I’m Trying Out Something New At My Portland Lightroom Seminar Today

I’m in Portland, OR today getting ready for my Kelby Training Lightroom Live seminar. I usually start out the day with how to import your photos into Lightroom. Over the years, not much has changed so I’ve been teaching it in relatively the same way. Well, last week I was showing some one how to get their photos in to Lightroom and where to store them. After seeing where their hangups were (and witnessing these hangups over the years so many times), I thought of a different way to teach importing your photos. So I’m going to try it out in the seminar today. I’ll still show the way you’re “supposed” to do it, but then I’m going to show this method and see what the audience thinks. If it’s a success, I’ll make sure I do an article or class on it. If it’s a failure, well, I’ll swear them to secrecy and you’ll never hear about it again 😉

If you’re interested in any of my one-day Lightroom seminars I’ve got a few coming up before the end of the year (these are all I know of for now). You can sign up over at the Kelby Training website.

• Ft. Lauderdale: November 6, 2013
• Sacramento: November 15, 2013
• Seattle: December 6, 2013
• Jacksonville, FL: December 13, 2013

Have a great weekend!



  1. Valerie 20 October, 2013 at 14:55 Reply

    I received a mailer about your Lightroom seminar in Sacramento which is the closest city for me. I’ve never used the program. I have Lightroom 5, but I don’t use Photoshop, I use Elements. Would the seminar still be good for me?

    • Matt K 22 October, 2013 at 09:56 Reply

      Hi Valerie – It would definitely be good for you. It’s meant for beginners and there’s very little during the day where I use Photoshop. And most of the things you can do in Photoshop, you can do in Elements as well. Hope to see you there!

  2. Jeff Hartley 15 October, 2013 at 00:53 Reply

    I have a request for a LR article. Could you explain/demonstrate how to use the crop tool overlays?
    I recently asked the Photoshop & Lightroom Help Desk: Is there any documentation or tutorials on using the crop tool overlays? It looks like there are 7 different ones some are pretty obvious (print size) but not the others (diagonal lines).
    And John Wheeler replied: : Here is a link to a three web page article on different rules of thumb. It does not cover tthe triangle overlay yet that is very similar to the diagonal lines overaly:
    Hope that hellps.
    It’s helpful but it would be nice to see some more examples
    I was at the LR3 and LR4 classes in Houston and hope to see you at the LR5 class in Seattle.

    • mattk 15 October, 2013 at 10:13 Reply

      Hey Jeff. I’ll see what I can do. One thing I can tell you is that the reason you don’t find any information out there on it is because NOBODY uses them. Honestly, there’s little reason for most photographers out there to use more than 1-2 of them. That’s why you won’t find many useful tutorials showing you how to use them, and they’re really just more demos showing you that they’re available. Anyway though, I’ll see if I can come up with a useful scenario and if I do, I’ll do a quick post about it. Hope to see you in Seattle! 🙂

  3. Craig 12 October, 2013 at 04:18 Reply

    Hi Matt!

    I hope your talking about not the import process but how you manage and store your photos as well as backups which aren’t often spoken about.

    I have 1 portable drive with all my 2013 photos on it that’s now run out of space, I have another portable drive with all my prior 2013 photos on it. I’m not sure what the best plan of action is, my D800 is chewing through hard drive space.

    • mattk 14 October, 2013 at 08:40 Reply

      Hi Craig – I was talking about the Import process because that’s where the people in my seminars get confused.
      As for where to store your photos, connect a drive and store you photos on them. When that drives fills up, then connect another and store your photos there. Lightroom will show you (in the Folders panel) which drive the photos are on so you’d know exactly which one to connect when you need to get at certain photos.
      Good luck!

  4. Dennis Zito 11 October, 2013 at 08:15 Reply

    Hey Matt,

    Looking forward to the new import method! As you know, importing and organizing was my biggest problem with LR. 🙂 I have a quick question for you. I have the CC for 9.99, which includes LR 5. However, I purchased the upgrade to LR 5 before they combined it with CC. My CC account says I can download LR 5, but I have it already installed from the update. Should I download it or just wait until there is a update to LR 5?

    Have a Great time out there in Oregon! I’m sure the troops will get some very good into!


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