Lightroom Tutorial with Jeff

Mike Donahue

Here we are on August 28th 2013 and school had just started in some counties. Jeff has decided to go along with that idea and has opened class to teach all the young’uns about Lightroom 5. Doubtless he would have more students if it weren’t a school night and some would be up past their bedtime. This particular session was not about adjusting the way a picture looks, but instead of, file management.

By Mike DonahueWe learned the right way to import pictures was directly off the camera card, letting Lightroom create the folders needed. The next step is to review the files and flag them with our thoughts like marking for delete if they were no good, or assigning the photos stars and or colors. Once we have reviewed a time or two, it is time to proceed with deleting the unwanted. If there are any left after the previous step we can decide if we want to then edit them.

Following the post processing adjustments, Lightroom can be used to post them to Facebook or Flicker or wherever. Presets can be applied to reduce the file and or photo size as appropriate for publication.  Sharon also added a lesson learned; do not let Lightroom synchronize with the online photo site. If you do and your files are lost on your computer, Lightroom will also delete the online ones thinking it is helping. There seems also to be a possibility of the reverse happening, where the online photo is deleted and Lightroom deletes the local file.

The photos can be selected and used in slide shows directly from Lightroom or output as MP4 files compatible with PC or Mac. The files can be filtered or placed in a custom user order and can have captions which can be custom text or file names. Jeff suggested using a descriptive title as a file name for saving, that way displaying a file name will serve two purposes when in slide show mode. The collection and slideshow can be saved for future reuse. A simple music file can be attached, but this is not movie maker.

Files can be printed directly using one of the printer profiles you have saved, or sent to one of the online printing companies. These print profiles will size your photo accordingly for the output selected. One note here is that if the picture file is viewed via the smart preview, it will not print. The file to be printed must exist on the computer before printing. This can happen if the photo is stored on a removable drive that is not currently attached.

Judging by the stunned faces on the young student’s faces, Jeff had set a blistering pace of menu navigation. But most persevered and once even helped Jeff find the right button to push. You will notice that the projector sits unused at Jeff’s elbow. That is because Murphy is alive and well. Luckily the group was small and was able to view the little monitor on Jeff’s computer directly without resorting to sitting on each other’s laps.