Dec 092014
 

Where did my Lightroom panel / tool / module go?Lightroom 5 has brought a surge of reports from users that one or more of their panels have gone missing – most often the Basic panel (white balance, exposure and other tone adjustments, clarity, saturation and vibrance). Now that I have switched to a Mac, I finally understand why this surge is occurring – there’s a bug affecting Mac users.

By design, you can right-click on almost any panel header, and then select a panel in that strip to hide it:

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However, with Lightroom 5 on Macs, right-clicking anywhere in a panel brings up this dialog. I encountered this when using my touchpad, where I have set my preferences to use a double-tap to signify right-clicking. I was adjusting exposure on a photo, and my Basic panel disappeared before my eyes. It turns out that rather than tapping (left clicking) and sliding Exposure, I accidentally double-tapped (right clicked) on the slider, bringing up the above menu, with Basic selected. I raised my finger off the touchpad, and my panel disappeared! It all happened so fast that I really didn’t even see the dialog.

Adobe has confirmed that this is a bug, and it’s on the list to be fixed. In the meantime, be careful not to double-tap / right-click when working with the sliders, and if your panel goes missing, double-tap / right-click again and choose the panel you accidentally hid. Note that this bug only happens with the righthand strip of panels.

If you’re a Windows user (or a Mac user of an older version of Lightroom) and your panels are disappearing, you are most likely accidentally right-clicking on the panel header. If you think there’s something else going on, leave a comment below.


Related article and video: When Panels, Tools, Modules and More Go Missing in Lightroom

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Mar 072014
 
Lightroom 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond training tutorialsI am honored to announce that my Lightroom 5 Workshops on Video (The Fundamentals & Beyond and Producing Great Output) have been named by Fred Eckert of PhotoSource International as the “best and easiest way to master Lightroom 5”, along with Victoria Bampton’s Lightroom 5: The Missing FAQ.  Here’s a quote from his review:

[Laura’s Lightroom workshops on video are] superb and a great value. Laura Shoe is a natural as a teacher with a gift for anticipating all likely questions and the ability to deliver explanations in a pleasant-to-listen-to, precise, easy-to-follow manner. The lessons are well thought out, well organized and flawlessly executed. They’re the next best thing to having a great expert at your side. It’s so easy to learn at your own pace – simply pause a lesson, practice what you just learned and, if necessary, repeat until you’ve got it down pat. It’s very easy to locate any particular topic anytime you need to refresh your memory. It’s perfect for both beginners and intermediate level Lightroom users and will impress advanced users as well.

Find out more about my Lightroom 5 workshops on video.

Lightroom 5: The Missing FAQI wholeheartedly agree with Fred that my video training together with Victoria Bampton’s outstanding Lightroom 5: The Missing FAQ reference book make the perfect combination of tools to master Lightroom!

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Aug 162013
 

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Believe it or not, sometimes I actually enjoy reading the names of the Adobe Lightroom folks as I wait for Lightroom to start, because I know some of these folks and appreciate what they do.

After a couple times, though, I’m ready for something new, so I now display photos:

lightroom splash screen photo

It is relatively easy to change Lightroom 5’s splash screen — it just involves dragging one or more JPEG photos into a particular folder. If you put more than one photo in the folder, Lightroom will display a different photo each time you open the program. (Note that you cannot change the flash screen in previous versions of Lightroom.)

Here’s how to change your Lightroom 5 splash screen: Continue reading »

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Jul 012013
 

Adobe Lightroom 5 - The Missing FAQI am very happy to report that Victoria Bampton’s exceptional reference book, Adobe Lightroom 5 – The Missing FAQ, is now available!  Victoria is a fellow Adobe Community Professional and Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop Lightroom,  the founder of lightroomforums.net, and one of the most knowledgeable Lightroom experts I know.  She therefore understands what questions Lightroom users have, and has organized her book around these questions. The book is well-written, well-organized, and well-illustrated with hundreds of screenshots and photos, and is full of practical advice about what really matters.

Lightroom 5 - The Missing FAQ - sample page

Sample Missing FAQ page – click to enlarge.

You can purchase either the e-book only (includes PDF, Kindle/Mobi & ePub formats), or the e-book together with a black-and-white paperback. I love the e-book format — I can search the book for a particular topic, and Victoria has included  many hotlinks that allow me to easily jump to related topics. I also enjoy the paperback version.

Sample Missing FAQ page - click to enlarge.

Sample Missing FAQ page – click to enlarge.

Sample Missing FAQ page - click to enlarge.

Sample Missing FAQ page – click to enlarge.

Not only is the book very affordable, but with it you become a premium member of her help service — which not only gives you access to a great Lightroom knowledgebase, but also priority response to emailed questions to her!

The 578 page book has been written primarily as a reference tool, for when you have questions or want to delve into a topic, rather then as a step-by-step tutorial for beginners. It does however have a 45 page “Getting Started” section that focuses on the most critical topics for beginners.  While I am admittedly a bit biased on this topic, I think that a great package of Lightroom resources for both beginners and experienced users is the combination of my Lightroom 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond tutorial video series and Victoria’s Adobe Lightroom 5 – The Missing FAQ.

Finally, I reveal my secret — when I get a question about Lightroom that I can’t answer, I turn to Victoria’s Adobe Lightroom 5 – The Missing FAQ!


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Jun 122013
 

lightroom 5 smart previewsNote: this article and video were created when Lightroom 5 came out, but they are applicable to later versions as well.

Lightroom smart previews allow you to develop your photos, even when the masters are offline. Imagine traveling with your laptop, and leaving your big heavy external hard drive with all your photos back at home. Work on your photos on the road, and when you get home and reconnect your hard drive, your work is seamlessly applied to your masters. All you need on the road are your laptop your catalog, and smart previews of your photos.  Not interested in traveling with your photos? Smart previews may still give you a performance benefit in the Develop module.  Finally, Adobe has hinted that at some point in the future, smart previews will enable us to work with our photos in a Lightroom app on our mobile devices.

Watch this video for more on how smart previews work, and how to build and manage them. This is one video of 58 in my Lightroom 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond series (which as of 2016 has been updated to: Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond and now contains 76 videos.)

(For higher quality, once you hit Play, click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD.)

Related articles:

Adobe Releases Lightroom 5

Lightroom 5 Videos: Highlights + Individual Features


 

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