The Top Q&A’s About The Lightroom 5 Upgrade
Jun19

The Top Q&A’s About The Lightroom 5 Upgrade

I’ve seen a bunch of questions about the release of Lightroom 5 and what it means to existing Lightroom users. So I wanted to write a quick post to answer some of the most common questions about upgrading. Here goes: Q. Can I upgrade from Lightroom version 3 (or 2 or even 1)? A. Yes. The Lightroom 5 upgrade will work for any version of Lightroom (1 thru 4). As long as you own a previous version of Lightroom the upgrade costs...

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Tip: How To Turn Off The Annoying Photo Info Overlay
Jun10

Tip: How To Turn Off The Annoying Photo Info Overlay

I think Lightroom is all about showcasing your photos and making them look great. To me, nothing ruins that more than that annoying photo info overlay that appears in the top left of the photo in the Library and Develop module (see image below). I’m in Colfax, Washington right now teaching a workshop along side of Bill Fortney and friends. While in the classroom today, I noticed that overlay on several of the screens from people...

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Should You Create Multiple Catalogs In Lightroom?
May21

Should You Create Multiple Catalogs In Lightroom?

For years, catalog questions tend to be the most popular questions I get at my Lightroom seminars. One of those questions is whether or not to create multiple catalogs in Lightroom. See, back in Lightroom 1, it became fairly common knowledge that when your catalog grew to a certain size in photos (say 20,000) that it would slow down and you should create a new catalog so Lightroom would keep running quickly. But that’s not the...

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A Super Quick Way To Convert Your Photo To Black And White
May10

A Super Quick Way To Convert Your Photo To Black And White

Hey everyone. Here’s a great little tip for you if you want to see quickly see what your photo looks like as a black and white, without going to a different panel and messing with sliders. Ready… just go to the Develop module and press the V key. Yup… that’s it. It does the default black and white conversion, and gives you a good idea of whether you’d want to process the photo any further as a B&W....

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Lightroom Tip: Hiding Panels
May03

Lightroom Tip: Hiding Panels

Did you know that you can hide specific panels in Lightroom? You probably knew that you can collapse a panel just by clicking the tiny arrow next to the name of the panel. But you can also hide them so they simply don’t show up. For example, personally I don’t use the Split Toning panel, so why even have it show up there anymore? To hide it (or any other panel) right click under the Histogram in the dark gray empty area in the...

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The Secret To Getting Photoshop Elements To Work With Lightroom
May01

The Secret To Getting Photoshop Elements To Work With Lightroom

I hear more and more that photographers who use Lightroom are now using Elements as well (as opposed to Element’s big brother, the full version of Photoshop). With Elements at an insanely cheap price ($59 at Amazon for example), I honestly can’t blame ‘em. Elements is a hugely powerful program and I think for a lot of photographers out there, that just want basic cloning/healing/layers/selections/retouching,...

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