A Lightroom New Year

Happy New Year everyone (well almost anyway). I figured a good way to start things off, was to turn it over to the request lines. Over the next few days, it’d be great if you could take a moment and let me know what things you’d like to see from this blog/podcast in the new year. This does two things:

1) It gives you, the reader, a voice in what I cover here
2) It gives me ideas :)

Seriously, I get such great ideas/feedback when I turn things over to you so I thought that would be a great way to start off. So please, (before you start tipping back the champagne glasses ;) ) take a few moments and let me know what you’d like to see. I’ll take anything from suggestions as vague as “more videos” or “more presets” to specifics on exactly what you’d like to see a video on. Honestly, the more specific the better though. But really… anything goes. Q&A’s, presets, videos, articles, guest appearances, news, whatever. The worst that can happen is I can’t do it right?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts. Have a happy and safe New Year’s weekend and I’ll see you back here in 2011.

Author: Matt Kloskowski

Matt is the full-time Director of Education for Kelby Media Group and a Tampa-based photographer. He's the Editor-in-Chief of Lightroom Magazine, the lead instructor on the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom LIVE Seminar Tour and author of several best-selling Photoshop books. Matt also hosts the world's top Lightroom blog, LightroomKillerTips.com, where he's built up a massive library of Lightroom videos, presets and tips. In addition to teaching Photoshop, Lightroom and photography seminars around the world, he's an instructor at Photoshop World and one of the full-time staff writers for Photoshop User Magazine.

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  1. Thanks Matt for this blog and the opportunity to put in a request :) I would really like to know more about best practice workflow when working with both Photoshop and Lightroom – particularly if I am working with an entire session of images for example. Does it make sense to make all the edits in Lighroom, then export as TIFS to photoshop, and then back again to Lighroom to size them for web/print/etc? Videos or tutorials on this would be great!

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    • I would echo comment #1 from Mara for workflow solutions and integration of PS

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      • i would also see some workflow solutions, especially for starting to build up a catalog, sort out the best pictures etc for print/album when having a huge collection of photos on your harddrive. (what would be the best way to sort them on your pc in folders, then import and sort them in lightroom and create collections/filters for the best ones)

        thanks

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  2. Would like to see some examples of LUA programming. Specifically dealing with export functions and web galleries.

    Thanks and good health and fortune in the new year and many years after!

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  3. Hey Matt,

    Happy New Year to you!!!
    Thanks for everything in the blog this past 12 months; it’s played a big (daily) part in the progress that has been made during 2010 so 2011 is looking real good.

    With regards to content ideas for the future, how about:

    1. Video/s showing how to carry catalogs between computers (desktop and laptop)
    2. The workflow you used when editing for Scott at a recent ‘football’ game.
    3. Comparisons between Lightroom, Aperture etc and a run through maybe of why you use one rather than the other ie likes, dislikes, wishes
    4. Tethering; maybe a video/walk through with do’s and dont’s such as turning the camera off inbetween shots (or is that just me? :)
    5. I’m guessing this is more a DTown article but the Eye-Fi Cards are getting alot of interest these days…maybe something on these

    I’ll think of more I’m sure but we’re just about to set off down the motorway to Dorset (stunning) for New Year so I’ll catch up with you soon.

    All the very best to you and yours,
    Thanks for your friendship, support and generosity during 2010; here’s to a fantastic 2011.

    Glyn

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  4. Hello Matt,

    Thanks for your great blog.

    Topics of interest: backup strategy, workflow, collaboration with other programs (e.g. face recognition)

    bernhard

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  5. First off a huge THANKYOU for all your work here in making this such an enjoyable and informative place to come.

    Now the would likes…..

    1) Me being a dumbarse it took me forever to work out where the presets for the local adjustment brush lived, that little drop down below it takes some finding when your looking in the preset folder instead of there….
    So maybe an extra clue or two along the way would save some (me) a huge amount of time.

    2) More presets :-D

    Thaks again for all your hard work here.

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  6. Hey Matt!

    Happy New Year and thanks for all the videos and presets which you have put up. It has really help me get a good start to Lightroom and Photography.

    1) Would really love more videos on Before & After’s especially on portraits!

    Have a great year ahead!

    Cheers! :D

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  7. Hi,

    Happy New Year to you. First thanks for your ongoing work to promote LR and PS, develop our skills, and stay ahead of all the technological changes.

    So, what would I like you to do in the new year? Well, I’m someone who would rather be taking pictures, and much prefer to get it 99% right in camera. However, I know that LR and PS are needed to optimise my pictures, and to get the images into emails, slideshows, websites and of course on to print.

    What I would dearly like to see is an article for people like me, who want their images to leap off the screen/paper but don’t want to spend hours in front of a screen. I know everything has been covered before, but maybe you could do one article or a series that covers the quickest and easiest ways to end up with your images leaping of the screen/paper:

    1. Importing (use of profiles at this point?)
    2. Essential adjustments (cropping, exposure, contrast, etc)
    3. Sharpening (LR or PS?)
    4. Export to website/slideshow
    5. Printing (printing to “match” your print provider, or to match certain frame sizes)

    Sorry if it all seems like utter basics, but I reckon there are a lot of more old school photogrpahers who could with a Room 101 course (much like David Hobby did on Strobist).

    Cheers

    Neil

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  8. A video about sharpening in lightroom. I’m still never entirely confident that I am getting the best out of sharpening.

    A run down of useful lightroom plug-ins would be really cool too. I love LR/Mogrify but don’t use any others and feel that I could be missing out due to a lack of awareness of what is out there.

    Thanks for all the info over the last couple of years, have a great new year and see you in 2011!

    John

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  9. I would really like to see articles about Lua programming and how to keyword in a better way. At the moment my keywords are not the best and it is hard to find the pictures I am looking for. I think the issues is the hieracies.

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  10. Dear Matt,
    thank you so much for your site. I am just starting in Lightroom and so I take all my imput out of your site and Scotts book.
    My interest is in a series about special workflows in development for different kinds of pictures, example of pitfalls and adjustment (killer-)tips. Additional I would like more to know about different (or maybe the “one”) ways of backing-up. Like laptop, original pictures on external HDD and how to move pictures from internal HDD to external HDD while in Lightroom.
    Nice greets from Germany…
    Tobi

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  11. hey matt happy holidays from Maine Usa bub! yeah man, regarding new content i’d like to see some more development module user tutorials -there is a myriad of possibilities within there and it’s the deepest and most often slightly frustrating aspect of it all. do a landscape, portrait, b+w, grunge, etc. wicked! have a great new year man!

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    • With regards to content ideas for the future, how about:

      1. Video/s showing how to carry catalogs between computers (desktop and laptop)
      2. The workflow you used when editing for Scott at a recent ‘football’ game.
      3. Comparisons between Lightroom, Aperture etc and a run through maybe of why you use one rather than the other ie likes, dislikes, wishes
      4. Tethering; maybe a video/walk through with do’s and dont’s such as turning the camera off inbetween shots (or is that just me? :)
      5. I’m guessing this is more a DTown article but the Eye-Fi Cards are getting alot of interest these days…maybe something on these

      I’ll think of more I’m sure but we’re just about to set off down the motorway to Dorset (stunning) for New Year so I’ll catch up with you soon.

      All the very best to you and yours,

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  12. Oh, just thought on this one: Library management!

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  13. Dear Matt,
    thank you so much for your website. I am just starting in Lightroom and so I take all my imput out of your site and Scotts book.
    I would be interested in a workflow-series about developing different kinds of pictures (panorama, portrait, etc.) with all the pitfalls and adjustment (killer-)tips. Also I would like to know the best (or the only one) way of backing up, especially when using laptop and originals on external HDD. Maybe you like to give an advice how to move original from internal HDD to external HDD while still archived in Lightroom.
    Thanks & greets from Germany
    Tobi

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    • …and of course a lot new presets ;-)

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  14. Thanks for a great year of Lightroom material Matt! Here are my specific requests for next year:

    – Many more before/after video sessions! I find these to be the most instructive because you are showing how techniques can be used together to achieve results rather than demonstrating a specific technique with no context. Of all your videos, I always like the before/after sessions the best.

    – Along the same lines as above, greater variety of using Lightroom to manipulate the mood that one is trying to achieve through the use of various effects and techniques whether it’s from selective dodging/burning, split toning, blur, tone curves, and so forth.

    I really enjoy your blog and wish you continued success. It’s by far the best one on the web for Lightroom users!

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  15. First, thanks for all you do. I have learned so much just from this website over the past year. I would love to see more before and after videos where you integrate photoshop with Lightroom. Some of these on panoramas and HDR would be great!

    Thanks for all you do!

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  16. I would like to know more about the work flow of moving between a desktop and a laptop when working the same images. I currently work 100% on my desktop but there is laptop in my future. So when I am working on a batch of images on my desktop and then I’m about to hit the road for the weekend and I would like to continue working those same images on my laptop what would be the proper way to do that? Thanks!

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  17. Matt,

    Thanks for this podcast. It has helped me learn so much. I would like to see more tutorials on lightroom oliine like Nik, OneOne and the like to get a feel for them and how they work. I would like to see a video on the best way to work with a laptop when traveling and then moving edited photos to my iMac when I get back home. I would also like to know the easiest way to show my best lighgtroom photos on my new apple TV. Thanks for all you do and happy new year!

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  18. I’d like to see tips on how far is “too far” for sliders. For instance, the Recovery slider is great up to a point, but if pushed too far to the right, it causes color shifts, doesn’t it?

    Whenever you need a quick post, a brief tip on an individual slider would be much appreciated.

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  19. Would like to see something about using multiple catalogs.For example i am using two catalogs and color labels seem to be connected with both catalogs.Thanks!

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  20. First off, thanks for the great work.

    Here’s my wish list:

    – This is contrary to a previous post, but I’m not a Photoshop user so I’m very interested in seeing how far we can push the capabilities of LR.
    – Additionally, I feel like I’m in a huge rut with my editing and don’t believe I’m recognizing the full potential of my images. Not sure exactly what I’m asking for here, but maybe it’s more emphasis on the theoretical side of post processing and editing and ways different images could be “approached”. Focus more on the why and less on the how. Take the same image in a few different directions.

    Hope that makes sense. Happy New Year.

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  21. Matt:

    I really want to thank you for such a great 2010. It was a pleasure to meet you in Boston on the Lightroom tour. I feel that that was a turning point in my fully understanding what Lightroom 3 was capable of, and why I needed to get it. I had Lightroom 2 at the time, but never really used it, preferring to us a free program available on the web (now long gone from my hard drive). Getting weekly doses of tip and tricks on this blog only helped to reinforce what you taught at the tour seminar (and let’s not forget all the GREAT presets!! :D )

    Looking ahead to 2011, I find that I really like the videos that you post about certain techniques to get a “look” to your photos, and I hope you continue doing those. I’m sure they are not to easy to do, but I learn much better by seeing how things are done, rather than reading how they’re done.

    Some topics I would like to see covered:

    1) Syncing up catalogs between a desktop and laptop. What is the best way to do this when you have thousands of photos?
    2) Housekeeping in Lightroom. What is the best way to delete/sort/manage all your pictures, especially if you have multiple copies of the same photo that has been processed differently?
    3) More info about using the Web module and the Slideshow module.
    4) More presets!! :)

    Having a guest blogger once in a while might be a good idea, too. I know you don’t have a regular set schedule for posting on your blog, so having a guest blogger from time to time might help in that regard.

    Hope you and your family have a great New Year. Thanks again for all your help this past year (and for the autographs! :D ), and I hope to see you again, either at a PSW conference or if your tour makes its way to Boston in 2011.

    All the best,

    John

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  22. Matt,

    How about some slideshow templates or tutorials. Maybe RC can guest post about LR to web.

    What happened to your interview series? It was interesting to read about how other photographers use LR, and what their favorite parts of the program are.

    Keep up the good work, and may the new year bring continued success.

    Matt Buntyn

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  23. I would like to see more about cloning. There seem to be so many tools- clone, patch, healing brush, content-aware fill. I know there is always more then one way to get to the same effect, but I feel some of those tools work better in some situations than others. And then, when I sit in front on an image, I sometimes am not sure where to start.
    Thanks for writing this blog, and Happy New Year!

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  24. I have a Sony NEX and use manual lenses. I would love to know how to get the lens info into the Exif, so Lightroom can search on them. I have tried exiftool, but can’t seem to get it working. I didn’t know how many others have the same problem.

    Thanks

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  25. Hi Matt

    A few more multi shape print layouts please — how about one for a 20″ x 24″ poster for the local amateur dramatic society — I find it easy to do consistent sizes, but that one you did last year was really cool.

    Happy New Year in 10 hours time!

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  26. Hi Matt, happy new year.
    Id like to understand more on the rating of photos, ie Stars, Flags and Colours.
    At the moment I Import then select the pictures I like by 1 starring then deleting the rest, I would like to know more about Flags and colours and what help they could be for me.
    Regards Allan.

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  27. Hi Matt,
    Could you maybe find the time to explain monitor/printer calibration and how LR/PS uses ICC?s
    I had a huge problem with a corrupted ICC monitor profile a while back (which I corrected with my i1-display-2).
    What was confusing was I didn?t know my ICC?s were corrupted. If I viewed a picture file with LR or PS the picture looked good, but if I viewed the same photo with Windows picture viewer it looked over saturated?
    I just though the windows picture viewer wasn?t color managed, and whent off to the lab to print the photo. When I got the print back it matched the Windows picture viewer rendition and not the PS or LR rendition?
    I had over edited my photos and wasted alot of time.
    Thanks
    Chris

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  28. I just got some help over on the NAPP forums concerning LR…what a great place to get help. Matt, I bookmarked your site here long ago and forgot all about it…dumb on my part. I’m looking forward to spending a great deal of time here since I’m going to upgrade from my LR 1.4…yes, I move slowly!

    Just want to wish everyone here a very happy and prosperous New Year.

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  29. Thanks for all your work in making this website a great place to learn about LR and PS.
    I would like to see more videos, interviews and how others use LR and PS with there workflow.

    Happy New Year!

    Bruno zera

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  30. Hey Matt,

    First, Happy New Year to you and your family! How this new year is your best one yet!

    Okay, suggestions:

    1. More before and after videos.
    2. Best practices using OnOne Plug-ins with Lightroom. For some reason, Lightroom bogs down when using this plug-in. I’m using Win 7, 64 bit, with 8GB memory.
    3. Best practices using Nik Software Plugins with Lightroom. Same as item 2.
    4. Video on removing Artifacts and Chromatic Aberrations with Lightroom.
    5. Wacom Tablet setting suggestions for Lightroom. My tablet seems to work differently in Lightroom than CS 5. What are your settings?
    6. More videos around the print module. Setting up a Canon 9000 MK II printer for example. Some more print template layouts like poster, gallery, fine arts etc.
    7. How do you handle all the Edit.Edit.Edit files when using plug-ins … Is there a way to name which plug-in made the Edit file. Best way to stack them or should you stack them?
    8. Video on setting up Maximum Lightroom performance.
    9. Video on how to set up a new lens profile that’s not in the Adobe Database.

    Well, that’s all I have for now! :-)

    See you next year, and looking forward to some GREAT stuff to learn!

    Dennis

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  31. Matt, you do a great service with your killer tips. It seems to me that many of the requests could be answered by reading a good Lightroom book like Scott Kelby’s or watching the series of films from George Jardine. Don’t people read anymore? I would be most interested in another in-depth coverage of the Print module, particularly related to custom sizing and arrangements.
    Thanks for the great columns and have a great New Year!

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  32. First of all: best wishes to you all from a grey and misty Holland where we’re only 4 hours away from 2011.
    I’d like to see more about importing photo’s: is it possible to use different profiles depending on camera, lens and specifically ISO that was used. In that way you can do the basic work concerning noise control and sharpening when importing.

    Happy new year,

    Henk

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  33. Hi Matt,

    Like Tobi, I’d also like to see more on workflow. Use of two computers – Laptop/Desktop and how best to organize a catalog in these circumstances. I spend serious time on planes and so want my whole catalog with me to work on. Also any thoughts on putting the catalog in a Dropbox – a tip I heard from Victor Cajiao of typical Shutterbug.

    Finally – a section rounding up the various plug-ins available and your perspective on them would be valuable.

    Thanks for an educational 2010 and looking forward to 2011. Happy New Year!

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  34. Good stuff Matt. I would like to see some more before and after photos. Those are cool. Also, I am fairly new to lightroom and editing and would like to see more on how to edited and what to look for when editing. Thanks and happy new year.

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  35. I would love to see more regarding workflow….Import, storage options, how to work with between Bridge, ACR, LR3 and Photoshop….It all can seem overwhelming to a newbee…Thanks and Happy New Year!

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  36. Thanks Matt for your time you spend with this site / blog.
    Great work and very helpful for us reader.
    I would appreciate if you could focus topics like a) camera profiles (in order to be more comparable to the CNX2 quality for NIKON) and b) tips&tricks.
    Thanks!

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  37. Hi there and a Happy New Year!

    As some other comments indicate I would also like to see some alternatives/ methods how to to keep a Laptop and a Desktop LR Catalog in sync. I think we all have seen the tutorials on exporting a catalog and reimporting it, but that does not really work in my opinion. As:
    a) You get a lot of redundancy
    b) double checking what photo is where and where what edit has been done (silly sentence, but it is almost 3 in the morning, but I wanted to post now. I hope you get my point)
    c) need to copy every single file from a to b; back and forth.

    I am looking for a solution that enables me to:
    a) work independently on both machines
    b) manage the limited disk space on my laptop
    c) Most images on my big machine, as there storage is “infinite/ cheap” and integrated with my backup process.

    I have been experimenting with the export metadata to DNG feature. This keeps the snapshots, but my beloved virtual copies get lost.

    Right now I am moving a folder on my laptop in LR over to a shared network folder on my big machine, so I get to keep the previews of the images and free up disk space. On the big box it manually synch that folder into the catalog. I am still experimenting. Especially the updates on the metadata changes seem to be a bit problematic. Next step will be to get a unified catalog on both machines with the weight of file storage on my big box. The laptop is Backed up anyway.

    I hope you get the point in what direction I am looking for a good, solid and integrated solution. I really hope you can come up with a solution for this problem, as I have not come across any good solution, in my opinion at least. The current setup is not really perfect.

    Greetings and keep up the really excellent work. A lot of things I know about LR come from this blog.

    Christian

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  38. I’ve enjoyed your tips, the Photoshop guys stuff, NAPP, and everything, but I’d like to see you dig deeper into the product. Not really sure I have any suggestions, but perhaps more intense details into the develop module on settings not covered often. It seems that numerous tuts cover essentially the same things, basics, but don’t really get into the hard stuff. Perhaps LR isn’t all that deep?

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  39. A very BIG thank you for the effort you have put into helping us all with image processing.

    I’m looking forward to your lesson on sharpening that you mentioned a while back, Have I missed it?.
    I’d like to see a comparison of sharpening and noise reduction strategies and products for different types of image.
    A list of applications, in order of most used to least used, that you recommend would be great, (I know that this probably changes from month to month).

    Same for HDR apps would be great as well!

    Wishing you and your family the very best for 2011, Colin

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  40. Matt, thanks for the time you spend with writing this blog.
    It is really interesting and helpful – thanks!!!!

    I would appreciate if you could focus at least two topics:

    1. Camera Profiles (in order to achieve a similar quality like CNX2 for Nikon cameras)
    2. Tips & Tricks

    Thanks!
    EA

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  41. I think I would just copy and paste Glyn’s suggestions here. All spot on.

    Cheers and happy new year, all the best for 2011.

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  42. Hi Matt! Happy & healthy New Year to you and your family as well.
    One of my biggest issues is organizing my folders. Somehow I end up with duplicates all over the place.
    Once you have developed your photos do you export them to a new folder as jpgs – then you would have a folder with RAW and a folder with developed photos, correct?
    I’ve heard people recommend to import & convert them as dng files – pros? cons?
    I definitely want to keep my RAW files as is but I want the developed photo for projects in PSE 9, etc.
    My New Year’s resolution is to get these files organized!! :D
    Thanks again for the info.

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  43. Hi Matt,

    I’d like to see more recommendations of “foreign” software and its embedding in lightroom (freeware or professional software like Nik software, OnOne etc.).

    More videos/presets on the PRINT module.

    And I can’t get enough of your “before/after”-Videos.

    That’s it so far, have a happy New Year and keep on going with this extraordinary site. Christian

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  44. Matt

    Before and afters are my favourite. But, something on LR plugins would be good, as would something using the Web module.

    Thanks – and Happy New Year

    Julian

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  45. Beginner stuff–need to go to your Lightroom beginner seminar. Still don’t know if I need to invest more time in Lightroom 3 or learn Photo Mechanic that is also installed on my computer. Still think of Lightroom as cumbersome with its “import” and “export” requirements.

    I don’t hit Lightroom 3 or Photoshop CS5 (also installed, formal training) enough to remember all the little commands day to day. Maybe something like a checklist for people who use Lightroom once every few weeks. I use Photoshop more. Something like, “Steps you use every time.”

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  46. Please do a tutorial on using Nik Sharpener Pro with Lightroom. It’s VERY confusing, as LR does sharpening in the Develop module (Is that RAW pre-sharpening?) AND in the PRINT module (is that output sharpening?), but LR doesn’t let you see the effect of your choice of extent of Print module sharpening (WHY? That’s unbelievable, to me!!!). Now, add Nik Sharpener Pro (and they say, basically, trust us, you cannot see on your monitor what the sharpening in the print will look like). Furthermore, you have to apply Nik, which does its calculations based on image size, in the Develop module, but you haven’t yet told the software what the image size is!!!
    My head hurts…

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  47. I have learned a lot on your website. Thanks.

    More coverage on setting up Slide show in Lightroom. Can you have more than one song? How? How to set up first and last name plates. How to burn a DVD of the complete slideshow when finished or other ways to share it with others

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  48. Just keep on keeping on! You share an enthusiastic approach to Lightroom and photography. I have to say that the other 2 PhotoshopTV guys (especially Kelby) have gone off-message and are now just promoting themselves, not trying to help others. I really don’t need instruction on shooting sporting events or fashion spreads with fancy lighting modifiers. Just show me how to use Lightroom and Photoshop. Again, thanks for your enthusiasm. Have have a very Happy New Year!

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  49. Hey Matt,

    Happy New Year.

    1. Please continue with the Presets. I use quite a few of your presets already.

    2. A question on how to create a preset that I know you talked about in a Kelby Training Video on Printing but something I can’t seem to figure out. One of the suggestions you made was – if prints are a bit darker than on the screen you can create a quick preset that lightens by adjusting Brightness by 10 to 15. That way you can prepare the image the way it looks best on the screen then just apply the preset before printing. The problem I run into is that when I create this preset it moves the Brightness to +65 (15 above the default) but I want this to be additive to whatever brightness level I had already set. (Eg. if my brightness was already at +70 then the preset should add 15 to make it now +85 not take it back to +65).

    3. Short video clips are great especially to see the workflow used.

    Thanks for all the great tips and tricks you shared in 2010. Looking forward to more of the same in 2011.

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      • Thanks Andrew. The reason I want to use a preset is the Monitor is calibrated and works perfectly with one of my printers and also for output to Blurb but for another snall Epson printer I use when I want to print a stack of snapshots for family they are slightly dark.

        My question is how do I create the preset that changes the current brightness by 15? When I create a preset it always sets the brightness to the specific number I used for the preset and does not add 10 to an existing amount already used in the image.

        Regards, Phil

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  50. Hey Matt!

    Happy New Year and thanks for all the videos and presets which you have put up. It has really help me get a good start to Lightroom and Photography.

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  51. Matt, how about some more on filtering keywords. The UI is sadly confusing this way — e.g., click the arrow on the right of a keyword in the Keyword List to filter, then you can’t unfilter from the same place?! Also more explanations of nesting filters (e.g., just 2 and 3 star pix) with and without smart filters.

    Thanks!

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  52. Hi Matt…. Just bought your PSE 9 book…. it’s fantastic. You and Scott did a really nice job. I’m pretty proficient with PSE for scrapbooking but this will take my photos to a whole new level. I also recently downloaded the Lightroom 3.3 trial and got Scott’s LR book as well. My question for you (and maybe a topic for your blog) is how do the two programs work together. If you’re not a professional, do you really need Lightroom or can you get by with PSE? What can you do in Lightroom that can’t be done in PSE?

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  53. Here is a unique Cheap Shots project. How do you run a portrait station (think cruise ship or grad night) with a dslr tethered to a laptop using Lightroom? The idea is to get the most 1,2,4 person combos through the station. The standard lighting setup has to work for those combos. The output pic will be printed to a local printer with the photog name, location, and date or better yet emailed to the addresses of the participants. Max time per pic should be less than 10 minutes. Hey, if it was simple I’d look for it on Kelby Training.

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  54. Hi Matt,
    prosperous and healthy new year to you and many thanks for all the tips – your enthusiasm is infectious!
    Three subjects I would like to see covered in 2011 would be:
    1 – More on print templates – especially on getting regular borders around them (similar to those available in Qimage), rather than using an identity plate.
    2 – How to expand the number of custom crop sizes in the Develop module (or replace the existing default crop sizes which don’t match up to European page sizes (B5, A4, A3 etc)).
    3 – An end to end Workflow to create images suitable for use in photobooks (I use Blurb).

    Many thanks in advance.

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  55. Happy New Year, Matt! Thanks for this blog and also for DTown and Photshop User TV. One question that I have: is there a good way in Lightroom to darken blown out highlights where there is no detail (such as a street light in a long-exposure night scene, for example). I’ve tried the adjustment brush with negative exposure and brightness, but when there is no detail it doesn’t seem to do much until you push it almost to the max, and then it looks awful. I can go into Photoshop and paint with black at a low opacity and that usually helps, but in Lightroom you can’t seem to pick black from the color picker. Any ideas how to do this in Lightroom without having to go to Photoshop? Thanks.

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  56. Hey Matt,

    We met when you presented at TAPPA a few months ago. Thanks for the lessons.

    I would love to learn how to properly construct a preset. Do you use a method or just guess and hope for the best?

    I would also like to learn ways to tame highlights for those few frames where I screw up and blow them out. I know you’ve touched on this with the recovery slider, etc., but do you have any ideas for when you get that “dappled sunlight” type of screwed up exposure?

    More print module stuff would be great.

    FTP into my bludomain account would be awesome, or any of those flash-template-type services that a lot of us use. I would love to be able to FTP up a LR generated site for smaller side things for clients, etc.

    Those would be great blog posts! Thanks!

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  57. I’d like to see more “complicated” print presets and maybe have readers submit “I have a problem” that you address.

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  58. Hi Matt, love the blog and appreciate all your work to keep it current and Killer. Your teaching style ? whether you?re speaking or writing — always has just the right blend of excitement, energy and humor, and makes learning easy and fun.

    Just for context: I?m an earnest amateur and have used LR for 2.5 years. I have Scott?s LR books and several of your LR DVDs.

    Things that have been and/or would be especially helpful to me:
    1) Before-and-after videos, all modules ? including Print and Web (to quote Pete on the value of before-and-after, “you are showing how techniques can be used together to achieve results rather than demonstrating a specific technique with no context”)
    2) Best practices for LR plugins, including Nik (paraphrasing Dennis Zito)
    3) Your personal solutions and workarounds for things that have puzzled or hampered you
    4) Explaining the ?why? of LR functions in layman?s terms ? how they work under the covers, when to use them (or not), and why. Example: awhile back you had a post on Exposure vs. Brightness that not only addressed a big mystery for me, but also gave me the basics to begin using Exposure and Brightness knowledgeably
    5) Workflow shortcuts
    6) Print layouts

    Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  59. Hi Matt,
    I think a lot of the topics I was going to suggest have been mentioned already, so with that out of the way, Thank you. The hard work you’ve put into this blog has made me both a better photographer, and a more fearless editor. Your genuine curiosity and willingness to share concepts that have helped you grow are an inspiration to us all.

    From the bottom of my heart, have an awesome 2011, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store.

    Namaste,
    David

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  60. More Before-and-after videos !!!

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  61. I would like to see in Lightroom, in the develop module, the “photo filter adjustment” like in Photoshop with sliders. I really like using the 81 and 82 series

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  62. Thanks Matt, I appreciate your efforts!!

    more print templates

    I understand Publish to the web, But I would like to know why you would publish to hard drive , would like to see working examples

    Steps for keeping main computer and laptop in snyc…..work that is done on either…that I guess would fall under workflow

    an updated use of color with the adjustment brush?…you did a video 1 year + ago photo example was a bed

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  63. Hi Matt,
    Happy New Year!
    I also agree with the before and after tutorials. But, whatever you teach, I’ll still be there reading and watching.

    Thanks,
    Cheryl

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  64. Matt,

    I recently viewed your LR3 courses at Kelby Training and I think they were very comprehensive. I recommed it to everyone.

    In my opnion, your presets are the best ones online. I use them frequently as starting points for my photos. Having said that… Please load us with presets :)

    One other interesting thing would be able to see how you come up with presets. From the preset idea to creating it in LR.

    Thanks and happy new year!

    RicardoC

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  65. Dear Matt ? Your blog tips always improves my understanding of LR – thanks so much. When i upgraded to LR3, i neglected to convert my 2.2 catalog. As all my images and edits seem to be intact, i wasn?t too concerned. HOwever, when i then upgraded to 3.3, when i go to import LR2 opens and when i close it (without importing), now LR 3 says the images are already in my catalog and i can?t import them. I am afraid to remove LR2 as i might destroy the link to the catalog but can?t figure out in preferences where i might change this. The only way to import the images seems to be to import them in LR2, then go to Pictures and import into LR3 from there. What the heck have i done? Can i import from LR2.2 to a new LR 3 catalog? I have about 20,000 images in catalog 2.2!! If you do not have time to address – is there an Adobe link that can advise on conversions? thanks so much and happy, healthy, creative 2011!! b

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  66. I know you talked about it in the past, but I would like some more tips on how to get the right exposure. I usually use ‘auto’ for white balance and sometimes the eyedropper. But I also use the calibration to get things right. Please tell us more on the subject and thank you for everything you share ! Happy New Year !!!

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  67. Happy New Year! Thanks so much for the great posts! I’m so happy to see we have another year to look forward to!

    I see lots here that I want to see as well but just to throw in my votes….

    – Color correction – specifically skin tone and over saturation. For example, i took some pics of my baby recently and needed to increase the vibrance to get her skin looking all pink and cute, but then the red of what she was wearing was over-saturated. I was told by my print lab that I could increase the cyan to make the red more accurate. I tried playing around with it in photoshop without a lot of success and wishing I could just use lightroom.
    – Workflow….. I watched your backup video on kelbytraining which was really great… Like some other commenters I work with a laptop and don’t always want to take my external drive… would love to see an option that allows me to keep pics on my laptop but still manage space and backing up via an external drive.
    – I shoot in RAW and am a mess when it comes to the exported pics. How do I manage these assets when I’m exporting the jpeg in multiple versions, ie: some for email vs some for printing via lab or to use in a photo book. Not a complicated problem but would be interested to see how you manage this workflow.
    – Before & After videos are awesome awesome awesome!!
    – Presets – These are great because I prefer to avoid Photoshop if possible because it just gives me extra files to manage, the presets are a great alternative to photoshop actions. You had a warming preset for landscape and mentioned a portrait version; would love to see it!
    – Another comment was about pushing LR to it’s limits but not going to far… interested on your thoughts on this as well. This goes in line with the saying “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should”. I recently had a pic taken with very high ISO and cranked the noise reduction. It looked great on screen but printed we looked a little too touched up. I’m wondering if you have any tips on what to look for when making adjustments to “check” that they’re not over-done.

    Thanks for asking for suggestions, it’s great to be able to throw ideas out there!

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  68. I’d like to see more of Lightroom and the web module. I know not a lot of people use it, but would really like to learn more about it, and also using it to create a full website, home page and all. I think if LR had the ability to create the homepage and export an entire site out, a lot more people would use it. But, just seeing more on web would be nice on your blog.
    Also, are you going to be coming out with your sharpening video on Kelby training soon? I keep waiting for it… and holding off on buying a particular plugin until I see your workflow and recommendation.
    Thanks for all the tips and advice you give throughout the year, and Happy New Year!

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  69. Hi Matt

    Happy New Year!

    Slideshow to WordPress blog please! Specifically for when you want to insert a photo into a post. It should be so easy but so often ends up driving me nuts!

    Thanks for asking…

    Nicole

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  70. Hi! Thanks for all your great tips.
    I’d like to learn how to edit my photos from Lightroom to Photoshop! I just can’t do it properly, when I try, I can’t save the file in Photoshop so I have to delete it in Lightroom and then import the new file created by Photoshop back to Lightroom, is there an easier way to do this?

    Thank you :)

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  71. another thought…. I’ve been watching some videos on kelbytraining that you did, (which are really great and comprehensive by the way). As it relates to backing up workflow, do you store all your originals? In one video you talk about only backing up photos that you keep where you mirror your photo collection and that means anything you delete on your working version gets deleted in your backup. However, in one other video you talk about deleting an item in your workflow and it being ok because the original is backed up. I personally like the idea of always keeping a copy of everything, however I haven’t ever needed it.

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  72. I’m echoing previous comments, but:

    1. Sharpening – I’ve watched vids and read articles and it still hasn’t quite ‘clicked’
    2. Workflow
    3. File Organization
    4. How to implement the web module – more on how to actually get them on your website (wordpress especially)
    5. What functions are better saved for Photoshop

    Love your blog, it is on my bookmarks toolbar for daily checking.

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  73. Hi Matt, Are you still working on a video for sharpening? I thought you were asking for input on this awhile back? Thanks again for all the hard work.

    Matt

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  74. Great Site.

    I’m thinking of going from PC to Mac. Any pitfalls? Can I easily copy my catalog from PC to Mac?
    Do I have to pay full price for a Lightroom Mac Version?
    Any other “Gotchas”?

    A comment on LightRoom – I love it and use it all the time – but I really fail to see the point of having separate Library and Develop modules. Maybe it is my work flow – but I find myself constantly switching between the Develop and Library modules. To me it would make more sense to combine the functionality into one module.

    Thanks
    Tim

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  75. I often end up with multiple edit versions of the same photo, either because I created virtual copies to play with or because I used one or more Niksoftware or Topaz filters. Is there a way to give a unique name to each of those versions? If so, that would make a great Killer Tip!

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  76. Hello Matt and Happy New Year!!!

    i like to see here more wedding presets and portrait presets

    Thank’s in advance

    from Romania with LOVE

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  77. I’d appreciate an explanation about the technical underpinning of the “basic panel” sliders along the lines of the “brightness vs exposure” tutorial you once posted. I think I know “Blacks”, “Fill Light” (this one seems to be using a mask) etc. do, but it would be great to hear from the “horse’s mouth” when and why to use this sliders, as opposed to the tone curve controls, for example.

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  78. I would love to see videos of the best way to integrate Nik plugins (all of them if possible) in your Lightroom workflow.
    – How much of your workflow should be initiated in Lightroom before using a plugin
    – When is Lightroom enough and when it would be better to use a plugin
    – The order in which they should be used
    – etc.

    Thanks for all your posts.

    Santiago

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  79. 1. Printing presets in Lightroom save lots of time, ink, paper, and frustration. Get the software and driver settings for a favorite paper right once, save the preset, and never have to through that maze again. I think many of your fans would appreciate a demonstration.

    2. I would appreciate seeing more tips on B&W Lightroom/Photoshop workflow for adjusting tonal range and separations.

    Keep up the good work!

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  80. Thanks for your great blog
    Topics of interest:
    + how to give friends structured admission to ( a part of) the previews without having to buy LR. Till for short I used LRviewer/LRmaker fot that, but that application does not work so well with LR-3 anymore (performance problems and less functionality)
    + information on new plug-ins

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  81. Matt,
    I’d like to see more of the kinds of things i used to ready in Photoshop Elements Subscriber Magazine. I used PSE since version one, and always looked forward to every edition of the magazine. i just switched to from PSE to Lightroom and am totally thrilled with it, but i can’t find a Lightroom magazine like PES magazine. I love all the thought-provoking ideas it offered, and i’m looking for something to teach me as much as possible about LR.

    thanks for your blog!

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  82. Hey Matt,

    Like some of the others, I would love to see some stuff related to the Nik and OnOne plugins. The one that has me most intrigued at the moment is OnOne’s layers functionality for lightroom, if you happen to get a chance to give it a run.

    I love seeing the presets too for starting points as well as processing inspiration.

    B&W features would be nice too, whether it’s Lightroom or Lightroom plugins.

    Thanks!

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  83. Hi Matt

    Happy new year!

    May God bless you and we are expecting more videos on wedding present……..

    Thanx a lot……….

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