Last week I had two readers ask about Lightroom and Photoshop training. One knew Lightroom well and wanted to get just learn Photoshop and the other didn't know either and wanted to find someone that would do one-on-one tutoring for Lightroom and Photoshop.
First of all, this is NOT a paid advertisement. I'm just passing on how I learn to use software like Lightroom and Photoshop. This is what I told them:
- Get a good reference book for the software you are learning. You don't have to read it cover to cover, it's mainly to look up subjects that you run into trouble with. There are many good ones, but I like Scott Kelby's books. Here is his Photoshop book and here is his latest Lightroom book.
- Video tutorials are the best way to learn software. For video tutorials, I recommend Lynda.com because they have much more depth and variety of courses and the quality is much higher than anyplace else. A standard video subscription to lynda.com costs $25/month but wait until you have time to study the subject and just subscribe for a month or two. While you are subscribed you can watch any videos on the site. And the way lynda.com is structured you can study just the parts of the software you use. For example, here is their Lightroom essentials course. As you can see, it's chunked up into short clips on different subjects so you can skip around and just watch the ones you want or need. There are over 80 video courses just on Lightroom.
- For real estate photography, Lightroom is the application you need to know the best. It's where you will spend most of your time. It's designed for photographers and it is easier to learn.
- Photoshop is more difficult to learn, but you only need to learn to use the parts you need. You don't need to know how to use every last feature. You'll need to know how to do things like replacing skies, cloning out objects and blending layered images. These are thing's you can't easily do in Lightroom.
So sure you can find YouTube and other video tutorials on most Lightroom and Photoshop techniques but if you are serious at learning these applications in depth subscribing to Lynda.com for a month or two when you have some extra time (like the slow season that is going on now) is I think the best way to get high-quality training.