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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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  1. John H 16 April, 2018 at 19:36 Reply

    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…)

  2. Brian 29 March, 2018 at 09:57 Reply

    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.

  3. Greg 13 March, 2018 at 00:45 Reply

    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!

  4. Graham Goodman 12 March, 2018 at 13:58 Reply

    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!

  5. Ron Lane 12 March, 2018 at 11:51 Reply


    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.

  6. Mike A 12 March, 2018 at 09:41 Reply

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

  7. L. Kelly Jones 10 March, 2018 at 15:39 Reply

    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.

  8. Amy DeRonne 10 March, 2018 at 15:10 Reply

    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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  9. Ed Anderson 9 March, 2018 at 18:12 Reply

    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.

  10. Brad Balfour 9 March, 2018 at 17:55 Reply

    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

  11. axel 9 March, 2018 at 14:49 Reply

    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!

  12. Judy 9 March, 2018 at 14:04 Reply

    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!

  13. Christine Morgan 9 March, 2018 at 13:37 Reply

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

  14. Lesley 9 March, 2018 at 12:57 Reply

    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!

  15. Bob G. 9 March, 2018 at 11:20 Reply

    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.

  16. Greg H 9 March, 2018 at 10:53 Reply

    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…).

  17. Lori 9 March, 2018 at 09:41 Reply

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

  18. Terry 9 March, 2018 at 07:31 Reply

    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.

  19. howard@finnandberliner.com 9 March, 2018 at 06:44 Reply

    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!

  20. David D 9 March, 2018 at 04:26 Reply

    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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