Adobe Lightroom is filled with wonderful tricks and secrets, and I'm here to show you my five favourites!
Selecting Highlights + Shadows
Being able to see what parts of your image are overexposed or underexposed is a great first step in fixing them. By pressing the 'J' key on your keyboard, you'll be able to see in blue parts of your image that are underexposed, and in red, parts of your image that are overexposed. When you toggle the 'J' key on and make adjustments to the highlights and shadows, you'll be able to correct and adjust them, and this will reflect on the amount of blue or red that is highlighted in the image so you always know where your overexposed and underexposed parts of an image are.
The eyedropper tool is fantastic to get a base for your colour correcting. You simply select a neutral area and Lightroom automatically adjusts the temperature and tint accordingly. Obviously, it's not going to be perfect every time you use it, so think of it as a good base to start colour correcting with. The eyedropper tool is located just to the left of your temperature and tint bars on the right-hand side taskbar.
By pressing the 'L' key, you'll enable dark mode. It has two modes, and each mode darkens more than the last until you have a completely black screen. This tools is excellent if you need to really see the image that you're editing without any interference from the Lightroom app itself.
By pressing the 'O' key, you'll enable a variety of different crop options for use in your images. From the Fibonacci ratio, to the very popular thirds ratio (definitely my most used crop ratio!) and a handful of others too. They're fantastic for looking at different ways you can crop and align your images, putting a whole new perspective on them.
Don't have Adobe Bridge for keywording? No problem! Did you know you can keyword directly in Lightroom? In 'Library' mode, and on the right-hand side task panel, you can add all of your keywords and metadata in. It even gives you suggestions and you can create a custom set of keywords too.
I hope you've learned a few new tricks and shortcuts in this post!