I’ve been taking underwater photos since 2009 and my huge photo collection was becoming a higgledy-piggledy shambles with photos saved in various places and edited using different software.  I could never find anything and was always losing photos.

Over the years, I’d often heard people mention and recommend Lightroom.  I even bought it but felt it was terrible – because I did not know how to use it.

Then, towards the end of last year, I found a review by Peter Rowlands (Underwater Photography Magazine) on a set of downloadable tutorials showing you how to use Lightroom step by step.  It was called Lightroom 4 and 5 for the Underwater Photographer.

Lightroom 4 and 5 for the Underwater Photographer

I checked it out and really liked what I saw – 15 hours of video tutorials that took you step by step through every aspect of Lightroom.  You can download it to your ipad or computer and work your way through the tutorials at your own pace.  I upgraded to Lightroom 5, downloaded the tutorials and off I went.  I’ve not looked back since.

Lightroom 1

I now find Lightroom so easy to use and have learned lots of tricks from the tutorials too.  I’m still learning, and the beauty of this is that I can go back again and again when I want to try something new.

Some of the most useful things I have learned include how to sort and store your photos when importing from your camera so that you do not destroy or lose the originals (and if you do, where to find them again!); how to create smart folders containing your favourite photos and how, by adding tags the the images, copies automatically go into these folders; how to edit your pictures properly; how to add a watermark (logo or text) to your photos; how to upload photos to Facebook and how to keep track of what you have uploaded.  It really is brilliant software for cataloging and editing all your underwater photos and I would not have known how to do it without all these amazing tutorials.

Lightroom 2

The Tutorials are divided into the following sections:

  1. The Lightroom Catalogue
  2. The Library and Map Module
  3. The Develop Module
  4. Exporting
  5. Photoshop and Photomatix Pro Integration
  6. Book, Slideshow, Print and Web Modules
  7. Extra new features in Lightoom 5

If you’re looking for an all-in-one underwater photography software programme, I would highly recommend Lightroom 5 – but to get the most out of it you simply have to get yourself Lightroom 4 and 5 for the Underwater Photographer and save time by taking the guesswork and frustration out editing your photos.

Lightroom 4 and 5 for the Underwater Photographer