Getting Started With Lightroom 5

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Lightroom provides a variety of tools that enable you to keep your photos organized, but having the confidence that you’ll be able to find a particular photo when you need it involves more than just good tools. In this informative and entertaining presentation, Tim Grey will show you how to get Lightroom configured properly in the first place, how to create an efficient image-management workflow, and how to make decisions about the various options available to you. In short, if you’ve ever felt overwhelmed when it comes to image management, you won’t want to miss this session that will help you get off to a great start keeping your photos organized in Lightroom, including the latest features in Lightroom 5.

 

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Very good!

Hi Tim.
You've probably heard it before. Excellent for a newbe.

The Lightroom 5.3 imports .JPG

Cheers

Tim Grey is an excellent educator. His style and experience makes learning fun and very thorough. I really enjoyed both of his Lightroom 5 presentations.

I am not so sure about keeping all my pictures on one external hard drive. What if that hard drive will fail? It is very risky.

The statement of keeping all your images on one drive to me means maintaining one drive big enough to hold all your images, and navigate through without having to switch drive locations or stop and initialize another external drive. That doesn't mean you couldn't mirror your main drive with a backup drive which is smart in my opinion. There are multiple ways to run a mirrored drive setup while only having to navigate one drive location to access all your data files. If your main drive is corrupted you still have a full backup drive. Look into external drive towers that will support Raid functions.

I think Shane has the right idea. I have one external drive that is used as a working catalog. This one is backed up each time I'm in Lightroom and/or Elements. A second external is used as "master catalog" and is kept in a safety deposit box (which I would have anyway). That gets backed up at least once a month. Photos that are really special to me are also stored on a Lexar flash drive.

I'm not an everyday photographer and don't have a need for 2 or 3TB drives, which keeps the cost of 2 dedicated drives down. And unlike Tim Grey, I don't keep every exposure, so they don't add up as fast. Enjoy!

I really appreciated Tim Grey's tutorial on getting started in Light Room. I am new to the software. His approach was very easy to understand and follow. I am so thankful that I happened to listen to this prior to importing anything. I will be looking for more tutorials by him. Thanks.

Hi there.
In your video you said that there is no need to shoot RAW and JPEG.

I store my photos on a Windows XP PC. If I don't have a JPEG next to the RAW then I can't see what the file is, as Windows doesn't preview .CRT files.

Good video tho

I too have the same question. Most of my files are .jpg
Does this mean they will not import?

Hello,

Once in your Lightroom Library, you can view, open and edit JPEG files.

How do I find my photos? I don't see iphoto anywhere in list under source.
Thanks

There are several steps you would need to go through the first time you export photos from Lightroom to iPhoto. First, you would go to the “Library” section in Lightroom , select the images you want to import to iPhoto, and go to File> Export. When the Export window opens up, under “Export Location”, you would click the box for “Put in Subfolder”, and then click on “Choose”. The Desktop Window would pop-up. Under “Places” you would choose the “Pictures” folder (click on the blue “Choose” button). You would then create a sub folder (using something easy to remember such as for iPhoto). At the Bottom of the Export window, you will see the “Post-Processing” section. In the “After Export” drop-down menu, you would choose the “Go to Export Actions Folder”. After opening up the “Export Actions Folder”, you would then find the iPhoto icon in the dock, and hold down the curser over the icon until a window popped up. You would choose the “Show in Finder” option, which would open up the “Applications” folder. Here you would select iPhoto; you do not want to click and drag the icon, you simply want to hold down the option+command keys after you have iPhoto selected. This is going to create an alias in the “Export Actions folder”. You would then go back to the “Export Actions folder” in Lightroom, and go back to the “After Actions” on the bottom of the page again. In the drop down menu, you should see the iPhoto alias you just created, which you would choose. Now, before clicking on the Export button, you will want to save all of these steps for next time by clicking on the Add Tab on the lower left hand side of the window. You can then name this preset. If you have any troubles with this, I would suggest sending us an email. We could help trouble shoot what might be happening, and perhaps offer links to video tutorials online. askbh@bandh.com