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Experiment in Lightroom using Virtual Copies

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This post is part of our Learning Lightroom series. By creating Virtual Copies of your images, you can experiment on the same image using a variety of different settings. Virtual Copies act and look just like the originals, and you can apply settings to each one independently. But the beautiful thing about Virtual Copies is that they are not real files — they are only a set of instructions, which means they take up no extra space on your hard disk. Thus, you can create as many copies as you like without having to worry about running out of disk...

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Hands On with Lightroom's Profile Feature

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Hands On with Lightroom's Profile Feature

This post is part of our Learning Lightroom series. If you are shooting in RAW format (as compared to JPEG), your files may appear dull and lackluster. The reason for this is that you are in essence telling your camera not to make any color or exposure adjustments in camera – the images are not processed in the camera at all. When shooting in JPEG format, the camera tries to correct the image to make it look the best as possible. One advantage of shooting in RAW format is that you have much more flexibility when it comes to post-processing...

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Working with Lightroom's Quick Collection

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This post is part of our Learning Lightroom series.In addition to standard Collections and Smart Collections, there is one final collection that you can create and that is a Quick Collection. What this is, is a temporary collection that allows you to add images in one keystroke. Quick collections are a way to quickly group together several photos temporarily. Perhaps you want to give someone a quick slideshow or show a client some examples of your portfolio. This also comes in handy when you want to group images from several different collections. To add an image to a Quick Collection, press...

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How to Use Lightroom’s AutoAdvance Feature

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This post is part of our Learning Lightroom series If you find yourself needing to work through a large volume of images quickly, then you may wish to turn on the Auto Advance feature. What this does, is once you’ve added a star, label or flag to an image, Lightroom automatically advances to the next image in the folder. This is the case whether you’re adding a new rating or updating an existing rating. To turn the Auto Advance feature on or off, choose Photo > Auto Advance from the menu. You can also turn on Auto Advance by pressing...

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Dimming the Lights in Lightroom

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Dimming the Lights in Lightroom

This post is part of our Learning Lightroom series. If you wish to focus specifically on an image without distractions, you can use the Lights Dim feature to dim or completely black out the interface by pressing the letter L on your keyboard. The first time you press the key, the interface is dimmed. While the background is dimmed, you can still interact with the interface. For instance, you can click an image in the Filmstrip to focus in on a different image. Likewise, the arrow keys on your keyboard allow you to navigate the images in the folder, even...

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