Lightroom Secrets: What They Don’t Tell You
While Photoshop remains the go-to photo editing software for most photographers, Lightroom offers unrivaled photo editing finesse and pedigree which definitely comes in handy!
The problem most new users have with Photoshop is that there’s A LOT to learn. Moreover, the same results can be achieved in a variety of different ways which further complicates things for newbies. An easy and equally effective alternate to Adobe Photoshop is Lightroom.
Lightroom offers you an array of photo and video editing tools which makes adjustments simpler. This software was designed to cater to photo enthusiasts and professional photographers alike so there are plenty of important features to learn. Brace yourself; here’s a quick crash course!
The biggest complaint users had with Lightroom when it first came out was that there were too many features to scroll through! Looking back, it’s easy to see why and how people felt so overwhelmed by the endless array of options the software offers. To overcome this ‘problem’ Solo Mode was integrated into the software.
Solo Mode minimizes the ‘scrolling’ time by automatically hiding inactive panels. For example, if you click on the Basic panel while in Solo Mode, all other panels will automatically disappear! Save hours of your time by clicking the title bar of any panel you want and simply click on Solo Mode in the resulting menu that pops up.
Switch the Color Palette:
No matter how refined the color palette of your image may be, nothing beats a good grayscale. The accentuated Noire and the superimposed Blanc can add unbelievable depth and breathtaking beauty to your picture!
Luckily for Lightroom users, the developers have made it very easy for them to quickly switch between grayscale and colored pictures. Whether you’re on the Library or the Develop module, turn your pictures black and white by simply hitting the ‘V’ key on your keyboard!
Cropping is an essential yet equally overlooked part of photo editing. Look at the picture below and try to figure out what’s wrong with it.
Sharp eyed viewers will have already figured out that although the picture is stunning, it can be made more striking if it was cropped properly. This is why cropping matters more than you think!
Luckily, Lightroom users are really spoiled for choices when it comes to cropping. On top of the six available grid variants in Lightroom, users can add more crop variants by pressing the O button.
Look How Far You’ve Come:
What we love about Lightroom is that it gives you the option to view all the changes you’ve made so far. This is great because it allows users to track the changes they made to the original picture.
To see the original image simply click the \ button once you’re in the Develop Module. To go back to view your changes, simply press the \ button again!
Are you passionate about photography and want to improve your skills? You’ve certainly come to the right place!