The tenth and last step for improving your workflow is: Delete your rejects so that only the images worth keeping and working on are in your catalog. You can use the flag or star attributes to rate your images, delete the “bad” ones, and filter the view so you are only viewing the “good” images.
With the release of the Nikon D810 last week, we have received a number of urgent e-mails asking why Lightroom can’t see its raw files. Unfortunately, Lightroom must be updated to recognize the D810 files and, until that happens, you must use one of four workarounds. Each workaround has its pluses and minuses. The four
Editor’s Note: This post appeared verbatim in the July 15, 2014, newsletter. It is being posted here by request. One thing is certain when it comes to image editing software: Change is inevitable. Most changes are incremental. Photoshop CC 2014 added a couple of new features for photographers but Photoshop CC 2014 isn’t “all new.”
The ninth step is more of a precaution than a true step: Do not delete, move, or rename images outside of Lightroom. Delete images, create new folders, move images between folders, and rename images only within Lightroom. Before you can organize, edit, or output your images in Lightroom, the images must be “imported” into the currently opened catalog.
The eighth step, while not as fun as organizing and editing your images, is a necessary step: Use filter presets and smart collections to help keep your catalog clean and organized. As covered in previous posts, there are a significant number of steps in organizing your images in Lightroom and, as a result, it can be difficult to
In a long anticipated move, Apple will cease development of Aperture, its pro photo editing application, and iPhoto. Mac’s new operating system called Yosemite and scheduled for release this fall will include a new photo app called Photos for OS X. While Apple has been showing off Photos for OS X and has said some
The seventh step follows the third and sixth steps: Use collections to keep track of images for projects. Assuming you are storing your images by date and location, as discussed in a previous post, and consistently keywording your images, as discussed in the last post, finding all your images of a specific event or your
The sixth step is a bit more complicated than the previous ones: Use keywords to sort your images. I often see photographers sort their images by creating separate folders based on the subject of the photograph. For example, I was recently helping a someone organize a chaotic mess of 100,000 image files. This photographer, instead of
The fifth step is a simple one: Learn the keyboard shortcuts for the functions that you use the most and, as a consequence, the ones that will save you the most time and effort. I was never a big keyboard shortcut fan until I started to use them. Now, I am one of their biggest advocates.
Adobe has released Camera Raw 8.5 RC for public beta. While the release candidate contains the usual updates, e.g., support for new cameras and lens and bug fixes, it also contains upgrades to the Camera Raw interface and new functionality. The interface upgrades will provide some of the functionality available in Lightroom but currently not
The fourth step is a follow on to the last one: Pick a format for naming your images, rename them after deleting all the throw aways, and never, ever deviate from your chosen format. When you take an image, the camera assigns the image file a filename, e.g., _DSC5645.NEF and IMG_7689.CR2, and, when you import images,
The third step is one that you need to carefully think about before implementing it: Pick a format for your folder names and never, ever deviate from it. When you import images into Lightroom from your memory card or another external source, Lightroom must store them in a folder on your hard drive and that