This is a long article longer than I expected when I first started out writing it! but that’s because Adobe Lightroom is complex program. Should you be trying to learn it from scratch, you’ll need a large foundation before you can start to build anything that is actually solid.

Hopefully, this article built that foundation for you. Still, typically the best way to be able to learn Lightroom, and anything in pictures, is to practice it yourself.

It is great to know how Lightroom is organized, and how to import pictures, and what the different modules do, but you won’t know any of it intuitively until you have used Lightroom for some time yourself.

Right now there may a good amount of hurdles along the way, and it’s extremely possible that you will spend late times trying to make Lightroom run more quickly, search for older photographs that Lightroom can’t find any more, or find typically the best ways to edit some photographs on another computer (tip: File > Export as Catalog). Not surprisingly, all these examples come from the experience.

The end result is that Lightroom has a steep learning curve. If you put enough time into it, though, it will pay you back significantly until you can organize your photographs seamlessly, edit them exactly how you want, and export them at the right size for any use.

In my opinion, learning Lightroom (or comparable software, like Capture One Pro) is almost as important as understanding your camera settings. It is critical to keep track of your images, edit them well, and export them properly for clients. If this guide has helped you do those three things in Lightroom, We would argue that you aren’t a beginner any longer.