The Best Free Lightroom Tutorials and Blogs

Gerard Murphy - February 07, 2013 | DAM, Digital Asset Management, Lightroom, Lightroom Plugin, Lightroom Presets, Photography Tips, Tips, Workflow

Free Adobe Lightroom tutorials, blogs and resources are available from a number of different sources. Naturally, there is not going to be one site that will work best learning for everyone. Each is going to offer advantages and disadvantages for different learning styles and needs. Here, we will look at the best-known resources for free Lightroom tutorials.

Adobe Lightroom Journal – Lightroom is an Adobe product and there is no better place to begin searching for advice on the software than directly from the designers. Adobe is kind enough to provide a blog on Lightroom, and there is quite a lot of information available here. If you are looking for the latest release notes, or if you need to know if a certain feature is or is not supported in your release of Lightroom, then Lightroom Journal (and the control-F function) may be for you.

Adobe TV – Host Julieanne Kost is awesomely clear and good in this video series from Adobe on the Develop Module in Lightroom. Newbies and long time Lightroom affectionados will learn lots from these just-long-enough videos.

Lightroom Secrets – Gene McCullagh is another of the Lightroom super users, writers and educators. From Printing to HDR to DAM to third party Lightroom plugins, Gene has some great posts and links to other Lightroom resources.

Lightroom Queen – Victoria Bampton is a truly great Lightroom educator and writer. Her blog has great relavent information and her member forums are some of the best in the Lightroom community.

Laura Shoe’s Lightroom – This is a wonderful selection of tutorials on Lightroom written by Laura Shoe, and is one of the best places for a Lightroom newbie to begin his or her search for Lightroom tips and tricks. Laura covers such topics as importing photos to Lightroom, managing your images, and questions about the interface. These are the types of subjects that often confuse beginners, so Laura’s website is a fabulous resource for people new to using the software.

Lightroom 101 – One of the most recent additions to the Lightroom educational space, Lightroom 101 is chalk full of great articles and tips. the layout on the blog is great and modern. The tips and tutorials sections are fantastic.

Colortrails – If you are looking to take your Photoshop and Lightroom skills to the next level, Dan Moughamian is one of the best out there. His very readable descriptions will take you from Lightroom proficient to pro.

Terry White’s Tech Blog Terry White is a great Adobe evangelist and his blog has a great mobile, tablet bent. If you are looking for the tips on using your iPad or iPhone in your photography, or in which App is right for you, Terry’s blog is for you.

Lightroom Killer Tips – This blog, written by Matt Kloskowski, is one of the most informative resources available on the web for users of Adobe Lightroom. The site offers tips and lessons on Lightroom, in addition to free Lightroom presets, which are available for download. The feel of the site itself is nice and open, and the use of side-by-side before-and-after photos is a big plus in showing the results of using each effect.

Presets Heaven video tutorial – For those of you who prefer your learning in pure video form, head on over to Presets Heaven video tutorial page at the ten videos presented on that page show how to you light room to perform common tasks that can help make good photos into great photos. Examples of these techniques include how to soften skin tones, use selective coloring, and sorting and ranking photos in Lightroom’s library.

Lightrooom Illuminated – Created as part of the Luminous Landscape website, this offering of videos is supplemented by a discussion forum, essays, techniques, tutorials and more. It brings a nice balance of video and text lessons to the viewer.

Photo Focus – Photo Focus offers a post titled “10 Things I Wish I Could Tell Every New Lightroom User” which provides something a lot different from the other pages we reviewed here. While most of the tutorials discussed in this article teach you different ways of viewing or working with your photos, “10 Things I Wish” gives readers advice on sharing their creations on social media and using Lightroom’s sharing abilities to its best. (This article is also by Rob Sylvan who is also a great Lightroom educator.)

Mosaic Blog – Of course we also try to create a lot of relavent Lightroom content as well! :)

No matter what your learning style is, or how advanced of a Lightroom user you are, you should be able to find lots of great advice and information using the resources given above.

I am sure we have left some out! Let us know below what your thoughts are on the best places to get free Lightroom tutorials.