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Taming your Photo Library with Adobe Lightroom

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Taming your Photo Library with Adobe Lightroom

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  • Copyright 2017
  • Dimensions: 7-1/2" x 9-1/8"
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-439868-8
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-439868-6

Today, photo professionals and amateurs alike can quickly amass thousands of photographs. The challenge for photographers at every level is how to keep track of all those photographs. Where do you store them? How do you organize them? How do you find a particular photo when you need it?

Adobe Lightroom is the leading solution for photographers’ photo management needs, but its organizational powers come with a learning curve. In this practical and thorough guide, author Rob Sylvan covers everything photographers need to know about photo organization and management using Lightroom.

Rob starts by getting you in the Lightroom frame of mind with an explanation of the import process and the relationship between your photos and the Lightroom catalog. Whether you’re starting from scratch or trying to tame an unruly catalog, you’ll find advice on best practices and workflows for reviewing, keywording, collecting, naming, applying metadata, moving, and finding photographs in Lightroom, as well as step-by-step solutions to such common problems as reconnecting missing photographs and restoring order after a catalog disaster. Through straight-to-the-point explanations honed by years on the help desk, Rob demystifies common areas of confusion, from collections to previews to filters and more.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Wrap your head around Lightroom catalogs
  • Avoid common mistakes and pitfalls
  • Understand the relationship between the catalog and your photos
  • Be in the driver’s seat for all decisions relating to where your photos are stored
  • Understand the importance of the import process
  • Use Lightroom to keep your photos organized and easily accessible
  • Work with your files on the go with Lightroom Mobile
  • Become your own help desk

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1      Getting in a Lightroom Frame of Mind                             

Wrapping Your Head Around Lightroom

What to Do Before You Start Using Lightroom

Key Lightroom Files

2      Getting Oriented to the Library
Module and Importing                                                       

The Library Module’s Interface

Library View Options

Customizing the Interface

Importing Your Photos

3      File Management, Lightroom Style                                  

Understanding the Role of the Folders Panel

Create New Folders and Remove Old Ones

Using Lightroom to Delete Photos

Using Lightroom to Rename Photos

Reconnecting Missing Folders and Photos

4      Using Collections for Organization                                   

The Case for Collections

Collecting Your Photos

Maintaining Collections Over Time

5      Using Metadata                                                                 

The Metadata Panel


Finding Faces and Assigning Names

Tying Photos to Locations

6      Care and Maintenance of Your Catalog                            

Built-in Backup

How to Move a Catalog

How to Rename a Catalog

How to Export a Catalog

7      Increasing Lightroom Efficiency                                        

Presets and Templates

Keyboard Shortcuts

Custom Default Settings

8      Common Organizational Workflows                                 

Importing Photos

Evaluating Photos

Applying Keywords

Finding Photos

Exporting Copies for Output

9      Advanced Workflows                                                         

Using Lightroom with Multiple Computers

Catalog for the Road

Import Multiple Catalogs into One

Migrating to a New Computer

10    Integrating with Lightroom Mobile                                   

What Is Lightroom Mobile?

Syncing Your Desktop Catalog and Mobile Device

Working with Collections on Your Mobile Device

        Appendix: Troubleshooting                                                

Time for a Do-Over

Resetting the Preference File

Creating a New Catalog

Uninstalling and Reinstalling Lightroom

Finding Outside Help



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