Category Archives: Lightroom

Book Recommendation – Photoshop For Lightroom Users

Lightroom is such an awesome program for organizing and editing photos, but after you’ve worked with it for a while, you’ll hit a wall — a point where you realize that there are things you need to do that Lightroom just won’t do. It could be anything from retouching portraits to blending two or more images together to stitching panoramas to creating realistic HDR images, to adding beautiful type to your images — there are lots of incredible things you could do…if you only knew Photoshop.

But while Lightroom is pretty easy to learn, Photoshop is…well…it’s Photoshop. It’s this huge amazing Swiss-Army knife of a program with 100+ tools, and two dozen floating panels, and a ton of filters and compared to Lightroom it seems really complicated, but that’s only because…it is. But what if you only needed to learn about 10 or 20% of what Photoshop can do. What if you only needed to learn a few important techniques for photographers? That’s what my new book is all about. Teaching just the stuff Lightroom can’t do — and it’s one of the shortest books I’ve written (at 192 pages), so it’s short, sweet, right to the point, and even shows you things you might think you need to jump over to Photoshop for (but you can actually do right in Lightroom — I show you how).

Anyway, you can pre-order the print version right here from Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or theKindle version which is available right now!

Source – Scott Kelby

Video Tutorial – How to Tether Wireless to Lightroom

Von Wong have this great informative video up on how to tether wireless to Lightroom, check out his blog post at the following link for more updates and details,

Source – Von Wong

Video Tutorial – Lightroom’s Adjustment Brush Quick Tip

Source – Trevor Dayley

10 Important Lightroom Library Shortcuts and Tips

Source – SLRLounge

How To Enhance Lightroom 4 Performance

Adobe released this performance hint for Lightroom 4 this week.  Among all tips, here are some of the more useful ones that one often overlook.

High Resolution Displays

Drawing to the screen can be slow when Lightroom is using the entire screen of a High Resolution Display. A high resolution display has a native resolution near 2560 x 1600 and is found on 30 inch monitors and Retina MacBooks. To increase performance on such displays, reduce the size of the Lightroom window, or use the 1:2 or 1:3 views in the Navigator panel.

Spot Removal Tool, Local Corrections, and History Panel

The Spot Removal Tool and Local Corrections Brush are not designed for hundreds to thousands of corrections. If you have an image containing many (i.e. hundreds) of localized adjustments, consider using a pixel-based editing application such as Photoshop for that level of correction.

If you have many corrections, check your History panel. The History panel has no limits and it does not get deleted unless specified. If you’ve been creating many local or spot corrections, your history might be long, which can slow Lightroom’s performance as a whole.

Clear the History panel by clicking on the X on the right of the History panel header.

Order of Develop operations

The best order of Develop operations to increase performance is as follows:

  1. Spot healing.
  2. Geometry corrections, such as Lens Correction profiles and Manual corrections, including keystone corrections using the Vertical slider.
  3. Global non-detail corrections, such as Exposure, White Balance, etc. These corrections can also be done first if desired.
  4. Local corrections, such as Gradient Filter and Adjustment Brush strokes.
  5. Detail corrections, such as Noise Reduction and Sharpening.

Note: performing spot healing first improves the accuracy of the spot healing, and ensures the boundaries of the healed areas match the the spot location.

Increase the Camera Raw cache

Increasing the Camera Raw cache in Lightroom’s preferences can help performance in the Develop module if you repeatedly work on the same set of images.

To reset the Camera Raw cache:

  1. In Lightroom, select Edit > Preferences > File Handling (Windows) or Lightroom > Preferences > File Handling (Mac OS).
  2. Increase the Camera Raw cache. If you’re not sure how much to incrase it it, start with 2-3 GB initially, depending on the amount of space on your hard disk and how you use Lightroom.
  3. You can also change the location of the cache if you wish.

For full list, check out the Adobe page, link here.

How To Tether Capture Sony A99 with Lightroom 4 on Mac

Just added the Sony A99 to our arsenal and our crew is just having a ball with it.  Today, we finally got it tethered to the Mac. via Sony’s Remote Camera Control and Lightroom.  Well, although Lightroom does not support tether capture natively with the Sony A99, there is a work around.  Here’s how it works.

1. First install two files in the MAC folder on your Sony A99 CD-Rom, RCC_INST.pkg and IDC_INST.pkg.

2. Now you should have Remote Camera Control App in your Applications Folder, fire it up.

3. You should see the app window like the following, click on the save in box as shown to set up a new folder to save the capture pictures.

Step 3

4. Once you set up a new folder, fire up Lightroom.

5. Once in Lightroom, make sure you are in the Library module.  From the File menu, select Enable Auto Import under Auto Import, then go to Auto Import Settings afterwards.

6. Under Watched Folder, choose the same folder you set up in Step 3 above.

Step 6

7. Click the check box “Enable Auto Import” and Voila, you’re done.  Hook up your Sony A99 and take a few snaps and your pictures should show up in Library Mode under the “Auto Imported Photos” folder.

Hope the above works for you.  Leave a message if you have any questions.

Lightroom Tips – How To Manage HDR & Bracket Pics

Source – Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Killer Tips

Window Lighting Photography Tips

Source – Pretty Presets and Mom and Camera via

Video Tutorial – How to Tether Your D800 / D4 to Lightroom

Source – Erika Barker

Video Tutorials – Getting Your Lightroom Catalog & Folders Organized

Two great videos from Michael Hoffman over at on how to migrate your Lightroom catalog and adding a top level folder for to keep all folders organized. The two videos are also added to our Video Tutorials – Post Processing Skills and Workflows page under our Blog section where you’ll find other useful video tutorials as well.

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