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Photography Links - Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Hi There: A while back I did a post on photography sites that I visit daily or at least with some regularity. I also have a page on ‘Becoming a Better Photographer‘ that links to about fifty photographers’ websites.

Anyway, I use Tweetcaster and TweetDeck to manage my Twitter account, and through that I receive all tweets related to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. I seem to be sending the same links to people with regard to Lightroom questions, so I thought I’d add them all in here. NB: I won’t even pretend that this list encompasses EVERY page devoted to Lightroom; it doesn’t. Also, there are new pages being created all the time. However, this should give you a good start. I`ll also mention that there are several very good books out on Lightroom, but I haven`t included those here. BTW, before you go any further, do yourself a favour. Start Lightroom and go to Edit/ Catalog Settings (Windows) or Lightroom/ Catalog Settings (Mac) and on the Metadata tab, check the box that says, “Automatically write changes into XMP”. You’ll be glad you did. It’s off by default, and won’t update .xmp files automatically – you’ll have to tell Lightroom to do it manually. That’s fine, unless you forget and your catalog becomes corrupted or your drive crashes or… and you lose all of your develop work, metadata/keyword information, etc. There’s a tradeoff with speed, but in my opinion it’s worth it. Or you might be better organized than I am… ;-) For more information you might want to read our ‘Lightroom, File Management and Metadata‘ post.

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Update (May 13, 2014)

Egads! I completely forgot to provide the links for the Lightroom 5.4 and ACR 8.4 updates. :-/  You can download the software here:

Lightroom 5.4 for Windows
Lightroom 5.4 for Mac
Adobe Camera Raw and DNG Converter 8.4 for Windows
Adobe Camera Raw and DNG Converter 8.4 for Mac

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Update (June 17, 2013)

Well, I’m a bit slow with an update, but Adobe released Lightroom 5 last week.  If you’re coming from Lightroom 4, Lightroom 5 adds some very nice enhancements.  If you’re coming from Lightroom 3 or before, then you’ve got some learning to do!  With previous new releases I’ve included links to sites that profile the new features, but this time Adobe’s done it for me.  So, if you’re looking for the new features in LR5, start here: Lr 5 Resources.  Since the roll out Adobe has encountered some bugs with the program, the largest of which are listed here: Lightroom 5 Hot Issues.  I will add a couple of notes of my own, though:

  1. Lightroom 5 is independent of any previous version of Lightroom, including Lightroom 4.  If you’ve used LR 5 Beta, installing Lightroom 5 will uninstall the Beta version and adopt your LR5 Beta catalogue as its own.
  2. To convert a LR4 or previous version of the catalogue, simply open LR5, create a new catalogue (if necessary), then choose File/Import as Catalog and select your previous LR catalogue.  LR5 will create a temporary version of the catalogue leaving the original untouched, and use that to add to your LR5 catalogue.  Once it’s finished you have a choice of deleting the temporary conversion or keeping it as a secondary LR5 catalogue.  If you have the same image in both your LR4 (or before) and your LR5 Beta catalogue, LR5 will ask you how you want to handle those files.  The default is to create virtual copies of the duplicate file information.
  3. I have yet to write any LR5 tutorials, but I do have some ideas.  You can peruse the list below for tips, tutorials and videos from others, or you can follow this link to see our Lightroom and other photography tutorials.
  4. I have no desire to get into a pro/con debate over Adobe’s Creative Cloud decision, but I will say that Lightroom 5 is available both as a standalone product and as a Creative Cloud download, and that Tom Hogarty at Adobe has said that Adobe has no plans to make Lightroom a subscription-only product.

Always remember Rule #5.
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Back to your regularly scheduled blog post… BTW, you can get to this page from: http://bit.ly/LRTips – it’s a little easier to remember. Also, for the most part the links below don’t like to specific web pages, but to websites that offer tutorials and information. At the risk of overstating the obvious, as the people who own these sites add new pages to their sites, the links below will still be valid (but you’ll have to go to each site to see what’s new). Check them all out, or choose a few that interest you!

In no particular order:

Well, I ran out of fingers and toes and had to borrow Marcia`s but assuming I can still count there are over 200 links there, and I`d hate to guess how many articles, tips, tutorials and videos. However, if none of them answers your question, I’d recommend checking out the Luminous Landscape Lightroom Q&A forum. The Luminous Landscape site itself has a wealth of information on a variety of subjects (including Lightroom), and in thanks to the site`s owner, Michael Reichmann, I`ll give ‘LuLa’ special attention.

Mike.

P.S. As far as I know all of the links are active, but if you come across a broken link or you`d like to add another site, please leave us a comment and let us know. Last updated February 19, 2014.

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