Writing XMP Files in Lightroom (why you shouldn’t and when you should)
Mar16

Writing XMP Files in Lightroom (why you shouldn’t and when you should)

This is a follow-up for reason #7 from my post on Monday called “If your Lightroom is running slow, it’s probably one of these seven reasons” (here’s the link in case you missed the other 6). #7 was about turning off having Lightroom automatically write .xmp files each time you make an adjustment in Lightroom and I mentioned that most Lightroom users should probably turn this auto writing of xmp files off. So,...

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If Your Lightroom Is Running Slow…It’s Probably One Of These 7 Reasons
Mar12

If Your Lightroom Is Running Slow…It’s Probably One Of These 7 Reasons

Well, I guess it should read, “one or MORE of these seven reasons: 1) Your Lightroom Catalog (and preview files) are NOT on your computer (you’ve stored them on an external hard drive). It’s fine for photos to be stored on an external hard drive (in fact, I recommend it), but not your Lightroom Catalog file or previews files. Things will run much faster with those files right on your main internal hard drive. 2) You...

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Understanding the Lightroom Classic to Photoshop Workflow
Jan17

Understanding the Lightroom Classic to Photoshop Workflow

Understanding the basics of how to take your photos from Lightroom Classic (works the same in earlier versions of Lightroom Classic too) to Photoshop and back again (and possibly back and forth more than once) can reduce frustration and increase efficiency. Configuring Preferences Let’s take a look at the External Editing options, which can be found by going to Lightroom > Preferences > External Editing (PC: Edit > Preferences >...

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Do You Know Where Your Catalog Is?
Aug23

Do You Know Where Your Catalog Is?

One of the most important things a Lightroom user should know is the location of where his or her working catalog is stored on his or her system. Now there’s no shame if you don’t know, because its location is pretty transparent when you use Lightroom; however, if you should ever run into a problem, you’ll be glad to know where it is. I also regularly encounter people who discover that their working catalog...

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Importing In The Background (While You Work On Other Stuff)
May22

Importing In The Background (While You Work On Other Stuff)

Welcome to a brand spankin’ new week — fresh and full of wonderful possibilities. Let’s make the most of it! 🙂 We kick this just-baked week off with a look at how to change a simple setting so you can import in the background while you’re working on something else. (of course, you won’t always want to do this, but when you, this is well worth knowing). Here’s how it’s done: SCENARIO: Let’s say...

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I’m Back, and It’s Time for a Quick Lightroom Tip
Apr24

I’m Back, and It’s Time for a Quick Lightroom Tip

Here’s how to make Lightroom show both your RAW image, plus your JPEG image as two separate files (for those folks who shoot RAW + JPEG on their camera).

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