Applied Lightroom – The Complete Collection


All four Applied Lightroom Course Modules in one bundle. Develop, Library, Print and Archive.

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The Full Collection – Now covers Lightroom Classic V12.3

This is the Complete Collection of all four Applied Lightroom Courses - Library, Develop, Print and Archive.

There are over 100 videos in total, with a combined viewing time of all four Courses running to over 14 hours.

After you complete the purchase you will receive details by email about how to access the Course page. You will need to be logged in to the Akademie site to access the Lessons.

Adobe Lightroom can be the core of any photographer’s toolkit. The reason for this is that the cataloguing features in the Library Module are remarkably comprehensive for such a modestly priced application and to find a more powerful solution pushes the price into the many thousands of dollars. Lightroom has no equal when it comes to sheer usefulness.

Like all highly featured software, the power and versatility comes with a certain amount of complexity – there is a learning curve. In this video course veteran Lightroom user Nick Rains shows you how he uses Lightroom as the hub of his entire photographic business in a way that is both easy to understand and highly practical.

A properly set up catalogue should be a pleasure to use – finding images should take only seconds and building up the catalogue in the first place need not be as massive a chore as it would first appear.

Used correctly, Lightroom will be your absolute best friend, but used in a way that goes against it’s operating philosophy can make it seem to be causing more problems than it is solving. The key is knowing how Lightroom should be used and that’s exactly what Nick will be explaining in great detail. At the end of this course you will have the tools to create your own robust workflow and time invested now will be time saved one hundred-fold later on.

The title of this course says it all – Applied Lightroom

Modern cameras are quite capable of capturing excellent images but if you leave absolutely everything up to the camera then where is the ‘you’ in your photos? Shooting Jpegs is completely fine as long as you understand the limitations, but shooting in raw mode takes the camera’s firmware out of the equation and leaves you an ‘unpolished’ image to be further adjusted you your own taste and style.

Post-processing images is not, in any way, cheating – all images require some sort of digital processing between capture and final image. The camera can do it for you, and that’s certainly convenient and fast, but it’s relatively crude. Lightroom Classic offers you over 70 different adjustment sliders, and that’s only the global ones – there are local adjustments that can be made too. At first glance there is a bewildering number of different ways you could edit your image so where do you start?

In this extensive series of videos, veteran professional photographer Nick Rains will show you two main things. Firstly, how all the adjustments work and secondly, once you understand how to properly assess your images and what all these adjustments actually do, how quickly you can achieve a polished result.

Yes, there is a huge, and frankly daunting, range of tools available, but with a bit of practice it should take you no more than 60 seconds to sweeten an image. There are plenty of shortcuts and presets available to help you make fast progress and unless an image offers some serious editing challenges, you will be amazed at how quickly you can process through your images.

Nick approach comes from working in the magazine and documentary industry for many years. Delivering an edited set of, say, 100 images to a publisher means you cannot spend hours on each image. This means that a speedy workflow is required, but one that does not make compromises on final quality. Adobe Lightroom Classic offers you the tools to work with large quantities of images in an efficient manner – but you need to know how that can be done.

That’s why this course is called Applied Lightroom!

April 2023 : Updated to include features of V12.3

Printing Module Course : It’s certainly nice to see your images on a computer screen or on an iPad, but it’s much more rewarding to see your image as a physical print that you can hold in your hand, and then maybe hang on the wall.

This course aims to look behind the curtain and reveal the simple fact that printing need not be some sort of ‘dark art’ and that it’s not difficult to achieve an excellent result.

Like the other courses in the Lightroom Series, this course is based around ‘getting it done’ and not over thinking the more geeky aspects of colour management etc. It is a totally achievable goal to make decent prints – whether it is from your own inkjet printer or by sending files out to a Lab.

This course includes a downloadable 40 page E-Book covering the whole printing process.

Storage and Archiving Course: All image collections need a robust archiving and backup strategy, otherwise you run the very real risk of losing the whole lot. Hard drives fail, laptops get stolen, the list of possible dilated scenarios is almost infinitely long.

In this series of videos, Nick Rains shows you a comprehensive but simple way to keep your valuable images safe and sound. Yes, you will need to buy some more storage space but you do need to ask yourself – how much are my images worth?