Important Preferences and Catalog Settings
Jun19

Important Preferences and Catalog Settings

Taking control of your Lightroom Classic experience involves becoming familiar with key preference settings, and even customizing some of them to best fit your needs. In my experience many people can quite happily use Lightroom Classic for a long time before ever discovering the preferences and catalog settings dialog boxes. I think this is due to the fact that most of the default settings are well tuned for the majority of users, and...

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So Many Ways to Import
May29

So Many Ways to Import

Importing is the most fundament aspect of using Lightroom Classic, and is also one of the least understood, which makes it the source of a great many problems. Because it is such a key aspect of the Lightroom Classic experience there are also a multitude of options for running your photos through this process. Do you know them all, and all the little nuances of each? In this two part series I want to first demystify the import...

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Lightroom Can Tell You Which Lens Is Your Favorite
May13

Lightroom Can Tell You Which Lens Is Your Favorite

I learned this tip from UK-blogger/photographer/awesome guy Brian Worley and darn it’s a good one — it’s how to use a feature in Lightroom Classic to find out which lens (or lenses) you use the most. It’s a deceptively easy way to find out which lens is your favorite (it must be because you use it the most). STEP ONE:In Lightroom’s Library module; in the Catalog panel on the left, click on ‘All...

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When was the last time you backed up your Lightroom catalog?
May03

When was the last time you backed up your Lightroom catalog?

If it’s been a while, well today’s the day —  Friday, May 3rd, 2019 — it’s “Back up your Lightroom catalog day.” That way, you know you’re ready for summer because you started it right by backing up your Lightroom catalog and you’ll be sleeping better tonight night because of it. While the process of backing up your catalog is easy, first you might want to know why you need to backup your...

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When Photos Go Missing
Mar27

When Photos Go Missing

An often overlooked aspect of the import process into Lightroom Classic is that the exact location of where to find those photos on your system is written into the catalog file at that time. The path to that location is stored inside the catalog along with all the metadata embedded in each imported photo, and that is what Lightroom uses to find the source photos as you do your work. As long as you use Lightroom to do all file...

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Moving Your Classic Catalog to a Different Drive
Jan09

Moving Your Classic Catalog to a Different Drive

Last week I wrote about how to point the Lightroom Classic catalog to a new drive for your photos, and someone asked about moving the catalog and previews too. I thought that would make a great post for this week. Thanks, Stephanie! Now, don’t go moving your catalog around just for fun. This would only be if you had a pressing need, such as you need to replace the drive it is currently on, or maybe you had the catalog on an...

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