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Today’s article is my attempt to answer the following questions, in simple terms and without going into any specifics.
What is Photoshop Lightroom?
What is Adobe Lightroom used for?
I believe the main issue with Lightroom is that it has so many options for organizing photos and, as a result, multiple options bring unnecessary complexity.
In today's tutorial I want to share my simplified organizational system and show you how it has evolved over the years.
The biggest problem with Lightroom’s editing workflow is that I am forced to constantly switch from the Library Module to the Develop Module and back on multiple occasions. Since Lightroom is not a fast-running graphics program, the jump from module to module takes time.
Fortunately, there are some useful features in Lightroom that can help us overcome many unnecessary steps and speed up the entire editing workflow.
Here are a few of my favorite tips on how to overcome some of Lightroom’s navigational issues.
For years, I used photoshop for editing all my photos. The process of fixing skin tone in Photoshop is complex and time-consuming. First, I had to evaluate the RGB values for each color channel and after I would adjust each color channel separately.
I never liked the Photoshop skin color adjustment workflow.
In Lightroom, the process of adjusting the skin color takes 10 seconds at most. And it is fun.
My approach to using Lightroom shortcuts is to only memorize what is essential - the shortcuts that can help me streamline and simplify my editing workflow. I ignore the rest.
Below is a list of Lightroom keyboard shortcuts that are most valuable for my workflow and reflect how I use Lightroom. Different photographers use Lightroom differently, so shortcuts will typically vary from person to person.
Retouching portraits is an important subdivision of photo editing. Typically a complex and time-consuming process, it requires an intimate knowledge of Photoshop with some unique techniques specific to the field.
But, you do not have to be intimidated by a scary word like "retouching" because you can beautify any portrait directly in Lightroom without using Photoshop. In fact, I've been using Lightroom in my portrait retouching workflow for all my travel portraits and family photos.
Lightroom performance is one of the hottest topics on the internet among photographers today. A simple search reveals hundreds of articles and discussions dedicated to different tips and tricks on how to speed up the Lightroom workflow. The recommendations often contradict each other.
Today, I want to share my top tweaks and changes that have been the most impactful in speeding up Lightroom’s performance.
Today, I want to share a feature in Lightroom that saves me an enormous amount of time but is often overlooked by many photographers.
Effective organization is the most important part of my simplified workflow because nearly all my photos are part of various sequences. Let me explain.
When shooting landscapes and especially seascapes, we, as photographers, are exposed to a variety of weather conditions and, sometimes, to even extreme conditions. The general rule of landscape photography is that bad weather equals more photo opportunities. It also means that the risk of environmental particles ruining our photos is much higher.
In today's tutorial, I demonstrate my editing workflow for cleaning landscape images using Lightroom Spot Removal tool
Regardless of whether you use analog or digital graduated filters, both work well when your scene has an even horizon line. However, when the horizon is interrupted by mountains or an object such as a tree, the effect of Graduated Filters becomes unnatural by making the top of the object(s) darker.
Since Adobe folks always talk to photographers to better understand their needs and wants, they added a new feature to the Graduated Filter and Brush Tool that allows us to selectively remove the filter or brush effect from the image. This is called the Filter Brush. Let me show you how I use it.
I want to share with you how you can use Lightroom Histogram to simplifies editing workflow even further.
This technique allows you to use Lightroom Histogram as a visual interactive editing tool. This approach works well with Lightroom Rapid Editing and Lightroom Rapid Editing Plus workflows when you need to adjust the Exposure before or after applying Lightroom Style presets.
Recently Adobe released a new version of Lightroom, version 6 (read my review Adobe Lightroom 6 Review – New Features). One of the biggest addition that surprised many photographers was the Photo Merge HDR module integrated into Lightroom.
It became the game changer in the field of HDR photography. Not only does the new processing method bypasses Photoshop altogether, it also saves an enormous amount of time on creating and editing HDR photographs.