What is Adobe Lightroom ?

Photoshop Lightroom, often shortened to Lightroom, is a an image editing software aimed at professional photographers and published by Adobe; it allows thousands of negatives to be managed, assisting photographers in the major proportion of their post-production work. The latest versions of the software are Lightroom 6 (retail boxed software) and Lightroom CC (Creative Cloud subscription version)

History of Lightroom

Lightroom was developed by Mark Hamburg, who was the lead developer of Photoshop, and implemented by Andrei Herasimchuk, who was previously interface designer for Creative Suite. The project, under the codename “Shadowland” was launched in 2002. It marked a deep-seated break from Adobe’s established conventions: 40% of Lightroom was coded in Lua. In 2004, Herasimchuk left Adobe Systems and was replaced by Phil Clevenger, who revised the interface and gave the application a new look.
On January 9th, 2006, a beta version of Lightroom was made available to Mac users on the Adobe Labs, which was a significant first in the history of the American software giant, as Lightroom was the first piece of Adobe software to be tested by the general public.  Beta 3 appeared on July 18th, 2006, allowing Microsoft Windows users to join the testing, with Lightroom v1.0 not being released in its final form until February 2007.
Lightroom v2.0 was released to the public on July 29th, 2008, at the same time as Adobe Camera Raw 4.5 and DNG Converter 4.5.
Version 3.0 would not be released until June 8th, 2010, after two further beta versions. The arrival of Lightroom 5 was marked by its entry into the Creative Cloud offering, including a version designed to run on tablet devices: Lightroom Mobile. Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC was officially released on April 21st.  

What exactly is Lightroom?

Photoshop Lightroom is a photo editing and image management software designed for professional photographers, supporting them throughout the post-production process.  Lightroom’s workspace features the following five modules:
  • Library, which allows images to be viewed and organized;
  • Develop, for editing lossless RAW and JPEGs;
  • Slideshow, which provides specific tools as well as file export options;
  • Print, which offers page layout options and other preferences;
  • Web, to automatically create and upload image galleries.
It should be noted that the “Develop” module features a number of default color management settings and effects, which allows personalized settings to be shared over the web.

Lightroom video tutorials an trainings

You can find Lightroom tutorials and training courses delivered via video.

These classes are delivered by experienced Lightroom trainers , who will share their years of experience with the software in an educational and effective manner.  You’ll find complete Lightroom training courses, taking you through the fundamentals of the software from A to Z, teaching you about Lightroom’s features down to the smallest detail. You’ll also find workshop focused tutorials, designed to teach you skills such as developing your HDR photos, creating panoramic shots, or organizing your work more effectively in Lightroom.
The available range of Lightroom training includes:
  • Initiation to Lightroom: these tutorials cover the basics of the software, allowing you to get to grips with the underlying logic and providing an overview of the different modules.
  • Advanced Lightroom Techniques: this is where things get serious, with advanced image development using Lightroom’s development modules, working in HDR, and creating panoramic photos on the agenda, as well as the workflow between Lightroom and Photoshop.
  • Complete Lightroom Training: the aim of these tutorials is to enable you to master Lightroom as a whole, menu by menu, feature by feature.
  • Lightroom Mobile Training: dedicated to showing you how to use the Lightroom Mobile app.
Over 800 Lightroom lessons are offered on, so you’re bound to find something to suit, whether you’re a beginner, intermediate user, or expert!
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