Lightroom Classic 2020 for Digital Photographers

with Colin Smith



This training is updated to include all the features of the latest version of Lightroom Classic 9.3 (released June 2020)

Do you need to Learn Lightroom Classic? I mean, really learn it. Are you frustrated because your Lightroom catalog is a mess? Maybe you just want to make your photos look better (how about a LOT better, like the ones you see “rockstar photographers” doing). Imagine having all of your photographs perfectly organized and being able to find what you want instantly. Imagine being able to quickly make your photographs look pristine or even push it a little bit beyond the normal, with confidence.

Maybe you have tried other training and it was incomplete, scattered and confusing. You just wished someone would tell you HOW to do it but also explain WHY something works, so you can reproduce it on your own library of photographs. I’m going to guess you are also tired of heady, overly technical instructions and just want a knowledagable friend to sit down and explain Lightroom Classic to you.

This is the A-Z Lightroom training. LIBRARY // DEVELOP // OUTPUT. Three complete courses in one, with zero overlap.

This is what makes this training so unique. You have an award winning (3X Guru award, Time Magazine, PPA awarded) expert, who is known for his calm, conversational style, that is friendly and easy to understand and follow. This training is now in its 8th version and has been completely (every single lesson) recoded from the ground up for Lightroom Classic. We didn’t assume we know everything about your needs. We asked our very large community (you were possibly one of them) specifically what they struggle with the most and need to learn. We received hundreds of responses and acted on it. As a result, we beefed up the areas that people struggle with the most and produced this, what we believe to be the most complete, finest Lightroom Classic training anywhere.

In 140 digestible lessons, we will go though Lightroom Classic together in depth. This 15+ hour course will train you as well as serve as a valuable reference library for the future. We go beyond just the tools (they are all explained of course and all the latest features are covered in depth. ). You will learn workflows and strategies. How to build catalogs and organize your photos. How to find anything. How to migrate to different computers or hard drives. How to find missing images. How to clean up your Catalog and how to structure it in the first place. Workflows and steps to fix and polish your photos and videos (yes, videos). How to add the finishing touches to make your images stand out from the rest and quickly retouch and finesse details. How to automate many things to shave hours off your workflow. The steps for printing and outputting books, slideshows and much more.

If you are a complete beginner, you won’t be left behind, if you are more experienced, you will love learning the new tools and workflows of Lightroom Classic as  well as lots of hidden and undocumented tips and tricks.

No matter your level, you can quickly master Lightroom Classic with effortless ease.

This is the most comprehensive video on the market for Lightroom. This 8th edition is recorded in beautiful HD from the ground-up for Lightroom Classic. Learn how to import, organize, develop and output all your captures with effortless ease. Enjoy in-depth coverage, pro techniques, secret tips and Colin’s way of breaking down even the most complex tasks into quick and easy to understand techniques. You’ll spend less time in front of the computer and more time behind the camera!

If you are new to Digital Photography, an old-hand or someone looking to learn the “correct” way of doing things, look no further. Watch over Colin’s shoulder as he demystifies Lightroom Classic. You’ll learn all the shortcuts, tips and tricks from a true expert. Do you ever get frustrated with tutorials that don’t work in the real world? In many cases Colin shows you multiple methods so that you can choose the one that’s best for your photo.

This is not like other training videos. The techniques aren’t from a classroom bubble. This is what works today in the real-world. There are no monotone presentations with boring uninspiring images. You’ll learn tons, you’ll have fun and most of all you’ll be inspired. See why millions of people are passionate about PhotoshopCAFE training. (30,000,000+ to date).

This complete training course contains 15+ hours and 140 lessons of Full HD Video. It’s actually 3 courses in one.

If you make photographs: Beginner to professional, this is the training you have been waiting for. You’ll not only learn the HOWS, you’ll understand the WHYS!


Sample Catalog with Exercise files so you can follow along. 

Special Bonus: 30 Lightroom Classic Presets and 8 Custom Color Profiles included!

PDF Table of contents so you can easily find what you need. 

3 courses in 1 – LIBRARY – DEVELOP and OUTPUT

Download right now and begin your journey in Lightroom Classic today!

You aren’t alone, join the millions of photographers who are part of the PhotoshopCAFE community!

The complete training for Lightroom Classic (New 2020 version)

3 courses in one!

Course #1: LIBRARY


Getting Started

  1. Welcome
    Set up exercise files, import sample catalog
  2. Newest Features
    Up to speed with what’s new
  3. Overview
    Lightroom in a nutshell
  4. Lifecycle workflow
    Birds eye view of the entire Lightroom workflow
  5. Preferences
    Essential Lightroom preferences
  6. RAW
    Raw files explained
  7. XMP sidecars
    Understand XMP, your key to sharing raw files outside Lightroom
  8. DNG
    What is DNG and how Lightroom can help
  9. Importing from a card
    How to import images from your camera card
  10. Importing Locally
Import images from your internal/external drive
  11. Auto Import
Set up a watch folder to automatically import images
  12. Tethered Shooting 

    Connect your camera to shoot directly into Lightroom
  13. Create custom Identity Plates
    Customizing Lightroom to display your name, logo and end markers
  14. Panel Management
    Tips and tricks for working with panels


  1. Volume Browser
    Viewing disks and space remaining
  2. View Options
    The best ways to view your photos
  3. Library Filmstrip
    That filmstrip at the bottom is really useful
  4. Grid View
    Working with Grid view, thumbnails and view options
  5. Stacking
    Making molehills out of mountains
  6. Auto Stacking
    Automatically stack photos by capture time
  7. Lights Out Mode
    Viewing your photos on a virtual light box
  8. Loupe
    Get a closer look at your images
  9. Compare
    Comparing 2 images to choose the best one
  10. Survey View
    Viewing multiple images at once
  11. Understanding Previews
    How previews work, make them efficient
  12. Smart Previews
    Work on your images without them being physically present
  13. Dual Monitors
    Working on Multiple monitors


  1. Catalogs
    Setting up your Catalogs
  2. Upgrading Catalogs
    Upgrading Older Catalogs
  3. Export catalogs
    Export Catalogs from Lightroom
  4. Merging Catalogs
    Managing your images on 2 computers
  5. Catalog change disk
    How to add or rename a drive without breaking things
  6. Catalog move to other computer
    How to move to a new computer without breaking things
  7. Find Missing images
    How to locate and relink missing images
  8. Integrating with Lightroom CC/Mobile
    How to sync Lightroom Classic with Lightroom CC/Mobile
  9. Folders
    How to manage and use folders
  10. Collections
How collections become your main organization tool
  11. Quick and Target Collections
    A neat way of speeding up organization
  12. Smart Collection
    Automatically create live collections
  13. Backup
    Backup catalogs and your images


  1. Metadata
    Understand metadata and apply it to your photos
  2. Metadata Templates
    Save metadata templates and presets, then re-use them
  3. Rating, Flag, Label options
    Ratings, flags and labels options
  4. Ratings
    Rate your photos
  5. Flags
    Use flags to mark photos
  6. Labels
    Identify photos with colored labels
  7. Filter Bar
    Find anything with the Filter Bar
  8. Keyword basics
    How to use keywords to organize images
  9. Suggested Keywords
    Use the new Suggested Keyword feature
  10. Keyword sets
Save time with custom keyword sets
  11. Painter tool
    Using the painter tool to turbocharge your multiple image workflow
  12. Facial recognition
    Setup and training Lightroom to find and sort faces
  13. Time Change
    Sync the time-zone of your photos



  1. Straighten
Level crooked horizons
  2. Cropping
    Crop to specific sizes and for creativity
  3. Lens Corrections
    Fix keystoning and barreling
  4. Camera Calibration
    Choose the process version and compensate for your camera color
  5. Color readout
    See the color values of images
  6. Histogram
    Histograms explained and used
  7. White Balance
    Remove color casts from photos
  8. Quick Develop
    Making adjustments in the Library panel
  9. Auto Corrections
    1-Click fixes, how to fine tune auto corrections
  10. Basic Adjustments
    Basic Adjustments panel explained
  11. Curves
    Understanding and using curves for targeted adjustments
  12. Color control
    Use HSL and color control
  13. Dehaze
    cut through haze and fog, or add some for effect
  14. Texture
    Add or reduce surface texture
  15. Noise reduction
    Remove the grainy noise from a photo
  16. Chromatic Aberration
    Removing color fringes
  17. Sharpening 

    Make your photos nice and sharp
  18. Open up shadows
    Fix a backlit subject
  19. Fix Dark Photos
    How to rescue a dark, underexposed image
  20. Fix Overexposure
    How to rescue a bright, overexposed image
  21. Fix bright images
    2nd example of fixing overly bright images
  22. Punch flat color
    Add color to dull images
  23. Virtual copies
    Working on duplicate versions without filling up your hard drive
  24. Batch processing
    Save time by editing multiple images at once
  25. History
    Use history as an advanced undo
  26. Snaphots
    Experiment with different edits and easily revert back
  27. Black and White
The best way to enhance black & white photos and convert color to black and white
  28. Split tone
Color tint black and white images
  29. Cross Processing
    Using Split-tone on color images for a cross-processed effect
  30. Presets
    1-click effects with Presets, how to make your own
  31. ISO Adaptive Presets
    Presets that change based on ISO
  32. Loading Presets.
    How to install Presets into Lightroom
  33. Color Profiles
    Use powerful profiles to process color
  34. Loading Color Profiles
    How to install custom color profiles in Lightroom
  35. RAW Defaults
    Automatically use different settings on cameras


  1. Redeye
    Get rid of the dreaded redeye with ease
  2. Retouch faces
    Reduce blemishes, wrinkles, whiten eyes and teeth
  3. Cloning and Healing
    Remove anything from a photo

Selective Adjustments

  1. Adjustment Brush
    in-depth look at the adjustment brush to paint on your adjustments
  2. Dodge and Burn
    Add 3D depth and make your photo pop with a fresh approach to dodge and burn
  3. Gradient Adjustment
    Seamlessly adjust skies and more with the gradient tool
  4. Radial Filter
    Change the lighting to your landscape photos
  5. Advanced Radial
    Add a spotlight to your studio photography with range masking to isolate the light
  6. Range Masking
    Selectively hide or show adjustments to specific regions automatically
  7. Range Masking Depth Map
    Use the Depth Map from a smartphone (HEIC image) to mask objects
  8. Luminosity Masks
    Adjust portions of an image based on Lightness
  9. Lens Vignette 

    Compensating for lens vignette. Add a vignette for a creative feel
  10. Special FX High Impact
    Adding special effects for a high impact special effect
  11. Special FX Vintage effects
    Create a vintage effect, including light leaks
  12. Day to Night
    Turn Daytime into nighttime

Advanced Adjustments

  1. Lightroom and Photoshop
    How to use Photoshop and Lightroom together
  2. Photoshop Smart Objects
    Maintaining Lightroom edits in Photoshop with Smart Objects
  3. Batch Processing
    Save time by Editing Multiple photos at once
  4. HDR
    Create High Dynamic Range Photos in Lightroom
  5. History
    Use history as an advanced undo
  6. Panorama
    Stitching a Panorama Image in Lightroom
  7. Advanced Panorama
    Multi-layered panoramas and fix keystone
  8. HDR Panorama
    Auto Make an HDR Panorama automatically
  9. HDR Panorama
    Manual Manually create an HDR Panorama


  1. Video Intro
    An intro to working with video in Lightroom
  2. Video Color Grading
    How to apply creative adjustments to videos to create stunning looks
  3. Combine Video
    Trimming and combining video shots


COURSE #3: Output

  1. Video Export
    Getting your video out to the world
  2. Watermarks
    Create Watermarks that can be used all over Lightroom
  3. Exporting images
    How to produce photos for social, web, multimedia, print etc.
  4. Exporting Presets
    Automate the process of exporting your photos
  5. Multi Batch Exports
    Run multiple exports at once
  6. Email Photo
    email photos from Lightroom

Maps  Geotagging your photos
using built in google maps


  1. Soft Proof
    Prepare your images for printing
  2. Printing 

    How to print correctly from Lightroom
  3. Picture Package/Contact Sheets
    Making multiple picture packages and contact sheets
  4. Custom Layouts
    Layout pages for books or printing/Exporting


  1. Impromptu Slideshow
    A Quick Slideshow from anywhere
  2. Slideshows 

    Setting up a slideshow
  3. Customize Slideshow 

    Customize your Slideshows
  4. Slideshow Custom Text
    Adding custom text to slideshows
  5. Pan and zoom
    Slideshows Add an animated Ken Burns effect to photos
  6. Slideshow Video
    Use Videos in Slideshows
  7. Music to Slideshows
    Add music to your slideshow presentations
  8. Export Slideshows
    Exporting Slideshows for use online or presentations


  1. Book Overview
    Getting Started with books, use Auto Layout
  2. Custom Layouts
    Customize photo and page layouts
  3. Text and finishing Book
    Work with text and finishing techniques for books


  1. Web Galleries
    Make a webpage, overview of web galleries
  2. Build a Web Gallery
    Creating and publishing a web gallery
  3. Thanks and Goodbye

Previous version of the training have twice won Hot One awards as the best training video of the year from (PPA) Professional Photographer’s of America

5 reviews for Lightroom Classic 2020 for Digital Photographers

  1. Tom Feeney (verified owner)

    I have been a Lightroom user for many many years and see myself to be an advanced user but I can tell you I am learning a ton from this new Lightroom course. It took me a long time to get my own Lightroom library just how I wanted it and thought it perfect but Colin is showing me how I can make it better. I was going to skip a lot of the Library and Development videos but I can tell you that would be a mistake as I am picking up tons of new stuff. I hummed and hawed whether to pay for this course as I thought I might only use a small part but I am glad I bought it at it is so well worth the money. I am surprisingly finding it quite addictive to see what other new stuff I can learn. This is definitely the best Lightroom course out there.

  2. aseddins (verified owner)

    This is an excellent training program on Lightroom Classic current to the latest version (9.3 June 2020) just released. Highest quality in every respect – videos, content, and presentation. Its of great help to me and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn to use Lightroom Classic.

  3. Bill Roberts (verified owner)

    As a long time user of Photoshop I was using Aperture ( now defunct on Mac ) for all my file sorting.
    I have now switched to Lightroom.
    I have sat through many tutorials and have been shown by many friends and educators the ins and outs of Lightroom.
    I have followed Colin for many years and have always found his no nonsense attitude and simple and pleasant teaching style so easy to follow.
    The short and very easy to follow tutorials have opened my eyes to what Lightroom is about and I finally can grasp the logic behind it.
    Step by step , everything is broken down into easily digestible components and the ability to go back over things as many times as you need make this an invaluable resource.
    I have received nothing but positive response from people who I have introduced to Photoshop Cafe.
    Great work Colin , as always.

  4. robertwarbrick (verified owner)

    If you get one course on Lightroom Classic make it this one,i have had a few but this one is by far the best.Colins presentation is really easy to get to grips with.i love the videos really clear and easy to view.thanks Colin for a truly great course.Robert

  5. d4nelli (verified owner)

    It is one of the most comprehensive Lightroom training courses, and it is from A to Z, I have ever done. It confirmed the things I was doing right, the things I was doing wrong and the tools I never knew about that I could use to improve on my own work flow. Most of my use of LR over the years has been in the Library and Develop modules. I didn’t pay much attention to the other modules.

    I learned new things in the Library, and expanded my knowledge in the Develop modules. While I have created Slideshows in the past, there were more options to learn. I never used the Map & Web modules and was surprised to see the tools Adobe had included over the years of development that I could incorporate into my current work flow. These 2 modules were a whole new learning experience for me.

    Although I’ve been a LR user for as long as the imaging editing program has been around and had my own work flow, this course taught me options to improve upon, and introduced me to new work flow options I never knew and would consider using.

    There is a lot of video material, however, the average video is about 5 minutes which makes it easy to go back and review again and to grasp the concept and “how to”. There were a few long videos that warranted their length because it covered so much material. Watching and re-watching the videos is manageable. Because like everything else, if you don’t use it, you’ll loose it.

    The PDF Table of Contents was invaluable for note taking as I went thru each module and a great table of reference.

    I give LR 2020 Two thumbs 👍 up.

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