Lightroom Workflow Video

I was asked in the Ask Me Anything section if I could show you my workflow. I made an extremely long and boring video (17 minutes) for y’all :O) Two things: 1. I meant to say my pictures are saved to my external hard drive, not my hard drive and 2. That crazy loud sound in the background half way through is my AC :O)

There are probably better ways to do your editing but this is what I do. So grab a cup of coffee and some popcorn and enjoy!! :O)

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Lightroom Workflow from CourtneySlaz on Vimeo.

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  • October 21, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    I noticed in your vid that you deleted a ton of pix, most of the pix that you deleted are VERY good and VERY salvageable. And you can do it all in Lr3. I tell ALL my fellow photographers “NEVER DELETE PHOTOS.” Give me a buzz and i’ll show you how.

    • October 21, 2010 at 1:15 PM

      Thanks! I don’t delete them because I think they aren’t good, I just delete them because I don’t need that many :O)

      • October 21, 2010 at 1:22 PM

        Just re-watched it and realized I said the “bad” ones, I should have just said the ones I don’t like :O) Oops!! Sorry for the confusion!!

  • October 22, 2010 at 8:37 PM

    Haha I always delete tons of pictures and my husband has never deleted a picture in his life. It’s a source of tension in our marriage ;-) And thanks for the numbers, Gerry!

  • October 23, 2010 at 4:17 AM

    This makes me want lightroom even more!

    • October 23, 2010 at 8:36 PM

      Education discount!!!!

  • October 25, 2010 at 4:06 AM

    Adorable photo! I love the angle you took it at! so cute!

  • October 26, 2010 at 9:09 AM


    I have been out of town and must catch up on all your great tips. Hopefully, I will get the chance to watch the video tomorrow. I am hoping to check out Understanding Exposure at the library soon.

    • October 26, 2010 at 12:15 PM

      How was your trip to KY?? I’m sure it was nice to be home!!! I hope you love Understanding Exposure, it’s such an amazing book!!

      • November 30, 2010 at 11:33 AM

        Sorry, I often don’t see your replies to my comments. We had a wonderful time and are looking forward to going home again for Christmas. We will be there for a week!!!!!

        I still need to get the book!

  • April 6, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    I guess I better get watching…and installing. Lightroom is still sitting here, in its pretty box, oh so lonely. :D

    • April 12, 2011 at 1:59 AM

      ok, This video was great. I love how you can sync them! and I LOVE the doorway photos!!! LOVE! My 22 month old never stays still for me. You’re so lucky!

  • July 28, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    Lightroom tutorial number one! LOL I just opened LR and was like OMG… I could so get lost in here…

  • July 30, 2011 at 2:33 AM

    I am SO glad I watched this… I have a ton from our trip to Rome and this really is going to save me so much time. I didn’t know you could synch your changes. And the cropping! THANK YOU… I hate it when I crop a photo then find if I upload to shutterfly it stretches to meet the dimensions… I played with it today – a Tattoo photo of my daughter, used the rounded corner tips and a preset. FUN…

  • October 23, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    I just watched this video for the second time, and I am finally, finally!!!, embarking on my Lightroom journey. Even edited my first pic! Oh, I can’t believe I have been using PS. This is so easy and awesome!

    • October 23, 2011 at 12:45 PM

      I also just watched your other LR videos! Thanks for doing this. I am excited!

      • December 9, 2011 at 2:58 PM

        Yay! I”m glad you watched them :O) You can do it!

  • February 3, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Hi Courtney!
    I have a question…it was a little blurry to see in the video…
    When you export from LR, what types of files do you export as? do you export two times-once for and once for print?? Also, where do you export your photos? External drive? It sounded like you said the same folder as the original…is that your internal drive?

    Thanks so much for the help! :) I love your blog!!!!!

    • February 3, 2012 at 2:55 PM

      Sorry the video was blurry! I have noticed that and need to find a new program to record :O)

      Yes, I export a web version and a print version. I keep all my photos on an external hard drive. Yes, I keep them in the same folder as the orginal but have subfolders – 1 web and 1 print. Have you seen this post on how I organize my photos?? –

  • April 17, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Thank you so MUCH for this post with video!! You’re video was SOO helpful. I had no idea where to start with LR. You definitely gave me a good starting point :) :)

    • Courtney
      April 21, 2012 at 11:22 AM

      Oh, I’m so glad to hear you have found it useful! LR is truly amazing but it can be overwhelming when you first open it up! I have several other videos you may want to check out –

  • flor
    December 17, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    seriously, you are a genius and so generous with your information!!
    i loved the video (it was a little blurry but thought it was just my computer) —
    and that sync feature.. genius. new to your blog and LOVE IT!!

    • Courtney
      December 19, 2012 at 8:53 PM

      Thank you!! Sorry the video was blurry! I think this may have been the first one I made :) Need to update it! Welcome!!

  • Candice
    June 3, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Wonderful video!! I learned how to do the batch editing and sync. Quik question, since you shoot in RAW. When you export them to your “print” file does it convert them to JPEG?


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