Intermediate Level “Start to Finish” Lightroom Tutorial

Hey, gang — I’m trying something new today – an intermediate level start to finish tutorial that moves at a quick pace, and I don’t’ explain every little thing like I would normally do when I create tutorials any level user can follow along with. If you know Lightroom pretty well, you’ll have no problem following along, and instead of this being a 12 or 15 minutes tutorial, it’s only around six minutes using this method. Let me know what you think.

Hope you found that helpful. 🙂

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Author: Scott Kelby

Scott is the President of KelbyOne, an online educational community for photographers, Photoshop and Lightroom users. He's editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, Editor of "Lightroom magazine"; Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, and the author of a string of bestselling Photoshop, Lightroom, and photography books. You can learn more about Scott at http://scottkelby.com

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  1. Love it. This is the second of your fast-paced intermediate-level start-to-finish videos I’ve seen, really helpful (and enjoyable). Pace is perfect. I’m so used to working through your books using the downloadable images you provide that I found myself wanting to do same with this tutorial — so I did a screen capture of your starting image and reproduced your edits best I could. Very instructive, thank you! (Would greatly enjoy more of this sort, if you have time and inclination, TIA…)

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  2. Great tutorial, Scott! Love the speed and effficiency. I’d love to see more of these!

    I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit I thought that was a very good looking photo. If that’s “not great” in your mind, I suppose I have a ways to go.

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  3. Very nice Scott, quick and to the point.
    Thanks

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  4. Like the fast format. Keep up with the longer ones for new users.

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  5. Dig the new(-ish) format! The faster pace is definitely more appropriate for seasoned Lr users. I, too, have noticed that Auto seems to result in overly-brightened shadows and too little contrast. Curious to know why the AI goes that route… isn’t it supposed to be based on the most common adjustments by thousands of Lr users? Are most people really doing that? I’ve simply created a “post-auto” preset to counter those 2 slider adjustments. Thanks for sharing, Scott!

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  6. I know you weren’t going to do these again. But, just wanted to say that now I’m at an intermediate ability in Lightroom, I learn more from these than from anything else. Please keep doing them!

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  7. Scott,

    You say that the Auto decreases the contrast too much by tendency. Have you tried using the Dehaze to get some back? Since the update to the algorithm with the auto, I have been starting there and using the Dehaze at like +10 if the contrast is in the negative.

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  8. Love these, Scott. Love the end-to-end process theme … and the pace make it super easy to consume. Well done!

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  9. Very nice and to the point.

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  10. Thanks Scott – I appreciate the faster pace of this intermediate level.

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  11. Hey Scott

    Perfect Sir, nice pace, easy to follow and many learning moments.

    I like it.

    Thanks

    PS Ditto on your Photoshop lesson as well, two thumbs up!

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  12. Nicely done. I enjoyed the “lot of material in a short time” nature of the video. Always learn something every time I watch one of these “start to finish”a videos.

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  13. Wow great information! Thank you for sharing. I never knew about the auto option and I can’t wait to use it to speed the editing process. We all know how time consuming it can be to edit photos especially an entire wedding. Awesome video!

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  14. Awesome video Scott! Good speed and level of detail to do an image. If a video is getting beyond 10 minutes anymore these days, I usually don’t bother to watch. If folks cant hit the pause button or rewind a bit to rewatch, to bad on them. Hope you do many more of these Start to Finish videos.

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  15. I’ll echo everyone else and say that the speed and level were so very nice for this. Lots more start to finish tutorials please

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  16. Start to finish are always great to see. And with the intermediate level it’s the same info in less time! I would like to see more of these!

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  17. Great tip! More of these please!

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  18. Nice – I like this format a lot! Assuming a certain level of LR competence really moves this along at a much more enjoyable pace.

    More please!

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  19. Thanks Scott, that fast pace without every action being explained in detail works really well. I look forward to seeing more of these.

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  20. I’ve been using Lightroom for a long time and have a routine for most images. Wow! Using “auto” is something I’ll try!. Just seeing someone else go through their routine shakes things up a bit and will help in getting me to try different things. The pace was great – snappy and to the point. I liked this a lot!

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  21. Appreciate the brevity, Scott. A little more time wouldn’t hurt – maybe 10 minutes or so. Much better than one hour plus. Keep up with the good ideas.

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  22. Great job. I like the format. I’d like to see more like this.

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  23. I liked the pace of the tutorial. And, now, I won’t be afraid to hit the “Auto” button in the Tone box (I hit it once in LR4…and never again…).

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  24. Keep these coming — then go to the next level!!!!

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    • Excellent–enjoyed the faster pace.

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  25. Wow! Fantastic tips here—been using Lightroom for many years now and still learned several new things. Thanks!

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  26. Thanks Scott – loved the quick pace of the video.

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  27. Very nice. I think I might not be alone, when wishing there could be more of those videos.
    Thx a lot.

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  28. Fantastic, love the speed lesson. We retire in June and I do plan to rejoin Kelby One, you rock! I loved “make everything look terrible” comment.

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  29. Very enjoyable, actually I enjoyed the format and feel the way it progresses fits my style of learning. Please consider doing more videos using the intermediate format.

    Yes, the image was not the greatest. It did show me how to fix some images that you could say are similar located in my library.

    Five stars!

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  30. I like these start-to-finish tutorials, and the ‘intermediate level’ means you’re not having to repeat as much info each time. It makes it skip along nicely, easy to watch during a coffee break!

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  31. Now that, was worth my time! Well done!

    Thank you.

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