Lightroom: Exceed the Minimum System Requirements

Adobe has recently updated their help/web pages for Lightroom performance.

Adobe’s minimum system requirements to run Lightroom are just that: the minimum you need for Lightroom to operate.

The faster processor, the more significant performance benefits. The requirements vary depending on the following:

  • The types of files you work with. JPEG images are much smaller and the catalog can run faster when using JPEGs instead of RAW.
  • Their sizes. Canon 5Ds files that …
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Lightroom: Searching For ‘And’ or ‘Or’

Lightroom uses SQLite for keeping tracks of “things” in the catalog. In the Lightroom world it’s called a catalog, in the computer world it’s called a database. Databases are like Rolodex on steroids. You can ask all kind of questions, aka queries in the computer world, aka filters in the Lightroom world, like: show me all the photos that have dogs and are a family pet… or show me all the photos that …

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Lightroom: Make Your Skies Pop

Skies are often under-rated. The vast majority of the times, the skies are only “good” during the sunrise or the sunset. The problem is that the vast majority of the photos are not taken at sunrise or sunset. That’s why in the 1980s, the color polarizing filters were popular, just like HDR is today.

In Lightroom, the common recommendation is to use the graduated filter to darken the skies. The problem with the graduated …

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Lightroom: Rearrange Keywords

Some people are very good at making decisions and at sticking to them. These people immediately decide on some keywords and that’s it, no more changes. I can’t. I often have to go back to add more keywords, to change some keywords or even to delete some keywords. Lightroom does not have an automatic way of changing, rearranging and reorganizing keywords, but it is only a 2 step process.

Lightroom: reorganizing the keywords

Lightroom: reorganizing the keywords …

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Lightroom: Getting Good Prints from Costco

Everybody is bashing Costco because their prints are cheap. I use Costco, not by choice but by necessity. I have a custom lab, but anything as next day service is very expensive and same day service, we are not talking 1 hour service here, cost an arm and a leg ($39 for one 5” by 7”.) I could print my own but I can never get it right on the first or the second print …

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Lightroom: Improve Your Photos in Less than 1 minute

Whenever somebody complains that their photos do not look “right”, the “Mr Know-It-All” will always give the same answer:

Hey, idiot! Why are you asking that dumb question? Obviously, you didn’t calibrate your hellip;

Just add the word monitor, printer…

Does calibration help? Yes, but not as much as you think, the problem is that it’s almost impossible to match colors over different mediums. You can say and do whatever you want, you …

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Lightroom: Really Deleting Photos from Collections

When marking a photo with a Reject Photo or pressing the Delete key, Lightroom only deletes that photo from that collection. But what about the other collections and what about really deleting that photo?

  1. The hard way? Switch to the collection All Photographs, you will keep your position and Lightroom will highlight the photo that you want to delete and press the Delete key.
  2. The easy way? Stay where you are in the collection and …
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Lightroom: Optimizing Catalog

Lightroom uses the SQLite database as it’s software for storing most of the information. Remember that Lightroom doesn’t change any photo, instead Lightroom stores all its steps in the SQLite database.

Depending on how you have set your catalog configuration, when you have set the backup of the catalog, Lightroom will optimize the catalog.

But you can optimize your catalog manually from the File menu. The question is when should optimize the catalog …

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Lightroom: Renaming a Catalog

Rename a Lightroom catalog is easy, it’s simply renaming 1 (one) file and that’s it. The problems is where is the catalog located? Why hasn’t Adobe provided a menu function for renaming the catalog?

  • The catalog is named (the catalog name).lrcat

So you have a few choices for finding the catalog:

  1. Do a straight search from the OS (Windows or Mac) and look for: (the catalog name).lrcat
  2. In Lightroom on …
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Lightroom: Improve Your Photography

In the “good old days” aka before digital aka film, if you were a professional, you would take your photos, process the film, make a contact sheet of the film and file the negatives in a PVC free plastic sheet. Finally, we would print a few of the photos.

Now we have to import everything into Lightroom before reviewing the photos. This photos are automatically placed in the Previous Import collection and in the All …

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Lightroom: Correcting Existing Misspelled Keywords

It’s very easy and simple to correct existing keywords that are misspelled. Right Click on the keyword in the keyword in the right panel → select Edit Keyword Tag or Rename and type in the new spelling. You are done!

What about all the existing photos? It’s already done. How?

None of the photos are actually associated with the keywords. Here’s the table that configures the keywords. Each photo is associated the various …

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