edit family photos in lightroom classic

How to Edit Family Photos in Lightroom Classic


Some photographs are all about the people and moments in our lives that matter most. And it’s images like these that require a delicate touch during the editing process.

Join us through four complete edits as we show you how to edit family photos in Lightroom Classic! Learn how to balance exposure, add subtle color toning, draw more attention to subjects, and help those precious memories last a lifetime.


  • 4 Sample Images


Table of Contents

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  • 01 - What You'll Learn
How to Edit Family Photos
  • 01 - Correcting Color And Exposure
  • 02 - Creating A Focal Point
  • 03 - Color Toning And Noise Reduction
  • 04 - Advanced Blemish Removal

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Subtle Changes for Timeless Photos

edit family photos in lightroom classic

edit family photos in lightroom classic

Subtle Changes that Make a Big Difference

Four sample photos. Four complete edits. Everything you need to know to make small, but effective, edits to help the people and moments in a photo stand out.

edit family photos in lightroom classic

edit family photos in lightroom classic



Edit Family Photos in Lightroom Classic

Family photos stay with people throughout entire lives and generations. Learn how to use exposure, color, and contrast to create images with a fresh and timeless feel.

Lift Shadows, Balance Exposure

We show you the fundamentals of balancing exposure in Lightroom Classic, using the histogram and Lightroom’s adjustment tools to restore detail and help subjects look their absolute best.

Draw Attention to Subjects

Sometimes just taking a photo of a person isn’t enough. We demonstrate some tried-and-true tricks to help make sure the subjects in your images are the center of attention.

edit family photos in lightroom classic

edit family photos in lightroom classic



Contrast & Sharpening

If you’re editing family photos, chances are you’re working with a lot of smiling faces. Draw more attention to those loving looks by adding subtle contrast to your subject’s most important features, like eyes, smiles, and hair.

Subtle Color Toning

Sometimes dramatic and stylized color can take away from message of a photograph. Learn how to simplify color and exposure, lifting shadows while adding subtle, warm coloring to help your subjects shine.

Noise Removal

Unwanted noise can give an image a rough, gritty feel. Learn how to soften a photo by reducing and removing noise with the easy-to-use tools in Lightroom Classic.

Balance Exposure & Correct Colors

edit family photos in lightroom classic

edit family photos in lightroom classic



Remove Distractions

You’d be surprised how much small distractions can make a big difference in your images. That’s why we show you how to use the Spot Healing Brush and Clone Stamp Tool in Lightroom Classic to quickly remove unwanted objects, helping the people and moments take center stage.

Vibrance vs. Saturation

What’s the difference between and vibrance and saturation? We’ll show you! Learn how to help colors pop while keeping skin tones warm and natural.

Lightroom Presets & LUTs

If you want even more inspiration on how to edit family photographs, be sure to check out our Family Lightroom Preset Pack and our Family Vibes Color-Grading LUTs!

Class Instructor

Aaron Nace

PHLEARN Founder – Class Instructor

Aaron Nace is a photographer, Photoshop artist and founder of PHLEARN. He is the #1 Photoshop instructor in the world with millions of YouTube subscribers.

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  1. really helpful – i just could not be with out phlearn. I dont think they have a couple of the tools available any more – for example i dont think (or im blind lol) they have the adjustment point slider in HSL colour any more. that would be so handy to adjust from the picture itself

  2. Great basics for using Lightroom. Highly recommended and Aaron as usual is excellent.

  3. I’m starting to put together a book of photos of our grandson during 2020 using Lightroom and the Blurb Book section. This editing advice is perfect to help me make this book that much better than the 2019 book of photos. Thanks. Perhaps a tutorial on using the Blurb layouts as well would help me make the 2021 book even better?

  4. I thought it was a quick very informative video. I am not a pro but am working my way up that ladder. These quick 4 examples helped to show me how making subtle adjustments can make significant improvements in ‘Family Photos’.

Artist Credit

Special thanks to Alex Green, Askar Abayev, Ketut Subiyanto, and Anna Shvets. Images for this PRO course were sourced from Pexels.

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