Tuesday, February 18, 2014

LightRoom --Week 2 Review

Loading a catalogue

To load a catalogue directly into Lightroom, locate the .lrcat ICON. In this example the catalogue is named “LR-CatDemo” A double click opens the LR-CatDemo.lrcat icon in Lightroom.  Lightroom can only load one catalogue at a time, so if you are using a different catalogue a requester will pop up asking if you want to switch catalogues.

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To see how to EXPORT a catalogue like the one we Imported into Lightroom read this calls blog article  How to export a catalogue

You can use this export method to bring to class photos you are working on in Lightroom, or if you need to work on metadata on a different computer, say your laptop you can use this export technique.

If you want to bring some photos to class this would be one way to do so…

Below is a Bonus, Yet another way to import images into Lightroom



Adding & Syncing Metadata

See details here on the web page 

Adding and syncing metadata in Lightroom


Another Import Method:  Auto Import

To setup Auto Import you can find the menu at: 

File > Auto Import > Auto Import Settings… But before you do that make a folder on the desktop that you will use for Import You can use the finder to make a folder.  I named mine “LR-Ingest"


  1. This is your destination for the pictures on the hard drive,  choose it using the Finder… If you know which folder you want the images imported to, select that. Or make a Misc or a temp folder and then move the images from inside Lightroom.
  2. Choose however you want the image file(s) renamed
  3. Apply a preset if you wish
  4. Add Metadata
  5. And Key Words
  6. Choose how previews are handled.

This is a handy import method to use if you want to do a quick import into a current catalogue.


The Develop Module

  • Preliminary viewing and selection procedure…

    • Rough Editing (did that shot work?)
    • Quick Edits, no need to be precise, yet!
    • Select images Round 1
      • Put the rated images in a collection
      • Use Star * Ratings
      • Just use the #1 - #5 keys
      • In the first round, just use the #1 key, a single star rating.
      • Add additional Key words
      • Add IPTC Data
    • Rate images again in a second Round of viewing
    • Take a break, and come back and go over all your images one more time… (You may have missed something)

    Enhance The Rated Keeper Photos

    Only enhance photos that are in a collection!!

 Enhancing Photos in Lightroom 5: A Case Study

See the details on the following web pages

An over view of the Develop Module Panels includes shortcuts and an insight to what the various panels do…


Notes about Histograms


Photo Analysis Process 2010 vs 2012


Working with White Balance


Finding White, Mid-Gray and Black


The Tone Curves




 Exporting Photographs to your Mail client (program)

Exporting Photos to your  Mac or PC mail client (Mac Mail or Outlook, Outlook Express, etc… )

Since there is a detailed “how to on line" an excerpt from Scott Kelby's Lightroom Book

Rather than reinvent the wheel…



Also check Adobe’s Lightroom Exchange for e-mail export plug-ins…


Looking for a good reference book?

Check out the links under  the reference tab

That out to do it for now

Got a question? ‘Holler 














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