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Lightroom: Edit Live Shoot Images

Emily Lucarz

Lifestyle Family Photography

Emily Lucarz

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24. Lightroom: Edit Live Shoot Images
Moving that post-processing into Adobe Lightroom, many of the ideas are the same -- but where all those tools are located may be a bit different. Learn basic Lightroom edits using curves, HSL and more.

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Lightroom: Edit Live Shoot Images

Let's go ahead and show you guys, let's do one, okay? With something like this, let's show you the regular way to edit. I'd pull up the exposure a little bit, right, same as you did in Photoshop. Get the curves, pull the curves up a little bit, maybe move the shadows done a little bit just for fun purposes. Let's get some matte finish, okay. Nothing different than Photoshop. The exact same thing in Photoshop, we can do in Lightroom, okay. So, I'm not gonna even go through all that again. If we were gonna batch edit these, here's the beauty. This is the beautiful light set, see there's airy film. So, there's one. So, what I do for those of you who don't use Lightroom you're gonna want to. You take this, you highlight all of these. This is still set up a little bit differently than mine, but that's okay. And we're gonna sync it. You hit sync, sync, bam. All of them are done, with one click, okay. We can change it up a little bit like this one that I would probably go ahead and brighten a...

little bit. I'm gonna reset these just to do it again, individually. Okay. So, that's how I batch edit in Lightroom. And I'll go through each image and I'll crop it if I need to, you know. Here's the crop tool. Which I'll need to do this. 'Cause see the ceiling's crooked. Um, just because where the dog was, I'll crop it, pull it over and compositionally fix this image. Turn that part off. Unless you're into that. Okay, so there's that one. Let's do another one. We were doing, what we're doing, filming matte? And there, that's too much pink for me. So, what I would do is come down into this hue saturation, same thing as Photoshop. And get rid of some of that pink, okay. And pull that exposure down a little bit. That's just too much, okay. So, I'm very, very simple with my editting. Let's show a back lit image, okay. For something like this, I'm gonna wanna add matte finish. I just love the matte finish look. So, that's straight out of camera with images that are back lit. It's just, I love it. So, let's do it by hand first. Okay. One new thing I'm gonna do, curves, okay. Pull that midtown up. Pull the pop down a little bit. Move the shadows a tiny bit down. Then, I'm gonna go ahead and pull up that sidebar for some matte finish, okay. Then, I might pull the exposure up. Something like this, we may wanna pull down your highlights and increase them shadows if you wanted to. Brighten them up a little bit. And that's probably all I would do for that. Okay, super simple. I might do a uh, there's some matte finished ones in here. Let's do the light matte. Okay, there's light matte. I'll show you before and after. Everything I do, you guys, I have set in here. You can see the difference, light matte. It's hard to see this little I think. Let's reset it. Okay. Here we go, light matte plus contrast. See the difference? Yeah, it pops out the highlights in the back, okay. So, that's kinda similar to what I did. We have some contrast. So, we can do, with these kind of images it is good to bring out some contrast, 'cause it really pulls the highlights out and pull up your exposure and your contrast if you're doing that, okay. All I did just then, pulled up exposure pulled up contrast. So, let me show you it again. Pulled up exposure, pull up contrast, okay. That's almost enough for that image. You don't need to edit a lot. Like the whole goal of editing is to not make your life miserable. I mean, you know, you want to make it pretty and you want it to pop and you want a regular image that looks kind of boring to even have some umpf to it. You know, like kinda when you add fun clothing to a picture. So like same with one. Like this is a really cute image. It needs to be cropped down a little bit, for visual, you know, for compositional purposes to make it feel better to the viewers eye, obviously. But it needs something, right. There's a million, I have a lot of things. All of these are created for how I shoot. But, and you don't need, you don't need this set, but you know, they need some contrast, they need some exposure fixes, they need some curves. You know, maybe a little bit of hue saturation fixing. That's it, you don't need to go crazy with your editing. As long as you can get it done pretty well on camera. So, I like that. That's brushed filmed. That's for the beautiful lights set. It just gives everything a little bit of umpf, right? Have any questions on Lightroom? It was so simple, nothing drastic. Why don't you change it in the hue and move the yellow slider instead of switching the tint? Up top? Yeah. You can do that too. I just like the tones better in the hue saturation layer then the greens and the magentas. And it pulls skin better down here in my opinion. Yeah, 'cause then it just focuses on the yellow. So, like it was really the yellow changing and not the green and the purple. So, to our eye it looks like green, but when we add pink, see look at this, so we add pink to yellow and it actually fixes the green a little bit. It's kinda weird. It doesn't really logically make sense. So, the only way It, just works. Changing it to yellow. Just yellow. Okay. Mm-hmm. Are these your presets Yes. that you have in there? Beautiful and the clean Lightroom set, yeah. And they're bundled too. Actually beautiful light we just decided to launch today. It used to be for all my workshop people only. Oh. So, it's out there. Alright. Now open. Anyone edit in Lightroom? I'm very simple with my editing, you guys. And it's because I shoot and count it. My color tones are kinda where I want 'em. You know, so I'm not doing a lot of fixing. That's why I shoot in JPEG, you know. Actually, I could shoot in raw now that I'm back in Lightroom again, but I'm kinda simple like that. Easy is good. So, I typically edit in Lightroom. Depending on, you know, sometimes I'll pull it into Photoshop if there's an action set by somebody that I love and I wanna certain look for. I'll pull it in Photoshop for some of the city shoot type things. Typically, I'm in Lightroom, because I'm batching. I can edit like I said in about an hour and a half. It takes me a good hour and a half to cull it though too. 'Cause I'm really, really focusing in on what did the parents want. What images did they get? Making sure that we really got their shot list. So I take time culling. And that's important to do. And I probably could go quicker with culling, but I fell in love with all these images. So, I make one cull and then I do it again. But, I know that I've made up time, because I'm batch editing in Lightroom. So, it's okay with me. Move to Photoshop if you need to do any patch tool stuff. I don't like doing all that Lightroom. It's natural for me and you can do some of it. I'm just a Photoshop, you know, person from back in the day. So, I need to do all of my bigger edits in Photoshop. So, I'll save it in Lightroom, I'll export it and I say Lightroom edits. And then, I'll go through my layer minutes. Like, do I need any touch ups, skin touch-ups, anything else that I can do in Photoshop. Then I'll pull in Photoshop. Then I'll save it, okay. When you're exporting from Lightroom make sure that you're putting on there a hundred percent you're, you know, 300 DPI. Don't shrink your images. What's going to happen is your clients aren't gonna be able to print them, large. I made that mistake one time. And I do strive to keep everything looking similar. Okay, so that their galleries do match. Not the same action or preset, but if I use the beautiful light in the clean action set they all match each other, you know. They're all the same color tones. Some have deeper matte finishes for certain images than back lit images. Some have that filmy look, just 'cause I'm obsessed with film right now. So, I'll use that for a lot. You know, it's kind of depends on my mood and the families. You know, what they like, okay. And there's black and whites and they're all used for different things.

Class Description

  • Capture authentic lifestyle family images
  • Plan for a successful lifestyle session
  • Create genuine interactions even with the littlest family members -- and pets
  • Edit for beautiful skin tones and stunning portraits
  • Build a successful lifestyle photography business


If you're looking for a portrait photography class to master studio lighting and perfect posing -- this isn't the class for you. Ditch the stiff, boring portraits and create genuine smiles and real family moments in Lifestyle Family Photography with Emily Lucarz. Learn how to create memorable images of real family moments.

From planning the shoot to post-processing in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, dive into the world of lifestyle photography. Learn how to tour a home while looking for light sources, then use window light for bright, beautiful images. Gain techniques to create genuine smiles from kids. Determine the gear you need, from great portrait lenses to cameras.

Whether you simply want to take better photos of your own kids or you want to build a career in lifestyle photography, this class provides the foundation. Learn lifestyle portrait photography alongside one of the Midwest's most in-demand family photographers, the engaging and fun Emily Lucarz.

For photographers turning a passion for family photography into a business, gain valuable insight into creating portrait packages, setting prices, and displaying your work. Learn how to build your portfolio and how to manage a photography business.

  • Budding photographers ready to turn a passion into a profession
  • Parents that want to capture better images of the everyday moments
  • Professional photographers ready to do more with lifestyle images


Like many family photographers, Emily got started after her first son was born. Now nearly a decade later, Emily is one of the top family photographers in the Midwest -- booking often nearly a year in advance. She's known for the way she works with young kids and families to create genuine interactions, along with capturing fun perspectives. Emily's charisma and easy-going teaching style has allowed her to lead workshops across the U.S. Learn from Emily right where you're at in one of CreativeLive's top-rated lifestyle classes.



Emily reignited my passion for lifestyle photography and gave me the tools that I needed to give my business a creative and profitable boost. Seeing how effortlessly she interacted with families and the efficiency of her workflow was inspiring. I'm excited to shake things up and make some positive changes in my business that I know will lead to success. Thank you Emily and thank you Creativelive for this fun and informative class!


Watching Emily on CL - I rarely comment, but wanted to pop in and say what a great class it is! Full of helpful information and good content. One of the first classes that moves at a perfect pace, keeping things interesting & engaging. I tend to lose interest quickly when classes drag, but she really does such a fantastic job, which is refreshing. Makes watching the class really enjoyable! Thank you!


I was just hoping on here to post how much I loved this class. I used to be a portrait photographer, veered away for a bit to focus on more conceptual art photography but i still am interested in lifestyle photography. Emily is very inspiring, her bubbly personality was a joy to watch how she interacts with families especially the kids. Her work is phenomenal! (in response to one of the bad reviews, about her cutting off children shooting on a live workshop while tethered and teaching can easily explain this away as you can tell from her portfolio that she always has compositionly beautiful images) This class has renewed and inspired my love of lifestyle and i have been shooting so much since the class! Definitely used her tips and tricks to improve my pictures! highly recommend this class!