begins June 3, 2024

Leslie Crane

Getting Started In Lightroom Classic

2 WEEK Small Group Workshop
Learn Lightroom the right way, and get a better, faster, pro-level workflow in just 14 days.

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Week 01

Organization & Editing Essentials

This week's series of 12 video lessons introduces you to a simple start-to-finish workflow, including imports and organization, basic editing in the Develop module, and image exports.

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Week 02

Creative Edits, Workflow Boosters, and Presentation

Let's explore the creative side of the Develop module! We'll take a hands-on approach to different editing styles, like light and airy, moody, film-inspired, and black-and-white. You'll also learn how to make your own presets, create slideshows, and more.

meet your instructor

Leslie Crane

Leslie Crane has been an on-location and studio portrait photographer in the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota area for the past 12 years. She specializes in portraiture of children, families, high school seniors, musicians, and creative professionals for her clients, as well as fine art and nature photography for her soul. A former opera singer and music teacher, Leslie is also a producer for classical music public radio programs and a homeschool mom.

17 thoughts on “Getting Started In Lightroom Classic”

  1. Will this class be offered again?
    I will be out of town for the majority of this 2 week run (not near my computer) so am wondering if there will be another offering this summer.
    Thank you!

  2. Hi Leslie. Is this the newest version of the getting started with LR course & also using the latest Lrc version (13.2)? I’ve solely used ACR and PS for years. I feel like I need to learn LR for many reasons. I really need to have an understanding catalogs & best way to organize & safely save my client files– do you teach this as well?

  3. What is the difference between the full participation and the study along? Does the class meet at a designated day and time or is it self paced? Thank you!

    1. Hi Crystal! There are not designated times for working on the class materials, for either – you can watch videos and read whenever it’s convenient for you. With Full Participation you do the assignments and receive detailed instructor feedback; you can also ask questions (and get answers), interact with the instructor daily and get feedback that way, and also chat and share with other learners. In this particular class there are daily checkins and opportunities to have me edit your photos and give my thoughts on anything you are working on, in. addition to two larger assignments. With Study Along, you only have access to the videos and written materials – no interaction or feedback. I hope that makes sense!

  4. I have Adobe Photoshop Lightroom downloaded on my laptop. I think Lightroom Classic is designed specifically for desktop? Would this class work for me? Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Nicole! Lightroom Classic is absolutely available for your laptop as long as you are on a standard operating system (like Windows or Mac OSX).

      I’m guessing the version you currently have installed is cloud-based Lightroom, which is a multi-device application that you can use across desktop and mobile as well as on the web. That version, however, doesn’t have all the same features that Lightroom Classic does.

      1. I’m so sorry but I do have one more question :D

        Would this class still work for me even if I have a slightly different version of Lightroom? Thanks again!

        1. Hi, Nicole! What version do you have? Is it definitely Lightroom Classic – not Lightroom? (The desktop icon will say “LrC,” not “LR”) The class does go into all the features of Lightroom Classic (not Lightroom) and as long as you are running a recent version, you should be fine. But if you’re running Lightroom Classic Creative Cloud, you should be able to update to the most recent version really easily.

          Does that answer your question?

          1. Hi, Nicole, no, unfortunately, that’s not the same program and it’s different enough that you’d not get much out of the class. Lightroom Classic and Photoshop both come with the Adobe photography plan, though, and if you ever upgrade to that, this class is tailor-made for that version!

    1. Hi, Alicia! Not in the next month for sure, but you can sign up with your email address above to be notified when the next run opens! The dates have not yet been set, but it will run again sometime in 2024.

  5. I have just completed the two week “ Getting Started in Lightroom Classic” with Leslie Crane and I can’t recommend it highly enough!
    I have used Lightroom for years, and have had prior instruction, but I never managed creating an organised catalogue, I never had a useful and productive workflow, I felt overwhelmed with the tools Lightroom had, and I really gave up on hand editing. Instead, I would use presets, which I still believe are awesome, but having forgotten how to use the tools in each of the panels of the develop module (and some I’d never bothered to learn anyway), my tweaking of the presets was frustrating, and I didn’t feel satisfied I knew what I was doing.
    I LOVE photographs, but the sheer number of unedited photos in my Lr catalogue really bothered me and impacted upon me even wanting to take photos.
    I feel re-energised after this workshop. Leslie is a wonderful teacher – clear, instructive, took us through all the modules, and was encouraging of our own personal style in our edits. She is generous with her time, always responding to each question. I am so pleased I took her workshop and grateful to be inspired again. Thank you so much, Leslie!!

    1. Lisa, thank you so much for this review! I am beyond thrilled that you feel inspired again; that is so wonderful to hear. I so enjoyed having you in class and I’m excited to see where your new skills take you!

  6. This lightroom workshop is for EVERYONE! From the new photographer, starting their journey, to the seasoned pro, keeping up with all the new, latest and greatest updates Adobe is putting out, Leslie is there with you, with understandable, easy-to-follow explanations and examples. There is always something to learn from a fellow photographer as you watch their methods and workflow and Leslie shares so many great little nuggets and how-tos that I am tucking away in my notes and will be adding to my routines as I edit! This class is such a great value and you won’t be sorry you invested your time and money on it!

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