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Lightroom Tip and Seminar Contest Winners

Happy Friday everyone. I’m in Portland, Oregon right now getting ready to head up to Seattle. I’ll probably be shooting at Olympic National Park this weekend so if you’ve got any great photo spots, I’d sure appreciate it. Anyway, I figured I’d close up the week with a tip as well as post the winners who got a free ticket to my Kelby Training Lightroom 4 Live seminar later this month.

Okay, first… the tip. This one is for spot removal and making it more efficient in Lightroom. Instead of zooming in and dragging your cursor around looking for spots in your photo, you can help Lightroom search section by section to make sure you don’t miss any areas. First, zoom in to your photo to 100%. Then go to the Navigator panel (top left of Lightroom) and place the square in the top left of your photo (like you see below).

Now…ready for the cool part? Just press your page-down key. Lightroom will automatically move your little zoomed-in square to the next section below so you can check that area for spots. Press it again and it keeps going down. When it hits the bottom of the photo it’ll automatically shoot right up to the top of the next section of your photo and keep going. You gotta give it a try to see it in action but it works great.

Next, the winners for my Lightroom 4 Seminar. Don’t forget that if you didn’t win, you can still go 😉 Here’s the link on the Kelby Training Live website to find out more about the dates and outline for the day.

• Minneapolis: Gregg Jaehning
• Los Angeles: Jerry W.
Ronda Morris, you almost won but you called me Scott (just kidding, that didn’t keep you from winning – I just got a kick out of it) 🙂
• Chicago: Philip Merritt
• Lansing: Rich Wyllis



  1. Dee 20 April, 2012 at 09:32 Reply

    Another way to get to the top left of your zoomed in image when in grid view is to press: Spacebar, Spacebar, and Home key. The first Spacebar press switches to Loupe view, the second Spacebar press zooms in and the Home key jumps to the top left of the zoomed image. Good for you keyboard types.

    You can also use the End key to jump to the bottom right of the zoomed in image.

    Thanks for the awesome tip Matt! And great job on The Grid too. I look forward to each new episode as it keeps us in touch with what’s going on with photography.

  2. Dee 19 April, 2012 at 10:51 Reply

    Thanks for the awesome tip Matt!

    You can also use the Home and End keys to jump to the top-left and bottom-right of your image.

    Alternatively, to get to the top right of your zoomed-in image while in grid view press the Spacebar twice (loupe, zoom) and Home. Good for keyboard type users.

  3. Rick Verbanec 17 April, 2012 at 18:10 Reply

    Will you be discussing the status or offering any tips for working around the slow performance issues of Lightroom 4 in any of your seminars?

  4. Ed Pflager 16 April, 2012 at 12:47 Reply

    Hi Matt!
    I’m excited that you are bringing the LR4 tour to Lansing, MI. Wondered when registration will be open for it? Or if it will need to be moved from the date you had posted since you are doing the Google+ conference in SF the same week.

  5. Steve 15 April, 2012 at 12:58 Reply

    I see you! I am currently sitting in row 17 on the flight from Seattle to Detroit. There is a man across the aisle who appears to be geotagging photos who looks an awful lot like Matt Kloskowski.

  6. John 14 April, 2012 at 11:10 Reply

    Sol duck (spelled wrong I’m sure)waterfalls. Also bring the tour to Seattle! It’s never been here or close to here!

  7. Phil 14 April, 2012 at 05:01 Reply

    Tip for the tip : no need for naviagation panel, just hit the top arrow key that lies next to page up key, thus you can review your photos in full screen after hitting tab to hide panels.

  8. Steve Kalman 14 April, 2012 at 04:06 Reply

    We loved the Olympic Peninsula when we visited. Two highlights were Neah Bay (zillions of eagles) and from there, Cape Loop Road to 48.38491, -124.71577. Park there and walk the cape trail to “hole in the wall”. At the end of the trail there’s a gazebo with a great view and you’ll be at the north western most point in the continental US.

    If you get down to Forks, make sure you see the driftwood by 2nd beach and grab a meal at Klaloch

    There are also ruins of a WWII artillery emplacement (created to defend against a Japanese attack on the west coast). There might be some UrbEx opportunities there.

  9. Irene Strowe 13 April, 2012 at 18:41 Reply

    If you like rocks and the coast, then hit Ruby Beach on the Pacific Ocean side of the Olympic National Forest – if ya gots the time!

    • Lauren 27 April, 2012 at 10:59 Reply

      Classic car grave yard…that sounds like a great idea to me. I live in Seattle and am always looking for good spots to get some pics. Where on Vashon is the grave yard?

  10. EG 13 April, 2012 at 14:52 Reply

    Gorgeous weather expected this weekend in western WA. You do know the OP is huge, right? Do you have time for that? And it’s still mostly snow covered up in the mountains. Assuming you are looking for landscapes, right? So, maybe some beaches? Dungeness Spit could be interesting. Shi Shi beach would be the bomb–but you are talking about a 5 mile hike into there and most likely spending the night if you want to catch the great sunsets and wonderful light at that time of day. Hurricane Ridge road is open in the winter now, but you will need 4WD and tire chains in the vehicle as a backup–and you’d probably want to take snowshoes up there if you really want to shoot anything worth shooting. I think I’d stick to the beaches for this trip. Do Shi Shi (preferably at sunset) and maybe spend some time shooting some of the people and places in Neah Bay on your way in. Or stop at Dungeness for a shorter trip and do that unique land form and maybe the light house there.

  11. Gregory 13 April, 2012 at 12:52 Reply

    Hopefully this comment actually posts. Haven’t had much luck on that front lately!

    So, on a Mac that would be OPTION + Down Arrow? Not at home to try it out.

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