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


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With the advent of Lightroom 5, this video series (which was originally based on Lightroom 4…) stands the test of time, and is still 100% relevant for learning location workflows and catalog management. So rather than updating the entire series right now to simply reflect the new LR5 Smart Previews feature, I’m throwing that Lightroom 5 Library video into this series, as a free bonus tutorial.

For those of you who previously purchased the online version of this series, 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. (Note! This is the same video as Library 5 update video #2. So if you’ve already requested and downloaded that update, you don’t need to download this video too.)

Why “A Workflow Story”? This video series is wrapped up in a bit of a story, because that’s the best way to structure the information. Sure, I could have followed the herd and created a couple of dozen 5-minute videos showing you various techniques for fixing a pile of disconnected problems. But then… that’s just what it would have been. A pile of fast-food videos with no context, no theme, and no thread to help you develop the tools you need to trouble-shoot Lightroom catalog problems on your own.

Besides, I don’t think anyone has yet tackled this pervasive problem at this level. This “workflow story” wraps up a complete analysis of Lightroom Location Workflows and Catalog Management for the professional photographer and the serious amateur. If you have a growing library, or if you shoot on location, you need this video series!

This video series has two sections. The first 5 videos step you through the default Lightroom Import behaviors, and show you how and where your digital library probably first went off the tracks. Then, I lead you step-by-step through getting it all consolidated onto one hard drive or RAID, how to move folders around, how to relink missing folders… everything. All with an eye firmly focused on creating a perfectly organized photo library.

Then, in the second half of the series, we go shooting on location to Northern Italy. There are three major ways that a photographer might approach an extended location shoot such as this, and we step through all three, from start-to-finish. This process not only gives you a solid understanding of how Lightroom works, but also gives you the tools to design the workflow that works best for you, rather than relying on the confusing mess of advice that is out there in the forums.

Watch these videos, and you will gain a complete understanding of effective Lightroom Catalog Management.

The complete online series is only $24.95. Most mobile devices are supported with special formats.

The new video titles for this series are:

Total Running Time
Lightroom Import Defaults19:35
Lightroom Folder Basics20:37
Fixing Broken Links10:39
Getting Your Catalog Organized18:01
Moving The Lightroom Catalog To An External Hard Drive14:42
Three Possible Location Workflows18:05
A Basic Import Workflow For The “Temporary Catalog” Workflow37:33
Import For The “Offline Master Catalog” Workflow15:13
Resolving The XMP Workflow7:50
Merging Catalogs7:00
Resolving The “Offline Master Catalog” Workflow8:55
Updating Folder Locations –   (Check out the free sample movie, here.)5:23
Lightroom 5 Library Update 2 – The Smart Preview Workflow22:20

A full list of the chapter markers for these videos can be found here.

Click here to see more information on the updated Library series.

If you previously purchased the Catalog Management DVD on Amazon, send me an e-mail with your Amazon transaction number, and I’ll gladly send you download link for the new video.

If you’d like to hear more about the general style of the videos, check out what customers from all over the world have said about my Library series, by clicking here. If you’d like to read an impartial review, check out what the Imaging Resource Newsletter says, here.

(Please note that this series does not cover the entire Lightroom Library Module, the Develop Module, or any of the output modules. It is dedicated to catalog management and location workflows. Click here to see our Library 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 + downloads if you want them. Click the Amazon link below, if you want the DVD.)

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 DVD from, click here. IMPORTANT NOTE! The Catalog Management DVD’s currently shipping on Amazon do NOT include the new Smart Previews video! Amazon DVD’s will be updated with the new video shortly. In the mean time, if you purchase the current DVD, I’ll be happy to send you the download link free.

Amazon Develop DVD

Thanks! And I hope you enjoy the tutorials!

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

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!

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,

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!

David January 23, 2016 at 8:37 AM

Where to start ? I had your Lightroom 4 series a few years back…but had to sideline Lightroom for a while…So, now I have updated with Adobe CC both Photoshop and Lightroom (subscription) and want to get back to it.. What the basic training series ? and suggested starting point ? Thanks

George January 23, 2016 at 9:24 AM

Hi David,

Check out this page:

I almost always recommend the Library series, unless you specifically want to get straight to Develop.

Hope that helps!

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