Lightroom Essentials: Importing, Organizing, & Metadeta 3 Videos (1:00h)
  • 01 - Introduction & Creating a Catalog
  • 02 - Importing & Metadata
  • 03 - Folder Structure, Collections, & Organization
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How to Import & Organize Photos in Lightroom


Taking great photos is only half the battle. A professional photographer needs a professional workflow to organize and maintain their photo catalog. In this tutorial, we’ll teach you the foundations for developing a clear and efficient post-production process. Follow along with the included RAW Photos.

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3 Video Tutorials   |   213 JPEG & RAW Sample Images

Class Instructor

Aaron Nace – PHLEARN Founder

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Importing & Exporting

We begin in Lightroom as if we were opening the program for the very first time. Learn how to import your photos into Lightroom to make cataloging and editing easier.

Learn how to create Keyword Presets, Metadata Presets, add Copyright Protection, and convert your RAW files to a more streamlined format. Importing your images into Lightroom correctly will make file organization and image protection easier than ever.

File Structure, Organization & Workflow

Organizing a few photo shoots is simple, but what happens when you have thousands of photos taken over many years? File structure and organization is a very important part of the photography process many people look over.

Learn the same file structure used by professional photographers to save time and headaches. Learn the workflow system we have been developing for years at Phlearn. From import to edit to export, we make sure everything is well organized!

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.

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 & 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.

Class 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. Rated 5 out of 5

    you should start here to get yourself organized. Wished I started here back in Jan 2018

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    I am now a Zen master of boss organization. Thank you, Aaron!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wonderful info, thank you. This helped me conquer the chaos.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    I am so grateful that Aaron explains why he does or the reason something is done a certain way. It makes using LR more understandable.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lightroom, “it’s too hard” Not since I’ve been watching Aaron’s tutorials. Now Lightroom makes sense as well as the reasons for using it

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wow! LR and I have had 10-year Love-Hate relationship. I’m so invested in the software, having more than 60K photos cataloged, that I didn’t see a way out of NOT using it. Reluctantly …. thinking I knew everything I wanted or needed to know … I decided to watch this section of LR Essentials and was blown away with things I didn’t fully understand. I may learn to Love LR and plan on watching the other videos. Arron, Great Job!


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