Posts in Category "Adobe Lightroom"

April 25, 2017

Creating Diptychs in Lightroom CC

Because of the aspect ratio of most displays, when creating a slideshow of my photography, I typically show a single image when it’s orientation is landscape, and two images when the orientation is vertical. Although it may be more work to find images that work well together, displaying two vertical images better fills the space, provides the opportunity  to show more images, and helps change the rhythm of the images in the presentation.

To create the diptychs, sort the images into pairs (I prefer using collections to do this). Then, in the Print module, create a template at the correct size using the Print Job panel (19.20 x 10.80 at 100 ppi for HD videos for example).

Select the images, and choose Print To File. Import the new diptychs into Lightroom, reorder as needed, move to the Slideshow module, and you’re on your way to a more interesting presentation of your work!

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April 3, 2017

Updated- Lightroom CC Tips,Tricks, and Quick Reference Guide!

Although I really appreciate that you can search my blog for Lightroom tips and shortcuts, several customers have requested that I create a single, condensed document that contains the Lightroom CC shortcuts that I use most often. So, click here to view/download the document.

The PDF file is 20+ pages long, and still doesn’t contain every shortcut… If you run across any mistakes/typos, please let me know and I’ll update the document.

And, if you’re looking for more information about my Lightroom workflow, be sure to check out my book Passenger Seat: Creating a Photographic Project from Conception through Execution in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom”.

Have a great week!

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March 27, 2017

Setting a Default Folder for Lightroom Mobile

When capturing images in Lightroom mobile (or when importing them into Lightroom mobile from your camera roll), Lightorom uploads those photographs to the cloud and then downloads them to Lightroom CC on the desktop. By default, the images appear in the Folders panel under a new drive header with the same name as your mobile device. While it’s easy to select and drag the files  to another folder, it might be easier to import them directly into your desired folder. To do this, you need to change the default location for your mobile files. Under Preferences > Lightroom mobile, enable Specify location for Lightroom mobile images, click Choose, and navigate to the desired folder. 

Note: you can also have Lightroom automatically create folders based on capture date.

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March 24, 2017

Quickly Apply a Preset using the Painter Tool in Lightroom CC

A very powerful, but seldom used feature of the painter tool is it’s ability to “spray-on” presets in the Library module. Select the Painter tool, set the Paint option to the desired preset, and click on an image to apply it. Note: you can also click -drag across multiple images to add a preset.

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March 23, 2017

Sync and Reposition Local Adjustments Between Images in Lightroom CC

Lightroom’s ability to sync local adjustments between images can help increase your productivity when workignwith several, similar images. This video (Hidden Gems in Lightroom CC), will show you how.  (The link above should take you directly to the portion of the demo that covers syncing local adjustments from 6:15 – 7:20).

Note: if it’s easier, you can use the Copy… button (located at the bottom of the left panels in the Develop module) to copy Local Adjustments. Then select a different image, and paste those adjustments. It just depends on your workflow.

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March 22, 2017

Assigning Keywords using the Painter Tool in Lightroom CC

In this video (Hidden Gems in Lightroom CC), you’ll discover how to access Recently Used Keywords as well as Saved Keyword Sets using the Painter tool in Lightroom CC. Note, the link above should take you directly to the keywording portion of the demo (1:50 – 2:55).

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March 20, 2017

Using the Painter tool to Add Images to a Collection in Lightroom

To use the Painter tool to add images to a collection in Lightroom, in the Library module, right-click on a regular collection (not a smart collection) and choose Set as Target Collection. Then, select the painter tool and choose Target Collection from the list of Paint options. While the painter tool is selected, clicking on an image in the grid to add it to the collection. You can also click – drag across multiple images to add them to the target collection.

The video below demonstrates how to set a target collection when creating collection, tapping the “B” key to add an image to the targeted collection as well as using the Painter tool to add images to a collection (2:15):

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March 8, 2017

Filtering Collections in Lightroom CC

To quickly find a collection in Lightroom CC, type the name of the collection in the search field.

Filtering collections a huge time-saver as I have (literally)  hundreds of collections of images in my Lightroom catalog).

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March 6, 2017

Adobe Announces Lightroom Mobile for iOS 2.7 and Android 2.3

I’m excited to announce that Lightroom mobile now includes the ability to capture raw, high dynamic range (HDR) images! In the Lightroom mobile app, tap the camera icon and then choose HDR from the drop down at the bottom of the screen.

Lightroom mobile automatically analyzes the scene to determine the appropriate spread of exposure values over three shots (most other apps only average two exposures). Then, Lightroom automatically aligns, de-ghosts, and tone maps the image, creating a 16-bit floating point DNG file which can then be edited as desired. The resulting DNG file offers a much larger dynamic range than a singe raw file while maintaining all other advantages of a raw file such as higher bit-depth per color, lack of JPEG compression, and the ability to address white balance after capture with no loss of information! Although, HDR files are larger, I believe the superior image quality and greater editing flexibility are well worth the increase in file size.  Plus, while in HDR capture mode, you also have access to exposure compensation, white balance, and the manual focus slider.

Note: for iOS users, the HDR mode requires a device that can capture in DNG such as an iPhone 6, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, iPhone SE, or iPad Pro 9.7″. For Android users, the Samsung S7, S7 Edge, Google Pixel, and Pixel XL are supported. 

In addition, Speed Review is back! In Review mode, tap -drag up/down on the left side of the screen to add star ratings. Tap -drag up/down on the right side of the screen to add pick/reject flags.

Export Original enables you to export DNG files captured in Lightroom mobile (as well as raw files imported from your camera to Lightroom mobile or Lightroom web) to the camera roll. Tap the Share icon and choose Export Original.

Note: if you’re images originated in, and were synchronized from Lightroom CC on the desktop, you can not export the original raw file from Lightroom mobile because Lightroom CC on the desktop does not upload the full resolution raw file to the cloud (instead it uses a Smart Preview).

And, for Android Creative Cloud members, both the Radial and Linear selective adjustments are now available!

In addition, the team has improved sync speed and stability and added background sync and upload features.

For more information about Lightroom mobile  click here to see how  to use the Force Touch and Notification Center widget on iOS or, click here to see my Lightroom mobile Getting Started Series.

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March 3, 2017

Convert Smart Collections to regular Collections

I often use Quick Collection in Lightroom to create a temporary collection of images (to submit to a client, use in a demo, etc.). However there are times when, after making the Quick Collection, I want to convert it to a regular collection. To do so, Control-click (Mac)  | right-click (Win) on Quick Collection in the Catalog panel and choose Save Quick Collection. In addition:

• Command + Option + B (Mac) | Control + Alt + B (Win)  will convert (or save) a Quick Collection to a regular Collection.

• Command + B (Mac) | Control + B (Win) will  display the contents of a Quick Collection. Tapping it again returns you to your previous location (folder, collection etc.).

• Command + Shift + B (Mac) | Control  + Shift + B (Win)  will delete the contents (clear) of a Quick Collection.

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March 1, 2017

Automatically Add Photos to a Collection on Import in Lightroom

When importing files into Lightroom, under the File Handling options, enable the Add to Collection option to automatically add the imported images into a collection. You can select a collection from the list or, click the plus (+) icon and add a new collection.


If you forget to add your images to a collection on import, and you want to quickly create a collection from a folder, drag the folder from the Folders panel into the Collections panel. If you drag a folder that contains subfolders, it will create a single collection including all of the files in the parent folder and all subfolders.

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February 27, 2017

The Secret Power of the Quick Develop Module in Lightroom CC

The Quick Develop panel is an excellent way to make relative changes to large numbers of images. For example, lets assume that yesterday you retouched a series of images in the Develop module – making slight changes to each image’s exposure. Today however, you are finding that they are all about +1/3 of a stop too dark (perhaps you were tired when editing or had too much coffee or whatever). If you were to add +1/3 of a stop to one of the images in the Develop Module (that perhaps you had already increased by 1/2 stop ( or +.5) yesterday) the Exposure slider would read +.83 (.5 + .33 = .83). Using the Sync command in the Develop Module to apply that change to other selected images, will NOT add +1/3 (.33) of a stop to each already manipulated image – instead it will change all of the other image’s exposure value to the same exposure value of the image being “Synced” from (+.83). If on the other hand, you have that same series of images with individually corrected exposure values, and in Quick Develop you clicked on the single arrow next to exposure (to add 1/3 of a stop), Lightroom would add +.33 to all images. Secret power!
And here is a video demonstrating this.

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February 23, 2017

Quick Develop in Lightroom CC

When you need to make really subtle refinements using Quick Develop in Lightroom, Shift -click on any of the icons to cut the default amount of change applied in half.
Here are the default values for the single and double arrow icons (adding the shift key would cut these in half):

• Exposure 1/3 stop / 1 stop

• Contrast 5 and 20

• Highlights 5 and 20

• Shadows 5 and 20

• Whites 5 and 20

• Blacks 5 and 20

• Clarity 5 and 20

• Vibrance 5 and 20

• Holding down the Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) key toggles the Clarity option to Sharpen and the Vibrance to Saturation (which also make changes in increments of 5 and 20).

• The Temperature and Tint sliders are dependent on the file format. When working with JPEG files, you guessed it, the changes are in increments of 5 and 20.For raw images, the increments for Temperature and tint are also 5 and 20. However in this case they are being calculated in relative percentage terms. (Camera raw translates the relative percentage amount to the absolute temperature and tint value using curve functions – both are quadratic and perhaps not as obvious!)

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February 22, 2017

Syncing Upright Transform Corrections in Lightroom CC

When applying Upright transformations on a sequence of images (to create a time lapse like the on below), in the Transform panel in Lightroom, select one image and apply the desired Upright transformation (you can even use Guided Upright if you want). Then, select all of the other images in the sequence, click Sync, and enable Upright Transforms.


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February 15, 2017

Antarctic Photo Editing Tips In Photoshop and Lightroom with Julieanne Kost

Here is a link to a post on Adobe.com that shows some of the enhancements and edits that I made in Lightroom and Photoshop while post processing my images from  Antarctica. Enjoy!

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