Find and Eliminate Duplicate Photos in Lightroom

In this video, I show you how I use Jim Keier’s great Lightroom Duplicate Finder plugin to find and eliminate duplicate photos. I show you my workflow, give you tips and tricks along the way, and I show you the Lightroom skills you need to get the most from the tool. For best quality, hit Play, then click on the Youtube sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD. Table of Contents: 0:00 Introduction 1:07 How to First Back Up Your Catalog 2:06 Running Duplicate Finder 3:05 The Duplicates Smart Collections 5:30 Deleting Duplicates Directly from Folders 6:22 Flagging Duplicates for Deletion 9:48 Filtering to See Just Your Flagged Photos, Deleting Jim Keier’s manual with installation instructions, and full […more]

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Mac Users: Why Your Basic and Other Panels Go Missing More Often in Lightroom 5

Lightroom 5 has brought a surge of reports from users that one or more of their panels have gone missing – most often the Basic panel. Now that I have switched to a Mac, I finally understand why this surge is occurring – there’s a bug affecting Mac users. By design, you can right-click on almost any panel header, and then select a panel in that strip to hide it: However, with Lightroom 5 on Macs, right-clicking anywhere in a panel brings up this dialog. I encountered this when using my touchpad, where I have set my preferences to use a double-tap to signify right-clicking. I was adjusting exposure on a photo, and my Basic panel disappeared before my eyes. […more]

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View Your Focus Points with This Free Lightroom Plugin

With this free Lightroom plugin from Chris Reimold, we can view our in-camera focus points in Lightroom 5!  According to Chris it works for all Nikon DSLR cameras and post-2002 Canon EOS DSLR cameras. It reads your camera focus metadata (focus points, distance, mode, etc), and displays the results in a separate window that opens. Click here to learn more about and download the Lightroom Show Focus Points plugin.  You’ll find that installation and using the plug-in are straightforward, and instructions are given on the site (as well as a full list of cameras supported, in the FAQ.) It works only in Lightroom 5, but a version for Lightroom 4 and earlier versions is in the works. The plugin is […more]

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Lightroom Myth Buster: When Resolution Matters and When It Doesn’t

As I monitor forums and the Lightroom Help Group on Facebook, I see so much confusion about resolution and how to set it in Lightroom, that I thought it was time for a post on it. Our photos are made up of pixels – squares of solid color that our camera sensor captures. For example, a photo from a 24 megapixel (MP) camera has 24 million pixels — 6,000 wide x 4,000 high:   When we export, we specify how large our copies should be made – reduced for online sharing, possibly increased for large prints, or left at the same size as our master photos. Lightroom is very intelligent in how it removes or adds pixels, to preserve the […more]

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“How Do I Save My Lightroom Work?”

For those new to Lightroom, naturally you want to understand how to save your work. You’ll notice that the File menu in the menu bar suspiciously does not have “File Save” and “File Save As …” options. The short answer is that as you work in Lightroom – adding keywords, stars, flags and other metadata; developing your photos; creating collections and more, your work is being saved automatically, so there is no need to do a “save” before you wrap up your session. More on Saving and the Lightroom Catalog It’s worth understanding this in more detail though. First, Lightroom works non-destructively – meaning that it never touches your master photo files. Instead, your Develop work is saved automatically behind […more]

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Working with History and Viewing Before & After in Lightroom

In this sample video tutorial from my Lightroom 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond video series, I show you all the different ways to view Before and After in Lightroom: Working with the History panel Using the “\” key Toggling on and off specific panel and tool work The Y/Y button I also show you how to change the definition of “Before” so you can compare any previous step to your current work. For best quality, hit Play, then click on the Youtube sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD.(For even better quality, consider purchasing the full series.) Check out Lightroom 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond for more in-depth expert Lightroom training! Also available in Lightroom 4 and Lightroom […more]

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