Learn Lightroom With Laura Shoe

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You never stop learning. I know this because every time a new version of Lightroom is released Laura Shoe teaches me something new! You may already know Laura from my reviews of her Lightroom 3 and Lightroom 4 video courses. For those of you that don't know Laura, she is a blogger, instructor and fine art photographer based in Seattle, Washington. She worked for almost 20 years in the corporate world before pursuing her passion of photography. She particularly enjoys sharing her knowledge of Photoshop, Lightroom and other digital imaging topics with other photographers.  She is an Adobe Community Professional and an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop Lightroom, and in addition to offering independent workshops, she teaches at Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle, Washington. She also taught for many years for the Rocky Mountain School of Photography. Recently, Laura taught a 3 day creativeLIVE workshop on Lightroom 4.

Laura has a welcoming and friendly teaching style. I really enjoy her videos and I think you will too. Don't take my word for it, watch for yourself. Here is a sample video from Laura's course.

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See what I mean?

If you've already watched Laura's Lightroom 4 course and only need to catch up on the new features in Lightroom 5 then her Master Lightroom 5's New Features course may be all you need. For $19.95 you will get over two hours of instruction covering:

  1. Highlights of What's New in Lightroom 5 (12:22)
  2. Upgrading to Lightroom 5 from An Earlier Version (13:30)
  3. Smart Previews for Offline Editing (12:33)
  4. Additions to Collections and Smart Collections (4:14)
  5. Grid and Guide Overlays (2:20)
  6. Spot Removal / Advanced Healing Brush (25:38) Complete training in new and old features.
  7. Radial Filter (7:39)
  8. Lens Corrections Panel (18:26) Complete training in new and old features.
  9. Book Module Changes (10:12)
  10. Smaller New Features, Part 1: Managing Photos (9:15)
  11. Smaller New Features, Part 2: Developing Photos ((8:15)
  12. Smaller New Features, Part 3: Sharing Photos (6:01)
  13. BONUS VIDEO: Transferring Lightroom Work from One Computer to Another (8:32)

However, you really should get her complete course, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5: The Fundamentals and Beyond . You have two options here. For $49.95 you can download the complete course. If you prefer DVD, you can order that for $57.95.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5: The Fundamentals and Beyond is an information packed 12 1/2 hour course covering:

  1. Series Introduction (3:25)
  2. What's New in Lightroom 5 (12:37)
  3. Upgrading to Lightroom 5 from An Earlier Version (13:30)
  4. Introduction to Lightroom (19:40)
  5. Organizing Your Images and Backing Up Your Photo Library (21:52)
  6. Organizing and Backing Up, Part 2: Managing Catalog Backups (8:23)
  7. Moving Your Photo Library (13:05)
  8. Importing Photos Already on Your Hard Drive (15:40)
  9. Importing New Photos from Memory Cards (16:42)
  10. Importing from Elements (7:16)
  11. Orientation to the Library Module (21:09)
  12. Setting Grid and Loupe View Options (8:11)
  13. Setting Lightroom Preferences (14:19)
  14. Lightroom Catalog Settings (9:41)
  15. File and Folder Management (27:49)
  16. Pros and Cons of Converting Your Raw Files to DNG (10:52)
  17. Converting to and Managing DNG Raw Files (11:15)
  18. Evaluating Photos (20:48)
  19. Keywording Basics (9:47)
  20. More on Keywording (13:17)
  21. Adding Metadata Using the Metadata Panel (10:33)
  22. Renaming Photos (9:42)
  23. Searching for Your Photos (15:02)
  24. Collections and Smart Collections (17:10)
  25. Smart Previews for Offline Editing (13:59)
  26. Transferring Lightroom Work from One Computer to Another (8:32)
  27. Map Module Part 1: Adding to and Managing Photos on the Map (11:40)
  28. Map Module Part 2: Leveraging the Power of the Map Module (10:57)
  29. Map Module Part 3: Saved Locations and Filtering (7:43)
  30. Map Module Part 4: Automated Ways to Assign GPS Location (9:22)
  31. Orientation to the Develop Module (14:53)
  32. The Histogram (8:07)
  33. Overview of Developing an Image (14:54)
  34. Process Version (10:06) It
  35. Crop tool (9:11) It
  36. Spot Removal / Advanced Healing Brush (25:38)
  37. Red Eye (4:28)
  38. Camera Profiles (6:11)
  39. Basic Panel (20:27)
  40. Before and After (8:09)
  41. The Tone Curve (12:00)
  42. The HSL Panel (7:16)
  43. Adjustment Brush Basics (15:53)
  44. More Adjustment Brush Applications (13:13)
  45. Graduated Filter (8:04)
  46. Radial Filter (7:39)
  47. Black and White + Split Toning (10:38)
  48. Adding Vignettes & Grain with the Effects Panel (6:39)
  49. Lens Corrections Panel (18:26)
  50. Sharpening and Noise Reduction with the Detail Panel (20:15)
  51. Soft Proofing in the Develop Module (17:33)
  52. Working Groups of Photos with Sync and Auto Sync (17:43)
  53. Virtual Copies and Snapshots (8:25)
  54. Develop Presets (6:18)
  55. Exporting Copies of Your Photos (21:16)
  56. Emailing Photos Directly from Lightroom (10:38)
  57. Watermarking your Photos (7:22)
  58. Publish Services (17:28)
  59. Video Editing and Exporting (14:01)
  60. Setting Preferences for Working with Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and other Image Editors (5:38)
  61. Editing in Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or Another Image Editor (15:19)

WOW! That's a lot of material. And pay particular attention to Video #10. My beloved iMac makes a guest appearance!

You may notice that the output modules are missing. That's because Laura is hard at work on another video course that will dig deep into creating stunning output with Lightroom. So keep an eye on her site for more info. Or, better yet, go there and sign up for her excellent newsletter.

As I've already said, I really enjoyed these course and would like to thank Laura for generously sending me copies to review. So get on over there and start learning Lightroom 5!

Opening photo courtesy of PlaceIt.