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Hi, gang and happy Friday. Coupla quick things:

(1) Lots of folks asking when am I going to write a version of my Lightroom Book with all the new stuff in the Lightroom Classic? (including the new Profiles and all).
Good news – I already did, and it’s on-press right now! (Whoo hoo!) Check out the trailer below:

You can pre-order yours right now at Amazon or Barnes & Noble, and be the first to get your copy.

(2) Here’s a pretty handy little Lightroom tip (and an answer to a recent question at my Lightroom seminar), which is:

Q. Is there any way to get rid of all History states for a particular image without clicking on the original  “Import” state which would revert my image to what it looked like when I imported it? 
A. There’s actually a very easy way – now at the top right of the History panel, you’ll see a little “x” (shown circled in red below). Click on that, and it clears ALL your history states, but your image stays looking ‘as is.’

Hope you find that helpful!

Have a great weekend everybody!


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The Library module is really the hub of your Lightroom experience as file management tasks, such as making selects, deleting rejects, batch processing, applying keywords, organizing into collections, renaming, applying metadata, and so on, take up a lot of our post-processing workflow. The Library module has four different views—Grid, Loupe, Compare and Survey—and each one is designed to make some aspect of that workflow a little easier. You can move very fluidly between each one using shortcuts (preferred), choosing them from the View menu, or by clicking their relevant icons in the Toolbar.

Ok yes, there is also People view, but that’s for face recognition and a topic for another post.

Note, if your Toolbar is missing just press the T key to bring it back. On the subject of the Toolbar, you should also keep in mind that the available tools that appear there will change based on the view you are currently in, and you can control which tools are showing by clicking the drop-down arrow on the far-right end of the Toolbar.

As you hover your cursor over each view’s icon a tooltip appears displaying its name and its keyboard shortcut. You’ll use Grid view and loupE (note...

Happy Tuesday, everybody. Great video today from Benjamin Warde as he uncovers some of the ‘hidden’ Auto features of the Basic Panel (beyond just clicking the Auto button). You gotta check it out (and the video is, as always, under 60-seconds).

Great stuff, right? Thanks, Benjamin.

Here’s to a rockin’ Tuesday!



P.S. I’ll be in the Cincinnati/Covington, KY area next with my full-day Lightroom seminar – I’m there on Monday, April 30th. If you’re up that way, come on out and spend the day with me learning Lightroom. Tickets here. 

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A month or so ago I ran a “best of” video from Terry White on how to move your images to another drive because so many people have been asking me about it. When I posted it, I saw a few comments which said essentially that it’s great info – they just wish it was updated (Terry had recorded that video a few years back on an older version of Lightroom). Well, I talked with Terry about it and he was gracious enough to create a new updated version that is much shorter, quick and easy, and right to the point. Just another reason I love Terry!

Check out this quick video – really great stuff!

Thank you, Terry. As I’ve said many times before – you rock!

Heads up!
We’re getting close to the deadline to save $100 using the Photoshop World Conference Early Bird discount – it expires near the end of this month, so make sure you get your PSW tickets now and save the hundred bucks. Here’s the link with details and ticket info.

Hope this starts your Monday off on a great note. We’ll catch you back here tomorrow for a Lightroom Coffee Break.



P.S. Today over on my regular blog,, I did a start-to-finish Lightroom tutorial on converting your images to B&W using the new B&W color profiles in...

Buongiorno, everybody! I’m back from an amazing (and quite yummy) week in Venice, where I was leading a travel photography workshop, along with long exposure photography expert Mimo Meidany. This is why I was…well…so lame here on the blog last week.

I put some of my favorite images from the workshop together, along with the story and behind-the-scenes shots, in a Spark Page.

Here’s the link if you’ve got a sec:

Thanks in advance for checking it out (and I hope you’ll share it if you do).

I’ll be back on my blogging schedule next week now that I’m back, and until then, here’s wishing you an awesome weekend!

Ciao, ciao!


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Maybe the latest update is causing you a problem, or maybe you just want to try a test, or maybe some third-party plug-in isn’t working with the current version? If you have a good reason to roll back to an earlier version, it is a very easy thing to do thanks to the Creative Cloud Application Manager.

Note, I’ve been following the reports of crashes and preset problems related to the 7.3 update, and have seen multiple people ask for a way to go back to Lightroom 7.2, at least until the problems they are having are fixed. If you are having a specific problem be sure to post it over in the Lightroom Family forum (or chime into an existing thread on your issue) before rolling back. 

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve uninstalled and reinstalled various versions of Lightroom over the years, and it couldn’t be easier (I even did it twice writing this post for testing purposes). Uninstalling Lightroom doesn’t touch your catalog file(s) or your photos. It just removes the program. That said, it is always a good idea to have a solid backup in place before you do anything like this. So, go ahead, I’ll wait.

You can uninstall Lightroom Classic right from the Application manager. On a Mac, you’ll find it up in the Menu bar. On Windows, look down in the Notification Area by the clock.

I’m probably going to be a little controversial here…

A lot by people ask me about camera equipment and settings, Photoshop editing, and all manner of “technical stuff.” I also get asked a lot about my top advice for taking better pictures, and the answer isn’t a plug-in or a shiny new camera. I find it funny that when somebody outside our trade asks about a great picture they’ve seen, that as photographers, we often answer that the camera is just a “tool,” and no camera can make you take better pictures. When I see photographers discussing images online, however, people often bang on about what settings, model of camera, lens, and f-stop were used, and chewing on about if they’d used this or that, and why don’t they use this or that.

My thoughts on this are simple, and after recently reading one such exchange, I wanted to write something here on what I personally think.

My best advice if you want to shoot better pictures is simple: shoot more; shoot, shoot, shoot; and then shoot some more. Like most skills in life, especially the creative-natured ones, some people have a natural leaning toward something and some don’t. Regardless of this, photography can and is...

The latest update to Lightroom Classic has a lot to love, as Scott shared yesterday. I think the profiles are a huge step forward. One of the new features that didn’t get a lot of attention though was the changes to Develop presets. First, upon launch of 7.3 you probably saw a somewhat strange message about updating develop presets to XMP, which may have left you scratching your head.

What it did was convert your existing custom Develop presets to a format compatible with the Camera Raw plug-in, and then copied the XMP versions to a folder shared with the Camera Raw plug-in, so now your custom Lightroom Classic presets are available inside the Camera Raw plug-in. The few presets I had in Camera Raw are now showing in Classic too (inside the User Presets folder). That’s actually pretty cool.

Note, it left the original custom presets where they were, but appended a ~ to the front of the file name to remain backwards compatible with older versions of Lightroom Classic (should you still have an older version installed). 

The really cool change that slipped under the radar is that you now get a full screen preview of a preset simply by hovering your cursor over the preset. The Navigator still changes too, but who needs that when you have the main image updating?

Hi, folks, and thanks to the 500+ photographers who came out to my Lightroom seminars in Atlanta and Milwaukee this week, many of whom inspired today’s post. I won’t go into all the specifics here (it’s a better topic for “The Grid”), but a lot of folks are having a hard time finding how to subscribe to Lightroom Classic (the Lightroom we’ve all been using for years – the one we know and love, etc.).

If you go to the Lightroom page at there is no mention of Lightroom Classic whatsoever – the entire page is all about Lightroom CC [the new cloud-storage version] and there’s no mention of Classic until you get to the bottom of the page where it lists what each subscription plan includes, and there you finally see the words “Lightroom Classic.” By the way, if you click on the “Learn More” link (seen below in blue), it takes you to another page that only talks about Lightroom CC as well, until once again, it lists what’s included in the plans.

Above: At the bottom of the page you’ll find this section, and it’s the middle plan (circled it in red) the one for $9.99 which includes Photoshop CC and Lightroom Classic (I highlighted it in yellow above). That...

There have been many times over the years where I’ve needed to export a subset of my main catalog for a specific reason, such as to travel or to share a selection of work, and then later needed to import any changes (and new photos) from that catalog back into my main catalog.

Exporting a Catalog

Let’s walk through the steps for how this can be done.

Step One:
There are a couple of ways to export a catalog, but my favorite way is to put all the photos I want in the new catalog into a collection first. This way it doesn’t matter if the photos are stored across multiple different folders, as you can just drag and drop them all into a single collection to pull them together.

Once you have them all in the collection, Ctrl-click (PC: Right-click) the collection name and choose Export this Collection as a Catalog from the contextual menu that appears. This will open the Export as Catalog dialog box.

Step Two:
On the Export as Catalog dialog box, choose where you want the exported catalog to go and give it a name. Since I am planning to take this catalog on a trip I selected a folder on the external drive I am taking with me and gave it a name that made sense to me.

It’s a new “Lightroom Coffee Break” video from the Lightroom team’s own Benjamin Warde, and this one is near and dear to my heart: how to hide panels and modules that you don’t use for a cleaner, uncluttered Lightroom workspace (all in 60-seconds or less):

Totally worth doing! (thanks, Benjamin).

I’m off to Milwaukee, Wisconsin today for my Lightroom seminar there tomorrow. Break out the Nabisco Easy Cheese and Chicken in a Biscuit crackers – here I come!



P.S. The countdown is on – only 70-something days until the Photoshop World Conference. This is the perfect time to plan your trip; book your hotel room at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, and get ready to learn more in three days than you have in three years! Details and tickets at

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Hi, gang and greetings from Washington DC (my family and I took a walk down Pennsylvania Avenue Saturday with about 800,000 other folks).

By the time you read this though, I’ll be in Atlanta for my seminar today (well, that’s the plan anyway), and I’m delighted to have over 300 photographers spending the day with me here learning Lightroom. I’ll be in Milwaukee on Wednesday with the seminar – maybe I’ll see you there? 

After Adobe’s recent Lightroom Classic update which featured a much enhanced one-click Auto tone button (and it is much better) I’ve been using it more and more as a starting place, but I’ve noticed something about it, and that is, depending on the image it can actually make your image look a little bit “HDR’d.” Ack! Luckily, if this happens to you it’s an easy fix. Here’s what to do (well, here’s what I do anyway).

Above: Here’s our original image (it’s just a behind-the-scenes shot taken between shoots on location).

STEP ONE: When you click the Auto Button, you get this look, which is certainly better, but to me, it doesn’t look very natural. In fact, it has...

Our interview last week (hosted by Larry Becker) with British fine art photographer Ian Munro (The Gallery at KelbyOne competition winner) was just incredible! He was so brilliant that we’re airing it again in its entirety TODAY.

Great insights and amazing images, and from an extremely talented, engaging, and funny photographer – streaming on my FB page today at 4pm ET (here’s the link) – don’t miss it: people will be talking about it Monday!

Hey, photographers in Atlanta…
Whoo hoo! 300+ of you are coming out to my seminar there on Monday – if you’re not…it’s not too late. Here’s the link. Hey, Milwaukee — I’m there on Wednesday, come on out. Columbus, I’m headed there next month. Hope you’ll join me. 

Have a great weekend everybody!



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NOTE: This update spreads across the whole Lightroom universe: It’s for Lightroom Classic, Lightroom CC, Lightroom Mobile and even Camera Raw over in Photoshop.

Adobe just changed the way we work in the Develop Module forever, and it’s awesome! So much to share, so let’s just get right to it:

OTHER NOTE: If you’re a KelbyOne member, we’re releasing a full-length in-depth course today on this new update to Lightroom featuring the new workflow, all the profile stuff, and more to get you up and running fast!

A Profile-Based Workflow
If you read this first, it will make all this make that much more sense. When you shoot in JPEG mode, your camera applies all sorts of edits to your image right in the camera — everything from adding lots of contrast, sharpening, vibrance, noise reduction — a whole bunch of stuff to create a fully processed nice-looking image pretty much ready to share.

When you switch your camera to shoot in RAW, you’re telling your camera, “Turn off all that contrast, sharpening, vibrance, noise reduction, and so on, and just give me the flat-looking RAW image my camera captured. I’ll add that all contrast, and sharpening stuff myself later in Lightroom.” However, the image you see on the back of your camera (and the one that first appears on screen in Lightroom) is still a JPEG (that sharper, more colorful, more awesome-looking...

Happy Monday, everybody – hope you had an awesome Easter weekend. Today we’re answering a question I get asked a lot on my Lightroom tour, which is essentially this:

Q. If I take an image from Lightroom over to Photoshop, and in Photoshop I add a bunch of layers, what happens to those layers when I take that file back to Lightroom? Does it flatten the layers? Is there ever a way to get them back if I need to?

A. When the file comes back to Lightroom, those layers are actually still there and fully intact. However, since Lightroom doesn’t have a Layers features, what you see in Lightroom is a composite image — as if the image was flattened (but again it’s not). Here’s a quick tutorial on the process from scratch:

STEP ONE: Here’s our original shot in Lightroom (I positioned the lights so I could add some text in the center). I press Command-E (PC: Ctrl-E) to take this image from Lightroom over to Photoshop to add my type layers.

STEP TWO: Here’s that same image over in Photoshop where I’ve added six layers (five Type layers and another layer for sharpening and other Photoshop tweaks). Now that I’m done with my Photoshop edits, to take the image...

I had the pleasure of doing in-person Lightroom Classic/Photoshop trainings in New York and Arizona over the last two weeks, and getting to see people’s catalogs up close and personal has made me even more aware of the crazy catalog names people are using (often unknowingly), which can lead to confusion when things go wrong.

While Lr Classic doesn’t care what you call your catalog, you should. Under normal operation it isn’t something you’ll likely encounter, but if you should ever need to restore from a backup, if you move to a new computer, or if you ever get around to finally cleaning up your computer, you’ll really want to know what your latest, greatest, working catalog is called. One person I was helping had catalogs stored in multiple locations on his system, with names going back to Lightroom 2, and names that looked like, “Lightroom 2 Catalog-2-2-2-2-2-2.lrcat.” I estimated he had GBs of data locked up in old catalog files that he didn’t even realize were on his system. Now, I know (hope) that this is not typical of most Lr Classic users, but I’ve seen enough systems to know he’s not as edge-case as it may seem.

The first thing you need to know is where your catalog is located, and I’ve written about that before. Once you’ve got that location identified, you can take the following steps to rename your catalog file to something meaningful to you, or at least get rid of all those -2-2-2-2’s appended...

Well, if you’ve ever wondered, Benjamin Warde has the answer, in today’s 60-seconds-0r-less “Lightroom Coffee Break.”

Suddenly, it’s all so clear. Thank you, Benjamin!

Check out Tuesdays with Dave Williams
Every Tuesday, awesome UK-travel photographer Dave Williams writes an article over on my blog, and he’s been sharing some great stuff, from a series of posts on how social media success, to last week’s post on how to add a rainbow to your images in Photoshop, it’s always good stuff. Here’s the link to see what Dave’s up to today.

Have a-rockin’ Tuesday everybody!



P.S. Tomorrow my guest on “The Grid” is Jeff Cable, who just shot the Winter Games in South Korea, and he’ll have lots of killer shots to share, behind-the-scenes stories, and he’ll be taking your questions live on the air. 4-PM ET (everyone’s invited as I’m sharing the live stream on my Facebook page). See you then!

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Happy Monday, folks – I’ve got a quick (just over 2-minutes) little video on renaming your photos that you might find really helpful. Here goes:

Hope you did indeed find that helpful.

Photoshop World Q&A today!
It’s over on my blog — if you’ve ever thought you might want to go, jump over there where I answer a bunch of questions about the conference. Hey, let’s at least answer one question here:

Q. Will there be lots of Lightroom Classes at the Photoshop World Conference this summer?
A. Oh yeah — a ton! In fact, there’s an entire Lightroom track that runs all day, every day of the conference, taught by me, Matt, Serge, Rob, Terry, Julieanne and more. You know you really should be there, right? 

Here’s the link to the full Photoshop World Q&A, and here’s wishing you a better than average Monday!



P.S. Don’t forget, if you’re in Atlanta, Milwaukee or Columbus, Ohio, I’m heading there very soon with my Lightroom full-day seminar. Come on out and spend the day with me. Details and tickets here.

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This is a follow-up for reason #7 from my post on Monday called “If your Lightroom is running slow, it’s probably one of these seven reasons” (here’s the link in case you missed the other 6). #7 was about turning off having Lightroom automatically write .xmp files each time you make an adjustment in Lightroom and I mentioned that most Lightroom users should probably turn this auto writing of xmp files off. So, after some questions, I thought today I’d do a quick Q&A about XMP, when you should use them, and why in most cases you shouldn’t).

Q. What is a .xmp file?
A. It’s a separate text file that holds any edits or metadata changes you made to your RAW file. That’s one seen above — the .xmp file for the RAW file with the same name, but its file extension is .xmp.

Q. Is that text file referred to as an .xmp file?
A. You’ll hear it called either an xmp sidecar, just a ‘sidecar file’ or simply an xmp file. So, if somebody says to you, “Send me the RAW and the sidecar” you know they need your RAW file and that .xmp sidecar file — two files.

Q. I thought Lightroom kept all those changes stored right in the catalog?

I received a question from someone wanting to know how to rename their virtual copies the other day, and thought it would make for a useful post to share with you all. The short answer is that you can’t rename your virtual copies because a virtual copy only exists in the catalog as an additional set of processing instructions. Since there is only the one source photo on your drive, there are no copies to rename. Let’s dive into a longer answer.

One of the most useful aspects of a virtual copy is that it doesn’t require making an actual copy of your source photo if you want to process it in an alternative way. This can free you up to create any number of versions of a given photo. Sure, they do require the creation of previews in the preview cache and they do add to the size of the catalog, but those are smaller prices to pay than duplicating the actual source photo multiple times. Some common reasons I’ve seen for creating virtual copies are to have a photo cropped to multiple different aspect ratios, to try out different processing techniques, to create different color and B&W versions, and so on. I’ve written more on virtual copies if you want to dive deeper.

Each time a virtual copy is created Lightroom automatically populates the Copy Name field with Copy 1, Copy 2, Copy 3, etc., as a way to give each virtual copy a unique name. The Copy...