It’s Time to Create Your Lightroom 2017 Copyright 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. The U.S. Copyright Office states that your copyright should take the form of “© YYYY Your Name” (e.g. © 2017 Laura Shoe), so you should create a copyright preset or update your existing one at the beginning of each year. In the video tutorial below I show you how to: Create […more]

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Mac Users on Backing Up: “Your Catalog Size Is Larger than 4 GB”

Mac Users running Lightroom 6.8 or CC 2015.8: have you gone to back up your Lightroom catalog (like I tell you to!), and encountered this message that your catalog is larger than 4 GB, and that you’ll need a third party utility to extract it? First, as of right now there is a bug – all Mac users are getting this message and most of you don’t have catalogs this large. (Update: this bug was fixed with 6.9 / CC 2015.9 – now you’ll only see the message if your catalog is indeed over 4 GB.) You can check the size of your catalog by going to Lightroom>Catalog Settings – it displays on the General tab: Back to the 4 […more]

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Learn How to Use Lightroom CC’s New Reference View

In this free video tutorial, learn how to use Lightroom’s new Reference view for Creative Cloud subscribers. Reference view allows you to display a reference photo on the left as you edit another photo on the right. It’s useful anytime you want to match the appearance of photos (white balance, contrast, color, etc). Consider using it when when you want to unify groups of photos you plan to display together in a slideshow, portfolio, etc, or when you’ve  come across a photo on the web that has a cool effect that you want to try to replicate! This video is from my Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond video series, for beginners and experienced users. If you enjoy this video, I guarantee […more]

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New to Lightroom? Watch My “Introduction to Lightroom” Video

In this short video for beginners, I provide a brief introduction to Lightroom. Learn what Lightroom looks like, how it’s organized, and what you can do with it. This is the second video in my 15 1/2 hour Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond video series, which will get you off to a great start with Lightroom (and much more), and help you to avoid the painful mistakes that newer users often make.     (For best quality, after starting the video click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD.)

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Edit More Quickly with the Lightroom Quick Develop Panel

Lightroom’s Quick Develop panel in the Library module is great for making fast edits to or applying presets to one or many photos without having to go to the Develop module, and for making relative changes to a group of photos – for example, bumping up exposure on all photos by one stop. (There’s no other way to do this!). It’s also great for quickly undoing editing work on one or many photos.  Watch my short video tutorial below for more on these topics, as well as for how to reveal more settings and how to troubleshoot Quick Develop issues. This video is a five-minute lesson from my 15 1/2 hour Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond video series. (For best […more]

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How to Transfer Lightroom Work from One Computer to Another

You traveled with a laptop and used Lightroom on this laptop to import and work on your photos while you were on the road. Now you’re back home and you’re wondering how to get the photos along with your work (flags, stars, keywords, editing, etc) into your main Lightroom catalog on your desktop computer. In this video tutorial from my Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond video series I show you how to transfer your Lightroom work and your photos. (For best quality, after clicking on Play, click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose HD. Quality is better in the actual Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond videos.) Note that this technique isn’t the one to use […more]

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