When to Use Reset versus History to Undo Your Lightroom Develop Work

One of the great things about working with Lightroom’s Develop module is that anything you do can always be undone. If you want to undo everything you have done, you can click on the Import step in History: or hit the Reset Button (in the bottom right):   Let’s look at the difference between the two methods:

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Lightroom Quick Tip of the Week: Moving Through Your Photo While Zoomed In

For this week’s Lightroom tip, I am resurrecting one from a couple years ago: I recommend that you do all of your Lightroom clean up and retouching work zoomed into 1:2 or 1:1 (the latter for larger prints).   You should also review all of your local adjustments at these zoom ratios to make sure that your edges aren’t obvious.  Here’s an easy way to move through your photograph while you are zoomed in so that you don’t miss any of it:   –  Zoom in   (by clicking on 1:1 or 1:2 from the drop-down in the navigator panel, typing Z, or Ctl/Cmd + twice) – Press  the Home button on your keyboard to move to the top left corner of […more]

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An Affordable Set of Quality Lightroom Presets for People Photography (And a Chance to Win a Free Copy!)

Sean McCormack over at lrbplugins.com has recently released his new Lightroom preset pack.  According to Sean, it is a set of 18 presets  “that range from B&W to heavily processed colour looks for people photography. It borrows a lot from current fashion trends, but is equally at home with bands, portraits and fashion. Inspiration for each preset has come from a variety of sources, magazine editorials, lookbooks and from other photographers.” A disclaimer up front — if you have seen my photo galleries, you know that I am not a people photographer. However,  since Sean is a fellow blogger and a Lightroom expert, I was eager to try them out.   While I can’t say whether they come close to […more]

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Should I Learn Lightroom or Photoshop (or Both or Neither)?

Students often ask me whether they should buy Lightroom or Photoshop or something else, so I thought I would put down my thoughts on this in writing.  I actually wrote this quite a while ago, but because it wasn’t technically a blog post, you would have had to stumble onto it elsewhere on my website.  For those that haven’t stumbled onto it and have this question, here it is: Lightroom is Adobe’s image management and enhancement program designed specifically for serious amateur and professional photographers. With more and more powerful features being added with each new release, Lightroom has become a very powerful program which can help you to stay organized and be able to find your photos quickly, produce […more]

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