Computer programs are only as good as the information they have to work with and the commands they are given. Avoid these mistakes in Lightroom so you can minimize any major headaches further down the line.
Photographer Tim Grey is back at B&H Photo Event Space to share his thoughts on how to get the very best out of Lightroom as well as showing some of the many pitfalls that are best to be avoided. Even for those who don't use the image organization software, the video is well worth a watch as Grey goes into detail on many of the good habits that all photographers should really be implementing into their digital workflows. Subjects like folder strategies, backups, using keywords, and automatic presets may not be the sexiest of topics, but they really do make looking after your precious images so much easier.
The video is a long one at over 1 hour and 30 minutes, so you might want to watch this in a few sittings. For your convenience, here is a running order of what is discussed in the video:
- 3:57: Not Understanding Lightroom
- 9:08: Choosing the Wrong Lightroom
- 14:31: Using Multiple Catalogs
- 16:28: Not Making the Most of Import
- 28:08: Having a Confused Folder Strategy
- 32:24: Being Careless With Date-Based Folders
- 34:13: Starting Anything Outside of Lightroom
- 37:57: Ignoring Keywords
- 41:12: Forgetting "Fake" Keywords
- 42:38: Not Preserving Metadata
- 46:33: Neglecting Backups
- 54:02: Getting Lost on the Map
- 58:25: Ignoring Presets
- 1:03:11: Forgetting About Search Options
- 1:14:07: Leveraging Photoshop Improperly
- 1:19:30: Inconsistency
- 1:25:25: Not Planning Beyond Lightroom
Are there any mistakes or tips in regards to Lightroom that you think should have been mentioned that weren't? We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Lead image by Nao Triponez on Pexels, used under Creative Commons.