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Crystal A.

Crystal

I've recently discovered Lightroom (and I'm in LOVE) but I need help!

Owner/Photographer at Acquired Photography

I've uploaded images into folders (by accident) and sometimes I can't find what I've recently uploaded. I feel like my Lightroom is already a complete mess and I'm not sure how to fix it...
Can someone explain to me how you use it? How it benefits you? Do you use this as your first and primary editing software?
I can't quite get a 'routine' with Lightroom. Right now I'm so choppy in using it. I upload all images into a folder on my harddrive, pick through and decide which images I want to edit, upload only those images into Lightroom. Edit these images in lightroom as a clean edit, export to harddrive, edit with creative filters and with B&W, then export again... Then open in PSE to do fine editing and major edits... Then SAVE as final copies...I know its supposed to help work flow but I feel like I've created MORE workflow!
I LOVE the creative filters and how it has improved my post processing colors/edits but I'm stuck!
Help??

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  • James R.

    James

    James R.

    Owner at James Ribniker Fine Art Photography

    LR will not find files unless they are IMPORTED to the catalog. When, during my workflow, I create an image outside of LR, I must then go to the LR import dialog and select the folder that contains the new image and select the image (it usually is already selected) and click the import button.
    BTW, Phil Steele has an excellent video course on how to use LR. I have no affiliation with Phil, I just like his style of teaching. Google Phil Steele to find out more.

  • Harvey C. S.

    Harvey C.

    Harvey C. S.

    Are you inside looking out? or outside looking in?

    Do all your importing through the Lightroom Library when moving the files to your hard drive. Then review the images in Lightroom and mark the rejects - keystroke "x" key will mark them as rejected. After you do this you can use the filter to display the rejects, select all those and "delete" will give you the choice to remove them from just lightroom or delete from the hard drive.

    Get an understanding of the importing through Lightroom and the library folder hierarchy. Do all your file management in Lightroom. Learn about smart folders.

    Get a good understanding of editing in Photoshop from Lightroom!
    When you want to edit in Photoshop, select "edit" in photoshop and it will open the image in Photoshop. Close/save the Photoshop, don't do a save as. You can set the preferences where to save the edited image, and whether you want to add it to the catalogue or not, and default for what type of file to save it.

  • Harvey C. S.

    Harvey C.

    Harvey C. S.

    Are you inside looking out? or outside looking in?

    to be clear-
    Do this from the Lightroom.
    "When you want to edit in Photoshop, select "edit" in photoshop and it will open the image in Photoshop."
    In the drop down menu; photo edit; edit in Photoshop.

  • Val L.

    Val

    Val L.

    UX Design & Research Intern at Perforce Software

    There are also some Lightroom classes on creativeLIVE.com or Lynda.com.

  • Michael e. S.

    Michael e.

    Michael e. S.

    Photographer at Michael e. Stern Photography

    go to adobe.tv.com and peruse the LR4 section....

  • Christopher B.

    Christopher

    Christopher B.

    owner at Christopher Barr Photography

    Crystal...I have always felt the most confusing and frustrating part of LR was understanding how the library protocols work, where the h**l they are located and how to organize them. I would recommend you start with this page on the Adobe website MIchael just recommended...I'll bet it is what you are looking for: http://www.computer-darkroom.com/lightroom_offline/lr_offline_1.htm

  • Michael e. S.

    Michael e.

    Michael e. S.

    Photographer at Michael e. Stern Photography

    Crystal...One of the biggys to keep in mind is that you are in control of where the libraries are located. LR likes to separate the library of images and the catalog that references them...this is IMHO insanity the likes of which Christopher is referring to.

    A suggestion: put the LR catalog in a separate folder within the folder that contains the images that catalog references. This way if and or when you move the folder with the image files in it, LR can still find them. This will be a huge time-saver and restore some of the effort lost trying to figure out where the F everything went!

    Another suggestion: even though LR can manage a catalog of over 100,000 images, why would you do that? If it crashes you're life will be very different. Of course there is always your back-up catalog. I like to create a catalog for every month of all portfolio shoots. I also create separate catalogs for each client. True I have a lot of catalogs...a lot of small and manageable catalogs....easy to find....easy to back up and easy to work with.

    Good luck on the learning curve....more like a learning highway...without guard rails and no speed limit....(:())

    Michael
    buildabetterphotograph.com

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