Series: Introduction to Adobe Lightroom®
Oh the Possibilities!
There are a “ton” of possibilities in the Develop Module of Lightroom. But before you even get there, you have the option of using a few of those development capabilities AS YOU IMPORT. Yes, you can apply a set of selected image changes before you even see your images open. Why would you want to do this?
I often shoot indoor sporting events, and the lighting is terrible. I bring my best camera equipment for the type of images I need, and then I make sure my camera settings are optimal. (If you have any pointers on capturing high speed in low light, let me know!) After all this, I still end up with a group of images that need tweaks. Have a batch that you want to give a vintage look to? Turn all images grayscale? Here is one place to wave a magic wand.
In order for this to work for you, you’ve got to know what the settings will do to your images. You might want to test an image or two out before you import the entire batch, so you know exactly what to choose.
Your Apply During Import Development Settings are found directly underneath File Renaming.
Click on the arrows on the right side of “none”, and you have seven Preset groups to choose from.
Here are your options in B&W Filter (My!):
Here are other B&W options (Oh my!):
Here are B&W Toned choices (My oh my!):
Color Presets (Going cross-eyed yet?):
Effect Presets (Head is spinning):
General Presets (Some of my favorites):
And settings for video (Did you say VIDEO? Sure did.):
Are you having fun yet?!
(Next Post: Knity-Grity Details in the Metadata and your Destination)
These posts are part of a series: Introduction to Adobe Lightroom®
Jennifer Apffel is a photographer with over a decade of experience in portrait, event, and product photography. She also does freelance graphic design and fine art. For more check out jenniferapffel.com, albaphotography.net, or look for her on fineartamerica.com.