Never Open Photoshop Again with this Lightroom Workflow

Over the last couple of years I have received more than a few inquiries about how I use Lightroom to edit my photos. The embedded video is a screen recording of my entire workflow, from import to export. It's sped up for the sake of time, so if there is any part that isn't clear, feel free to ask questions in the comments. So without further ado, here is my Lightroom workflow.

As I note in the video, I do about 99% of all my editing in Lightroom only. The only time I ever open photoshop is to do heavy editing, like if I need to open a subject's blinking eyes or edit complex shapes in an image. My workflow has been whittled down to what is now due to time constraints at my JackThreads job, where narrowing 500 images down to under 100 finished images in less than one hour was something I did daily. It would take me about ten times as long to edit with Bridge and Photoshop.

I want to note that this is the workflow that makes the most sense to me. It is not perfect. It will continue to evolve as I learn more and as the software continues to update. If you have certain elements to your workflow that I didn't touch on, please feel free to share them in the comment section. The thing that I find the most helpful when I am editing is to, in the words of Bunk, use "soft eyes". If I am looking too closely at one image, my eyes can get used to a poor white balance or dim highlights. So I always do one final run-through with my finished edits to ensure consistency, before exporting.

For those who are interested in the lighting info for the photos in the video, here ya go-

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lighting-diagram- nick fancher

Nick fancher columbus, ohio photographer

lighting-diagram- nick fancher I used the icon of a panel reflector but it was really just the light pink fiberglass floor in the attic that was reflecting the light.

nick fancher columbus ohio photographer

lighting-diagram- nick fancher

Lessons similar to these as well as 25 lighting diagrams are available in my new e-book, RGLR, The Run & Gun Lighting Resource for $10.

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Simon wardenier's picture

Really enjoyed watching this, some good tips in here! thanks

I was impressed by the speed at which you work on Lightroom.

great thanks Nick

frank nazario's picture

LOL!! is there a reason that the video is not showing up? I mean true some critics here are D'heads but hey there are a whole lot of cool people that would like to see the video... plus any tip in workflow that I can get would be highly appreciated.