Lightroom could be a very good software, very complex, with tools and options that can be risked to perish.
Each of us learn to use it according to personal needs, but often, in our workflow, we do not exploit the fundamental potentialities.
Here is a brief list of some of the “forgets” I often encountered among my students at the start of my workshops:
- Do not using metadata: do not use them to make it impossible to search our photos within the Lightroom database, especially its size increases. Incorporating data like title, keyword, and copyright, also avoids further work when uploading images to sites like 500px;
- Using the presets without customizing them: the “precooked sets” are very useful, but we learn not to accept them passively and to use, along with them, the manual adjustments of the various parameters to get the exact result we want for each particular photograph;
- Do not backing up the catalog: like any other file, Lightroom’s catalog can also be burned, losing cataloging, but also the history of all the non-destructive changes that we have applied to our images on time;
- Using the brushes in a simplified mode: the two corrective brushes are essential tools to work in specific areas of the photos, learn how to modify the features and use them using the various sliders in the Development section;
- Do not adding external plug-ins: Lightroom is, in this sense, an “open system” that can be enhanced by third-party elements such as presets, plugins, publications, and more. Try them, they are often free or demo versions (especially the plugin), they realize that some of them will make your workflow easier and more effective.