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The Photographer's Guide to Adobe Lightroom

By : Marcin Lewandowski
Book Image

The Photographer's Guide to Adobe Lightroom

By: Marcin Lewandowski

Overview of this book

It takes talent to be a great photographer, but in the digital era, it also takes a level of technical proficiency. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic was designed as a one-stop solution for photographers to perfect their final products on a desktop-focused workflow, which includes local storage of your photos in files and folders on your computer. Knowing how to efficiently navigate through Lightroom means that you’ll be able to concentrate on being creative instead of wondering “what does this button do”. Complete with step-by-step explanations of essential concepts and practical examples, you will begin with importing photographs into Lightroom. You’ll focus on how to sort through, sequence, develop, and export ready files in various formats, or even design a book and create gallery-ready prints. Next, you will learn how to make informed decisions within Lightroom and how to approach your work depending on the set of photographs you are working on. This guide also illustrates real-life usage and workflow examples that are not just for aspiring professionals, but also for artists and amateurs who are still getting to grips with the technical side of photography. By the end of this book, you'll be confident in importing, editing, sorting, developing, and delivering your photos like a professional.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Section 1: Importing Images into Lightroom and Exploring the Library Module's Structure and Tools
Section 2: Developing Photographs in Lightroom Classic
Section 3: Exploring the Export, Print, Book, and Slideshow Modules
Table of Keyboard Shortcuts

An introduction to the Library module and its workspace

We will start with the Library module's left side, which lists all our available photographs in their physical locations. By available, I mean all the pictures that we already imported into Lightroom.

Figure 3.2 A

Figure 3.2 B – Detail of the left side panel in Library Module

The left-side panel

This is where we will learn how to make our life easier and explore all the tools helping us to manage our collection, making sure everything is easy to find even after years of collecting.


The first tool we have at our disposal is Navigator.

Figure 3.3 – A Navigator close-up with the FIT option chosen

This is a miniature version of the currently selected photograph. If we choose so in the preferences, Navigator will also always show the first photograph in each folder we are hovering over with the mouse cursor, which is handy...