5 Lightroom tips and tricks for beginners

1. Lights out / Max screen

If you want to maximise your workspace and remove all distractions the Lights Out Mode is your friend. Press L and work areas will dim around your photo. Press L twice and your photo will be displayed on a black background. Press L again to return to normal mode.

Click on the image to scroll to see how Lights out mode works in the Lightroom

2. Don’t clip 

When editing images it’s easy to lose detail in the highlights and darkest parts of the image if you push your image too far.  Let Lightroom alert you by pressing J in Develop mode or click little triangles in the histogram to toggle the feature on/off.

Scroll to see blacks and highlights clipping example

3. It’s all about stacking

So you got your Raw file and TIFF, Master TIFF and JPEG for instagram, maybe a different JPEG for Facebook and so on. But how do you organise those in a nice way to have all image files together? Start with selecting all the images you want to stack, then press Command + G or Ctrl +G to move your selected files into a neat stack. You can expand and collapse stacks by pressing S. Shift [ or ] will move your selected image up and down the stack.  

Example of collapsed and expanded stack in Lightroom

4. Quick before and after with \

Hit backslash \ to turn off your edits and view original image. Hit it again to return to edited image. This will not change any of your edits just hides them.  

Hit \ to see edited and unedited image

5. O is for Overlays

Whether you’re cropping your image or want to find that sweet golden ratio spot hit O to show all different overlays Lightroom has to offer. Shift + O will rotate the overlays for you

See different overlays Lightroom has to offer, and don’t forget you can easily rotate them as well.

Bonus tip: Pimp up your Lightroom with your own logo or name

I admit this doesn’t make the boat go any faster, but it does personalise your Lightroom. Go to Lightroom>Identity Plate Setup menu to customise the workspace. 

There are two options to choose from in the drop down menu:

-Use a text identity plate - for example your name 

-use graphic identity plate - for example your logo. Just upload a PNG file and there you go a custom looking Lightroom