Moving Through Your Image in Lightroom While Zoomed In — Page Down

If you plan to print your image, I recommend that you do all of your clean up work zoomed into 1:1.   You should also review all of your local adjustments at this zoom ratio to make sure that your edges aren’t obvious.    Here’s an easy way to move through your image while you are zoomed in so that you don’t miss any of it: –  Zoom into 1:1  (by clicking on 1:1 in the navigator panel or Ctl/Cmd + twice) – Press  the Home button on your keyboard to move to the top left corner of your image. – Hit Page Down on your keyboard to move through the image one frame at a time.   The first […more]


Post photos from Lightroom directly onto Facebook

If you’re like me, you weren’t one of Facebook’s early adopters.  But you dipped your toe into the water, ended up with lots of friends that you enjoy being connected with, and now Facebook  is part of your daily routine and you can’t imagine life without it.  Actually, come to think of it,  my experience with Lightroom was quite similar. Anyway, if you share photos on Facebook, you can easily upload them into the album of your choice directly from Lightroom, using Jeffrey Friedl’s export plugin.  Unfortunately (and this is a big caveat), due to limitations on the Facebook side, you can’t upload to your business/fan page,  only to your personal page. You will find information and the download on […more]


Seeing Images in Your Parent and Subfolders

Just a quick tip today — it is 92 in my office and 103 outside —  the hottest day in recorded Seattle history.  (I realize that this is nothing for some of you!) My folders are arranged in a hierarchy —  Picturesyearshoot, with ocassional subfolders within a shoot.  By default the Lightroom folder panel shows an image count for the parent folder, plus all subfolders within it.  And if you click on the folder you see all of the images in that folder and its subfolders.   In the snapshot below, I have a total of  1866 images from 2008.   Most live in shoot subfolders (only a partial list is shown.) If I click on the 2008 folder, I see all […more]


Selecting Images in Lightroom

Selecting images seems to be a fairly straightforward task, but Lightroom can actually be pretty finicky about how you do it.  Here’s a video I put together to show you how to select individual images and groups of images, and to help you avoid unintended consequences. Watch This Video on How to Select Images in Lightroom


Synchronizing Your Folders in Lightroom

2/1/2012: See updated article here. You have imported a folder of images into Lightroom.  Later you add more images to that folder.   Have Lightroom figure out which haven’t been imported into its catalog and import them for you: In the Library Folders panel,  right-click on your folder (ctl-click on a one button mouse) . Select Synchronize Folder.   Lightroom looks at the folder and determines how many of the images it does not yet have in the catalog. Check  Show Import Dialog if you want to be able to copy, move or rename the files, add copyright metadata, keywords, or apply develop presets as the images are imported. Scan for Metadata Updates will look to see if any of the images […more]


An Easier Way to Get Your Color in Lightroom

You are designing a slideshow, and you want the background color to be a particular color from one of your images.  Or, you are designing a web gallery, and you want the background color to be the color on your website, or some other cool color you have found.  The question is, how do you find out what that color is, and tell Lightroom to use it?   A while back I wrote a post on using Photoshop to identify the color, and then specifying this color in Lightroom.   It turns out though, that there is an easier way — you can do it all within Lightroom.  This is why I love Lightroom more every day — it just continues to […more]

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