I want to learn LightRoom 5

Discussion in 'Image Processing' started by HaViet, Mar 31, 2014.

  1. HaViet

    HaViet Mu-43 Veteran

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    Hi guys, I am completely new to photography and like to learn how to use LR5. I like to learn how to make my poor looking photos a bit nicer with basic corrections such as sharpness, exposure, etc.

    Could you suggest books and/or online resources that would get me started?

    Thanks much!
     
  2. HaViet

    HaViet Mu-43 Veteran

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  3. HaViet

    HaViet Mu-43 Veteran

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    Stupid question. After watching the video, I renamed my folder structures and now all my links are broken.

    How do I update/refresh my catalog? Or should I just delete and create a new catalog?
     
  4. tanngrisnir3

    tanngrisnir3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    www.lynda.com

    search for 'lightroom'.

    You'll be busy for, oh, quite a long while.
     
  5. DekHog

    DekHog Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Go to the top of your folder structure, right click, then click synchronise ...
     
  6. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

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    Boston, MA
    Did you make changes using Windows File Explorer or Lightroom? You can move folders around in the Lightroom Library module and it will make the changes in your hard drive file/directory structure, but LR will be aware of the changes and you won't have sync issues. :smile:
     
  7. HaViet

    HaViet Mu-43 Veteran

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    I made the changes in Windows Explorer.

    Thanks, my catalog is now updated.
     
  8. David A

    David A Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 30, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    Books: Martin Evening's "The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Book" and Jeff Schewe's "The Digital Negative".

    Video: The Luminous Landscape Lightroom intro and advanced video package. You have to buy them, it's not free, and they get a bit chatty at times but there's a hell of a lot of useful information buried in them.
     
  9. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
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    Ken
    I suggest that you play around with LR for a while before settling down to create a more permanent catalog. LR is not an intuitive program, and it is easy to get off track quite quickly. Also, I recommend that you consider join up at Lightroom Forums: http://www.lightroomforums.net/forum.php . Victoria, aka The Lightroom Queen is the owner, and the forum is a nice friendly place that is geared to beginners. Be sure to read their Starter Kit if nothing else. It is very helpful.

    Good luck,

    --Ken
     
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  10. HaViet

    HaViet Mu-43 Veteran

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    Thanks, I will definitely sign up for the forum.
     
  11. HaViet

    HaViet Mu-43 Veteran

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  14. MarkoPolo

    MarkoPolo Mu-43 Regular

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    Mark Brown
    I also recommend George Jardine's video tutorials. Luminous Landscape is also good, but you have more "filler". Martin Evening books are your go to reference, I keep one for Lightroom and one for CS 6.
     
  15. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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    Ken
    These are a great resource, and she presents information clearly. A good place to start if considering videos.

    --Ken
     
  16. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
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    Julieanne Kost's videos are outstanding.

    This B&H video really helped me streamline my workflow, even though I've been using LR since before v.1.0. It's about LR4 but is mostly applicable to LR5.
    http://youtu.be/VyYVvwCWVC0
     
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  17. davidedric

    davidedric Mu-43 Regular

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    Dave
    I would also join the Lightroom Forums at www.lightroomforums.net, they are a friendly and helpful bunch over there.

    I also recommend George Jardine's videos.

    Dave
     
  18. Ramsey

    Ramsey Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    jeez, i just watched one single video and it was outstanding.

    I watched numerous B&H videos, went through multiple books (including Kelbys'), but her videos are on point, clear, concise, step by step (without being too dull or repetitive).

    E.g., even after numerous views of other videos, i could not get myself to familiarize with HSL options. http://tv.adobe.com/watch/getting-s...ghtroom-5/lightroom-5-create-stunning-images/ covers it and explains all the details.

    Not saying other videos are not good, and they sure do cover a lot of things, it could be just my attention span limitations or that specific area.

    Thanks for the link.