How to Choose Selects & Learn Workflow in Lightroom Classic


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 Classic, 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.


  • 213 Sample Images


Table of Contents

Lightroom Essentials: Culling, Workflow, & Lightroom Mobile
  • 01 - Introduction
  • 02 - Culling Tools & Techniques
  • 03 - Lightroom Mobile

Spend Less Time Sorting and More Time Editing

Culling in Lightroom

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

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.

Before Culling

After Culling

Professional Culling

Learn the tools and techniques to quickly find the best images from a photoshoot. Sort, organize, rate, and more!

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.

Course Instructor

Aaron Nace


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.


  1. From someone whose used LR for 10 years this is chock full of tips and helpful tools. Good reminders of how to be more efficient. Regarding using Text for metadata search. I have over 60K photos in LR cataloged and have years of family pictures, entering keywords of names and occasions such as a child’s name or Christmas ? In the metadata Text I can enter the name of the person I want to look at and all the photos of that person will be displayed. I can narrow that search by year for that person. I can enter the occasion such as Christmas and all the Christmas pics will be displayed. I can select all the 5 star Christmas pics. I’m mainly interested in composite artistic photography. I use the Text metadata search all the time to find dogs, sun sets, mountains, etc …. to include I composites. I have photos from many years and in seconds I can isolate and locate pics I’m interested in using.

  2. Thanks Aaron and team. I have been using Lightroom for about three years and some of the tips and tricks I have implemented over the years from your Free Tutorials, but the information in this course helped make things go faster and smoother. Great Job.

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