Lightroom is one of those Adobe products that as a photographer, you just have to knuckle down and get to grips with.
While there are several other editing softwares out there, Adobe Lightroom has firmly cemented itself as the most popular and arguably still…. the most powerful program for all photographers when editing their RAW files.
Since the day I first picked up a camera back in 2016, I have been totally obsessed with polishing my editing skills and although there has been a fair amount of trial and error on my journey, its safe to say that I wouldn’t be where I am today without the army of Youtubers sharing their secrets on how to get the most out of their photos.
There are literally thousands of courses and official channels for Lightroom editing tips and tricks by top professionals, but here I will talk about some of the channels that were most helpful to me and that will quickly allow you to really get a handle of this versatile editing software and create some masterpieces in the meantime.
Although I never really was much of a Landscape photographer, I really quickly developed a liking for one particular style of editing provided by Serge Ramelli.
Much like all of us , Serge speaks on his website about how he worked relentlessly on teaching himself photography….and that everyday he is constantly improving and learning. I always looked at his work and thought to myself… YES! I want to do create art like he does!
While his particular style of Photography may not necessarily be seen as the most current in 2019, the foundations of his editing are going to be paramount to any landscape Photographers repertoire. Whether you are just starting or you have been working in Lightroom a long time, I highly recommend to take a look at his channel and practice some of his tips with your own photos.
The video that helped me most was this one about how to bring dull photographs back to life.
Specialty: How to edit like famous Instagrammers
Now, this might feel like a slightly strange inclusion but I assure you, at some point in your editing career, you will reference this YouTube channel!
Maarten really is one of the best in the world at replicating popular photographers styles through Lightroom. We all have had photo envy while scrolling through Instagram and if you haven’t already….. just give it time. Instagram is the biggest gallery in the world and in order to stand out from the crowd, it is inevitable that you are going to have to stand out and be different but….. in order to be able to develop your own style, you really need to get a firm understanding of the effect that each an every slider in Lightroom has on your overall result, from vibrance and saturation to clarity and sharpness.
What better way to learn than to try and replicate the style of someone you look up to in the Photography world?
Although definitely not my style, I did have to learn how to edit using the ever popular orange and teal for my wife and this was a great help! Although very easy to over do, by taking away the principals of this technique you will be able to elevate your social media game.
Speciality: Natural Light Portraits
While not one of the most popular and most well known names out there, if you have an interest in learning how to get the most out of natural light portraits, Julia is going to prove one of your most valuable assets.
I absolutely adore working in portraiture and in my opinion it will always be the easiest way to start making money in Photography but before you can get to that point, it’s really important to be able to get the right results in post processing.
Julia has hundreds of videos to learn from and I will always see her as one of my main resources for all things portraiture. I particularly took away valuable skills from her split toning tutorial below. You can also check out her channel and apply some of her editing techniques, you won’t be sorry!
Speciality: Simple tutorials in both Lightroom and Photoshop
Dont be put off by his trademark unibrow! Unmesh has a captivating way of getting his points across to his viewers, there is no surprise that he has nearly a million subscribers.
While I would say that he specializes more in Photoshop tutorials, I can definitely vouch for his lightroom lessons as well. There are several ways of speeding up your workflow and Umesh does a great job in giving plenty of hints and tips that will quickly allow you to start getting through the mountains of RAW files you have.
My personal favourite lesson is the one below, which really helps you learn the power of using brushes in Lightroom. Throughout the last couple of years I have been using gradient filters and brushes more and more to the point that I couldn’t live without them, so I definitely recommend getting used to using them.
Speciality: Cityscapes and Travel Landscape Photography
If you are looking to help turn boring RAW files into amazing vibrant photographs then Yuri maybe ideal for you to take a look at. I definitely used to refer to Yuri´s videos and its pretty obvious that I gained plenty of inspiration from his tutorials, especially in my earlier work.
Yuri has a really simple way of explaining his methods and shows very clearly each an every step in real time. I always found it super easy to get fast and impressive results. One of the biggest things I took away from his channel is how to “fake” a sunset.
Have a go yourself and see what kind of crazy results you can get by following a few simple methods. I genuinely used each of these recommendations and really feel they can be a great resource for Photographers of all levels.
While this list is totally personal to me, I would really love it if you would all share your favorite resources in the comments below – this community would really like to establish itself around knowledge sharing, it’s how we all grow and improve in our craft.
Happy Snapping Everyone!