Adobe Lightroom Video Workshop – 18 Tutorials on the Lightroom Library Workflow and Digital Photo Library Management, For Both Lightroom 4 & 5 …

Building A Lasting Library

Photographs © George A. Jardine

Read this first! If you have already purchased the online version of the Lightroom 4 Library videos, do not purchase this series. This is a free update to anyone who has purchased the Library 4 videos, and free downloads are available for those who purchased the Library 4 DVD.

This set of 18 video tutorials gives you over 7 hours of the very best online education available. It covers the Lightroom Library module and your digital photo library management for both Lightroom 4 and 5. We start from the ground up, and guide any serious photographer—professional or passionate amateur—through the process of building an easy-to-use, but incredibly effective digital photo library. Then we dive deeper, tutorial-by-tutorial, through nearly every Lightroom Library feature, gently leading you to a solid and complete understanding of the entire professional workflow. Watch this online series anytime, day or night, and you will find thousands of tips and techniques that help you master your photo library and the new Lightroom Library workflow. The complete series is only $24.95.

Why did we simply update the Library 4 video series with 2 new videos for Lightroom 5? First, because most of the beef in the Lightroom 5 upgrade is covered in our Lightroom 5 Develop videos. Further, the Library 4 videos are still 100% applicable to Lightroom 5. So, why re-invent the wheel? I felt it made more sense to offer this update free to anyone who purchased the Library 4 series, and simply add the updates to the series.

For those of you who previously purchased the online version of Library 4 videos, this update will be there waiting for you when you log in. If you prefer downloads, just send me an e-mail request, and I’ll gladly send you the links.

If you previously purchased the Library 4 DVD on Amazon, send me an e-mail with your Amazon transaction number, and I’ll gladly send you download links for the 2 new videos.

Smart Previews is the single most significant feature for the Lightroom 5 Library, as it can help you dramatically streamline your location workflow. Therefore, the entire 22 minute duration of Update Video #2 is devoted to describing the Smart Preview location workflow in great detail.

Check out what customers from all over the world have said about this series, by clicking here. If you are looking for an independent review, check out what the Imaging Resource Newsletter said, here.

The video titles for this series are:

Total Running Time
Lightroom 5 Library Update 1 – New Features Overview 11:10
Lightroom 5 Library Update 2 – The Smart Preview Workflow 22:20
The Library Structure Overview 14:45
The Lightroom Catalog Overview 7:43
The Lightroom User Interface 21:32
The Pro Workflow Overview 37:02
The Lightroom Import Dialog 17:31
The Library Module – Part 1 27:51
The Library Module – Part 2 42:21
The Keywording Panels 19:31
The Metadata Panel 27:52
File Renaming 22:06
Editing Methods in Lightroom 4 & 5 34:19
The Lightroom Filter Bar 14:36
Collections & Virtual Copies 24:38
The Export Dialog & Publish Services 35:46
The Lightroom to Photoshop Workflow 30:59
Photo Library Backup Strategies 22:00
Total 7:14:02

Chapter markers for the iPad files, and more detail on individual video content can be found by clicking here.

(Please note that this series does not cover the Lightroom Develop Module, or the output modules. This series is dedicated to the digital photographer’s photo library, workflow, and asset management. Click here to see the LR5 Develop module tutorials.)

Online access to this entire series is only $24.95. Please read the instructions below, and then click the Buy Now button to purchase. (You can use credit cards on Paypal, too… having a Paypal account is NOT required.)

IMPORTANT! In order to receive your login instructions, you must find and click the “Return to Merchant” link on the Paypal confirmation page! If you somehow do not get to the confirmation page, e-mail me (, and I’ll be happy to send you the link.

(Note that if you purchase using Paypal, you are not purchasing a DVD! This is online access + download links.)

An internet connection is required to download or view the tutorials. The online versions will probably not stream very well over a 3G or 4G mobile device connection. Download links for both desktop or iPad versions of the video files are included in your confirmation e-mail after purchase.

The Flash plug-in or an HTML5-compatible browser is required to view the online version of these tutorials on a desktop or laptop computer. The videos will probably play fine in your browser just as it is, but if you need a Flash plug-in update, you can download the latest version for free, here.

If you would like to purchase the Lightroom 4 & 5 Library videos on DVD from, click here. New Library DVD’s contain all 18 videos.

Amazon Develop DVD

The Amazon DVD contains the very same quality of videos found in the online version, as well as a full set of specially-formatted iPad versions, that look great on your iPad or AppleTV.

The Flash plug-in or an HTML5-compatible browser is required to view the online version of these tutorials on a desktop or laptop computer.

Finally, minimum screen resolution for viewing these tutorials is 1280 x 960 (unless you’re on an iPhone! :-).

Thanks! And enjoy the tutorials!

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Ron B. July 14, 2013 at 3:54 PM

I am thoroughly enjoying the Library series – it is definitely living up to the reviews I’ve been reading on your website and Amazon’s. I had been viewing many on-line tutorials before deciding to buy your series and I’m glad I did. While much of this material is covered elsewhere, you do a wonderful job of tying everything together and provide so many insights not found elsewhere. I find I’m always learning something new and am anxious to complete the remaining videos so that I can begin to organize, store and backup my photos in a logical and efficient manner – and then begin on your Develop series!

Olivier P. Beroud July 15, 2013 at 3:40 PM

I have only one regret… To not have discover the George Jardine tutorials only in 2012… I’ll spare hundreds, if not thousands hours wasting time by doing wrong things in Lightroom. Theses tutorials are so well done, so clear and so understandable , even for a non english mother tongue native, it’s ” Swiss quality” job, really. Then, the only thing to Samy it’s only: thank you George , please continue so. Olivier P. Beroud

Ron B. July 20, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Maybe I missed this, but what is your recommendation for importing hundreds of older NEF files into LR 5, many of which were edited in Capture NX and are currently stored in a separate Nikon Transfer folder. Is it best to simply Add them (keeping their existing location, or first moving them to the LR Photo Library), or to Copy them (Copy DNG?) in Import, which would of course take up more disk real estate?

George July 20, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Hi Ron,

Well, this is pretty much your call. But I guess I feel pretty strongly that if you’re going to try and build out a coherent library with everything in consistently organized folders, that would call for moving everything into one logical structure. And moving forward from there.

Hope that helps! George

Gary G August 6, 2013 at 8:32 AM

George, I learned of your tutorials from the Nikonians website, and as someone who has never used Lightroom or Photoshop, the Library tutorials were an excellent introduction. After I reorganize and import my photos I’ll begin the Develop tutorials. In the Backup Strategies lesson, you mentioned that you may wait 3 or more days to sync the Working drive with the Backup drive. What do you do when you add new photos from a shoot to the Working drive? Do you immediately validate the copy to the Working drive and then sync with the Backup drive or do you do something else? I see the possibility of losing the new photos if the Working drive fails prior to a sync with the Backup drive.

George August 6, 2013 at 8:39 AM

Hi Gary,

Glad you’re enjoying the videos.

Yes, my backup routines have changed somewhat since I recorded those videos. Which you’ll see in an upcoming series on asset management. In the mean time, I would probably recommend backing up your primary Photo Library hard drive, every time after you add photos to it.

Hope that helps, George

Markus G. August 20, 2013 at 10:24 AM

I have read a lot of books on lightroom 4. But the other day I stumbled onto George Jardine Web site after reading some of the reviews, I decided to purchase his Library Tutorials. I would highly recommend his library tutorials to any one that is just starting out with lightroom or has been using lightroom for some time now. I am currently reorganizing my library in a more logical and efficient manner. I will definitely be purchasing his Develop, Image Correction and Catalog Management tutorials as well.

George August 20, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Frank, the new re-write for asset management is probably a 3 – 6 month project. I’ll get started on it soon. :-)

Brian Elam August 29, 2013 at 10:21 AM

George, I am very, very impressed with the quality and continuity of your tutorials! After watching over half of your Library tutorials, I am really amazed at how well you have done these. You as a speaker are very easy and engaging to listen to, -have been blessed with a good “radio” voice, but most importantly you obviously have gone through immense preparation which results in no lag times or hesitations in your delivery! I have done enough scripting and recording to recognize that you have truly mastered your subject such that the lesson no longer feels like a lesson, but completely “comfortable over coffee”! I would recommend these to anyone serious about knowing and using Lightroom, yet am also able to encourage my (unwilling) wife to listen to them do to your ability in delivery! Thanks so much for putting in the great work on these!

R Scott Adams September 1, 2013 at 10:42 AM

I’m in the middle of your Lightroom Library tutorials. Wow, my head is spinning. I want to tell you how really fine your tutorials are. I have almost avoided learning about the Library function in LR, and have a more or less slap-dash approach to organizing my files (up to now!). Your ability to take what is a tedious teaching task and make it straight forward, easy to understand, and interesting, is impressive. I can imagine that scripting these tutorials must take significant effort in order to make them appear so simple. Tremendous value here. My efficiency and organization in LR is being revolutionized. Your easy going manner and wry sense of humor are a perfect blend with your knowledge and depth of understanding of Lightroom. Well done, and thanks! Scott Adams

George September 1, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Sssshhhhh! Scott!

Don’t tell anyone they are scripted! :-)


db September 3, 2013 at 7:20 PM

George Jardine has done a wonderful service for non-professional enthusiasts with his video tutorial series for Lightroom. I began my contact with him and the LR tutorials with LR4 and am now using the LR5 series. What i find to be the unique advantage of Jardine’s tutorial is that i can put up two images side by side, one from the lesson on the tutorial and the other from own LR catalogue. Then at my own pace i can apply the instructions from the video to my own photos in LR. This beats online tutorials that go whizzing by. This vastly enhances my understanding and learning. Wonderful supplement to the standard books on LR.

steveb December 6, 2013 at 1:39 PM

George – I was on the point of discarding L/Room as a means of library management mostly because other tutorials I had read made it appear to be far more complex than it actually is – your step wise approach simplified the whole process making it very easy to understand – I’m now moving on to the Develop tutorials as I’m convinced the foundations of my current understanding are probably quite flaky too.

Many Thanks.

George December 6, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Stephen….. you just made my day. Thank you! And very good to hear you’re getting a lot out of the tutorials.

Many thanks to you, and those folks out there who are still willing to spend the small effort required, to look for and find, the structure that is evident in the videos.


Chris Sears January 15, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Hi George – have absolutely loved your library, develop, black and white and master correction series. Have learned some much. I know this may not be the place to ask but I have a question regarding Lightroom that I have been getting many different answers too. My new Canon full frame has lens abberation and chromatic correction built in. The manual says this works in camera on the RAW file. Do those corrections get translated into Lightroom? And if so how does that affect the Lightroom lens correction I have been using since you pointed it out to me. Thx for any input.

George January 16, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Hi Chris,

The 6D and 5D MKIII have the same “Lens aberration correction” feature. I have the 5D MKIII, and the manual is a bit unclear. But if you read between the lines you will find that the lens corrections only apply to JPEG’s in-camera, and to raws in the Canon DPP software. Same for the 6D, which has been confirmed to me by friends.

So if you are using LR, and you want to apply lens corrections to your raw 6D files, go ahead and use LR. Len’s corrections applied in-camera do not affect the raw capture.

Hope that helps! George

Sean M. Goodman April 9, 2014 at 8:43 AM


Going through the Lightroom Library Workflow course right now, and I have to say that I’m really enjoying the production values, humor and workflow expertise that’s being shared here. Wow!

Looking forward to working through the entire series and am rapidly getting up to speed on Lightroom thanks to this series!

Thank you,


Sean M. Goodman April 12, 2014 at 4:51 PM

First trip out after finishing the first 2/3rds of this module, and I was able to get 300+ images down to 30 in about half an hour. Wow! Now, instead of dreading post-processing, Lightroom and your tutorials make it much more enjoyable. Can’t wait to work on Develop module next. Thanks again!

George April 12, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Really good to hear, Sean!

Oh, and…. your flickr page is great. :-)

Dave Dillon May 12, 2014 at 12:31 PM


Thanks for the consistently well-written documentation and video help in using Lightroom.

I found a figure reference error on the Blog “Links to Online Magazine Articles” in the Digital Photo Pro Magazine Jan/Feb 2013 reference to “Take More Control Over Highlights & Shadows” article.

On page 2 of the article, third paragraph under Highlights and Shadows erroneously refers to a Fig. 3. The target figure is actually labeled Fig. 4.

Who knows, likely the photo label was changed during editing. Anyway, I thought you would like to make the correction.

Keep up the great tutorials – I learn more with each one.

Dave Dillon

George May 12, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Hi Dave! Thanks for the feedback. Glad you’re reading the articles carefully and learning stuff!

About that figure…. I believe that reference to “Fig. 3″ is actually referring to the first instance of the photo on page 1 of the article… which is indeed labeled Fig. 3! But no big deal. I’ll run it by the publisher, and see if they want to go back a year and a half and make the correction. :-)

Oh, and…. there IS a discount link for the update to that Develop 4 video series you purchased. Hint, hint. :-) It’s yours for the asking.

Karen July 13, 2014 at 7:45 AM

Good morning George, I just recently bought Lightroom 5 for my MacBook and of course I haven’t a clue where to start, a big step from iPhoto for sure and I have some pretty nice photos I can’t wait to adjust properly by using the new software. What’s my best bet as a beginner to this software? I’m pretty visual so buying a book on it might not be the best. Can you give me your best suggestions for me please and thank you muchly :)

George July 13, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Hi Karen,

Did you look at the options on this page?

I always tell people that if their first concern is getting their library organized and learning the basics of import, export and keywords, then the Library is definitely the place to start.

On the other hand, if you feel that your library setup and organization is good, and you really want to get started correcting images, then Develop might be the place to start:

I hope that helps! George

Mike October 22, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Hi George, new to Lightroom from Aperture, bought your video series. Not too astute on the Mac but how does one create the parent folder and sub folders for the first time? Could really use some help, thanks Mike

George October 23, 2014 at 7:36 AM

Hi Mike,

Your parent and sub-folders are created during your first import. If you wish to “Add” new, empty folders to the Folders panel without doing an import, click on the little plus sign (+) on the right side of the Folders Panel header to reveal the pop-out menu, and choose “Add Folder”.

Hope that helps! George

Jonathan November 10, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Simply the best tutorial I have come across for Lightroom. George, thank you for making it so easy to follow and understand! Can’t wait to move on to the Develop Module as I am already confident it will deliver!

Thank you!

George November 10, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Great to hear, Jonathan! Good to hear the videos are helping you in your photo library.

Jonathan November 13, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Hello George, just a quick question. I read in the comments section above that you mentioned your backing up workflow has changed. Could you please point me to the right direction as to where you show what has changed?

Right now backing up is my biggest obstacle, im not sure which route to go down..


George November 13, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Actually, Jonathan, it has not changed substantially. I still do “incremental” updates from my master Library drive to my backup Library drive using Chronosync (with just a few minor changes to the Chronosync switches under the Options tab: + Verifiy copied data, + Ignore invisibles, and + Dissect packages.)

I then double-up on the “verification”, by running using Carbon Copy Cloner on the two drives right after a Chronosync incremental backup. I do this only once every week or two, because CCC does an actual checksum comparison of each and every file, which is a little different from the file validation you get with Chronosync. It takes quite a while to do the entire Library, but it’s worth it to have the insurance that nothing in the backup is corrupted from bitrot or a bad cable during backup, or something like that.

Hope that helps! George

Jonathan November 13, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Ahh, thanks a lot for clearing that up George! Ill stick to the backup routine you showed in the library tutorials! Also, do you recommend any alternatives to Chronosync as I have a PC, and possibly showing us how to go about the settings… just thought I’d ask…

Nevertheless, thanks so much!!

George November 13, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Sorry, I’m not an expert in that area. I have used Acronis True Image, and it worked for me, but that was a few years ago.

Guy November 24, 2014 at 4:41 PM

From an email I sent to George:

I have been mucking about in Lightroom since version one and have accumulated over 11,000 images since December 2006. While I found some good resources from which to learn none of them really worked for me. They were either took vague, too complex or just an explanation of the author’s personal workflow with no explanation of the “why” to go along with the “how”. That resulted in me just learning some of what I needed on a hit and/or miss basis.

I just finished watching the whole series of Library and the Catalog Management videos and I learned more over the last few days than I have over the last few years. I don’t feel as though the tail is wholly wagging the dog anymore in understanding file organization. I am so glad I never renamed my files before now after learning how I could have lost the original names. I fortunately have almost all my RAW files (and some DNG’s I converted on import) and they’re all nicely tucked away in the same format you use and suggest. Now I finally feel ready to be able to go back and do the things (key wording, copyright etc) that should have been done as part of a well thought out workflow. I feel empowered and am ready to get to culling and then beginning to work and rework many, many photos. That’ll begin once I do your develop and image correction tutorials. I’m excited about the possibilities.

Again, thank you for creating such a powerful collection of tutorials that can empower your “students”.

Charlie Schober December 8, 2014 at 5:40 AM

The latest series is the finest DVD tutorial series I have encountered. Wonderfully paced, exceptionally thorough, this series has put my work flow into overdrive.

One question: how do I connect the backup and archive external hard drives–daisy chain or connect to USB as needed?

George December 8, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Charles, it probably doesn’t matter, as long as your drive supports daisey chaining. Not all of them do!

Larry D. White March 16, 2015 at 10:43 AM

Hi George,

I have been a fan of your Lightroom tutorials and was wondering if you have or might be coming out with a series for someone, like me, who is experienced with Lightroom but just recently decided to subscribe to the $9.95 a month Lightroom/Photoshop CC bundle. I need a lot of help not only understanding the Lightroom Photoshop workflow but a basic understanding of when to go to photoshop and what to do and how to do it when you get there. I also struggle with understanding the best file format to go back and forth, raw or dng vs tiff or smart object. and where and when to do things that both programs are capable of doing.

George March 16, 2015 at 1:28 PM

Hi Larry,

I completely understand your objective. I don’t have plans to make more videos at this time, but I do have an older series called “Lightroom + Photoshop Integration” which exactly covers this subject. I have your e-mail address, and I’ll send you a complimentary login to that series right away.

I hope that helps, George

David Ferris April 3, 2015 at 9:47 PM


Please forgive a question from a technoignoramus.

I need to learn first Lightroom then Photoshop – from the ground up, so to speak. Can you recommend a sequence of tutorials for a bgeginner. (I’m a small-time published photographer, but don’t know where to begin with Lightroom.)

I want to begin with importing photos, then move on to how to edit them.



George April 4, 2015 at 7:16 AM

Hello David!

It looks like you’ve purchased the Library videos, so that’s the place to start. I’ve sequenced them for the beginner, outlining a workflow from A to Z.

Hope you enjoy the videos! George

Ron C. October 29, 2015 at 9:48 PM

Hi George,

I just tried to follow the links to Amazon to look at the DVDs & DVD bundles, but they are coming up as not currently available on Amazon. Will they be available again or are you going to online only?


George October 30, 2015 at 1:28 AM

Hi Ron,

We’re teaching in Spain right now…. home in a few days. If you want immediate access, you can always purchase the online versions now, and once we’re back home and have everything back on the marketplace, if you purchase the DVD’s, I’ll gladly refund your online purchase.

Fair enough? :-)

I hope that helps, George

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