream!!!!

Now, as I’m writing this, I haven’t spent much time with it—I downloaded it last night and started playing with it, and it sync’d beautifully with Lightroom—first time! (you do have to download and install their plug-in for Lightroom first), but after using it for a just an hour or so, I can see I’ll be using this a lot when I travel.

Although it doesn’t do image editing (just sorting and stuff) it does let you share photos from your Collections directly up to Facebook, Drop Box, Flickr (hugs), or you just email them directly from the App, but at this point, the real reason to have it is to make Collections, rate and sort your photos, and have that all go over to Lightroom.

Of course, this is just version 1, and I already have some features I would love to see them add, but one of the things I love about iPad Apps is how quickly developers are able to update and add new features, so although it’s not perfect yet—I imagine it soon will be. It’s $17.99. My hat’s off to the developers; Chris and Jonah—-way to go guys! :-)

Here’s a link to their site,  and here’s the direct iTunes downloads link (or, on your iPad, go to the App Store, and search for Photosmith).

I just found out that OnOne Software has just released a Free Public Beta version (a pre-release version) of a plug-in that I think is going to be a real game-changer for Lightroom (and Aperture) users.

It’s called “Perfect Layers” and this plug-in brings layers functionality to Lightroom (I got to work with OnOne on this plug-in, and although this public beta doesn’t have all the features the final shipping version will have, I can tell you—it’s going to expand what you can do in Lightroom to a whole new level!. We’re talking multiple layers, blend modes, layer masks, a brush—the works!)

You can download it now for free, and have a chance to try it out, and share your feedback with OnOne’s development team. They’ve got a sample movie and just a few examples of what you can do. I’m working on a video to show some collaging, portrait retouching, and other stuff we wouldn’t normally be able to do in Lightroom.

My hearty congratulations to OnOne for giving us the tools we need to work faster and more efficiently!!!! Yay!!!! :)  Here’s the link to download it in case you missed that one above.

I had a number of people comment about the Duotone look I applied to my “Sessions” images” series (link), so I thought I’d share the exact settings I used (just promise me you won’t be surprised or disappointed that it’s so incredibly simple).

I did the conversion completely in Lightroom (though I’ll show you the camera raw equivalent in a moment). Start by pressing the letter “V” to convert the image to Black & White. Then go to the Split Toning panel—don’t touch the Highlights at all—just drag the Shadows Hue slider to 28, and the Saturation to 17.

That’s it. One letter—two sliders. :)

If you’re using Camera Raw instead; go to the HSL / Grayscale panel and click on “Convert to Grayscale.” (Does it bother anybody that photographers don’t use the term Grayscale for converting to black and white? That’s a graphic designer’s term, not a photographers. Don’t get me started). Anyway, then go to the Split Toning tab. Don’t touch the Highlights controls at all—just move the Shadows Hue slider to 28, and the Saturation to 17. That’s it.

Anyway, I know it doesn’t have a lot of fireworks to it, but that’s exactly how I did the conversions, and the exact settings I used.

Have a great Monday everybody!

Scott Kelby's Lightroom 3 Book for Photographers

Scott’s Lightroom 3 Book for Digital Photographers is now available in a very limited spiral-bound edition! All the details, including a coupon code for NAPP members to receive the book for free when they renew their membership for two years, are over on the store.

Speaking of Scott’s Lightroom 3 Book… After reviewing three different books on the program, new Lightroom user Daniel Bailey chose Scott’s book to help him quickly get up to speed with the software and blogged about it. Thanks Daniel!