Author Archive: Jeffrey Tranberry

Lightroom Resources & Helpful Links

Quick Update – The Lightroom Journal was once the place to discover all things related to Lightroom and Camera Raw. Moving forward, the Lightroom Journal will be focused on technical deep dives. The new “Adobe Blog” will be your source for product announcements and inspirational content. Quick Links listed below:

Lightroom CC – Desktop, Mobile (iOS & Android), Web and Apple TV

Lightroom Classic CC

Lightroom in General

General Questions, Discussion & Troubleshooting

Feature Requests and Bug Reporting

Contact Support

Log in with your Adobe ID to work with a Chat or Call agent:

How to optimize Lightroom performance

Anita Dennis, Learning Resources Senior Content and Community Lead, recently published a new support document, “Optimize performance | Lightroom” in response to a suggestion over at

“Optimize performance | Lightroom” explores hardware configurations, Lightroom catalog and preview settings, and system maintenance tasks that can help Lightroom run at peak efficiently. Check it out and give us your feedback. Answer the question, “Was this helpful,” at the top of the article and share comments on how we can improve the content.

Thanks to customer Chris Niestepski for starting the discussion and prompting us to create the doc.

Additional Information

How to tune Photoshop for peak performance

Lightroom 3.4.1 and Camera Raw 6.4.1 now available

Lightroom 3.4.1 and Camera Raw 6.4.1 are now available on and through the update mechanisms available in Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3.  This update addresses an issue introduced in the Lightroom 3.4 and Camera Raw 6.4 release where, in very rare cases, JPEG files could become corrupted after editing the metadata in the file. This update also corrected another rare issue that could cause valid JPEG files to appear with incorrect color.


Lightroom 3 ACE (Adobe Certified Expert) Exam is now available

The Lightroom 3 Adobe Certification Exam and prep guide is now available for those seeking to become an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) for the latest version of Lightroom.

Visit the Adobe Certified Expert program page for more details on the ACE program.

May/June User Group Events

The Twin Cities Lightroom User Group will meet Wednesday, May 13, 2009, from 7-9PM.

Topics and speakers include:

Rick Spaulding will talk about the latest in digital SLR equipment – everything from camera bodies, to lenses and flashes.

Rikk Flohr, professional photographer and trainer, will discuss his Lightroom HDR worklow and using external editors in Lightroom – including Enfuse and the Photomatix LR Plugin.

Craig Marble, Senior Lightroom QE Lead, will give out some insider tips about presets in Lightroom.

More information on the group’s website and Facebook page.

The Indianapolis Lightroom User Group will meet June 3, 2009 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm. More information on the group’s website and Adobe Group page.

Terry White’s “My Photoshop Lightroom Workflow” Recording Now Available

Adobe evangelist Terry White has posted a recording of his session “An Evening with Terry White – My Photoshop Lightroom Workflow” along with some follow up Q&A for folks who couldn’t make it to the session last night:

Web Gallery A-Go-Go

Rikk Flohr, photographer, trainer and Twin Cities Lightroom User Group member, recently presented “Building a PayPal Functional Web Gallery in Lightroom” using’s HTML and Flash PayPal galleries at the March UG event. He’s created a follow up article here for folks who couldn’t be at the event.

For photographers looking for a web gallery designed specifically for the the iPhone, Matthew Campagna from The Turning Gate released his TTG iPhone Portfolio Gallery.

Additionally, Matthew has set out to produce a series of tutorials walking users through their first Lightroom-produced website. His first article “An Introduction to FTP: Putting your stuff online” tries to demystify FTP for folks who find putting their work online a daunting task.

Christian Løverås, of Oslo, Norway, blogs about adding Google Analytics JavaScript to Lightroom HTML web template.

Finally, a round up of resources for creating your own gallery templates for use in Lightroom’s Web module:

Sean McCormack’s 5-part series on creating a Lightroom Gallery:

Anatomy of a HTML Gallery
The galleryInfo.lrweb file
The manifest.lrweb and html files
Adding styles
Live Update

While folks have been reverse engineering Lightroom’s web templates since the initial beta with some help from the LR team, the web engine functionality is now officially documented in Lightroom’s SDK.

Saving Time with Local Adjustment Presets

Kelly Castro is an amazing photographer who also happens to be a quality engineer on the Lightroom development team. He has put together a short blog post on creating and using local adjustment presets in Lightroom.

Check out Kelly’s black and white tutorial here and his flickr photostream here

On first glance, the Local Adjustment Panel in Lightroom 2 can be a little intimidating.

One way to make this powerful feature easier to use is to take advantage of its ability to save regularly used groups of effects as presets. Like other types of presets available throughout Lightroom, the Adjustment Brush and Graduated Filter presets allow you to spend more time enhancing your images and less time dialing in settings.

Saving a Local Adjustment Preset is simple. To see how simple, let’s take a step-by-step look at the creation of two presets that are useful for portrait retouching.

Continue reading…

Lightroom Tweets

Melissa Gaul, Lightroom Technical Evangelist and the Melissa in MelissaRGB, has begun posting nuggets of Lightroom goodness to Twitter.

Other Lightroom team members on Twitter (in a personal and/or professional capacity):

Eric Scouten – Computer Scientist
Tom Hogarty – Product Manager
Troy Gaul – Project Lead
Philip Clevenger – Experience Design Manager
Kevin Tieskoetter – Computer Scientist
Jeffrey Tranberry – Photoshop QE Product Lead & Lightroom Evangelist

Adobe TV tweets updates to free video content featuring expert insight, tips and tricks for Adobe products including Lighroom.

For those interested, Serge Jespers has compiled a list of Adobeans on Twitter here.

Under the Hood with Winston Hendrickson

Our own Winston Hendrickson, Sr. Director – DI Engineering, recently sat down with Derrick Story to discuss Lightroom, Photoshop, Bridge, and Adobe Camera Raw.

Derrick writes, “During this chat in a conference room at Adobe headquarters, Winston and I talk about what’s happening under the hood for Bridge, ACR, and Photoshop. He explains lots of goodies such as, the difference between the Lightroom and Bridge “databases,” the similarities between the Develop module in Lightroom and the sliders in ACR, improvements in Photoshop, and some great lesser-known features such as Camera Profiles. Terrific, informative interview.”

Listen to the interview here: “Adobe Engineer Pops the Hood on CS4” – Digital Photography Podcast 171