Lately I have seen a lot of questions on how to make Lightroom work more comfortable. There are many ways to improve a workflow, but none have made it more comfortable to work with Lightroom than a second monitor.

Everybody with a camera likes to think they are suitable to be a pro photographer. “Mistakes? Not me!”, is usually the reaction to that question. And yet, I see so many people taking pictures that could have been so much better… If only they were taken with a little bit of thinking *before* the shot. Let’s take the example of a wildlife shooter (pro/beginner/anything goes). The idea of shooting wildlife has one drawback that is that you cannot direct your models like a fashion photographer. If you try to direct anything (say: a deer), you will lose your shot instead of getting a better one. So what settings will you use? High shutter speed, wide open aperture and high ISO. At least all the pics will be sharp, right?

Lightroom is a database. I have written about that before. One of the key features for me was that each picture could have an infinite number of keywords associated to it. You could then search for the keywords and find the pictures wherever they were in the catalogue (database). I used the search function of the keyword list, which was very limited in functionality. But hey, it was way better than to scroll through hundreds if not thousands of pictures to find that one picture you were looking for.

For a while the news about Facebook refusing any third party apps to post seemed like miserable to me. For a few years now, I have had the habit of setting the caption for my pictures in Lightroom, drag them to the FB Publish plugin and press publish. Sharing of the uploaded picture was still to be done on Facebook. I created collections in Lightroom and FB followed by creating the corresponding albums and put the photos where I wanted them. That worked great.

Until August 1st, 2018.

Now that Facebook has revoked the licenses to post directly from a desktop app to its services, many people are left holding the bag. Using Lightroom to post to Facebook has for a long time been my favorite way of posting. Add a caption in Lightroom, and the text even shows up in your post. but now…

Camera Neutral is my default setting for the camera as well as in Lightroom. Recently, Lightroom has had an update that made big changes to the profile management. So here is an update to the previous article about profiles.

Recently I read an article about grey cards and how they were not useful in photography. The more I read into that article, the more I was thinking I needed to set that straight. More or less. If grey cards were “invented” and used for a long time, then they should have some merit, right?

Adobe Lightroom is a database. Some even call it a “Relationship database”. I have never found any contacts of the opposite sex in there, so I will keep the term as “Relational Database” Smile . Lightroom does not keep your images inside that database. The database itself is called a Catalogue, to make things more palatable for the general public. Nobody in his right mind would want to buy a “Photographic Relational Database”, however, most people would buy “Lightroom and Catalogue”. Simple question of marketing. That Adobe felt the need to create different versions of the same product with virtually the same name was not very wise, but like they say: “It is what it is”. Nothing I can do about that.

So, Lightroom is a database.

For a long time, I thought that my single monitor had the correct colour settings. It was brand new, after all, a brand new monitor should be set correctly, right? Wrong. They are set “approximately” right. Switching between the different colour profiles on the monitor menus gave different results, 9300K, 6500K, sRGB, “PhotoRealistic”, all different displays. Since many of my pictures go on the web, the use of sRGB was recommended. For me, that didn’t look right, and when I compared the display of my monitor to another computer in the house (over the internet) the result was less than appealing.

But what the heck, my new monitor should be good, right?

So now I have my usable images still in the “Previous import” collection, a good place to not mix them (yet) with my other pictures. Keeps things simple, you know. By now it’s time for two different operations, one mandatory for my organisation and the other if I didn’t forget to switch on my GPS unit.The first one is the most tedious and boring operation: keywording.

In my capacity as admin on a Facebook Lightroom Help group, I often come across the question of “How to do this or that…”. Most of the time it is about people that don't know where to start when they come home with a lot of images. The images end up in folders on their computers that they have no idea of, presets get applied that they have no idea of and so on. The list is endless. So is the list of solutions for each problem.

So the question is: where to start? Here’s my take on this, but your mileage may vary.

Henk
6 days 16 hours

Well, I was told so by a "pro" that later recanted... :-) I removed the name, so at least it is now correct.

josie brendle
7 days 19 hours

nice blog but sorry the horses are not Clydesdales. Those are a little bigger. :)

Henk
8 days 8 hours

Test comment here

Henk Von Pickartz
8 days 13 hours

This is a comment. I will see if this works or if this will be taken over by spammers. If so, then I will take it down again.