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Clearing Up The Confusion Of The Lightroom Quick Collection (Or Not)

2020-06-05T21:11:33+00:00September 21st, 2014|Adobe Lightroom Classic, Library|

The Lightroom Quick Collection is a smart way to gather together a group images from any of your folders in a Catalog without changing the location of the original images. It is essential to the process of maintaining an organized library. Whenever you start a new project within Lightroom, a book, slideshow, etc., it makes sense to create a Quick Collection of selected images and then save it. Quick Collections are temporary. Collections are saved Quick Collections. And so, with that confusing comment in mind, I’ve tried to make particular note of those issues that have confounded some my students. For some, this will be less of

3 Ways to Speed Up Lightroom 5 That You May Not Know

2020-06-05T21:11:35+00:00September 11th, 2014|Adobe Lightroom Classic|

Sure, most computer users know adding RAM or a Solid State Drive (SSD) can work wonders to speed up Lightroom. However, here are three suggestions I recently gleaned from comments LR users made to speed up their workflow in response to blogger Scott Wyden Kivowitz’s Open Letter to the Adobe Lightroom Team. The seconds we spend waiting on Lightroom add up to hours and, at the end of the year, maybe days! These suggestions may work for you and they may not, but they’re all worth trying.

#1. Move the Develop Presets –

Move all unused user

Lightroom Layering Techniques with Radial and Gradient Filters

2020-06-05T21:11:37+00:00September 6th, 2014|Adobe Lightroom Classic, Developing, Video, YouTube|

Before Lightroom, back in the olden days of dinosaurs and darkrooms, I would contort my hands into various shapes to manipulate the amount of projected light coming through a negative to control where it was falling on the photo paper. Not only was that hard, it was time consuming with lots of trial and error within the confines of a chemically smelly dark room. Lightroom on the other hand (pun intended) gives me instant feedback with everything I do. Whether it’s too dark or too light, Lightroom (and I’m talkin’ about Lightroom 5.6 here) gives me all the tools I

The Lightroom Spot Removal Tool

2020-06-05T21:11:39+00:00August 29th, 2014|Adobe Lightroom Classic, Developing, Video, YouTube|

If you’ve ever attempted to use the Spot Removal Tool to clone out anything bigger than a piece of sensor dust, you already know Lightroom does a lousy job cloning big areas. In fact, it can make things look much worse than when you started. Lightroom’s Spot Removal Tool lacks finesse and works in the complete opposite of Photoshop’s Rubber Stamp cloning tool. I’ve mentioned this function reversal with the Radial Gradient in an earlier post.

So, what’s the cloning difference between Photoshop and Lightroom?

Photoshop allows you

Finding Missing Lightroom Photos and Relink Them

2020-06-05T21:11:42+00:00August 14th, 2014|Adobe Lightroom Classic, How To's, Library, Video, YouTube|

Lightroom is not fun when you can’t find your photos.

And one of the most difficult and frustrating challenges is finding missing Lightroom photos and relinking them. There are a fair number of tutorials on this, but missing images rarely will be found in the same folder as where they were originally located, which is what most tutorials cover. That’s waaaaay to easy. You usually lose (or shall we say “misplace”) images because they were moved outside of Lightroom (we won’t say by whom) using your Finder or Explorer – if you’re on a PC.  So finding and reconnecting the file is

Adding Folder Names To Dated Folders After Importing Into Lightroom

2020-06-05T21:11:44+00:00August 8th, 2014|Adobe Lightroom Classic, How To's, Library, Video, YouTube|

Lightroom – Dated Folders vs. Titled Folders – I’ll take both, please…

If you’ve watched my previous post on importing into the Lightroom Library, you know that I recommend importing your photos into Lightroom with dated folders. Once you’re back in the Lightroom library, this is the next step – naming your folders while keeping the date up front.

I know, there are two camps on naming folders: one for importing into folders by date and one for importing into folders with names. But I hate having to choose one over the other

The Lightroom Library Mystery Part 4

2020-06-05T21:11:48+00:00August 5th, 2014|Adobe Lightroom Classic, Importing, Video, YouTube|

Or, Lightroom Guy’s Completely Over Explained and Over Simplified Method of Importing Photos and Maintaining the Lightroom Library

Part 4 – The Finale

Soooooo many LR users have struggled with lost files and keeping their libraries organized that even Adobe now has a warning at the very beginning of the Workflows chapter, in the Lightroom PDF manual:

“Important: When importing for the first time, think through how you want to organize your photos and where you plan to store them before you start to import. Planning ahead can help minimize the need to

The Lightroom Library Mystery Part 3

2020-06-05T21:11:50+00:00July 23rd, 2014|Adobe Lightroom Classic, How To's, Importing, Video, YouTube|

Or, Lightroom Guy’s Completely Over Explained and Over Simplified Method of Importing Photos and Maintaining the Lightroom Library – Part 3

Even though the Image Preview Area seems pretty straight forward, there’s a lot going on and you can save time and dodge the frustrations of unintentionally importing duplicates into your library. This third part of the series shows more of my Lightroom importing methods that keep my students (professionals and amateurs alike) organized and frustration free. These two videos illustrate a few more ways to do that.

NOTE: Keep in mind that I am using the latest version of Lightroom, 5.5, recently renamed by Adobe to Lightroom

The Lightroom Library Mystery Part 2

2020-06-05T21:11:51+00:00July 3rd, 2014|Adobe Lightroom Classic, How To's, Importing, Video, YouTube|

Or, Lightroom Guy’s Completely Over Explained and Over Simplified Method of Importing Photos and Maintaining the Lightroom Library – Part 2

Some of you may be wondering why am I calling this series of posts The Lightroom Library Mystery. Here’s why. Frequently, Lightroom users create multiple catalogs, import to multiple locations on their computer and external hard drives and rename images on import with sequential numbers (untitled-001, untitled-002, etc.) and, eventually, loose track of what is where and what was named what. And they don’t know why. That’s why I’m demonstrating this method: A single catalog, organized by year, with folders by month

The Lightroom Library Mystery Part 1

2020-06-05T21:11:53+00:00June 13th, 2014|Adobe Lightroom Classic, How To's, Importing|

The Introduction

Dated lightroom Folders with titles This is an example of my Lightroom Library folder structure

If you are an experienced Lightroom user and comfortable managing your images and importing into Lightroom, you probably don’t need to read any further. You can go watch Julieanne Kost’s excellent importing video tutorial on the Adobe site. However, if you’re still struggling to organize your Lightroom Library this is the place to start: the Import.

Most of my initial house calls for private sessions start with finding, repairing, restoring and reorganizing a student’s

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