Getting started with Luminar 4

August 11 - 25

Learn Luminar 4's revolutionary tools and AI technologies for photo editing with instructor Lori Lankford.

Course material is available August 11
Live Sessions: Tuesdays, August 11, 18, 25 at 7:00 pm

No Pre-requisites required

This course will walk you through all the editing tools available in this revolutionary editing program.

In this course, you will learn how to use all the features of Luminar, including the Essentials, Creative, Portrait, Pro and Canvas editing panels. Learn how to use the incredible AI options as well as sky replacement and sky augmentation. No prior experience with the software is required. This course does not cover how to install the software. That can be found on the Luminar website.

Course Content

The course includes 25 videos demonstrating each editing tool. Along with, PDF lessons with audio from the instructor, handouts, three live zoom sessions and online support and discussion.

  • Unit 1: An introduction to all the editing tools and how to use the Luminar Library.

  • Unit 2: Get started with the Essentials Editing Panel.

  • Unit 3: Become an artist and learn how to maximize the Creative Panel.

  • Unit 4: Learn the AI options available to edit Portraits.

  • Unit 5: Get into the fine details with the Pro Editing Panel.

  • Unit 6: Put it all together!

What You Will Get

  • Weekly Lessons

    At the beginning of the course students will have access to all course material to view at their leisure. Full participation students have access to 3 live 60 minute Zoom sessions with the instructor to answer questions, review content and provide demonstration.

  • Lesson Videos

    25 videos that demonstrate all the editing tools within Luminar.

  • Instructor Online Support

    A discussion forum for you to connect with the instructor, ask questions, post practice images and receive feedback is available during the course. In addition there will be two live Zoom sessions.

Required Gear

What materials are needed for this class?

  • Luminar Software

  • Access to a computer or tablet for the course content, live zoom calls.

How it works

Full Participation vs. Study along

  • Full Participation

    Full Participation learning gives you the benefit of accessing the materials at your own time from any place while also connecting with the instructor for discussion, demonstration and weekly feedback. Students are given a robust learning environment that includes online classroom content, live discussion with the instructor and instructor feedback throughout the course. Full participation students also post their assignments in the workshop and receive instructor feedback each week.

  • Independent Learning

    Independent learning gives you the benefit of a robust online learning environment, which includes all course content and videos. Independent learning students will not be able to participate in instructor live discussion or submit photos for feedback. This is a great option for students wanting to explore a new subject on their own before taking a full class or a great option for a skill refresher.

Capital Photography Center Instructor


Lori Lankford

Lori Lankford is photographer specializing in macro, flower and landscape photography. Her passion for photography began as a way to capture her personal travel adventures. Over the years she dived into the fine details of macro and flower photography. She loves to escape so deeply into the details of a tiny object.
Lori spends her free time in local gardens across the country shooting in the natural light and capturing its beauty.
Lori’s work has been exhibited in local and national gallery exhibits as well as in printed calendars and catalogs. She has a love for teaching and sharing her passion for nature and leads workshops in the Virginia/DC area.
You can learn more about Lori on her website,