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Adobe Lightroom: A Comprehensive Look

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Join 's Course: 4-Week Short Course: Adobe Lightroom: A Comprehensive LookFind out how to take full advantage of all the power and tools found within the awesome Lightroom program. Lightroom was designed by Adobe to handle a photographer's needs from input to output - and professional photographer and digital darkroom expert Lewis Kemper will guide you every step of the way. In his 4-week online class, Lewis will take you through all the modules in Lightroom in great depth, pointing out all the great features so that you can decide which tools you wish to incorporate into your own personal workflow.
Note: Updated for Lightroom 4 (but LR3 & LR5 are OK too)! Also, this fully interactive course features video lessons!
Key Features

  1. Getting Started
  2. Managing the Library, Plus Quick Develop
  3. Develop Module: the Most Important Module of All!
  4. Working with Slideshow, Print and Web Modules

  • Videos explain, and SHOW, the techniques!
  • Perfect for hobbyist and professionals.
  • Perfect for anyone with a collection of digital images that they want to organize, search and process, and output their images.
  • In-depth looks into the 5 modules: Library, Develop, Slideshow, Print and Web.
  • Extensive instructions in how to get the most out of input and keywording.
  • In-depth look at setting up Lightrooms Preferences and working with the menus.
  • Learn two methods for Raw processing and decide which works best for you.
  • Learn how to apply batch processing and keywording to speed your workflow.
  • NOTE: Although the lessons are video-based and not written, this course operates just like any other interactive BetterPhoto class. You'll be able to ask questions, post photos and get critiques from your pro instructor, participate in discussions with classmates, etc.!

What You Get


You get direct feedback on your photos from world-acclaimed, professional photographers. You can learn photography in this way from anywhere in the world.  
  • Learn at your pace, with structure.
  • Be guided by a real pro instructor.
  • Get your photos critiqued every week.
  • Join students from around the world.
  • Go far beyond any book or DVD.
  • Make great pictures, again and again!



Photography Instructor: Lewis  Kemper Lewis Kemper
Lewis Kemper specializes in nature and wildlife photography, and has taught over 100 workshops and classes on landscape photography and/or the digital darkroom.

He is a contributing editor to Outdoor Photographer and PC Photo magazines.

His work is represented worldwide by Getty Images, Index Stock Imagery, Stock Connection, AFLO Japan and DRK Photo. Lewis's computer-enhanced images have been used in advertisements, cards, bookmarks and calendars. He is the photographer of Ancient Ancestors of the Southwest, published in 1996.

He also runs a custom digital printing service to create fine art prints for photographers.

Lewis has been honored to be included into Canon’s Explorers of Light program, which recognizes 78 of the country’s most influential photographers.

A Couple of Photos by the Instructor

© Lewis Kemper 

© Lewis Kemper 

Course Outline


Lesson 1: Getting Started: Intro and Import
In this lesson, we will set up Lightroom’s preferences, learn about setting Camera Defaults, explore the different modules in Lightroom  and learn how to Import images.  Also: Lightroom vs. Bridge.
Assignment: Import some images, set up Camera Default settings, experiment with the different views, try dimming the lights, check out the Loupe and Grid modes and generally feel good about navigating through the modules. 

Lesson 2: The Library
This module is one of the more complex modules in Lightroom.  In here, you can perform many of the tasks that will make managing your library easier from importing to applying keywords and rating and editing images. You can delete images from your library and/or delete the images from your computer.  You can also “Quick Develop”, apply basic Raw processing functions, and read the metadata on your image. In this module, you can compare images and search for images using a wide variety of search criteria from lens type, camera model, date, location, keyword, Creator, any text and date range.
Assignment: Import and keyword some images.  Take a screen shot of the Grid showing the images. Rate some images. Post two pictures that you discovered (or rediscovered) once you imported and got organized.

Lesson 3: Develop Module
In this lesson, we are going to learn about the Develop Module in Lightroom.  As far as I am concerned, as a photographer, this is the most important module of all because it is here that I take my Raw file and craft it from its raw state and convert it into a working image. You will learn two different methods for processing your images and be asked to try both.
Assignment: Process the three images and export them as JPEG files to fit 500 x 500 pixels and then post them into class.

Lesson 4: Slideshow, Print and Web Modules
In this lesson, we are going to look at the next three modules used for creating slideshows, printing images and creating Web galleries.
Assignment: Create a 6-image PDF slide show and email it to me.  Don’t forget to customize the layout a bit! Create a Print template you like and make a screen shot and post it to class. Create a Web gallery design you like and take a screen shot and post that to the Web site.

© Lewis Kemper 

© Lewis Kemper 



  • Adobe Lightroom 4 or Lightroom 3.  Everything works with Lightroom 5, too,  although the newest LR5 features are not covered.
  • Notes: A free trial version of Lightroom 4 is available through For Lightroom 3 users, there are separate LR3 lessons.
  • Digital camera
  • A desire to learn!



Who is this class best suited for?
Any digital photographer who is building a collection of images that they want to easily manage in Adobe Lightroom.  

What kind of equipment will I need to complete the assignments?
A digital camera and a copy of Lightroom 4 (either full or trial version) or Lightroom 3. 

© Lewis Kemper 

© Lewis Kemper 

Do I have to be online at any specific time?
No, you do not need to be online at any specific time. The lessons are sent to your email and you are also provided the Campus Square - where you interact with your classmates and instructor. This is also where you upload your photos to be critiqued by your instructor. The instructors are very punctual and respond quickly.

Will I have access to the instructor to ask questions during the photo course?
Absolutely! Students can ask questions in the special Q&A forum set up in the course's Campus Square, or can ask the instructor via email.

Do you offer a money back guarantee?
Yes. We are confident that you will fully enjoy our courses. All the same, for our 8-week classes, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent out. If for any reason, you are not satisfied and let us know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent, you will be promptly refunded.

For our 4-week courses, we offer a 100% money back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent out from BetterPhoto. If for any reason you are not satisfied and you let the ordering department know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent, you will be refunded within 7 days. After the second lesson has been sent out, no refunds will be given.

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Average Customer Rating: 4.5 out of 5
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BetterPhoto Member Richard J. Boyle
Richard J. Boyle
member since: 11/3/2013
This is wonderful overview of the major functionality of Adobe Lightroom. The videos created and narrated by Lewis Kemper are first rate! For anyone seeking a good survey course on Lightroom, your search has ended. Lewis' critiques are marvelous and timely. This was a well subscribed course so the large number of fellow students provided a robust learning environment for all.

Dick Boyle

- 2/2/2014 1:56:20 PM

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member since: 6/28/2013
Thanks for the great and comprehensive course. It was packed with information. Also, thanks for the prompt response to questions. This definitely got me going from confused to involved with Lightroom.
Ron Coleman

- 8/8/2013 1:09:25 PM

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Lois A. Robertson
member since: 1/19/2009
I loved this course. It was just what I needed to resolve the mysteries aroundthe Lightroom program.

- 8/7/2013 2:59:14 PM

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BetterPhoto Member Ralph McBride IV
Ralph McBride IV
member since: 7/2/2012
Great class. I had been playing around with lightroom for a couple months before taking the class. The class just took everything to another level with clarity and understanding of it's potential. Great class and I recommend to anyone and everyone espcially if they are new users like I am.

- 3/1/2013 7:51:51 AM

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BetterPhoto Member Gerald P. Ward
Gerald P. Ward
member since: 1/7/2010
I cannot say how much I appreciate Mr. Kemper's class. His many years of experience makes him a sterling professional. If you are wanting to raise your skill level in using Lightroom sign up today.

- 6/11/2012 9:42:15 PM

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More Delighted Customers:

"This is one of the best on line courses I have taken. I agree with my classmates in saying that the videos make all the difference in the world. I got so much more out of the course by watching video rather than reading how to preform a certain task." -Steven R. Everhart, student in Lewis's video-based Photoshop course 

"Lewis Kemper was excellent in his fast helpful replies and critiques." -Sarah  L. de Jong, student in Lewis's former text-based Lightroom course

"Lewis is so responsive to Q&A, it's as if he were sitting at your elbow while you work through the material. And did I say PATIENT? If you want an intro to working your way through Lightroom basics, take Lewis's course. You'll be glad you did." -Nancy de Flon, student in Lewis's former text-based Lightroom course 

"Lewis was so encouraging and helpful at every turn. He gave me honest feedback on the assignments, and communicated quickly when asked a question or for advice. I have been so thrilled with all that I have learned with BetterPhoto that I plan to continue taking courses for months to come." -Shelia Earl, student in Lewis's former text-based Lightroom course 

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