Differences between the tone curve and the basic settings

In addition to the common contrast and exposure (brightness) settings that are included in even the most basic photo retouching applications, it is possible in Lightroom to modify individual ranges of brightness, which allows for precise adjustments. There are a couple of ways to do it, though, and new users of Lightroom are often (and justifiably!) confused with the settings in the Basic and Tone Curve panels.
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Camera calibration profiles

The Camera calibration panel in Lightroom’s Develop module gives you the ability to quickly, and sometimes greatly, improve your pictures’ colors before you start playing with the other tools. I’m not talking about adjusting specific settings here, which I admit I never do, but just checking the available profiles and selecting the one that gives the best results. Continue reading

Essential Ligthroom shortcuts

Just like Photoshop, Ligthroom makes extensive use of shortcuts. And just as in Photoshop, there are so many shortcuts in Lightroom, some quite complicated, that it’s next to impossible to remember them all. So here are the ones that I find the most useful, not only because they are associated to very common tasks, but also because they are pretty easy to remember, many of them being just one key. Continue reading

Set your camera clock to save time

The fastest way in Lightroom to find pictures taken last New Year’s Eve or on your birthday is doing a search using the capture time metadata. That is, if your camera’s clock is on time!

Indeed, all digital cameras record the capture date and time within the EXIF metadata, which also contains other information such as aperture value, ISO speed and other technical details. Continue reading