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Lightroom’s Hidden Gems #2

From keyboard shortcuts to menu items, there is a lot of Lightroom’s hidden gems we miss while organizing and enhancing our images. In this new series, I’ll introduce you to (or remind you of) time saving shortcuts, enhancement techniques, and many of the lesser known, but really cool features in Lightroom.

Time Saving Menu Items

When teaching Lightroom, many instructors emphasize the speed of keyboard shortcuts.  I love keyboard shortcuts myself, but if you don’t even know the command exists, they won’t do you much good.  That’s where the menus come in handy. You, know, those old words scrawled across the top of your screen when Lightroom is open!  In the screen shot below, I’ve clicked on the Menu Item Lightroom to reveal the options in the drop down menu.

Get to know your shortcuts

If you’re like me, after clicking on a menu item you quickly scan the drop down ignoring the options while searching for your choice. This rapid reading prohibits us from absorbing the different selections available to us.  After years of using Lightroom, I still come across options I’ve never noticed before. Do yourself a favor. When searching through the menu items, take some time to read the options.  You’ll likely discover many of Lightroom’s hidden gems.

For example:  Under the help menu is the option to show Shortcuts.  If you are in the Library Module the option will be Library Module Shortcuts.  If you are in the Develop Module, it will read Develop Module Shortcuts.

Click on this option to reveal the following screen:

The shortcut treasure trove!  On the left the keyboard shortcut, on the right the command it invokes.  Simply click anywhere in this screen to make it disappear and return to the task at hand.  Remember, not all shortcuts are the same across the different Modules.  Pressing X while in the Library Module has a different effect then pressing X in the Develop Module.

Rename your photos

Another example is renaming your photos.  You won’t find a rename button in the interface, but by clicking on the Menu Item Library, you’ll see you can rename your photos by tapping the F2 key.

 

Selecting images quickly

Hidden in the Edit Menu, there’s a real time saver for selecting images.  Lets say you’ve just keyworded or labeled a group of selected images (as seen below).

Next you want to perform another action but on all of the images that are unselected. Simply go up to Edit>Invert Selection.

 

This will now inverse the selection and allow you to work on the remainder of the images.

Correct your cameras time stamp

Ever take pictures abroad (or just in the next time zone) and notice that your capture time is off?  This is because your camera still thinks it’s at home.  Easy to fix.  Simply select all of the images and choose Metadata>Edit Capture Time.

The resulting box allows you to change the capture time in several ways.  Here I am changing it to reflect an 8 hour time difference.

When you are in rush, stopping to read the menus is a real drag. So carve out a little time for some Lighroom exploration. You may just find that one command that makes it all worthwhile.

For more information on Lightroom, view our 33 part, 5 hour training tutorial!

Student Images from our Venice Workshop

Student Images from our Venice Workshop

Buongiorno from Italia!  Today marks our second full day of our Venice workshop and already our group has found their groove in this city of water.  From our early morning shoot on the Piazza  San Marco to the quiet canals of Dorsoduro our students are creating work that can only be described as Fantastico!  Here’s a quick sample.  

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Chicago: Student Work

Chicago: Student Work

A favorite city, a gorgeous time of year and a group of talented photographers…sounds like a recipe for success!

We always look forward to visiting Chicago and this year didn’t disappoint.  Our most recent group of students made the most of the experience and brought back countless images worthy of ooooh’s and ahhhh’s.  Don’t believe us?  Click the catalog below and see for yourself!

xPB

 

California Coast: Student Work

California Coast: Student Work

As we’re gearing up for a chilly Montana fall, our minds are wandering back to the wonderful California summer experience we had not too long ago.  Great locations, great weather and most of all….GREAT STUDENTS!

We had a blast on the coast and it was a workshop to remember but don’t just take our word for it, check out the work created by our talented students.

Enjoy!

xPB

 

A little inspiration for ya…..

A little inspiration for ya…..

I grew up looking at National Geographic and although I wasn’t interested in photography in my youth I can say that all those yellow spined issues definitely shaped me.  Like it or not they helped me develop an appreciation for vision, storytelling and travel.  I’ve not picked up a single copy in the last 15 yrs but I can still feel the weight in my hands and I could imagine that I could identify one while blindfolded.  

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Lightroom’s Hidden Gems

From keyboard shortcuts to menu items, there is a lot of Lightroom’s hidden gems we miss while organizing and enhancing our images. In this new series, I’ll introduce you to (or remind you of) time saving shortcuts, enhancement techniques, and many of the lesser known, but really cool features in Lightroom.

Read More

Insights: Episode 12

Insights: Episode 12

It’s always beneficial to hear other photographers talk about their work.  It’s a great opportunity to get insight into the process and technique behind a photograph or series of photographs.  We thought it would be fun to do that on a regular basis in a series of posts that we’ll call Insights.

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2018 WORKSHOPS ARE HERE!

2018 WORKSHOPS ARE HERE!

Without further ado, here is our beautiful lineup for 2018. We couldn’t be more ecstatic, and we just can’t wait to bring all of you wonderful people with us to some of the best places to photograph on our dear planet!

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Insights: Episode 11

Insights: Episode 11

It’s always beneficial to hear other photographers talk about their work.  It’s a great opportunity to get insight into the process and technique behind a photograph or series of photographs.  We thought it would be fun to do that on a regular basis in a series of posts that we’ll call Insights.

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