Lightroom is a brilliant tool for photographers, and helps us easily and quickly get our photos from the camera and out of the door to our clients. As an Indian Wedding Photographer, I use Lightroom for almost all my post production now. This post is in continuation to my previous post, Lightroom for Wedding Photographers. If you haven’t already, you should read that first before this one!
In this post we will go through little gems and features hidden within Lightroom that will help you create a strong and efficient workflow. (Workflow: something that you do again, and again (and again) so that you do it by rote. This includes everything after you take the photo – so all the steps that you follow right from how you eject memory cards to how you output photos once you’re done with them!). Let’s go through some tips and tricks while building your workflow.
a. What’s the best way to import photos to Lightroom?
Lets take a look at the settings that one should know and also must apply to their images for better management of the Lightroom catalogue.
b. What’s the best way to select and curate photos?
When Lightroom was first introduced, it was touted as a combination of Adobe Bridge and Adobe Photoshop. If this doesn’t make sense to you, in the pre-Lightroom era, we photographers didn’t have a way of selecting images. When digital first came about, photographers didn’t take thousands of photos and selecting photos was a Light Table approach.
Today, from a wedding shoot we usually rack up thousands of photos – and selection of the images is a HUGE time consuming job. (Wedding photographers, you know what I mean.) Selecting photos is a very important step. You don’t want to miss photos because your photo selection workflow wasn’t efficient. Here’s how I go about it – but first, let’s understand the tools available to us.
Set Label to Red: 6
Set Label to Yellow: 7
Set Label to Green: 8
Set Label to Blue: 9
Set Label to Purple: Right Click with Mouse, Select Colour Label, Purple
1 Star Rating: 1
2 Star Rating: 2
3 Star Rating: 3
4 Star Rating: 4
5 Star Rating: 5
0 Star Rating: 0
Flag as Pick: ‘P’
Remove Flag: ‘U’
Set as Rejected: ‘X’
These tools are actually very helpful in keeping your images selected the way you want, moreover working on bulk images at one go can sometimes become very tiresome, so this is where all the selection tools helps in selecting and organising the images the way we want and work on them in an efficient manner.
How do I this?
Like everything in Adobe, it’s really up to you how to use it. This is what I do:
How does this help? Of the ten thousand photos I may have taken at a wedding, a RED filter will bring it down to the number of images I think are usable – a FLAG filter on top of that will show me the images I’ve developed and have decided to deliver – and a STAR filter on top of that will show me the outstanding ones!
c. Some very important points to keep in mind while developing your images in Lightroom:
Since we’ve already discussed how to edit images in ‘Lightroom for wedding photographers – tutorial 1’, in this section i have just main pointers to keep in mind to have a better workflow.
d. What’s the best way to export photos?
In Lightroom, you do not “save” photos in the traditional sense. Instead, you export photos. You can export photos in various file formats suitable for a wide range of uses. For e.g., high resolution images for printing, medium resolution images for online usage, etc.
And there you go! These are some of my favourite features within Lightroom that should help make you a power user in no time at all!
Are there any other features of Lightroom you’d like explained? Ask away in the comments section and I’ll be happy to dedicate future posts to it. SUBSCRIBE to this blog (using the box at the top right of this page) to get these in your inbox. Thank you!