Last updated on April 22nd, 2018

Photoshop and Lightroom are to photographers as a paintbrush is to Michelangelo. These software are the industry standards for editing images. Both professional photographers and hobbyists use them – as they should.

I started learning Lightroom in late 2013 and a few months later I was also learning Photoshop. I never attended a physical classroom to learn Photoshop and Lightroom.

How I Learned Photoshop and Lightroom Online


The best thing about learning from YouTube is that it’s free with thousands of content creators for Photoshop and Lightroom tutorials. You can learn color correction or retouching and everything in between. But you can also learn creative image editing on YouTube and give your photos that extra pop. The key to learning on YouTube is to find some great channels. Anyone can upload a tutorial, so unfortunately there are also some rubbish tutorials.


I needed to master Photoshop and Lightroom on a step-by-step and course-by-course basis. So I joined Lynda on a free trial and eventually became a paying member. The instructors are Adobe Certified Experts which gave me confidence in the techniques and theory I learned. The great thing about Lynda is that it has courses on a variety of subjects including digital photography, SEO, and marketing. A basic membership costs $20/month. A premium membership, which comes with project files and offline viewing, costs $30/month.

Trey Ratcliff

Trey is known as the king of HDR. He has a few free tutorials on YouTube, but I also bought one of his comprehensive HDR tutorials at Stuck in Customs for $99.

The Arcanum

I took online instructor led courses at The Arcanum to refine my editing skills. The upside to The Arcanum is you get feedback from your instructor (mine was Ellen Anon) and your virtual classmates. A lot of the lessons and discussions are done through Google Hangouts. There’s a sense of community with The Arcanum. The membership was expensive for me at $79/month.

If you want to learn Photoshop and Lightroom, I recommend trying to learn it for free because it may meet your needs.

By the way, there are now two types of Lightroom: the new Lightroom CC vs Lightroom Classic CC.