Nov 262012

The Alt (PC) or Option (Mac) key reveals a lot of convenient additional functionality in most or all of Lightroom’s modules. The problem is, there is nothing on the screen to tell you where holding it down may reveal something useful. In this post I will list all of the Alt/Option functionality that I have found in the Develop module. If I miss something that you are aware of, do leave a comment to let us all know! I’ll follow up with one or more posts on its use in other modules.

Alt/Option Key Uses in the Develop Module
  • All Panels: Alt/Option-Click on a panel name (e.g. Basic, Tone Curve, Detail) to open that panel and collapse all others in the column (if you are not already in Solo Mode, which you can get to by right-clicking on a panel name.)
  • Right-hand Develop panels: Within each panel except the point curve,  holding down Alt/Option will reveal a Reset button that you can click on to reset all sliders in that section back to their defaults.

Reset Lightroom Panel Slider Groups


  • Basic Panel – holding down Alt/Option on the slider triangle as you slide:
  • ExposureHighlights, Whites will reveal completely clipped (blown-out) highlights in white, and individual colors clipped in color. Black means not clipped.

Overexposed - white areas: completely blown out; blue areas: blue channel blown out

  • Shadows, Blacks: will reveal clipped shadows in black; white means not clipped.

This functionality can help you see where your clipped highlights and shadows are, and help you to set your sliders so that you don’t clip them. Many images look good with tones that range from almost pure black to pure white — but remember that your goal is to produce something that looks good  aesthetically. Continue reading »

Nov 222012

Many of you know that I am a fan of Craft and Vision, which offers high quality photography e-books at amazing prices.


They have just released  Piet Van den Eynde’s new Lightroom 4 Unmasked – A Complete Guide to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.  I am looking forward to reading it. It is over 300 pages, and retails for $20. Now through Tuesday, November 27, at 11:59 PM, you can get $5 off with the discount code LR4FIVE.

From my personal perspective, I see books on Lightroom as excellent supplements to my  Lightroom video series training, which (in the two series) provides over 22 hours of lessons, where you can see me do every step, learn from my mistakes, and gain a very solid foundation in Lightroom.  From there, I find it very valuable to learn from different authors — everyone  has a different perspective and different approaches to using the tools — I love learning from them all.

For even more fantastic deals,  through Friday, November 23 at 11:59 PM, you can get all other Craft and Vision e-books at 50% off! 
Most retail for $5, so they for this short time they are only $2.50!! No discount is required — the discounted prices will show in your shopping cart.

Click here to visit Craft And Vision.

Nov 092012

The Lightroom team has announced the availability of the release candidate for Lightroom 4.3. The release candidate is made available before the official release in order to get broader community testing and feedback. This contains support in the Develop module for the new HiDPI monitors (i.e. Apple’s Retina Display), bug fixes, support for new cameras, and new lens profiles.

If you don’t have one of the newer cameras or displays and are not adversely affected by these bugs, I would recommend waiting for the official release of 4.3 (which will also be a free update).

Here are the bug fixes and new cameras supported, as quoted from  Adobe’s Lightroom Journal:

Bugs Corrected in the Lightroom 4.3 Release Candidate

The following bugs that were part the Lightroom 4 releases have been corrected. The team appreciates the very detailed feedback the community has provided on Lightroom 4 and we’re excited to correct a number of issues experienced by our customers. These issues have been FIXED:

  • Unable to upload a large panorama to Adobe Revel via the Revel Publish Plugin
  • Unable to add a second photo to a page layout in a Book. This only occurred when the “Show Unused Photos” filter is selected in the filmstrip.
  • A photo can be flagged as both a “Pick” and “Reject” at the same time when using the Toolbar to apply flags
  • Using multiple fonts within the same text cell inside a Book can sometimes cause Lightroom to crash
  • Exposure becomes the active adjustment slider in the Basic panel (within Develop) when moving from image to image
  • Customers using Photoshop Elements 11 were unable to upgrade their catalogs in Lightroom 4
  • Custom Cell padding options in the Book Module reset in between Lightroom sessions
  • 1080p video files shot on iPhone 4S flicker on replay
  • Leaving the Book Module after using multiple text colors in the same text cell can sometimes cause the book to be lost.

New Camera Support in Lightroom 4.3 Release Candidates

  • Canon PowerShot S110
  • Canon PowerShot G15
  • Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
  • Casio Exilim EX-ZR1000
  • Casio Exilim EX-FC300S
  • Nikon D600 *
  • Olympus PEN E-PL5
  • Olympus PEN E-PM2
  • Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 iHS
  • Panasonic DMC-GH3
  • Pentax K-5 II
  • Pentax K-5 IIs
  • Pentax Q10

Go to Adobe Labs for more information and to download Lightroom 4.3 RC.

Adobe Camera Raw 7.3 RC is also available, with these same updates, here.

Nov 052012

Lightroom output module overview videoIn this video tutorial, I give you an overview of Lightroom’s output modules, to give you an idea of what you can do with each. This is video #2 in my 12 hour series of 55 videos, Lightroom 4: Producing Great Output (A Workshop on Video) , available on DVD or by download. The series goes into detail on how to use each of the output modules, and also covers critical output concepts, such as monitor calibration and other color management topics, size and resolution, output sharpening, and much more.

For higher quality, after you click on the Play button, click on the sprocket wheel symbol in the bottom right and choose 720 HD.

Read more about Producing Great Output – A Workshop on Video.

Oct 262012

It’s hard for me to believe that I started this blog four years ago, just as Lightroom 2 was being released.  I  had no idea how many people would come to read this blog, and how many wonderful thank you notes and words of of support I would receive. I thank you for these, and for visiting and being part of this great Lightroom community we have.

If you do enjoy this blog, please share it with your photo friends and colleagues.



Oct 232012

As I have written before, I find myself still discovering cool hidden features of Lightroom. This one I picked up from Sean McCormack’s new Craft & Vision e-book, Essential Development (which as I wrote in my last post, you should definitely check out).

The traditional way to set the size of the spot removal circle is to use the slider in the spot removal options panel. However, I have always found it to be faster and more convenient to use the scroll wheel on my mouse to set the size. Here’s an even faster way, to both set the size and apply your fix at the same time:

  • Select the spot removal tool.
  • Hold down the Ctl key on a PC or the Cmd key on a Mac.
  • Click and drag in your image to define the circular area you want to fix.

Removing the Crow: Ctl/Cmd-Click and Drag to Define the Circular Area to Remove


  • Let go of the Ctl or Cmd key and the mouse button.
  • Adjust the source circle as needed.



For those of you who need more of a foundation in using the spot removal tool, or who are looking for more great tips for getting the most out of it, watch below the Lightroom 4 version of my video on using the spot removal tool. This is one of the 55 videos in my  Lightroom 4: The Fundamentals & Beyond series, available now on DVD or by download. (Note that this lesson applies equally to Lightroom 2 and 3!)

(For best quality, once you hit the play button, click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right, and choose 720 HD.)


Read More About Lightroom 4: The Fundamentals & Beyond — 10 1/2 hours of training on 55 videos.

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