Streamline Your Photo Editing Process with Adobe Lightroom

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Classes & Workshops | No Comments


Are you getting the most out of Adobe Lightroom? Perhaps you’ve set up your catalog and you’ve been using the software to make basic RAW adjustments. Surely that’s good enough, right?

In reality, that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg in terms of how Lightroom’s powerful features can help you organize and enhance your photos. And, like with all good tools, once you learn what the software can do for you, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it. Here’s a quick rundown of the four major areas in which Lightroom can help you with your digital photography workflow:

1. Organizing your images

One of Lightroom’s best features is its ability to help you organize your photos in multiple ways. Say goodbye to the primitive filing hierarchy of your operating system, and say hello to a powerful network of folders, collections, and tags! Here are just a few of the features that can help you make sense of your ever-growing collection of digital files:

  • Automatic Folder Naming by Date
  • Collections and Smart Collections
  • Keyword Tagging
  • Location Tagging
  • Flagging, Rating, and Color-Coding Images

2. Streamlining your process

Sure, every picture is different, but let’s face it: there are certain things we need to do to each and every one of our images. We could do them one at a time, of course, if we wanted to experience something similar to banging our head against the wall. Or, we could take advantage of one of Lightroom’s many features that help us do something once and then apply it to an entire set of images:

  • Batch renaming
  • Applying one set of adjustments to an infinite number of pictures
  • Creating Presets for different sets of adjustments
  • Creating Presets for different Export settings
  • Creating Presets to add information to your Metadata
  • Creating Presets to sort your images a certain way
  • have we mentioned how amazing Presets are?

3. Enhancing your images

Here’s where things get fun. Built into this workhorse of an organizer is one very powerful image editor, which can help you turn your good images into great ones. And the best part? No need to open up a separate program to make these changes:

  • Fine tuning the contrast of your images using curves
  • Adjusting brightness, hue, and saturation by individual color
  • Noise reduction and sharpening
  • Lens corrections such as perspective and vignetting
  • Red-eye reduction
  • Retouching using the Spot Correction tool
  • Making selective adjustments using the Brush and Gradient tools

4. Changing your mind

If there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that photography is an ongoing process (in other words, what looks good to you today might not jibe with your vision tomorrow). This is where Lightroom truly shines, making it easier than ever to manage multiple versions of your edits, and move between different states of these edits, even after you close and reopen the program:

  • Creating Virtual Copies
  • The History Panel
  • Using Snapshots

If you’ve been using the software for a while and haven’t been taking advantage of these features, or if you’ve been struggling with another solution that’s not working for you, start making the most of Adobe Lightroom today! Your future self (you know, the one with all that spare time you’ll have after streamlining your process?) will thank you for it.

For more information or to register, head to the Digital Workflow I: Adobe Lightroom class page.

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