Ten things beginners should know about Lightroom

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– I create content #2. With regards to Cyberlink PhotoDirector 2011's review, Adobe has released Photoshop's iPad update application and a quick tutorial on the ten things that beginners should know about Lightroom.

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  1. Hi A.J., Thank you so much for your insightful tutorials. I appreciate you showing the "traps" of LR, if you haven't studied its full capacities. I have an urgent question: how can I keep LR from giving folders date names. I always choose names like "Musician Portraits"/ name of client – but all LR shows me in the folder panel is the year. I can't find my files this way. And I am not supposed to reimport from my harddrive, where everything has the proper hierarchy and folder name. Hope I was clear describing my problem. Thank you!! Marion 

  2. Thank you very very much. First video I've screen that discuss/review these options. sometimes bars or panels disappear and i have no idea what i touched or how to bring it back I thank you.

  3. @sImnRts – I have not heard of that specific issue. My initial thought is that your imported photos appear under those collapsed folders. I will be posting a video on optimizing Lightroom that should help you with some of your slowness issues. Watch for it VERY soon.

  4. @jazeyboy – the only difference will be at which point do you want to wait? Importing is longer if you convert to DNG then. If you choose to do it after, you'll wait a bit depending on how many images you choose. In terms of function, there's no benefit in when you convert.

  5. Hey, AJ, just found you – this is great!

    I'm a complete beginner, and think I have Lightroom (2) to import files as DNG's. Is there any advantage to converting them *after* import?

  6. @pitopo2002 – I have two primary reasons for converting. 1. I don't have to track XMP files with my RAW images. 2. In most cases I have found DNG to be a smaller file format. The idea behind DNG is that Adobe will support the format long after camera manufacturers drop certain camera body support. I've been using the format for a while, and more importantly it hasn't cost me money so I continue to use it.

  7. @sterlingsteves – I have two primary reasons for converting. 1. I don't have to track XMP files with my RAW images. 2. In most cases I have found DNG to be a smaller file format. The idea behind DNG is that Adobe will support the format long after camera manufacturers drop certain camera body support. I've been using the format for a while, and more importantly it hasn't cost me money so I continue to use it.

  8. I don't know why Adobe doesn't harmonize it's shortcuts across platforms. I've learned Ps before Lr like everyone else since Ps came out first. For ex. in Ps crop is "C" , in Lr cropping is R, on top of that in Ps you have to frame the image with the selection when cropping whereas in Lr you have to move the image in the selection. It's f***ing annoying. "J" in library is thumbnail info whereas in develop module "J" is highlight clipping. There are other examples as well, plenty of them.

  9. @starfedrogue – I'm using a wired Audio Technica ATR35 from Radio Shack. I believe you can get a similar mic online from Sound Professionals.

  10. @pineze2 – I know it's silly to ask, but I assume you're on a PC? If Mac, it would be the CMD key and / . If you're on a PC, I would click on a thumbnail in the Grid view, then try the keyboard shortcut.

  11. Thanks for the J-shortcut – don't know how many times I'd accidentally hit the J-key and went nuts because all the labels were gone…:-)

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