Lightroom Tips

Unexpected Tip Saturday

Happy weekend folks. As you’ve noticed it’s an unexpected blog day. I’m trying something new out by blogging on Saturday. Not because I plan to continue to blog on Saturday’s but more because I just finally got internet access on Friday night (my hotel’s wireless apparently is more like connection-less). Anyway, I’ve got some photos to share from the workshop I’m teaching at, but if you want to skip straight to the tip just scroll to the end of this post.

Great Smoky Mountains Workshop Update/Photos
I’m about halfway through my workshop in the Great Smokey Mountains and we’re having a blast. As always, I’m meeting some really great people and within a few hours you’d think we all knew each other for years. Plus, I’m incredibly impressed at the number of great photographers in this workshop. It really is inspiring to be shooting along side these talented folks. I thought I’d share of few of my photos so you can see the kind of scenery that we’re in.

Photo 1 – Here’s one from our sunrise shoot on Thursday (shot with my Nikon D300 and a 17-55 lens)

As you can see, the sky wasn’t anything spectacular and was pretty much a bust. So, I did what any self-respecting photographer would do… I ditched the wide lens and put the 70-200 zoom on and started looking for the photo within the photo. Here’s a few more

Photo 2 – Another from the sunrise shoot (Shot with 70-200 Nikon VR lens)
Photo 3 – Yet one more from sunrise (Shot with 70-200 Nikon VR lens)
Photo 4 – This is a church we saw on the drive through Cades Cove (Shot with 17-55 lens)

And Now for the Saturday Tip
I was actually reminded of this tip by Garth (Alan Sisto) Brooks, a guy in my workshop this weekend. We joked around because if you put a cowboy hat on him, he’s a dead-ringer for Garth Brooks. Anyway, let’s say you apply a bunch of changes in one of the panels in the Develop module. For example, maybe you tweak a bunch of sliders in the HSL panel. Later, after making a bunch of other changes, you decide you want to reset the sliders in the HSL panel. You could manually drag each slider to 0 but that’s a giant pain the butt. Instead, hold down the Alt (Mac: Option) key. The panel will then display Reset Saturation (or whatever panel you’re in) button. Just click on it to reset the sliders for that panel but not everything else in the Develop module. It works for all the panels though so make sure you give it a try.

I hope you’re having a good weekend. We’ve got an early AM shoot on Saturday morning (I’m writing this on late Friday night). It looks like it’s going to rain so we’ll be heading under some trees to shoot the streams in the mountains. Cross your fingers that I don’t fall in : )