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Lightroom Workflow for Wedding Photographers: Organize, Edit & Deliver In Style

teacher avatar Klara Zamourilova, Photographer/Videographer

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction

      1:56

    • 2.

      Project

      1:02

    • 3.

      Organizing Photos: Culling and Rating

      3:33

    • 4.

      Organizing Photos: Keywording

      2:39

    • 5.

      Basic Postproduction: Create Presets in Lightroom

      3:20

    • 6.

      Enhancing Portraits: Spot Removal & Masking

      2:57

    • 7.

      Storytelling & Details

      2:48

    • 8.

      Deliver the Photos: Stylish Online Galleries

      2:01

    • 9.

      Final Thoughts

      1:27

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About This Class

Transform your wedding photography workflow with expert techniques in Lightroom. In this class, you'll discover invaluable strategies to streamline your post-production, saving you time. Unlock the secrets to an effective editing workflow, gain expertise in photo selection and storytelling, and deliver your photos through beautiful online galleries. 

What You Will Learn:

  • Techniques for organizing and managing large volumes of wedding photos (using ratings, keywords)
  • How to create customized presets in Lightroom for efficient editing workflow
  • Editing skills to enhance and perfect your portrait images (Retouching and Masking)
  • Strategies for delivering galleries that impress clients and showcase your talent (online gallery platforms like Pixieset, Pictime,...)

Why You Should Take This Class:

After finishing a wedding shoot, sifting through thousands of photos can be daunting. If you've ever felt unsure of how to kickstart the editing process, then this class is for you! Mastering Lightroom workflow is essential for streamlining post-production and saving time. Effective photo selection can shave off hours of work. And because editing may not be every photographer's favourite, why not make it easier and more efficient? By mastering the skills taught in this class, you'll be able to elevate your work to new heights and stand out in a competitive market.

Whether you're an aspiring wedding photographer looking to break into the industry or a seasoned professional looking to refine your techniques, this class will provide you with valuable insights and practical tips to take your photography to the next level.

What you will need:

  • Photo editing software (Adobe Lightroom)
  • A computer or laptop for editing
  • Optional: Templates and presets

Meet Your Teacher

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Klara Zamourilova

Photographer/Videographer

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I'm Klara and I teach photography and videography classes.

After almost a decade of being a photographer, I still haven't decided what I love shooting the most. So I'm like a chameleon, enjoying every photo job, shooting anything from Weddings, Couples to Landscapes and Documentary photography.

I've been documenting WEDDINGS, ELOPEMENTS and happy family moments all over the world for the past 8 years. And it have been absolutely incredible years! After moving through different countries, I ended up living my dream in the land down under, Sydney (Australia).

I knew I wanted to be a photographer since I was a kid. I grew up in a small village in the Czech republic, surrounded by forests and fields of corn, so my first focu... See full profile

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1. Introduction: After finishing a wedding shoot, sitting through thousands of photos can be daunting. If you've ever felt unsure of how to kick, start the editing process, then this is exactly where you need to be. Hey, there. I'm Clara, a seasoned photographer with over nine years of experience. I remember my first wedding shot like it was yesterday, Getting back home with over 5,000 pictures and feeling like I might try sorting through them all. But as I've upgraded my editing process along the way, it's become way less overwhelming. And today I'm here to guide you through the workflow of sorting, editing, and delivering wedding photos seamlessly. Mastering this workflow is essential for streamlining post production and saving time. Effective photo selection can shave off hours of work. And because editing may not be every photographer's favorite, why not to make it easier and more efficient, let's take a sneak peek at what's in store for you, designed for photographers of all levels. We will cover organizing large volumes of photos in light room, using ratings and adding keywords. We'll dive into editing and creating presets. We will not explore individual editing tools in detail. If you're just starting with editing, you can check out my previous class. And finally, we'll conclude the class by exploring methods for delivering the final gallery to your clients. Practice makes perfect, so you'll have the chance to apply those techniques to a class project. Your project will be to create an online gallery from your photos and share it with us, ready to unlock the secrets of editing work flow. Let's get started. 2. Project: In a class project, you'll do an eye catching online gallery using your own photos. Choose your favorite pictures, whether they're snapshots from a wedding or travel memories collected over the years. It's up to organize these photos into a nice gallery. You can use Pix Set, Pick Time or any other online platform, add personal touches or branding to make it unique. And remember to blend details with white angle shots and include both landscape and portrait orientation. Once your gallery is finished, capture screenshot and upload it to the project section. This is your chance to show off everything you've learned in the course, from sorting large volumes of photos, to editing them with similar presets and styles, and delivering in a stylish way. Go to the project section and read the description to help you get started. I'm excited to see your creations. Have fun and I'll get you in the next lesson. 3. Organizing Photos: Culling and Rating: In this lesson, we'll tackle the challenge of handling a large volume of images. I'll guide you through efficient techniques to select the best shots quickly. Learn how to use flex ratings and other tools to streamline your kelling process. After importing all the photos to light room, start by doing a quick initial sweep through images. This is not the time for in depth analysis. It's about gut reactions. Use flax or star rating to mark potential keepers or rejects. In the first round, I basically give a rating of one star to all the shots that I could potentially use. The photos that end up without the rating are usually where nothing works. There are no emotions in the photo. People have closed eyes or they are out of focus. Now let's get a bit more strategic. Go through your flexed or rated images, and this time pay closer attention as you review each image. Consider factors like composition, exposure, and the overall mood. And give a two star rating to those chosen images. I have reduced the number of photos, but there's still too many. Often we end up with multiple shots of the same scene or moment. In the next selection round, I compare these similar shots and choose the strongest ones based on factors like sharpness, expressions, and overall visual appeal. Don't be afraid to cut duplicates. If you have several shots of the same pose or scene, choose the best and discard the rest. The number of photos you sent to your clients can vary. It depends on multiple factors. For how long you stayed at the wedding, how many people attended, or how many group shots were taken. But try not to overdeliver, most of the clients don't want to go through hundreds of similar images from a full day wedding. I usually deliver about 300 to 400 pictures now that we have the final selection, it doesn't mean we have to delete the rest of the photos immediately. I never delete anything until the job is completed and the gallery is approved by clients. You never know which photo they'll miss. Only after that, I feel comfortable deleting some of them. If you want to know how to delete a batch of images directly from light room, I'll quickly explain it. I want to delete all the images without rating. Go to Grid View. And above the grid of photos, you'll find the library filter bar. Click on the attribute option to reveal filter criteria in the dropdown menu. Choose Unrated, and this will filter all the photos that don't have any rating. Make a quick review. And if you're sure you want to delete them permanently, select them. Right. Click on one of the photos and choose Remove Photos Light Room will ask you if you want to remove them from the light room catalog only or delete them from your hard drive as well. Now just confirm and they're gone. Remember to always double check the selection before making any major changes to prevent losing your data by accident. That's it about photo selection. By following these steps and continuing to repeat this process with each project, you'll not only improve your skills of being organized, but also sharpen your talent to choose standout images quicker. 4. Organizing Photos: Keywording: In this lesson, I'll share additional effective strategies for keeping your photos organized. Making it easy to find what you need when you need it. The secret lies in using keywords, which are crucial for efficient searching and organization later on. Keywords are like labels that you attach to your photos describing their content, theme, or any other relevant information, such as the couples names or venue location. This system will help you avoid endless scrolling or digging through folders in future. To add keywords to specific photos, go to the library module within Lightroom. Choose a set of photos that you want to add keywords to. Just hold control or command key while clicking on the photos. Now go to the keywording panel on the right hand side. If you don't see it, go to the window menu first and ensure that keywording is checked in the keyboarding panel. Click on this empty field and start typing your keywords. You can add keywords like bride, groom, reception, venue, name, location. Or words like emotional portrait and similar separate each keyword with a coma. After typing each keyword, you'll notice that it appears as a tag below the text field. You can click on these texts to edit or remove keywords. As you see light, Rum also provides keyword suggestions based on existing keywords in your catalogue. That's making the organization even easier. Lightroom automatically saves your changes. You'll see the keywords listed under each photo in the keywording panel. And now just keep going with the rest of the photos. The more you make yourself comfortable with keywording, the more efficient you'll be in organizing and searching for your photos in the future. If you want to search for photos using keywords, you can do it by going to the library filter bar, choose the text search option, and start typing the keywords you want to search for. For example, if you're looking for photos of the bright, you just type the word bright in the search field and you'll see all the results. You can also combine keywords with other search options like ratings. Once your photos are imported, organized, and labeled with keywords, we can move on to editing, which we'll discuss in the next lesson. 5. Basic Postproduction: Create Presets in Lightroom: In this lesson, we'll explore the power of presets for basic retouching. Presets allow you to achieve consistent and professional edits across all your photos much faster. They're important for simplifying your editing workflow and also maintaining a consistent visual style. They save you time and effort, especially when working with batches of photos shot in similar lighting conditions. You can choose to purchase presets from your favorite photographers or develop your own presets in light room. Personally, I use my own presets that I've created over time and tailored to different lighting scenarios and the specific mood I want to evoke in my images. Let's get started and create our own presets. Step one is editing a simple photo. Start by editing a simple photo using your preferred adjustments such as exposure contrast, white balance, and tone curve. When editing, I usually stick with the basic panel, Correcting highlights shadows, adding some blacks and whites, and playing with curves to get the look I'm after. Curves are my main editing tool. I use it to create depth and contrast, but also to play with the colors a little bit. Once you're satisfied with the edits, we'll save these as a preset. Go to the presets panel within developed module. Click on the plus icon and select Create Preset. From the drop down menu. Name your preset and choose the settings you want to include, such as exposure, tone, curve, and color adjustments. And click Create. To save the preset, select a batch of photos showed in similar lighting conditions, and click on the preset to apply to those photos. Take a quick look at the photos to see if any need tweaking. You might need to adjust some to be a bit brighter or darker. It's basically helpful if you shoot in manual mode and keep consistent camera settings when your photos have similar white balance and exposure. Applying the preset is easier, as you won't need to manually adjust settings too much. Try to use this preset on a photo taken in different lighting condition, such as this indoor shot. You'll see that it doesn't quite fit. Try adjusting the exposure and white balance while sticking to the preset. But if it still doesn't look good, sometimes it's easier to begin editing from scratch. Now keep going and creating presets for different lighting scenarios. The more presets you make over time, the higher the chance that some will match your future shoots. Create presets for different lighting scenarios like cloudy skies, suny days, backlit portraits, indoor settings, parties and more. And you can reuse these for future weddings. Using similar presets throughout your shoots will help you establish a distinct editing style that will become your signature. 6. Enhancing Portraits: Spot Removal & Masking: Shows hold a special place in wedding photography. They're often printed and displayed, so we need to spend some extra time making them just right. We've already applied presets to these portrait shots, and the colors look pretty good. We might need to adjust the skin tone a bit to keep it looking natural and fluttering. You can play around with highlights and shadows to give the portrait more depth or lowering the contrast. You can also change the tone curve if needed. Since I'm happy with the colors, let's move on to the next step, which is perfecting the skin switch to light rooms. Retouching tools to fix any imperfections like blemishes, wrinkles, or straight hair. Use the spot removal tool. Simply click on the spot and light room will automatically erase it while maintaining the skin's texture. You can adjust the feather and transparency settings, which control how smoothly the removal blends with the surrounding area. If there are other unwanted things in the photos, like people walking by colorful signs or lens dust, remove those as well. Once the retouching is finished, we can move on to the masking panel. Within masking mode, you have various options available. We can choose to use the brush tool gradients or select different color or luminance ranges. Personally, my favorite option is the brush tool and I use it all the time. The adjustment brush in light room is a powerful tool that allows you to make selective adjustments to specific areas. You can first adjust the size, feather, and flow of the brush to achieve natural looking results. You can use this tool to brighten or darken certain parts of the image. For example, I like to brighten the subject's face to draw attention to it, and slightly darken the background to reduce distractions. This selective adjustment helps to lead the viewer's focus exactly where you want it to be. I usually make subtle adjustments to enhance the eyes, such as brightening them and reducing dark circles underneath. I also sharpen the eyes and make them more vibrant because I want them to become the main focus of the image. Additionally, I add a definition and contrast to the face by carefully highlighting areas like the nose or lips. You can also enhance the definition of the hair and much more. I love masking. I feel like it moves your portraits to a new level and bring out the full potential of your images with basic editing panels, spot removal and masking. We've covered the most important editing techniques I personally use, but evenly important is the way you combine the photos to tell a story. And we'll talk about storytelling in the following lesson. 7. Storytelling & Details: Before delivering the photos to your clients, take a quick look at the final selection and edits. Consider making adjustments to add more detailed shots or black and white edits. Wedding photography is more than just capturing moments. It's about telling a unique story through images. Photographers often blend variety angles, perspectives, and editing styles by combining close up shots with white angle views, as well as colors with black and white edits, you can evoke different emotions and moods within the wedding album. Consistency is crucial in maintaining a visual story that holds together, but if you include variety, it adds interest when creating the final selection of photos, it's essential to make sure that no details are overlooked. If close up shots or specific details are missing, you can use cropping as a creative solution. For instance, let's have a look at this photo of bride and groom. I love this picture, but I don't want to include it in my final selection as it is because I already have a similar shot. I can use this one and crop it for detail. Massive cropping like this shifts focus on their bond. As you can see, extensive cropping may sometimes result in a loss of sharpness. But you can turn this limitation into an opportunity for artistic expression. If you embrace the imperfections and experiment with editing techniques such as adding crane or motion blur, you can transform cropped images into visually striking detail shots. Converting photos to black and white can further enhance the artistic touch. As you review your final selection of photos one last time, ensure that the chosen images narrate a captivating story. If you're selecting photos for a client, try to see things from their perspective. Think about what they might value and find enjoyable. Even if blurry artistic shots can add an artistic flair to your collection, it's likely that clients wouldn't want their entire gallery to consist of these work with the final selection and blend traditional shots with artistic ones and detail shots. And don't hesitate to include both color and black and white edits for variety. Taking amazing wedding photos is important, but what I want to emphasize is that editing and storytelling are evenly important. They can completely transform the mood of the photos. And another crucial aspect is the method of delivery itself. We'll explore this in the next lesson. 8. Deliver the Photos: Stylish Online Galleries: Welcome to the final lesson where we will tie everything together as we finalize and deliver the wedding gallery. To streamline the delivery process, I recommend using online gallery platforms like Pixi Set or Pick Time. These platforms offer a lot of benefits for both photographers and clients alike. They allow you to create stunning online galleries where clients can view, download, and share their photos with S. You can customize the gallery to match your branding. You can easily organize the photos into categories and subcategories, which makes it so much easier for clients to navigate through large collection of images. You can showcase different segments of the wedding day, such as getting ready, ceremony, and reception. It's entirely up to you. You can arrange the photos to tell the story of the wedding day from beginning to the end, or you can feature the best shots. Typically the couples photos at the beginning of the gallery, followed by the rest. Customize the gallery with your branding elements such as your logo colors and a personalized welcome message. After you finish setting up the gallery, give your clients the link so they can download their photos in high quality. You can also let them order prints right from the gallery, which makes it easier for them. Making the delivery process easy and professional helps make clients impressed and bolster your reputation as a competent and trustworthy wedding photographer from now on. Deliver the photos through a beautiful gallery, rather than using basic folder links, it can truly make a difference. This is an opportunity to differentiate yourself and elevate the entire client experience. 9. Final Thoughts: I just wanted to take a moment to say a huge thank you to each and every one of you for joining me in this class. Let's do a quick recap of what we've learned. We started by diving into organizing large volumes of photos covering techniques like writing, sorting, and keywording to streamline our workflow. After that, we moved on to editing, where we explored creating presets and applying advanced techniques. We talked about storytelling and wrapped up by discussing the importance of delivering our photos in a way that leaves an impression. Remember that the power of persistence is key. Mastering these skills takes time and practice, but I have no doubt that each one of you has what it takes to succeed. Before we part ways, I want to leave you with a few final reminders. Don't forget to share your work in the project gallery. It's important to help you grow as a photographer. Also, if you enjoy this class and want to stay updated on future courses, feel free to follow me here on skill share or on social media. If you have a moment, leaving a review would mean the world to me. All right, that's a rep. Thank you once again for joining me. Keep creating, keep learning, and until next time, happy editing.