Assuming you have Adobe Lightroom Classic downloaded and installed just open it up and you’ll be on the main library with the navigation on the left column. I’ve broken down the workflow into 10 steps.

1. ImportShortcut Ctrl + Shift + I

There’s a few ways to import photos, you can click import and look for the location, go to file then import, or drag and drop the image files from your folder into the library main window.

2. Select and DevelopShortcut D

Select the image to edit and click Develop at the top right or use the shortcut. Opening up the develop module there are presets and history in the left column, the image window in the middle, and the editing parameters and sliders in the right.

3. Crop and LevelShortcut R

Click the rectangle or hit R on your keyboard and crop the image. Level it by clicking and holding the cursor while rotating the image.

4. Basics

White balance, temperature, and tint. Try auto it's a good way to start if you’re still figuring all of this out. Up the shadows and down the highlights. If you ever mess up the photo you can reset the individual slider by double clicking on the name or reset the entire edit by clicking reset at the bottom right.


It helps if you shoot raw image files but it’s not essential.By using raw images you can pull more detail out of them so you might be able to save some information from the shadows and highlights that you wouldn’t otherwise. There are a couple of downsides with raw. You will have to process them because not all devices can use raw and they occupy more space on your drive.

5. Tone Curve

Make three points on the curve. Use a s curve and soften the blacks.Brightness and contrast of an image

6. Colors

Hue, saturation, and luminance. Play around with all the sliders to see what you like and try to develop a style.

7. Calibration

Going for a teal and orange look is common and helps provide a nice contrast between people subjects and their surroundings. Lift the red primary, lift the green primary and drop the blue primary to get the teal and orange look. Hit the backslash key to compare the edit to the original.

8. Detail

Use color and luminance parameters to reduce noise. (Noise is digital and grain in for film) You can sharpen your image also.

9. Effects

A vignette can help draw attention to the subject of the image.

10. ExportShortcut Ctrl + Shift + E

When your done hit the l key to see the image isolated in black. Ctrl + shift + E to export your image. Select the file destination.

When you’ve edited several photos you can start to find a style that you like and makepresets to speed up your workflow.