Another efficiency that Lightroom has, is the ability to batch process a whole selection of images based on the Development settings that have been applied to a single image. This is something that I tend to use all of the time when I want to create a single body of work. The way that I was trained to think in terms of this was to have some kind of linkage in the series, this I believe is a stronger story and is a way to help the viewer engage with the work. The linkage could be anything, but typically I tend to use colour, split tone, black and white, the size etc etc, then everything looks the same.
As you can see in the following example I have a series of images that I want to apply the same style to.
These images were taken on the Rohtang pass in North India, I like the industrial/work story of these images and the way that they are used almost as places to rest, rather than for their intended use.
My typical workflow will take one of the images and find a look that I think suits the entire series, this may be via the Development settings, or using a preset (something like VSCO film presets, is they can provide a vintage film look). My processing isn’t very heavy, as I like natural looking images, with a film like look.
You can see below the starting image, it’s very bright with pastel colours
Now i would like to make all the images in the series look exactly the same. To do this I have selected the images in the film strip (using CMD+A (on a Mac) and CTRL+A (on the PC), the selection is marked in Yellow below (Images can also be selected by using a to/from range with the shift key, or individual by using the CTRL(PC)/CMD(Mac) keys.
N.B Just make sure that the first image that you selected was the image that you will be using to set the other images.
Once the images have been selected, press the SYNC button (Marked Red below).
The Sync button will pop up a dialog box asking which settings you would like to apply to the other images. I have deselected the ones that are not appropriate, and selected the ones that I would like to apply. There are reasons that certain ones are deselected, i.e. Spot removal is unchecked because I don’t want to have local fixes to appear across the other images, they will be worked on separately. the same as Local Adjustments and the crop feature.
Once the Synchronise button is pressed, the adjustments will be applied to the other images.
If for some reason you don’t like the changes, you can undo one step CTRL+Z (PC) or CMD+Z (Mac) and this will undo the synchronise step.
Once the adjustments have been made, I will of course inspect each image individually and correct any errors (Clone / Healing, slight tweaks to the white point, black point and exposure, but the majority of the changes applied during the synchronise stay the same).
I find this processing incredibly useful to give consistency across a series of work.