In Lightroom: From Start to Finish, The Image Flow’s Lightroom expert Taralynn Lawton shares her favorite ways to get the most out of this incredible program.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is designed to make everything about digital photography easier. Many photographers, from amateur to professional, have put Lightroom at the center of their digital imaging workflow. Whether your photos are from that “trip of a lifetime,” or for a paying client, Lightroom offers a suite of tools and editing system for your most important work. And—the Develop module in Lightroom has even replaced the need to use Photoshop to process most images made with modern digital cameras. This is an essential program for photographers on the go.
In her Lightroom workshop, Taralynn Lawton shows you how to automatically embed your name and copyright information in each of your photos during import.
Taralynn also shows you how to take advantage of Smart Previews, so that you can store your images on an external drive, and still access them with the Develop module, even if the external drive isn’t attached. This feature wasn’t available until Lightroom 5, and is a valuable new feature for photographers who travel!
Snapshots allow you to “save” a version of a photograph at a particular stage in the editing process; you are able to continue making changes to the photo while always having the option to jump back to an earlier version. You can keep as many snapshots and virtual copies of a single image as you need, without having to create multiple copies of the original image file, saving time and reducing overall date usage on your drives.
Collections are a powerful way to group and sort your images. What makes a Lightroom collection different from a series of folders viewed in Bridge is that a single image file can exist in multiple Collections. When an image is imported into a Lightroom catalog, it will of course be accessible via the Folders list, but Collections are also available outside of the Library module. Putting a set of selected images into a Collection makes it easy to work through a batch of Develop settings. Creating a Collection is also a great way to gather your work for a book project, slideshow, or any other application of your photography.
Incorporate all of these fundamental Lightroom skills into your own workflow by enrolling in Taralynn’s next workshop starting April 28!