Best Lightroom Tutorials & Lightroom Classes for Online Learning

Whether you're new to Lightroom or looking to dive deeper, here are some of the best places to find Lightroom tutorials, classes, and courses.

We’d rather be out shooting, but that’s not really in the cards for most of us right now. But it’s a great opportunity to learn something new from the comfort of our own homes. I’ve previously posted a more general list of some of the best online photography courses, but I thought it worth putting something together with a narrower focus specifically on learning how to use Lightroom.

So whether you’re starting from scratch as a beginner with Lightroom or an experienced user looking to dive deeper, here are some of the best places to find Lightroom tutorials, classes, and courses that I’ve come across.

Some of these are good places to find individual Lightroom tutorials; others have more structured courses and classes. But they’re mostly go-at-your-own-pace, on your own schedule, and there are no exams. Most of these are video courses–online teaching has come a long way in recent years. But I’ve added some extra analog resources (or, at least, text- and image-based, at the bottom of the page).

This is a running list that I’ll add to and update over time. By all means, please suggest any that you think would make worthy additions.

Adobe Lightroom Tutorials

This library is put out by Adobe, and it consists mainly of bite-size videos that focus on a particular tool, effect, or problem. So many of them are very short, and they’re not really structured in any particular flow. But you can find some excellent material there.

They have curated sections on various broader topics, such as for beginners, working with local adjustments, and working with Lightroom presets.

You can find them here.

CreativeLive Online Lightroom Courses

As you’d guess from the name, CreativeLive focuses on courses in creative fields such as illustration, art, design, music, and, yes, photography. They have a broad range of top-notch photography courses, but I’m focusing here on Lightroom ones.

The quality of the classes is high, and you can watch the courses online through a web browser or on a mobile device using the CreativeLive app.

It’s mostly a paid service (with some free courses) Courses are sold individually or as part of an all-access Creator Pass (TIP: You get a better deal if you prepay for a year).

Lightroom courses worth a look:

SkillShare Online Lightroom Courses

SkillShare is another course library that has very high-quality classes and is especially geared toward creative fields.

One of the things I like about SkillShare is that they’re not afraid to be quirky and ultra-niche with their classes in some cases. It adds to the richness of their offerings.

It’s a paid service. There’s a 2-week free trial, after which it converts to a paid subscription. You can find the photography classes here. You can get 30% off SkillShare Premium here.

Lightroom courses worth a look:

KelbyOne

Scott Kelby has built a mini-empire from foundations of teaching about Photoshop and Lightroom. He’s one of the best-selling authors on Lightroom and Photoshop—and across a bunch of different photography areas, for that matter. And his eponymous website, KelbyOne, has some great video courses on Lightroom. They’re offered as a paid subscription plan.

Lightroom classes worth a look:

Udemy

Another service with a large library of online courses, including many on Lightroom, is Udemy.

Lightroom courses worth a look:

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning is a new name. You might know it better by its old name: Lynda.com. It’s a paid service, but some local public library systems maintain a subscription for their users, so it’s worth checking that out.

Lightroom courses worth a look:

Lightroom: Two Minute Tips

This course is put out by professional food photographer Nicole S. Young. As you can probably tell from its name, it’s a library of short videos teaching tips and techniques on using Lightroom—139 of them in total, spanning nearly 5 hours. And it’s now free!

YouTube

You can find a bunch of how-to videos on YouTube focusing on Lightroom. Much of it is bite-sized rather than structured courses, focusing on specific problem-solving or a specific task. The quality and reliability can be hit and miss, but there’s some really great stuff on there mixed in. So it’s worth exploring on there to see if there are any particular channels that you like.

Here are some channels that Lightroom content worth checking out:

Best Books on Lightroom

I’ll post on this separately and in more detail, but in the meantime, here’s a quick list of some of the best books on Lightroom I’ve come across.

Some of these are available in e-book formats as well as paperback.

The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC Book
  • Evening, Martin (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
Adobe Lightroom Classic CC Video Book
  • Tony Northrup (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Other Lightroom Learning Resources

Here are some other great resources on Lightroom. They don’t focus on video courses, as such, but they’re unusually rich in content and have loads of valuable information and how-to guides related specifically to Lightroom.

Last update on 2020-11-30 at 11:32 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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  • Thanks for doing so much leg work for those of us who feel so overwhelmed by the sheer volume of resources. Breaking them out by provider and then by topic is especially helpful. As a beginner, your articles give me great places to start and avenues to delve deeper as I progress. Thanks so much.

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