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Using Collections in Your Lightroom Desktop / Mobile Workflow

As I mentioned in my video introducing Lightroom 5.4 and Lightroom mobile for the iPad, we can sync collections of photos to our iPad, not folders. For those of you not that familiar with collections, I have created this video tutorial to show you how you can create a collection to sync a shoot of photos to your iPad. I also show that once you have done your iPad work (assigning pick and reject flags, and perhaps preliminary Develop work) and the work has synced back to Lightroom desktop, you can delete the collection (if you no longer want to see it on your iPad). For best quality, hit Play, then click on the Youtube sprocket wheel in the bottom [...more]

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“Developing Photos in Lightroom” Webinar Recording Available for a Limited Time

The recording from my March “Developing Photos in Lightroom” webinar is now available to view for free! It will be available for one week, through Thursday, April 3 only. By popular demand, I have extended how long this webinar will be available! Watch as I develop photos in Lightroom in this free webinar. Learn how to get beautiful results by mastering the most important panel in Lightroom’s Develop module – the Basic panel. I’ll then work several photos from start to finish, sharing my approach to decision making when developing, and demonstrating many of the powerful tools available to you, such as the HSL panel, healing brush, adjustment brush and radial filter tool. (Note that at this point the recording [...more]

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How to Safely Rename Your Lightroom Catalog

Many of you have Lightroom 5 catalogs with filenames such as “Lightroom 4 Catalog-2-2″. While Lightroom doesn’t care what the catalog is named, I of course find it less confusing that the filename reflect what it actually is. In this short video tutorial, I’ll show you how to safely rename your Lightroom catalog and the associated Previews file. You’ll also learn in this video how to move your catalog. For best quality, hit Play, and then click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom left and choose 720 HD from the Quality dropdown. Related Posts: About Your Images and The Lightroom Catalog

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Creating a Faux-HDR Look in Lightroom and Saving It As a Preset

Sometimes it’s fun to take photos a little over the edge. In this video tutorial, I show you how to create a bit of a faux-HDR effect in the Develop module in Lightroom, adding a lot of light into the shadows of your photos, and punching up color and edge definition, using Basic panel settings, the Graduated Filter tool, and the HSL panel. Whether you like this effect or you create a different effect, I then show you how to copy your settings to other photos to test out the effect you have created, and finally, how to save your settings as a preset so that you can apply them to other photos at any time.

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How to Use Pick and Reject Flags to Sort Through a Photo Shoot in Lightroom

Lightroom comes with three tools to help you mark photos as you sort through them — pick and reject flags, rating stars (1-5) and color labels. If you talk with 10 different photographers, they may have 10 different ways to use these tools. I use pick and reject flags for a first pass to identify keepers and rejects, and then rating stars to identify my best photos. (I reserve color labels for short term projects, or to flag for needed editing in Photoshop.) In this article, I’ll explain: How to assign pick and reject flags How to see just your picks, rejects or unflagged photos How to delete rejects. How to Assign Pick and Reject Flags Start by selecting the [...more]

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Don’t Forget to Create Your 2014 Lightroom Copyright and Contact Information Preset!

I recommend adding copyright and contact information to your photos as you import them into Lightroom, so that when you share photos with the outside world, this data automatically tags along with them and people can get in touch with you if they come across your photos and want to use them. For photos already in Lightroom, it’s not too late — you can also add this information in the Library module. In this video tutorial, I show you how to: Create and update a copyright and contact information “metadata preset” Apply your preset to photos as you import them View copyright and contact information for your photos using the Metadata panel in the Library module Apply your preset to [...more]

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Lightroom Quick Tip: How to View Photos from More Than One Folder

Sometimes it’s handy to be able to see two or more folders of photos together in Lightroom when you are in Grid View (G) in the Library Module. This is simply a matter of using the Folders panel to select more than one folder. If the folders are all next to each other, click on the first, then Shift-Click on the last. If they are not, click on the first, then Ctrl/Cmd-Click on each of the others. Thank you for all your support in 2013. I wish you a creative, healthy and happy 2014! Related Post: Must See Video Tutorial: Using the Folders Panel to Reorganize and Manage Your Photos and Folders

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Three Easy Ways to Add Keywords to Photos in Lightroom

Do you spend a lot of time searching through your folders in Lightroom, looking for particular photos? If so, it’s time to add keywords to them — words or phrases that you can then find your photos based on. In this short video tutorial I discuss three easy ways to add keywords: in the Import dialog with the Keywording panel with the Painter tool For highest quality video, after hitting Play, click on the sprocket wheel ( ) in the bottom right of the video and choose 720/HD.   Related Posts: Video Tutorial: How to Find Your Photos in Lightroom (based on keywords and more) Organize Your Lightroom Keywords into Keyword Hierarchies Shortcuts for Adding Keywords in Lightroom Don’t Forget [...more]

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Create Multiple Versions of Your Photos with Lightroom Virtual Copies and Snapshots

If you want to experiment with different versions of develop work on a photo, virtual copies and/or snapshots are two great ways to do this — all without having to create a second file on your hard drive. Snapshots allow you to save your work at different points in time so that you can easily get back to any point, and allow you to go off in different directions with a photo. Virtual copies in effect are separate copies of your photos, that can be developed differently.  Watch the video below, from my Lightroom 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond workshop on video, to learn how to use virtual copies and snapshots. (For best quality, hit Play, then click on the [...more]

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How to Create Photo Borders in Lightroom

It’s easy to create simple black, white or transparent photo borders in Lightroom, using the Effects panel in the Develop module. The Effects panel is on the right side, towards the bottom of your panels. Set the Style to Paint Overlay, so that highlights don’t show through your border. 1. Black film-style border Set Amount to -100, Midpoint to 0, Roundness to -100 and Feather to 0. 2. White border Set Amount to +100, Midpoint to 0, Roundness to -100 and Feather to 0. 3. Wider border Increase Roundness: 4. Softer Border Increase the Feather Setting to soften the border edge: 5. Transparent Border Set Amount to any value greater than 0 and less than 100: Some of you will [...more]

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