Lightroom How To – One Tip and One Trick


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Recently we asked what post-production software to you use the most often?

So far of the over 15,000 of you that have voted on the poll (use the link above if you wish to vote), the overwhelming winner is Lightroom with a whopping 43%!


Today I want to share with you a couple of short videos by Adobe Photoshop Lightroom expert, Matt Kloskowski. Matt is one of “The Photoshop guys”, runs a website called Lightroom Killer Tips and teacher with NAPP and Photoshop World. He really knows his stuff!  So take it away Matt:

Lightroom how to – one tip and one trick



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  • Cathy

    Awesome tips!

  • Thanks Cathy and thanks so much to the folks at dPS for sharing 🙂
    REALLY interesting poll too. 43%! That’s great news for Lightroom!

  • Great tips! I just got Lightroom from my daughter for Christmas and cannot wait to try them. Thank you Matt.

  • That would be me sharing Matt and you’re welcome! You’re the go to LR guy! Yeah interesting results on the poll. I’m going to post results comparing it to the same poll done 5 years ago.

  • Geoff

    Great tips. Thanks!

  • KristeenMarie

    Awesome tip! Thanks so much.

  • Juan Alvarez

    The Previous button is my favorite. I just finished taking over 100 shots of a 18G-Growler Navy jet plane doing touch and go maneuvers at OLF Coupeville, WA. The Previous button is a life saver, made post-editing a breeze.

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  • Dontae Chambers

    Great tips…very useful

  • Gary

    What was the key combinations for setting the whites and blacks?

  • what do you mean?

  • Gary

    He did a key combination and it showed a blank screen that only showed something similar to clipping. I’ve not seen this before. He did this to adjust blacks and whites on a color photo.

  • Gary

    it’s at 0:33.

  • ah, hold down “alt/option + click and drag the slider” to get it to show what is clipped while the slider is active

  • Gary

    Off topic but would like to know why when importing RAW, I get a plethora of color initially then it goes drab. This is during the import. I get a quick preview (2 seconds) of color then drab.

  • It is probably displaying the JPG information that goes with the raw file. RAW files are un color corrected, have no contrast added, and no sharpening. So they will look more drab out of camera than a JPG that the camera has processed. The BIG difference is that you have control and an undo any of those if you go too far, not so with a camera JPG.

  • Lightroom User

    He always has good tips but I cannot watch/listen to him for more than 10 seconds because he smacks very loudly.

  • I Agree With You

    I agree. If he wouldn’t smack so much when he talked, his videos would be much more enjoyable.

  • Gary

    Another question: Is there a way to import all my settings from 4 to 5? Watermarks, Mete? Sharing?

  • I’ve replied in the other article comment thread

  • Dana Rich

    Trick photography isn’t just a mediocre form of photography because one must have creative ideas and technical skills to be able to accomplish a decent photo.

  • mirza

    and if U have a lot of photos that needs same adjustment, u just select them all, with that U already adjusted the way U like… when they are all highlighted, u go back and click on that first U adjusted…when clicked, on the place of the button Previous, it will show a Sync button…clicking that, will adjust all selected images 🙂 hope that helps too 🙂

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    Want to create pure light drawings? A pure light drawing is
    called a physiogram, and it can be achieved by placing your camera on
    the floor and using a long exposure time. You should be shooting in
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  • Joel Wexler

    It’s been a year since you two bozos made these comments. I presume after all this time you’re still bozos.

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