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Lightroom Video Tip: Speed Through Your Photo Editing

If you find yourself trying to move through your photos quickly to pick the best ones, then you’ll be happy to know that Lightroom has a great little trick to help out. It’s called Auto-Advance. When you turn it on, Lightroom will then automatically move to the next photo whenever you flag, rate, or label one of your photos. Depending on how you work in Lightroom, it can be a great time saver.



  1. Jesseadrian 13 June, 2016 at 00:05 Reply

    Well, I despise this feature, and I can’t find a way to turn it off in Windows, Lightroom 6, using a midi controller for flagging. Any suggestions?

  2. Mitchell 14 May, 2016 at 23:34 Reply

    LIFE SAVER …. Thank you. Never ever seen that option. Do you have any idea how sore my left index finger is from sitting yesterday and flagging / rejecting over 25000 images.

  3. Sean Mathis 17 October, 2013 at 19:49 Reply

    I’ve got Lr on Creative Cloud. That option doesn’t even show as you’ve got it listed. It’s grayed out under “tethered capture.” Any idea what’s going on?

  4. alex 3 October, 2013 at 06:45 Reply

    I like useing the the shift key as i would forget to turn the auto-advance off when i don’t want it. Though i see it as being helpful if going through a lot of images.

  5. Laurentiu Manolache 1 October, 2013 at 15:24 Reply

    Nice tip. Thank you for sharing! I’ll try to use it next time. It is really fast that way.
    Now I use a filter what show me only unflagged photos. When I mark a photo Pick or Reject it disappear from grid. I do this until I have no photos to flag.
    Then I choose another filter that show me only picked photos. In this stage I put stars on photos. Again, the photos disappear from grid until I done with.
    In the third stage, I process every star category. And that’s my workflow on projects.

  6. Mitch Kloorfain 27 September, 2013 at 06:45 Reply

    I like that because I really always found Windows Explorer easier to sort because I would just have one finger on delete and the other on arrow to advance. Auto Advance in LR is a big help but I still wish the P and X keys for Pick and Reject were two keys side-by-side on the keyboard. This arrangement prevents me from drinking coffee while sorting one-handed.

    • Phil Shaw 27 September, 2013 at 13:40 Reply

      You can always do a select all of the photos, mark them all as rejects (or picks) and then just use pick – P (or reject – x) with auto advance. You need only one finger then.

      Also, I sometimes use the number rating keys. Every photo I’m going to discard gets a 1 and those I’m going to keep get a 2 (or 3). You only need two fingers side by side for this. Then filter for all photos <=1, select all, and mark for reject.

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