A Free Update: The Lightroom Library Video Workshop Has Been Updated For Smart Previews & Lightroom 5…

by George on August 25, 2013

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Photograph © George A. Jardine

When it came time to update the Lightroom Library Video Workshop, the 5.0 release presented a bit of a quandary for me. My new Develop videos clearly benefited from a more-or-less complete overhaul, and they have been very well received. But then again, Develop is where most of the new features are concentrated.

On the other hand, the poor Library module didn’t see all that much love in 5.0, aside from the astonishingly useful addition of Smart Previews. But Smart Previews don’t really change anything about the way you work, or about the way the Library works, unless you use them as proxies for your Photo Library when you go on location.

I didn’t want to tear apart the entire series and start scripting again just to cover one major new feature. Especially because—in the long run—I feel pretty sure that I want to re-write the Library videos from the ground up, when I combine them with the Catalog Management videos for a bit of a change in direction.

So I went for plan B. I updated the video series for 5.0 with just two videos, and rolled them right into the existing Lightroom 4 Library series, as a free update. 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.

For those of you who never purchased the Library 4 videos, 100% of the information contained in the existing videos is still perfectly applicable to Lightroom 5. With the addition of two new videos detailing the new features, the complete series is now 18 videos with over 7 hours of instruction.

Click here to check out the details for the updated series.

The Library DVD for Amazon will be updated with these new videos shortly. 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.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

John Woodman August 26, 2013 at 1:56 PM

That is very generous, George. It’s good to know that when I migrate to Lightroom 5 the videos will be there waiting for me.

Tricia Lombardi November 10, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Hello George, I’ve just finished re-watching your tutorial #14 in the LR4 Library Series, to review the Publish features. I wasn’t able to find an answer to a nagging question about Collections, so I’m hoping you can help. If I’ve gone through the trouble of making Collections and Smart Collections in the Library or Develop Module, is there a way to simply select one of those for a Publishing service down below? It appears that if I want to make a Collection for posting to my SmugMug account, I need to create that Collection/Smart Collection from within the Publish section all over again. This seems redundant. Please let me know if I’ve missed a feature in here, so I can save some time. Thank you so much!

George November 10, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Tricia, you simply create the publish service, then drag photos into it…….

If you want all the photos in collection “XYZ” to be in your SmugMug Publish Service, just go to that collection, select all, and drag them to the new Publish Service.

Brian November 26, 2013 at 4:04 AM

Another set of excellent tutorials that bring us up to date on the LR5 Library module.
The second video is a beaut.


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