16 Lightroom 4 tutorials for creative photographers

There are many tutorials out there to help you get started with Lightroom workflow, but there’s also a growing number of videos and good old-fashioned step-by-step guides to getting more creative with the software.

Here, we hand-pick 16 Lightroom 4 tutorials that explain some of the more creative effects you can apply to your photo collection. Let us know in the comments below how you get on with them…

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01. Lightroom 4 Instagram effect

Warning: this one’s a VERY quick video lesson. Keep a pen and paper handy…

02. Lightroom 4 cross process effect

A video guide to using Per Channel Curves to get the classic cross-processed film look

03. Get the Lomo film look in Lightroom 4

Learn how to use the split toning controls to give your pictures a retro feel

04. How to add a vignette in Lightroom 4

Make the corners of an image darker using the Lens Vignetting or Post Crop Vignetting tools in Lightroom

05. Lightroom 4 creative editing

Learn how to add drama to your pictures in this 16 minute video. The instructor takes you from untouched shots of London and Cologne through to moody finished files

06. Adding special effects in Lightroom 4

Learn quick, useful ways to go black and white, add tonal overlays, edge effects and more

07. How to create lens flare in Lightroom 4

You buy good quality lenses and shield the front element when you take your shot in order to reduce lens flare… and then you want to finish off your shot with digital lens flare. If you must, here’s how

08. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4’s new Graduated Filter controls

See a photographer transform one of his earlier low-light shots using Lightroom 4’s new tools

09. Getting creative with Lightroom 4’s Graduated Filter

Another older landscape photo given a healthy glow using the Graduated Filter

10. How to fake the HDR effect in Lightroom 4

This step-by-step video shows you how to create a faux HDR effect using Lightroom’s Basic panel sliders, Curve adjustments and sharpening tools

11. Lightroom Tutorial: HDR Look with a Single Image

Here’s another take on getting the love it or hate it HDR look

12. Converting images to black and white in Lightroom 4

Find out some useful high-impact black and white photos from Lightroom

13. How to convert portraits to B&W with Lightroom 4

A step-by-step guide to giving your RAW portraits a distinctive black and white look

14. Lightroom 4: working with the new process

Do you have around half an hour to kill? This epic Lightroom video takes you through the Basic tools to help you get the most from your images. Some of the tricks you’ll learn here will provide a foundation for more creative adjustments

15. Lightroom 4 video – creative looks for video and colorizing

Pick up some useful tricks for giving your video footage a stylish look

16. Publishing a slideshow using Lightroom 4

If you’ve always wanted to create, render and publish a slideshow using Lightoom but didn’t know where to start, then this video tutorial is for you

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