Lightroom Basics: Catalog, Library and Basic Workflow

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Catalog, Library and Basic Workflow:

How does it work? Where are my files? How do I find them years from now?

There are many reasons why Adobe Lightroom® is the industry standard these days for organization of images, and for most people, all they will ever need for editing their images. This can also be one of the most intimidating and confusing programs to use if you aren’t sure exactly what it is doing.

This class is designed for everyone from beginners just starting out to the seasoned pro looking for a logical workflow. Let me put my non-technical lingo and easy explanations to use and help you understand what this program is doing and how to take advantages of its abilities to help you organize your rapidly accumulating photos.

What we will cover:

Lightroom Catalog:

  • What is the Lightroom® Catalog and how does it work?
  • Creating a Catalog for the first time
  • Where is it and where should it be?
  • What to do if you have more than one catalog?


  • Where are my files coming from and where do I put them?
  • Using keywords at the time of import
  • Importing images from other programs like iPhoto or Aperture
  • What is Export and how do you use it?

File Management

  • Moving files in Lightroom® vs outside of Lightroom®
  • Finding missing folders or images
  • Easy systems for organization
  • Using Collections to group photos together

General Workflow

  • Creating a system from import through export that is logical and will help you find images years from now This class if designed for Lightroom® 5, 6 and CC.

*I find most of the confusion in a Lightroom® class comes from everyone having their own unique problems. This class is designed to give you an overview of the workings of Lightroom’s® library module. By leaving your computer at home and later using the supplied materials and your newfound knowledge, it will help you make heads or tails out of your individual needs when you return home to your own computer and a more efficient time for our class.

About Brian;

Growing up in a house with a color darkroom and a father passionate about photography, Brian Leary was quite literally - exposed to photography from birth. With a love for hiking and all things nature he moved to the Seattle area in his early twenties and still calls it home today. Combining an exceptional memory with over a decade of experience in the retail side of cameras, he knows his way around almost every digital camera made. Brian spent nine months of the year selling cameras while on the side photographing weddings, products and real estate along with teaching photography to fund his insatiable wanderlust for the other three months of the year.

Brian has explored more than twenty countries and driven his way through more than two-thirds of the USA. During his travels the natural world around him and the cultures inhabiting them are the focus of his imagery with a strong passion for nighttime landscapes. As a full-fledged travel addict Brian has had the opportunity to photograph everything from endangered rhinoceroses to the Dalai Lamas 50th anniversary of his exile from Tibet.

These days teaching one on one, in classrooms or through workshops in some of his favorite places Brian loves sharing his technical and creative knowledge with anyone interested. Still priding himself on in camera shooting techniques in this digital age, similar to the methods of slide film shooting, the majority of Brian's images are created in camera on a single frame.

When relaxing back in Seattle without a camera, Brian enjoys cooking and exploring the trails of the Cascade Mountains.



Glazer's is now offering a wide range of new classes for all levels of photographers! We are proud to provide our community with skills and techniques to improve the quality of their work and introduce them to undiscovered interests in photography! Your input is always appreciated! Don't see a class you want to take? Suggest one here! Due to our class schedule, we are unable to provide refunds within 48 hours of a planned class or event. If you need to cancel, please do so in a timely manner so we can better serve all of our students and instructors.

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