Lightroom Settings All Photographers Should Know About

Lightroom is a deceptively complex program with a wide variety of settings that can impact both your workflow and the quality of your images. This excellent video details some lesser-known settings in the application that you should nonetheless be aware of.

Coming to you from Anthony Morganti, this great video goes over some important settings in Lightroom that you should be aware of. Some of these options can make your workflow more efficient, and it is worth taking the time to go into your preferences panel to set up the application to your preferences and needs. One option that made my workflow a lot easier was setting up Lightroom to generate 1:1 previews upon import. I frequently zoom to 100% to check that I have nailed focus, especially for things like wide-aperture portraits, and waiting the extra few seconds for the image to render can be annoying and really starts to add up time-wise when working with hundreds of shots. Using the 100% previews takes more space (so I'm sure to have Lightroom disregard them after 30 days) and adds more time to the import process, but I just do something else while the previews are rendering. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Morganti. 

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Zenon Nowobilski's picture

Lots of photographers not using lightroom!

Richard King's picture

There are plenty of other RAW processors out there!

Michael Engshun's picture

And? Contribute something worthwhile instead.

Alexander Petrenko's picture

And nothing wrong with that! There is plenty of videos about other processors!

JERRY NEWMAN's picture

On the other hand there are lots of photographers who do use Lightroom and Photoshop and are very happy with it, especially with the ongoing updates that are included in the subscription. I'm glad other photographers like other programs, but I'll stick to Lightroom/Photoshop subscription with the frequent updates included.

Alexander Petrenko's picture

Adobe employee detected.

David Pavlich's picture

I agree with Jerry and I'm not an Adobe employee. I'm a retired tennis shop owner. LR/PS fit my needs better than the other stuff out there, just like a LOT of other photographers. I've tried a couple of the other options and they're okay, but don't measure up for me.

Michael Engshun's picture

h8r detected and rejected. Contribute something worthwhile instead.

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JERRY NEWMAN's picture

I am not an Adobe employee, but a retired Social Worker who believes Alexander Petrenko should check thing out before he tries what he falsely thinks it's ok lie.

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By the way, I like and use a number of Adobe products because most are relatively user friendly for us non-tech folk.