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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Why Can’t I Move Photos from Lightroom’s Catalog Panel?

I get this question frequently, or more specifically,  how to move photos from Previous Import or All Photographs, which are entries in the Catalog panel.  Your photos actually never reside in the Catalog panel – they reside instead in folders, which are displayed in the Folders panel. Therefore it is not meaningful to “move photos from the Catalog panel.” The Catalog panel simply has shortcuts to various groups of these same photos, for your convenience: All Photographs: every photo in your Lightroom catalog (in every folder) Current or Previous Import: photos you last imported Quick Collection: a temporary collection of photos Other entries: based on tasks that you have performed, such as exporting photos into a new catalog, importing from [...more]

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Not Sure All Your Photos Are in Lightroom? Have Lightroom Check for You!

If you have a folder in Lightroom such as your Pictures folder, but you are not sure that all of the photos in that folder and its subfolders have been imported into Lightroom, you can have Lightroom check for you. I revive this post every couple years because I think it is a very handy one for everyone to know, with many uses: You haven’t been that organized and you want to make sure all your photos are in Lightroom You regularly add, for example, iPhone photos or scanned photos to a folder and want to bring recent additions into Lightroom. You have been shooting raw+JPEG, and have been importing only the raw files, but now want to import the [...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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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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