The First Issue Of Our New Lightroom Magazine Is Out!

Hey everyone. Big news today! I’m extremely happy to report that the Lightroom magazine we’ve been working so hard on over the last few months is live. Yep, an entire magazine dedicated entirely to Lightroom. It’s call (appropriately enough) Lightroom Magazine – The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom How-To Magazine. (here’s the link if you just can’t wait)

A while back we realized that Lightroom has become the go-to program for photographers. Up until now, we’ve always included a section on Lightroom in our print magazine, Photoshop User. But after seeing just how passionate people are about Lightroom, we realized it needs it’s own magazine app.

This isn’t our first magazine app though. You may have heard of Light It Magazine which is a magazine app dedicated totally to lighting. Before now, I was actually co-editor-in-chief for the magazine, along with Scott Kelby. But when we decided to do Lightroom Magazine, I realized that I wanted to be a part of it from the ground up. So my co-worker here at Kelby Media Group, RC Concepcion, has taken over my place on Light It Magazine, which let’s me concentrate my efforts on Lightroom.

I’ve gotta tell ya. When we first decided to do the magazine app, I was a little worried about how it would come across visually. Lightroom isn’t like off-camera lighting. With lighting and Light It Magazine, you can have big beautiful pictures that show off each technique since there’s really no computer screen captures to deal with. But with Lightroom you have a ton of tiny little panels and sliders and I was worried that, visually, the magazine would suffer. Well, leave it up to our kick-ass magazine layout team (Felix Nelson and Dave Korman) to totally kill it. They designed what I believe is one of the best looking magazines we’ve ever done.

Here’s a few screen captures from the magazine itself.

First, here’s the cover and Table of Contents in the first issue. (click to see them larger)

Get Organized
Next, here’s a couple of pages from my 7 Steps To Getting Organized article.
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Behind The Preset
I thought presets were really important to cover here too so I created an article called “Behind the Preset”. Basically, I dissect a preset and how it was made. At the end, you can create the preset yourself or download the onces I’ve already made.
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The Develop Module
Brian Matiash wrote our first article on using the Develop Module. I plan on including a Develop module based article in each issue.
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Lightroom-Photoshop Before/After Video
Since Photoshop is such a HUGE part of Lightroom, I wanted to include it as well. I figured the best way to do that was a video so I included a Before/After video that takes you from unedited Raw file, to Lightroom edits, over to Photoshop, and finally back to Lightroom again. This way, you’ll see the whole process from start to finish.
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I begged RC Concepcion (the HDR King) to write an article on 32-bit HDR in Lightroom.
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Plug-Ins for Lightroom
I hear a ton of questions on plug-ins and how they work with Lightroom. So we’re including a plug-in article as well. In each issue we’ll look at a new plug-in each time. In this first issue, Rob Sylvan dives into onOne Software’s brand new Perfect Black & White plug-in (which has quickly become my go-to plug-in for B&W).
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Printing and Books
Scott Kelby has been known for the awesome photo books he creates so I asked him if he could write an article on it. Not only did he come thru, but he wrote 2 so you’ll see more in the next issue too.
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Tips and Tricks
What magazine would be complete without tips and tricks. And who better to bring them to us than Sean Duggan, the tip man himself. He definitely came through with some really cool time-saving little-known tips in Lightroom.
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Featured Photographer and Inspiration
And finally, since Lightroom is about photography, we wanted to showcase a photographer and their work in each issue. I think it adds to the inspirational factor you get from looking through a magazine (especially on the iPad). This first issue features Connor Walberg. Connor is an action and architectural photographer out of Colorado, and he’s got some killer work that you won’t want to miss.
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Yes, It’s Only On The iPad
The magazine is only on the iPad. And right now, there’s no plans of any other versions any time soon. So if you’re thinking of leaving a comment about why we should have it in another format, don’t (and if you do, don’t say I didn’t warn you 😉 ).

How much? Frequency? And Where To Get It?
The first issue of the magazine is free. Just use the link here to download, or search the app store for “Lightroom Magazine”. You first download the app, and once inside the app, you can download the issues of the magazine. Like I said, the first issue (Nov 2012) is free. Each issue after that is $4.99. Because of the way the App store works, we had to include an in-app purchase right away so that’s why you see two issues there. So you can immediately go and download the 2nd issue right away (well, after you pay $4.99 that is). And you can expect a new issue after that about every 6-8 weeks.

BTW… it’s got a video in it and very large screen captures (so you can zoom in and see everything without squinting), so make sure you give it a good 20-30 minutes to download.

If you’re as passionate about photographer and Lightroom as we are then I really do hope you’ll check out the first issue. And by all means, please let us know if you’ve got any ideas, topics, and writers that you’d like to see in coming issues. Thanks and have a good one!



  1. Janette Planck 24 April, 2016 at 04:35 Reply

    I have only now become aware of your magazine Scott. I would love to explore pricing etc for a subscription. I received a message for iTunes that the mag is not available for Australian residents. Can this be true? The message added that I cannot buy if from the Australian iTunes shop so had to look at the USA iTunes shop. Once there I received a message to say the magazine is not available? What do I have to do to find out price etc so I can most likely subscribe?

  2. Edward Sander 16 September, 2015 at 18:56 Reply

    I thoroughly enjoyed the digital magazine and look forward to the next. Butr I can not find any information as to a subscription.

  3. Jody Farquhar 9 August, 2015 at 09:41 Reply

    I agree with the other Apple comments. Such a shame you are only aiming this at apple users, there is a huge photography population that does not use this format that you are missing sales revenue from. Any plans for either the PDF version or Android?

  4. Chris 23 January, 2013 at 14:34 Reply


    I love the magazine. Now for a suggested article.

    I’d love to use the web gallery module of Lightroom, but I need a primer on web basics. Real basics. Not the Lightroom part, the web part.

    I can get free web space from my ISP, or other places on the net. Now what?
    What addresse do I put into Lightroom to get the page up? How do I add a second page without overwriting the first? What is FTP and why do I care?

    I suppose it’s possible that I’m the only one in the country who doesn’t understand the ABC’s of web publishing, but I doubt it. How about helping us out here?


  5. john 21 January, 2013 at 21:04 Reply

    looks like another quick try from the kelby crew to make a quick buck, why not wait until all the bugs are ironed out before releasing it? no idea what it is like, CAN”T DOWNLOAD IT!

  6. Howard Abraham 21 January, 2013 at 12:13 Reply

    I’ll add my voice to those asking for a PDF or some other non-Apple format. I have Windows and Android but no Apple.

  7. Victor Clarke 20 January, 2013 at 06:23 Reply

    Managed to get the first edition to download at the second attempt.

    Second edition has bombed out numerous times over 4 days with “request timed out” messages. Could be because I have my iPad set with a password that clicks in after 20 minutes, but I have no choice on that – to be able to use my work email, they enforce the 20 minute timeout.

    Guys you need to fix this and Matt you need to update people on the blog on what you are doing about it.

  8. Sylwester Ziewiec 19 January, 2013 at 23:01 Reply

    Can’t download the first issue. Makes me thinking twice before purchasing the second one…fix it please

  9. Ron 19 January, 2013 at 21:44 Reply

    I know you warned me (us), but now I have to buy an iPad to read this magazine – c’mon get real – talk about arrogance – this takes the proverbial cake. Why not make it available in pdf format? I would guess that you would get a lot more folks buying it. I am certainly not going to buy an iPad simply to read a magazine and I have no use for one other than that. I appreciate the “Killer Tips” and look at it on a regualr basis. Are you going to move that to the iPad as well? This is just so wrong in so many ways!

  10. Stephen 19 January, 2013 at 02:38 Reply

    Eventually got tired of waiting for the server and gave up. Pity, would have liked to have read this and maybe bought some of the upcoming issues.

  11. Keith Lai 18 January, 2013 at 22:49 Reply

    I love this lightroom magazine.
    but with two issue – take very long time to download
    and the video in the magazine is small and cannot make full use of the iPad mini whole screen.

  12. Ron 18 January, 2013 at 17:05 Reply

    been trying to download this for the last two days and I’m getting network timed out errors. Is there another way to get it on my iPad?

  13. David 17 January, 2013 at 08:50 Reply

    Got the first issue, paid for the second . . .but continuous ‘request timed out’ messages. Makes it an expensive lesson. I guess there are teething problems.

  14. Chris 17 January, 2013 at 04:32 Reply

    Been trying to download issue 1 for a few days now, just get a timed out error.
    Know other people have been having this, thought it would be sorted by now though.

  15. Brian Stefl 16 January, 2013 at 22:20 Reply

    Hey Matt,
    I love the magazines. Couple of comments. I had both issues on my iPad and came back to it today and had to re download both. No big deal but weird.
    In issue 2, in Rob Sylvans article, if you double tap the screenshots, they pop up And are crisp, but if you zoom / expand text (let’s say maybe if you use reading glasses 🙂 ) the screenshots are not crisp. In your article, the ‘panelshots’ zoom fine but screenshots do not. Same in Sean’s. RC’s screenshots are fine. Totally nit-picking here -as you might, but thought I would. Let you know. Good to see you out West w/ Bill’s group.
    Brian Stefl

  16. Scott 16 January, 2013 at 18:41 Reply

    Looking forward to reading this, but I’m not going to be paying for the second issue until I’m able to download the 1st!

    The constant “Server Timed Out” message is not a good look, & in a world where we get news & information instantly to our devices, is very frustrating.

  17. Andre 16 January, 2013 at 18:00 Reply

    Great magazine – good work guys. Shame about the subscriptions ‘cos I’d be signing up now. 🙂

    How about a tour down here to sunny Australia?

  18. Marco 16 January, 2013 at 16:11 Reply

    Looks great. Currently downloading first issue. Takes really long time – which might be due to server overload.
    My question so far is: Why did’t you make it an “real” iPad magazine app instead of a standalone app. I would expect this magazine beside all my other magazines inside iPad’s newsstand.

    However – thanks for that magazine. I am curious to read it.

  19. Drdul 16 January, 2013 at 12:50 Reply

    Nice looking magazine, but the navigation is driving me nuts! Half the time when I try to swipe to the next page I accidentally jump to somewhere else in the magazine. Tapping the page to bring up the menu and page slider sometimes triggers another jump! I’m used to iPad magazine apps, so it’s not like I don’t know how the navigation works. It’s just that I haven’t encountered one this “jumpy.”

    The help needs expanding. What are all the page layout options, what does snap page do, and what does the zoom setting do? Also, why is there a grey arrow in the bottom left corner (which appears to take me back a page), but not a corresponding arrow in the bottom right corner?

  20. Jeff 16 January, 2013 at 12:13 Reply

    I don’t get all the format comments. It is available on iPad. If that doesn’t work for you, then you will not be able to get it. In today world, the number of available formats is extensive, and not eventhing works for everyone. Sorry for the rant, but it is what it is.

  21. GJ Lorig 16 January, 2013 at 08:11 Reply

    Congratulations Matt ! I’m a big fan but disappointed that I won’t be able to read the MAG. I also vote for a PDF version.

  22. Michel 16 January, 2013 at 07:58 Reply

    A Lightroom magazine – That’s great news!

    Too bad it’s for Apple users only…

    The primary reason I left NAPP was because I’m not a Photoshop user so the Photoshop User magazine didn’t resonate with me except of course for the LR section which I loved.

    I can’t wait for the Kelby Group to find another outlet for this new Lightroom magazine.

    Thanks for everything you are doing around Lightroom!

  23. Katherine 15 January, 2013 at 23:28 Reply

    Wow, fabulous! Thanks, Matt. Great that LR now has it’s own magazine and I’m looking forward to reading the first two issues.

  24. Mac 15 January, 2013 at 21:21 Reply

    I would love a PDF or similar version as well. I am very interested in the magazine but have no plans to purchase an iPad in the near future if ever at all…

  25. Jay Weenig 15 January, 2013 at 19:11 Reply

    I’d have to agree with the apple issue. Been a lightroom user since the first beta, been following Matt since he began this blog. Don’t use apple. Bummer

  26. John 15 January, 2013 at 18:01 Reply

    Although I own an iPad, I have to agree with others who say that an alternative format (like PDF) would reach a wider audience. As it is, you’re leaving a lot of people in the dark with such a proprietary format.

  27. Joe 15 January, 2013 at 16:04 Reply

    Just got the app now, but I am struggling to download the issues, it is taking forever. Looking at the reviews, I am not the only one with this problem. Any reason why it’s so slow?

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