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How to Set Your Preferences in Lightroom 3

Ever been overwhelmed by the preferences in Lightroom and don’t know how to set it up?

Greg from FroKnowsPhoto put this video together to walk you through how he sets his preferences in Lightroom 3.

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  • http://kirpi.it/ kirpi

    Thanks for sharing. Lightroom has lots of preferences and some of them are important to customize.

  • http://biswajitdey.com Biswajit Dey Photoblog

    I have started lightroom a few months back…..and started with version 3……and I must say that I am loving it….the preferences, options, flexibility – everything is really amazing…

    BISWAJIT DEY PHOTO BLOG

  • http://briancareyphotography.com/ Brian Carey

    Thanks Mam that was a great help! :-)

  • http://briancareyphotography.com/ Brian Carey

    Course I meant to type Thanks “Man”…. ! :-(

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/gayang3/ gayan

    Wow..good advice indeed.

    I have been using LightRoom3 for some time and has not even opened Photoshop since. It’s so much more easier, and the workflow is amazing.

    What do you think of my pics My Work

  • http://www.richardbarryphotography.com Richard Barry

    Thanks for this, always good to have a vid you can just sit back and enjoy.

    Couple of points:

    proPhoto (external editing). Not one of my suppliers uses ProPhoto. Not one. Maybe it’s coz I’m in Australia but if I send in a proPhoto file, it gets sent back requesting I switch to sRGB. My setup sends images to PS as sRGB at 300 DPI, not 240 as you suggest.

    Again, not a single supplier wants 240 DPI. You suggest that 240 is “optimal”. Can you back that up with an image that has been printed at 240 against one at 300?

    I doubt very much there will be any loss of quality as you suggest – even if it is sharpened.

    I guess what I’m saying is: If you’re working as a photographer and using pro printers/suppliers, your suggestions may not hit the mark.

    If I were using your suggestions my canvas supplier would have a fit!!

    Anyways, just my tuppence worth.

    Love the site BTW! When are you going to do a video on creating presets? Now that I’d love to see.

    Keep it up.

    Richard

  • http://www.fabiangabor.com Fábián Gábor – fotograf profesionist

    It’s very well explained, and short enough not to get bored. I have one question. How can I set to apply the filters every time I open a folder in Lightroom 3?

  • http://cazillo.com Greg Cazillo

    @richard….the ProPhoto setting in prefs is only for editing in an external application such as Photoshop. Final export of the file is always done to a smaller color space such as Adobe 98 or sRGB.

Some older comments

  • Greg Cazillo

    November 4, 2010 12:05 am

    @richard....the ProPhoto setting in prefs is only for editing in an external application such as Photoshop. Final export of the file is always done to a smaller color space such as Adobe 98 or sRGB.

  • Fábián Gábor - fotograf profesionist

    October 24, 2010 12:43 am

    It's very well explained, and short enough not to get bored. I have one question. How can I set to apply the filters every time I open a folder in Lightroom 3?

  • Richard Barry

    October 22, 2010 03:11 am

    Thanks for this, always good to have a vid you can just sit back and enjoy.

    Couple of points:

    proPhoto (external editing). Not one of my suppliers uses ProPhoto. Not one. Maybe it's coz I'm in Australia but if I send in a proPhoto file, it gets sent back requesting I switch to sRGB. My setup sends images to PS as sRGB at 300 DPI, not 240 as you suggest.

    Again, not a single supplier wants 240 DPI. You suggest that 240 is "optimal". Can you back that up with an image that has been printed at 240 against one at 300?

    I doubt very much there will be any loss of quality as you suggest - even if it is sharpened.

    I guess what I'm saying is: If you're working as a photographer and using pro printers/suppliers, your suggestions may not hit the mark.

    If I were using your suggestions my canvas supplier would have a fit!!

    Anyways, just my tuppence worth.

    Love the site BTW! When are you going to do a video on creating presets? Now that I'd love to see.

    Keep it up.

    Richard

  • gayan

    October 22, 2010 03:06 am

    Wow..good advice indeed.

    I have been using LightRoom3 for some time and has not even opened Photoshop since. It's so much more easier, and the workflow is amazing.

    What do you think of my pics My Work

  • Brian Carey

    September 26, 2010 06:39 am

    Course I meant to type Thanks "Man".... ! :-(

  • Brian Carey

    September 26, 2010 06:38 am

    Thanks Mam that was a great help! :-)

  • Biswajit Dey Photoblog

    September 19, 2010 05:09 pm

    I have started lightroom a few months back.....and started with version 3......and I must say that I am loving it....the preferences, options, flexibility - everything is really amazing...

    - BISWAJIT DEY PHOTO BLOG

  • kirpi

    September 17, 2010 07:56 am

    Thanks for sharing. Lightroom has lots of preferences and some of them are important to customize.

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