Learn the Basics of Lightroom With This Tutorial

So, you decided to kick iPhoto to the curb and step up to Lightroom, but you need a little help getting started. This great tutorial will show you the ins and outs of the application and get you up and running in no time.

Lightroom is a powerful tool for cataloging, editing, and exporting your images. The mass of tabs and panels can be a bit much to tackle at first, however. This tutorial from Nathaniel Dodson will walk you through the entire process of importing, selecting, organizing, cropping, editing, and exporting your images. While all the tips are important, be sure to pay special attention to how he handles the import process. It's crucial to carefully set up your file management the way you prefer from the start; otherwise, you may have to go through the tedious process of reworking it and re-cataloging Lightroom down the road. And of course, make sure you have a proper backup system in place to secure all your work! 

If you would like to learn more about the basics of photography and also move into Photoshop, be sure to check out our tutorial, "Photography 101: How to Use Your Digital Camera and Edit Photos in Photoshop!"

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