Lightroom Image Processing Mastery Workshop by SLR Lounge


This is probably the mother of all Lightroom image processing courses out there. It covers the raw development process with all its ins and outs in great detail, and it also takes a look at the other modules in Lightroom. It is an impressive 10+ hours long and you will be taken through the processing of 50 images.

Pye Jirsa from SLR Lounge explains all the tools and lots of nifty techniques for an effective and efficient workflow. Pye is primarily a wedding photographer, but the sample images (included in the course) also include landscapes and portraits. So, in terms of genre, Pye should have you covered.

Quick Facts

TypeLengthSkill levelRetail Price
Video10+ hoursIntermediate – Advanced$79

The Instructor

Pye JirsaPye Jirsa is a professional wedding photographer and the editor-in-chief of SLR Lounge – a free online resource created for photographers featuring tutorials on Lightroom, Photoshop, Shooting, Lighting and much more.

Detailed Review

The course starts by teaching you the basics of the Develop module and then moves on to more advanced techniques, covering a wide range of different topics. But you do need to have some basic knowledge about Lightroom’s interface and its management functionality (the Library module) to really benefit from this course.

If you are a complete beginner, I highly recommend watching Serge Ramelli’s Lightroom CC Complete Training (also in included in the 5DayDeal bundle 2015) first. Or watch my Personal Workflow for Lightroom course (my 5DayDeal bonus product for you) for a concise introduction to image management in Lightroom.

But once you’re up to speed in terms of image management, this course has it all for you.

Before Pye comes to the beef of developing your images in Lightroom, he gives you some essential tips for using and calibrating the right monitor, the right working environment, a good workflow approach, and the subjective nature of applying the right adjustments to your images.

Then Pye takes you step by step through the interface and the different functions of Lightroom’s Develop module. For different sample images (all included with the course), he explains in great detail how, when and why to use each of the adjustment tools of Lightroom. You’re going to learn step by step how to solve specific problems in your images by applying the right tools in the right amount.

You’re going to learn how to properly adjust the tones and colors in your images using the basic panel, the histogram, the tone curve panel and all the other tools that are available. Pye does not leave anything out, and he does not hold back on anything. You will not see him rush through any of the topics, and you will have lots of aha moments.

Expand to see the table of contents
Chapter 1 – Introduction and Basics
1. Introduction
2. Develop Module Interface Basics
3. Prepping Previews for Work
Chapter 2 – Post Production Basics
4. 5 Tips for Image Processing
5. Making Basic Corrections
6. The Histogram
7. The Tone Curve
8. HSL Adjustments
9. Black and White Conversion
10. Split Toning
11. The Details Panel
12. The Lens Correction Panel
13. The Effects Panel
14. Camera Calibration and Soft Proofing
Chapter 3 – Local Adjustment Tools
15. Introduction to Local Adjustments
16. Using the Cropping Tool
17. Spot Removal and Healing
18. Red Eye Correction
19. Graduated Filter Tool
20. Radial Filters
21. Adjustment Brushes
Chapter 4 – Workflow and Developing
22. Introduction to Developing
23. Using the Navigator
24. How to Create Presets
25. Presets vs Snapshots
26. Using the History Panel
27. Creating Local Adjustments Presets
28. Creating Virtual Copies
29. 15 Develop Functions and Shortcuts
30. 5 Ways to Sync Develop Settings
Chapter 5 – Develop Start to Finish
31. Intro to Developing Start to Finish
32. Fixing Harsh Lighting
33. Fixing Underexposed Images
34. Fixing Overexposure and Flares
35. How to Create a Panoramic Image
36. Making Details Pop
37. Boosting Dynamic Range
38. Boosting Dynamic Range Again!
39. Dramatic Landscape Coloring
40. Flattering Portraiture
41. Beautiful Black and White
42. Color Split Toning
43. Black and White Split Toning
44. Female Portrait Retouch Part I
45. Female Portrait Retouch Part II
46. Male Portrait Retouch Part I
47. Male Portrait Retouch Part II
48. Couples Portrait Retouch Part I
49. Couples Portrait Retouch Part II
50. Bright and Airy Newborns
51. Colored Vintage Fade
52. Colored Vintage Fade Again
53. Simulating Color Film
54. Simulating Color Film Again
55. Simulating Black and White Film
56. Dramatic Mood Shots
57. Dramatic Mood Shots Again!
58. Grungy Street Portraits
59. Creating a Tilt Shift Effect
60. Toy Camera or Softened Edge Look
Chapter 6 – Other Modules
61. Introduction to Other Modules
62. Using the Map Module
63. The Power of the Book Module
64. Using the Book Module for Wall Murals
65. Creating Slideshows
66. The Print and Web Modules
67. Conclusion

For a look into the table of contents of the course, expand the box above.

Other Things You’ll Learn

In this course, you’re not only going to pick up every bit of information about how to use the controls in Lightroom. You will also learn much about the approach to photo editing. Pye will show you which problems you should be fixing and how to fix them, which direction to take a particular photo in, and how to achieve certain effects.

Teaching Style

Pye Jirsa has a fun way of teaching you the complex details of image adjustments so that you really understand what you’re doing. His pace is just right and he takes a lot of well-invested time to give you deep insights into a professional workflow.

Summary and Verdict

This Lightroom Develop module course really leaves nothing to be desired. Pye Jirsa really explains it all to you in a way that is easy to understand and apply to your own images. With the 50 sample images, you will see Lightroom in action for a wide range of different images, and you will get a deep understanding of the ins and outs of raw processing in Lightroom. This knowledge is most fundamental for creating stunning images.

  • This is really a complete guide of Lightroom’s Develop module. You will learn everything from the ground up and in a thorough way.
  • The 67 video lessons of this course come with a convenient player. The player is essentially a web page that you can open locally on your computer to play the videos in your browser (no Internet connection required). The player has a convenient table of contents for easy navigation between the videos.
  • Pye Jirsa gives you detailed guidance on how to use each of the tools and sliders inside the Develop module, and he always backs up his advice by showing you an example.
  • You’ll also learn some very handy tips about how to approach the editing of a specific image. With the 50 sample images of the course, that amounts to some great insights into the mindset of a professional photographer and their workflow habits.
  • Pye always properly references the sample images by giving you the exact image id. So you will not have to go searching for it, and you can load it quickly.
  • This workshop is actually part of a larger workshop collection by SLR Lounge. It only covers the image processing part. We are still talking about a massive 10+ hour video course here, but sometimes the instructor refers to the other parts of the workshop, which may leave you a bit confused in some cases.
  • This workshop covers Lightroom 5. Everything the instructor says is still perfectly valid for the current Lightroom version. But you will not get instructions for the new features in Lightroom 6/CC. But luckily, the 5DayDeal bundle has another big Lightroom video course specifically for Lightroom 6/CC. So, if you get the bundle, you’re covered.
  • With 10+ hours of video, I would have loved to have a bookmark function to keep track of the sections most relevant to me. But the table of contents menu still does a decent job of keeping the videos manageable.

Look Inside

Here are two full original sample sections from the workshop for you (provided by SLR Lounge on their YouTube channel). The first one is about using the Basic panel for correcting the tones and the colors in your images. The second one introduces tone curves for more advanced tonal adjustments.

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2 replies
  1. John
    John says:

    I am always interested to read about monitor calibration as, like many things in photography, there are those who believe in it and there are those who don’t. Recently I saw an interview by Jared Polin with Trey Ratcliff in which both stated that they do not have calibrated monitors. So, what is the benefit?

    • farbspiel
      farbspiel says:

      Hi John,

      great question! If for any reason, you need the colors in your images to match those in the real world, for example. Calibration is vital. Let’s say you’re shooting products (beer bottles, cosmetics, etc). Then the colors in your images need to represent that product as the customers see it in the store. If you are doing prints with anything in it that people can relate to like skin tones, products etc, calibration is important too.

      If you are mainly sharing your images online, however, you need to realize that 95% of the people out there have no calibrated monitors. No matter how well your monitor is calibrated, they’ll see your images differently. If you’re only sharing online, calibration is much less important. If you’re doing your own prints, you can try to calibrate your monitor manually (without expensive calibration equipment) to match the output of your printer (more or less).

      So, you see that it depends on how you are using your images.


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