After a photoshoot, you might find yourself with hundreds, sometimes thousands, of photos to review. In this tutorial, we’ll break down our PHLEARN method of culling in Lightroom, which will help you quickly and thoroughly find the best photos to edit and deliver to your clients. Follow along with the included RAW Photos.
Sitting in front of Lightroom after you’ve just imported hundreds of new photos can be overwhelming. To get you started, we walk you through all of the tools and techniques that will make the culling process easier.
We’ll show you the different views Lightroom offers to view and compare your photos. Then we’ll take you through multiple rounds of culling where we’ll assign flags, star ratings, and color ratings to the pictures we like most.
Once finished, you’ll be confident in your ability to quickly identify and organize your best work, preparing you for the rest of the post-production process.
The PHLEARN Workflow
Throughout this series, we’ll take you through everything from creating your first Lightroom catalog, to sending photographs over to Photoshop for external editing. We’ve developed our process over the years to help you work faster, stay organized, and never have to worry about losing or misplacing any files.
Lightroom Mobile is an extremely powerful tool, especially for the photographer on the go. We’ll walk you through the process of syncing your Lightroom catalog to Mobile. Then we’ll demonstrate some of our favorite features that the app offers.
You might be surprised to learn that a lot of the Lightroom Mobile features mirror the PC/Mac-based software. Organize and cull your images, take advantage of the powerful editing tools, and have a handheld portfolio to show potential clients!
Import & Organize
Never lose a file again! Lightroom offers powerful organizational tools, all you need is the right workflow to make finding your images simple. Learn the PHLEARN Method of file organization and storage to save time and create a more cohesive file structure.
Export & Deliver
After editing images to perfection, it’s time to export them and deliver to a client or upload them to the web. Learn exporting workflow to make sure your images display properly no matter where they end up.
Local Editing, Global Editing, and External Editing
Editing comes in a lot a varieties. Sometimes you’ll need to perform quick global edits to your photos to help you with the culling process. Sometimes more detailed edits are required when you’re working with clients. We’ll show you how to build the editing process into multiple steps of your workflow.
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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PHLEARN Tutorials are easy to follow, even for beginners.
If you need to learn the basics of Lightroom, we recommend watching The Ultimate Guide to Lightroom Workflow to familiarize yourself with all of the tools and capabilities that the software has to offer.