Lightroom for editing your photos

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During most of my workshops I get a lot of questions from people wanting to know how to do simple edits in Lightroom. There is usually not enough time to go into the details of software during the workshops so I thought it would be a good idea to make a little screencast and show you simple things that can be done to enhance a picture in Lightroom. Remember that these images are all shot in RAW format. If you shoot in JPEG you definitely will have less options to edit your photos. You can still do the same things but remember that editing in a jpg, can give a lot of quality loss early on. Plus you do not have the range of controls you have in a raw file. If you have an SLR then I would strongly suggest using the raw files. You can start shooting in raw and jpg at the same time until you’re familiar with the raw process. It’s up to you but it does make a world of difference. Do keep in mind that if you shoot in only raw, you cannot use the photo without going through some sort of software.

Lightroom is specifically designed to work on raw files but there are loads of other programs out there that work too. Your camera usually comes with standard software that you can use or you can use Aperture, ACDSee or a free program like Gimp. They all work in their own way. I like to use Lightroom for all my editing and filing of photos.

The following tutorial shows you how to work on a file in the develop area of Lightroom. These are basic settings! O and keep in mind that this is my very first screen cast ever, so don’t laugh too hard.. πŸ˜‰ I hope you find it useful! if you have trouble watching the video on the site; here is the direct link to Youtube





  1. says

    Hi Simone, I started watching video (a second for two) and then it somehow disappeared and all I have now is a black box. I closed out of the page and came back but same thing. Is this on youtube and if so, would you please email link? I’d like to see it.

  2. says

    Congrats to your first screen cast, Simone!! I enjoy watching it very much. As you might know I also use Lightroom and I just like it to discover how other people works with the function Lightroom offers. Because by this I am also inspired to try out every then and now also different workflows to avoid to keep all the time to the same one. Therefore pls keep on posting those tutorials. I would like it very much!! :)

    • says

      O thanks Eva! I had quite a bit of fun doing this tutorial so I think I might keep it up for a bit. πŸ˜‰ And you’re right it is always good to know how others do their workflow. Sometimes I’ve been doing things a certain way and then I find out there is a much better way to do it for instance!

  3. says

    Very cool! A screen cast is such a great tutorial. Even if I don’t have lightroom I enjoyed watching it and loved your little accent. I always had a thing for a cute dutch accent ;o). At work we have lots of dutch and belgain around and I’m always temted to listen.
    P.S. Have sent your tutorial post to my hubs as I think it might be useful to him :)

    • says

      Haha.. thanks Maureen! I love Lightroom. I have photoshop as well but I use Lightroom for 90% of my work. Only a few things go into Photoshop…


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