"Top Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts" is part of my Lightroom Tutorials series on PhotoTraces. You can find the rest of the tutorials here: Lightroom Tutorials.
Using Lightroom keyboard shortcuts allows us to speed up our photo editing workflow. Not only do the shortcuts save us time, they also make the entire editing process more fluid by eliminating unnecessary interruptions.
At the same time, I find that using Lightroom keyboard shortcuts is more challenging compared to other applications like Adobe’s Photoshop.
Due to Lightroom’s modular structure, the same shortcut can carry different functions in various areas of the program. For example, using the shortcut “O” in the Library Module activates the People Mode; however, it does nothing in the Development Module and, in the Adjustment Brush Tool, it displaces the mask overlay.
Like I said, it can be confusing.
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.