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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

How I edit

They say, "lead by example," so the following sections are some examples of my editing workflow.

The big one – editing a large selection of photographs

Here is a system which I use to approach large edits, especially when I need to work fast, there are many images, and I don't have time to dilly dally:

  1. After importing a new set of photographs, I quickly run through them in Loupe View and mark as rejected any unusable photos.

This action not only allows me to prepare a reasonably clean collection to work with, but it is also an opportunity to skim through the whole body of images. I can see anything that stands out, and these "standout" images will get five stars straight away. It needs to be an organic process at this stage, without too much thinking involved. At this stage, I would be working primarily in Grid View, sporadically turning on Loupe View, confirming treasures and rubbish alike.

  1. Once that's...