New to photography and Adobe Lightroom? It can seem daunting when you first open the Lightroom program, but once you know how to use everything, editing is a breeze! Whilst the act of editing may be easy, keeping a good workflow before and within Adobe Lightroom can be difficult to keep track of. Here are five things every budding photographer needs to know when the edit.
1. Back up your images
Before we even get into Adobe Lightroom, you need to make sure you back up your images! And I mean BACK! THEM! UP! Especially if it's for client work. According to photographers that I've spoken to and/or worked with, a good amount of backup places for images is 3 separate places. This could be on your computer, on a cloud-based server, a hard drive, or the memory cards that you shot on. This protects you from any data loss, and it's nice to know that you'll always have a backup, and another backup if anything very unfortunate happens.
2. Import correctly
What I mean by importing correctly is this - make sure you know where your base folder is that contains the images that you wish to import, so that can be your hard drive or a folder on your computer, and make sure that you import the desired file format, such as a jpeg or RAW. You can do all sorts of actions whilst importing, such as writing metadata, auto applying your preset, and a few other things too.
3. Know what file type you're using
Whether you decide to shoot in Jpeg or a RAW file format, make sure you stick to one format whilst editing. This is because the data and file size of the image varies, as I explain in this blog post about the difference between Jpegs and RAW images, and the image can look very different. Whilst importing images into Adobe Lightroom, it usually selects the RAWs anyway as opposed to the Jpegs, so keep that in mind if you'd prefer to edit differently.
4. Have a consistent edit
Editing consistently is key, especially if it's client work. To make a consistent edit easier, a lot of photographers and editors use presets - this is a recipe of alterations and colour adjustments that have been saved as a 'preset', and you add it to your image to give you a good baseline for editing. Of course, every image has to be adjusted and altered accordingly, so this gives you a great place to start. You can also copy all of the adjustments that you have made to an image across multiple images, which saves time and brainpower.
5. Back up your catalogue
Much like backing up your images, you should also back up your catalogue as well. This feature can be found by going to Edit > Catalogue Settings > Back Up. It's just another way to make sure that all of your work is properly backed up in case there's a bug with Lightroom, or for some reason, the program crashes or corrupts - believe me, I've had a catalogue corrupt, it wasn't nice or pretty!
I hope these tips have helped and made you think about your editing process the next time you open Adobe Lightroom!