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

Building A Lasting Library

Photographs © George A. Jardine

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 all the essential Library module functions for your digital photo library management for Lightroom 4, 5, 6 and CC (Classic). What is not covered? Facial recognition, and the connection to LR mobile, and the new Creative Cloud photo storage.

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.

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 Overview11:10
Lightroom 5 Library Update 2 – The Smart Preview Workflow22:20
The Library Structure Overview14:45
The Lightroom Catalog Overview7:43
The Lightroom User Interface21:32
The Pro Workflow Overview37:02
The Lightroom Import Dialog17:31
The Library Module – Part 127:51
The Library Module – Part 242:21
The Keywording Panels19:31
The Metadata Panel27:52
File Renaming22:06
Editing Methods in Lightroom 4 & 534:19
The Lightroom Filter Bar14:36
Collections & Virtual Copies24:38
The Export Dialog & Publish Services35:46
The Lightroom to Photoshop Workflow30:59
Photo Library Backup Strategies22:00

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.)

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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.

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

Thanks! And enjoy the tutorials!

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!

Richard February 13, 2016 at 3:08 AM

Hi George

I’ve really enjoyed working through the Catalog Management and Location Workflow tutorials. I was ready to get the Library tutorials – but the links to “Library Tutorials” and “Catalog Management” at the top of your blog both seem to go to the same set of videos – Cat Management/Location Workflow (the headings are different but the content appears the same). Is this the way it’s supposed to be?

George February 13, 2016 at 7:12 AM

Opps! Good catch, Richard. My apologies. I recently moved my entire website to a new ISP, and I made one or two mistakes correcting the website once it was moved. I think I have everything back in order now.


Rich March 29, 2016 at 10:51 AM

I just started using Lightroom at the strong urging of several professional photographer friends and I would be lost without your informative videos. You certainly speak to your audience when you could easily speak above us.
Thank you for your guidance!

George March 29, 2016 at 10:59 AM

Thanks, Rich! Very pleased to hear you’re enjoying the videos.

Susan April 3, 2016 at 6:25 PM

So clear, so complete, thanks for your terrific series.

Ellie Kennard May 9, 2016 at 1:46 PM

George I want to thank you so much for making this series. The videos are so clear and easy to follow and even for an experienced user I was able to get a few new tips. For newer users they provide simple steps to getting started with what might otherwise seem to be an intimidating program.

George May 9, 2016 at 1:51 PM

Very good to hear the videos are of use to you, Ellie! Thank YOU!

Dick LeBleu May 21, 2016 at 9:46 AM

Lightroom is the professional’s choice for processing digital images, and when you learn how to use it you will understand why. But it’s complicated… You will not become proficient by watching a few youtube videos.

Recently, I found a link to an excellent presentation on the subtleties of creating black and white images in Lightroom which introduced me to George Jardine’s tutorials on Lightroom.

George’s easygoing style keeps you interested in learning the subject during the sometimes long (35+ minute) videos, and his comprehensive treatment of the subject.

The key to using Lightroom effectively is to learn the fundamentals right from the beginning. With this knowledge, you quickly appreciate why this program is the choice of the Pros. George Jardine can provide you with this foundation with his video workshop series on Lightroom.

Highly recommended.

Marion D April 18, 2017 at 4:33 AM

Hello George, I am a fan of lightroom and started with version 4. Now I own LR5 and with this version I work out all my photos from the camera.

I am a student right now in the Camera Basics Beyond Automatic 2017 program and asked by Ellie Kennard to find your Blog, for more Information about LR.

George, I want to thank you so much for making this series. The videos are so clear and easy to follow. For newer users, as I am, they offer simple steps to begin with that which otherwise seem to be an overly comprehensive program.

Through your tutorials I will be able to use the applications more effectively than before.

Marion D April 20, 2017 at 12:32 AM

Hello George,
For newer users, they offer simple steps to start with the basics in LR. Good explanations that are easy to follow and comprehensible to me. I am very impressed with the tutorials and can only recommend anyone to follow these introductions. Good work George Jardine and many thanks for using it. regards Marion

Kent C. Turner September 12, 2017 at 2:25 PM

Are your tutorials also pertinent/applicable to LightrRoom CC, Adobes on line series?

George September 12, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Hi Kent,

Yes, mostly. The major things that are NOT covered are A) Facial Recognition, and B) LR CC’s connection to mobile. But 100% of the legacy material that is covered is still applicable, relevant, and a great help in getting started with import, keywords, collections, etc., etc.

Hope that helps,

Dianne October 24, 2017 at 2:32 PM

Hi George,

Are your Lightroom videos still a good place for a neophyte to start, seeing as Adobe is now launching Lightroom 7?

George October 24, 2017 at 2:39 PM

Hi Dianne!

Yes, mostly. (Same answer as the previous! :-) The major things that are NOT covered are A) Facial Recognition, and B) LR CC’s connection to mobile. Note that what is now called Lightroom CC is a brand new application, and is cloud-based primarily for connection to the mobile workflow. What USED to be called Lightroom, is now Lightroom “Classic”. So, 100% of the legacy material that is covered in my videos for Lightroom, is still applicable to the new Lightroom CLASSIC, relevant, and a great help in getting started with import, keywords, collections, etc., etc.

If you’re just getting started with Lightroom, you’ll find tons of great info in the videos.

Hope that helps!

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