- Events, Workshops
- Solutions / Fixes
- Lightroom Classic
- Lightroom Cloud
- Lightroom Catalog
- Post Processing
- Film Scanning
- Lightroom Plugins
- Lightroom Virtual Summit 2022 – (free) – October 3 – 7, 2022
- 45 Classes Taught by 15 of the World’s leading Lightroom Experts
Solutions / Fixes
- Lightroom Classic – Slow Catalog Backup Fix by Chin
- Lightroom Classic – Stuck Sync Fix by Chin
- Unable to Rename a Folder in Lightroom Classic by Chin
- Keyboard Shortcuts for Lightroom Classic (Help.Adobe.com)
- Display shortcut keys for the current module: Ctrl / or Command /
- 3 MISTAKES Lightroom Users Make by Anthony Morganti
- Lightroom Classic User Guide (Adobe.com)
- Lightroom Guy by David Mark Erickson
- How to Use Adobe Lightroom – Introduction to RAW Photography Editing by Computer Clan
- Lightroom Tutorials: Learn How to Use Adobe Lightroom (Adobe.com)
- Why EVERY photographer should be using LIGHTROOM! by Peter McKinnon
- Lightroom Killer Tips by Scott Kelby, published by KelbyOne
- 7 Essential Lightroom Tricks I USE DAILY by Mark Denney
- 10 Hidden Lightroom Features by Jamie Windsor
- Best free Lightroom presets: 65 best presets for portraits, landscapes and more
- Julieanne Kost’s Blog | Lightroom Classic Video Tutorials
- Mastering Lightroom Classic CC by Anthony Morganti
- Cameras supported by Camera Raw
Tethering with Lightroom Classic
As of 2022-09, Lightroom still does not directly support tethering with Sony cameras. You’ll need to tether using Sony’s Imaging Edge.
- DOING THIS made me a BETTER PHOTOGRAPHER: Tethering into Lightroom (including Sony) Why? How? by Glyn Dewis
- Smart Shooter 4 by Tether Tools – Is a separate program, but also has a Lightroom plugin.
- Sony Imaging Edge Desktop – Allows you to log into your account, browse or develop RAW images, and perform remote shooting.
- Lightroom Downloader downloads all of your Lightroom cloud (CC) content to your desktop computer.
Lightroom Preferences & Settings
XMP Sidecar Files stores a record of edits and the metadata of each RAW image, separate from the Catalog.
RAW defaults in Lightroom Classic allows you to customize how a RAW file looks when it’s imported.
Change the RAW Profile from Adobe Default to Camera Settings, which keeps the settings of the camera the raw image was made. (Color Profile)
- Go to: Edit > Preferences (Win) or Lightroom > Preferences (macOS)
- Select the Presets tab
- From the Raw Defaults: Master drop-down, select “Camera Settings”
- What Lightroom RAW photo import defaults are and how to adjust them
- Set up default settings for RAW images
A Lightroom catalog is a database which stores the location of your photos and information about those photos. The files themselves are not stored in the database.
The information tracked in the Catalog are:
- The location on your system where each photo in the Library is located.
- A list of the edits/changes made to each photo.
- Metadata, such as flags, ratings, and keywords.
The directory/folder where the Lightroom Catalog is located, also contains: Previews, and by default, Catalog Backups, a bad idea.
The Lightroom catalog must be located on a local drive, internal or external directly connected via USB/Firewire. Lightroom Classic does not allow a catalog to be created or stored on a network drive (NAS).
The Library of photos can be stored on external and network drives.
Enable “Automatically write changes into XMP” as a backup in case there’s a problem with the Catalog, so your edits won’t be lost. The XMP Sidecar Files (containing Edits, Metadata) will be saved in the same location as the corresponding image.
Go to: Edit > Catalog Settings > Metadata tab
Enable Catalog Backups, and configure the catalog backups be saved on a different drive from the drive the catalog is on, just in case the Catalog drive fails.
- Catalog Backup Configuration
Lightroom Catalog References
- Understanding the Lightroom Catalog System
- How Lightroom Classic catalogs work (Adobe.com)
- Lightroom Classic CC catalog FAQ (Adobe.com)
- Scott Kelby’s Simplified Lightroom Image Management (SLIM) System. (full course) (free)
- Register for your free account at https://kelbyone.com/free to take the course.
- Should You Use Multiple Lightroom Catalogs? by Pete LaGregor
- Lightroom Classic Catalogs – Top 10 Misunderstandings by Victoria Bampton
- Setting Up Lightroom Libraries From Scratch: Exploring Photography with Mark Wallace by Adorama
- Lightroom: Reorganize Your Folders and Photos The Easy Way by Laura Shoe
- Cleaning Up Your Mess in Lightroom 6 by Tim Grey for B&H Photo
- The Adobe Lightroom Ecosystem Explained by The Art of Photography
- How do I use my Lightroom catalog on multiple computers? by Victoria Bampton
- The Secrets of Hidden Lightroom Keywords by Mike Dixon
- How To Make Your Concert Image Selects by Adam Elmakias
The following applies to a collection. Not a smart collection.
- Adjustments to the look of an image via the Quick Develop panel or the Develop Module, will appear on the images in the collection.
- Changes to metadata (ratings, flags, keywords, title, captions, etc.) will appear in the images in the collection.
- If you move an image, using the LrC Folders panel, to a new folder, the images will stay in the collection.
- If you remove or delete the images from the folder, it will be removed from the collection.
- If you add new images to the folder they will not automatically appear in the collection.
- Using Collections in Adobe Lightroom Classic: Exploring Photography with Mark Wallace
- 7 Reasons Why You Should Use Collections in Lightroom Classic
- Lessons to be Learned from Post-Processing by Chris Gampat
- Lightroom Classic: 2-Hour Post Processing Masterclass by Mark Galer’s Alpha Creative Skills
Post Processing: Adjustment Sliders
- Editing PHOTOS in LIGHTROOM like a BOSS! SLIDERS + ORDER EXPLAINED in plain English by photoshopCAFE
- Lightroom tone curve tutorial (2018) by VIC VideopIC
- How to use Lightroom’s Range Mask slider to apply natural and effective dodging and burning adjustments.
Post Processing: Masks
- BIGGEST Lightroom Portrait Update Ever! (v12) by Matt Kloskowski
- GOODBYE PHOTOSHOP? This HIDDEN BUTTON in Lightroom CHANGES EVERYTHING! by Glyn Dewis (About using Mask > Intersect )
- Auto Mask Lightroom Tutorial – How To Mask Anything FAST! (2018) by Signature Edits
- A unique way to use Lightrooms Automask feature by Wayne Fox
Editing Photos using a Graphics Tablet / Pen Tablet
For photography, a small graphics/pen tablet works, as we’re usually working with a smaller area of the screen. Wacom isn’t the only maker of good graphics tablets. Do your research.
- Wacom Practice – Adapting to the use of a Tablet by Heather Lahtinen
- 5 Tips for New Wacom Tablet Users by Dave Cross
- Let’s talk Lightroom Part 9 – Using a Wacom Tablet by BillNicholsTV
- Wacom Intuos Pro: Multi-Touch Stops Working Fix by Chin
- Wacom Intuos / Wacom Intuos Pro
- A full-featured tool for converting color and B&W negative scans directly in Lightroom Classic.
- Use Negative Lab Pro in the DEVELOP module – The edits will update considerably faster when you are using Negative Lab Pro in the Develop module. (Updates will happen slower in the Library module)
- Suggested backlight sources for scanning film with DSLR
- Let’s see your DSLR film scanning setup!
Setups & Tips
- DSLR Film “Scanning” – My set up and why I switched by Dave Rollans
- Camera Scanning and Retouching Film Negatives by Jack Reznicki
- Negative Supply – Film Carriers, Stands, Light source.
Validator: A Lightroom Plugin for Verifying Image Files
- This plugin for Lightroom allows you to validate images and check for file corruption or “bit rot”. It works by computing a hash for each file and then comparing it to a previously stored value to see if your file has changed unexpectedly.
- Note: Read the section about writing XMP to Metadata before using this plugin.
- The commands for Validator can be found under Library > Plug-in Extras
- View the hash fields by setting the Metadata panel to display “Validator”