How To Use Lightroom From Import To Export

I love using Lightroom. I organize and edit all of my photos using Lightroom 4. I’ve recently upgraded to Lightroom 5, so expect updated videos soon!

If you’ve struggled with organizing photos and want a quick way to edit, Lightroom can work for you.

Was it easy for me from the moment I installed it? NOT AT ALL.  Yes, there’s a learning curve, but you can do it!


Here are my top free resources to get you started with Lightroom.


Make Lightroom Work For You




Import Your Photos

Getting started in Lightroom can be the most difficult part. Learn how to create a catalog and import your photos into Lightroom.


Flag And Keyword

In this video I show you my method to flag and keyword all of my photos so I can find them quickly in the future. See how I pick my photo of the day.


Creating Smart Collections

See how smart collections can help you speed up finding your special photos including your photos of the day.


Find Your Photos With Keywords

Once you’ve got your keywords set up, how do you find your photos? This video takes you step by step so you can quickly find the photo you need.




Diving Into The Develop Module

Daunted by all of the options? Learn how I quickly work through the edit panel to get results I love.


Develop, Crop, Vignette, and Presets

In this video, I share my favorite tools for editing. Learn how to crop, straighten, and add a vignette to your photos. Ready to create a preset? I cover that too.



Learn how where to find preset on the internet as well as how to install, use, and alter presets.


Crop and Export

In this video, I share how to use the Crop Overlay tool and how to export a RAW file to a JPG image.



  1. Greetings! I’ve been reading your site for a while now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Dallas Tx!
    Just wanted to say keep up the good job!

  2. Good video series, thanks so much! I’m sure I will revisit as I try some of these things. Just purchased LR 5 about 6 months ago but haven’t use it much.

  3. Elena Clarke

    Where I could buy Lightroom? How much is this? Thanks.

  4. Susan Carey

    How do I become a member of this site? I see a login but how do I get a login?

    • Hi Susan! Logging in to this portion of the website happens after you register for a class. For the forum/gallery area you can register with the link at the top of the page.

      It looks like you are all set now! I saw your class registration come thru!

      Thanks for being part of CY365.

  5. Hi Katrina,
    I have a few questions I hope you can help me with. I have used LR 3 awhile ago. I was just learning how to use it when I had to leave my photography on hold for a while. Now I am thinking about getting LR5 on a totally different computer. To make matters more confusing the external drive where I kept my photos crashed. Luckily I have off line back up and I am looking to purchase a new external drive as well as switching to a different computer. I am confused as to how to make all of this work with my old catalog? I hope you can make a suggestion on how to get started. I would be so grateful.

    • Hi Jeannine,

      Glad you are finding time for your photography again and so glad you posted your question. I would begin my moving your old catalog and photos to the external drive that you will use with your new computer. Once you install LR5, open that catalog and LR will prompt you to update it for LR5. It should just take a few moments to upgrade and then you should be just fine. When you go to use the catalog it may need to relocate the photos, but once you direct it to the location for one, the others should be found automatically.

      Let me know how it goes!

  6. Shannon Shaffer

    When I click on your links to view videos or learn how, the link takes you to a page of old blog posts.

  7. I’m a Mac user, is there an advantage to using Lightroom over Aperture ??

    • Hi Jeanne,

      I’m a Mac user as well. I’ve never used Aperture, but I can tell you that people love both. I like the amount of support and number of presets available for Lightroom. I’ve never used Aperture so can’t really give you an unbiased answer :).

  8. Beth Deegan

    So glad I found your 365 project as I just ordered Lightroom 4 from B&H photography and your videos are just what I need! I have bern wanting LR for years and now it is priced where I can afford it! Happy Happy!!! 🙂

  9. Katrina, I’ve just started going through these links. You’ve developed a wonderful resource! Here’s my question. I have Photoshop Elements, and am just starting to use it (my spouse uses it, so I got it for free, sort of). What are the main reasons to use Lightroom over Elements? Thanks!

    • Thank you Lorette. I’m glad you find these useful.

      Lightroom is a much more robust program allowing faster searching, the ability to batch edit and tag. I love the develop controls and have just started playing with the Blurb Book feature in 4.0. Some of it is a personal preference and I do still use Photoshop for scrapbooking and some (but not many) of my edits.

  10. Hi Corey,
    I’m so glad you like the videos. I’ve not used RadLab presets, but know many people love them. They are going to give you a lot of options and can either speed up or slow down your process depending on how fast you can make decisions!

    I like to find one or two presets that work for me. Adjust them to my liking and then use them as often as possible for my everyday photos so I’m not spending a lot of time deciding which way to go with them.

    Watch for more videos soon!

  11. I just wanted to thank you for these videos. I’ve been wanting to learn more about how to edit in Lightroom and your videos have really helped! Just wondering if you’ve tried out the Rad Lab presets in Lightroom. I’ve heard them talk about it on the Daily Digi. I’d really like to find something that I could use to edit my everyday photos with quickly and easily but that would still give them a bit of a boost. Just wondering if the Rad Lab would be my answer for this dilemma? Any thoughts on this, or would the presets already in Lightroom be better for this?

  12. Curious about your reasoning for not using dng files?
    I wish I had found your videos a couple months ago, it would have saved me hours of stumbling through youtube. Thanks for the easy to understand resource.

    • Hi Sarah,
      My reasoning is not the most valid, so you may not want to follow my lead. I’m confident Canon will be around a while so their proprietary RAW format is what I stick with. I know. I know. Simply one step I don’t worry about. I do keep a jpeg back up of all of my photos after editing them. Not the recommended practice, but it what is works for me.


  13. diana forsyth

    Great info – thanks – finally got how to start in lightroom…


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