One of the Most Useful but Rarely Used Features of Lightroom

Lightroom is an intricate program full of numerous features — sometimes so many that it can be easy to miss out on a particularly useful tool that can make your editing life both easier and more efficient. This excellent video will show you one of those tools.

Coming to you from Anthony Morganti, this great video will show you how to use the Match Total Exposures tool in Lightroom. If you are someone who shoots a lot of images at a time (such as an events photographer) and you use one of your camera's semi-automatic modes, such as aperture priority, you may find that your camera's built-in metering isn't quite perfect, and you'll often have to spend time make minute exposure changes to multiple images of similar subjects or in a same location to get the exposure to match. This is where the Match Total Exposures tool comes into play. Simply adjust the exposure to how you'd like it in one image, then select the photos you want to match it. Lightroom will then take into account the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO setting of each photo and adjust the exposure accordingly to match. It's a super useful tool to speed up your workflow. Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

And if you are new to Lightroom and want to learn more, check out "Fstoppers Introduction to Adobe Lightroom: The Ultimate Crash Course!" 

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7 Comments

One of the very useful tools in the life of mostly studio photographers (which are few) who did not nail the exposure (which are even fewer) and don’t know yet about Sync button (there are many).

That would be closer to the truth ;)

PS: Unless something changed in AI of this tool.

Works the way you want sometimes. Mostly doesn't as far as I've seen/used

Ado Avdic's picture

I've used this feature some time ago but it does not seem to be very consistent. And yes I separate it for every scene.

Use manual exposure (and white balance) and leave it there.

Paul Farace's picture

I want my 3 minutes back.

Leon Kolenda's picture

Yeah, I want my 3.57 minutes back! Why not HDR the images and get both the sky and the rest of the shot in balance? I can't see where I would use that tool very much, if at all. Then for me, I'm not about speed, I'm all about getting the best image/images!

Terry Waggoner's picture

Morganti's videos are directed to the novice photographers who think proper exposure means dressing correctly for the occasion..........and he does a very good job in the helping that novice. Not all of us can be super intelligent when it involves a camera so kudos to Anthony because whenever I try to instruct the novice their eyes tend to glaze over.