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Lightroom is Adobe's RAW development workflow software. Version 3 was released in 2010 and was superceded by version 4 in March, 2012.

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In Lightroom 3, what is the difference between exposure and brightness?

What's the difference between adjusting a photo's exposure versus its brightness? I created a virtual copy of a photo. The original's exposure was increased 1 stop. The other got an increase in ...
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Can I automatically convert RAW images to JPEG when publishing to Flickr in Lightroom 3?

I am using Lightroom 3, with the built-in Publish To Flickr feature. When I have a JPEG image (that isn't too large for Flickr), this feature works very smoothly. However, I often have RAW images, ...
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Using a single license, how many computers can you install Lightroom 3 on?

I'm liking the extra editing abilities that Lightroom brings (over picasa), but I'm wondering if I shell out $300 can I use it on as many computers as I like? I know windows generally only allows you ...
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What's the best way to get photos from Lightroom 3 to Flickr?

As someone who publishes a lot of photos on Flickr, I'd like to know the best way to export my photos. I see that Lightroom 3 has a built-in publishing tool... is that the best option or are there ...
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How to delete JPG files, but only if the matching RAW file exists?

My early (Canon G2) photos are all JPG, but when I got my Nikon D90 I initially shot in JPG, then switched to RAW+JPG, and now I would like to switch to RAW only. I have literally thousands of photos ...
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How do I move Picks from a Collection to a Folder in Lightroom 3?

On one of the rare occasions I've used Lightroom Collections, I found myself wanting to transfer the Pick/Reject info from the Collection back to the main Folder the photos are in. Picks are ...
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What should I consider for buying a photo editing computer?

What things should I consider for buying a photo editing computer? Specifically, here's a few of my needs: I will install Adobe Lightroom, and Adobe Creative Suite. I'd like to make sure all of ...
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How can I select only all edited photos from a catalog for export from Lightroom 3?

In Lightroom 3, how do I select only edited photos from a catalog for export, without choosing individually? For example: I import 500 photos from a shoot and I go through and edit 286 photos. Now I ...
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How do I duplicate images in Lightroom 3?

Hi could you please tell me how to duplicate an image in Lightroom 3 as i wish to make different looks to the one image thanks leigh-ann
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Stitch first and edit later or vice versa?

I have a set of three images imported in Lightroom 3.6 which I want to stitch into one panorama using Photoshop's CS5.5 Merge to Panorama tool. As I see it I have two options in doing so. Doing all ...
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RAW to TIF conversion creating GINORMOUS TIF Files

My wife is a photographer (Nikon D700, edits in Win7 Adobe CS5 suite) and mentioned yesterday that she's out of hard drive space. When I inspected, I found GIGANTIC .TIF files on her drive, ranging ...
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Is there anything to watch out for when upgrading Lightroom 3 to 4?

If I decided to take the plunge and upgrade from LR3 to LR4, does LR4 manage the migration of my catalogs for me automatically, when opening it for first time? Are there any things that break or that ...
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Will I miss any features of Lightroom 3 if I already have Adobe Photoshop Extended CS 5.5?

I am planning to upgrade my CS4 to CS5.5 (Design Premium) - I heard Lightroom 3 has new cool features such as new and improved noise-reduction in photos. Do you get pretty much all the features of ...
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How can I avoid overwriting original images after editing in Lightroom 3?

I have imported my images into Lightroom 3 and have put them into a specific folder that I have defined. After I have edited an image, I export the edited image into a sub-folder with the intent of ...
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How can I import multiple cards into Lightroom simultaneously?

Photographers with more than one camera body, or who use several cards in a session, would benefit greatly from being able to import from more than one card into Lightroom without having to start ...
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How to do a selective darkening of part of a photo in Lightroom?

I have a photo that has quite a distracting corner: if you divide it by the rule of thirds it's bit less than half of the bottom right corner. Can I use Lightroom to darken that corner? I don't know; ...
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How do I remove duplicates of the same image in Lightroom?

I recently imported a large library into Lightroom, I've been going through it and have found several duplicates of the same pictures. They might be in different folders as well. Is there an easy way ...
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What algorithms and values does Lightroom use for sharpening for print and for screen?

In the Lightroom exporting menu, there are options to sharpen for screen and print. What are the differences between the two? And how does each setting actually sharpen the image? And finally what is ...
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Over-saturated prints from Lighroom 3?

I have been doing most of my printing from Photoshop lately, as I've been fine-tuning levels and using advanced sharpening techniques to eek the most out of my prints. I started working with Lightroom ...
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How to mass convert RAW images into JPEG in Lightroom 3?

I have 1000 raw photos that I would like to convert all to jpg. Is there a way I can do this all at once or can I only do it one by one?
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How to share a raw file including LR development settings

How do I send someone a .CR2 raw file with Lightroom adjustments applied? In that way someone could open the raw file in their Lightroom and see what development settings I have used, apply other ...
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Quickly compare before and after in Lightroom

In Adobe Lightroom, is there a quick way to view the picture without the transforms applied? I'm looking for a single keypress or mouse click to toggle/switch between the pre and post transformed ...
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Has anyone used the Alamy export plugin in Lightroom with any sucess?

I'm evaluating the Alamy Export Lightroom Plug-in with Lightroom 3, but it doesn't seem to do anything -- If I attempt to export, I get a log that says "[My filename] Test Mode, nothing done (1.88 ...
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Can I import pictures into Lightroom and retain my existing folder structure?

I already have 30k pictures ordered in the following format: YYYY/MM/YYYY-MM-DD. I would like to continue this format instead of going through and renaming all my folders (besides, I like this ...
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What limitations does Lightroom have for portraiture? Why might I need/want additional software?

I do have Lightroom 3. I do not have any Photoshop products. I do shoot in RAW. I do plan to shoot portraits professionally (studio & outdoors).
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How can you reduce noise in Lightroom 3?

I'm seeing that Lightroom 3 has noise reduction capability, but I'm looking for a good tutorial or other in how to use it practically. Can anyone out there point me to a good tutorial, or provide one ...
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Upgrading path from Lightroom 3 to Lightroom 5

Is it possible to upgrade directly from Lightroom 3 to Lightroom 5 or is it best to go to Lightroom 4 and then to Lightroom 5?
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Lightroom 4 trial finished - edits now not available in Lightroom 3?

I had downloaded a trial of Lightroom 4. Did some edits from one of the shoots. Now the trial has expired (I can't buy it yet, as budget won't allow me) I'm not able to see these changes in my ...
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How can I choose the filenames when publishing from Ligthroom?

I currently use a publish to hard disk publish service for exporting photos ready for upload to my website. I'd like to be able to be able to choose the filenames on the output files to be something ...
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Can I tell Lightroom to set export filenames to the Title if there is one or Original Filename when there isn't?

At the moment, when I export an image from Lightroom, I simply use the original image filename (with new extension). What I would like to do, if I have applied a Title, is to use that as the export ...
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Compressing DNG files in Lightroom

I shoot with my Pentax K10d in the DNG format. The camera produces the files in an uncompressed format. I would like to save some disk space by compressing all in a batch process too in Lightroom. ...
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Lightroom: What data is stored in a Catalog vs. What can be stored in a XMP sidecar?

I always have the setting Automatically write changes into XMP enabled. Unfortunately as I'm still often improving/experimenting with my workflow, I tend to delete/create catalogs every once in ...
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Is there an quicker method (script/plugin) to export sidecar JPEG from Lightroom?

When I import RAW+JPEG in Lightroom I uncheck the option "Treat JPEG files next to raw files as separate photos" because I don't like the clutter this causes. Sometimes I do want to have a sidecar ...
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How to reset Lightroom's library?

In Adobe Lightroom 3, how can I reset the library? That is, I want to remove all photos from the library.
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How to track what parameters are modified according to Facebook Publisher in Lightroom?

Lightroom tells me in the Facebook publisher that a certain set of photos needs to be re-published as they are modified. I didn't modify the photos directly and would like to know what has been ...
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If I back up a Lightroom catalog using Mac Time Machine, will the images still be properly connected?

I have recently moved from pc to mac and am about to start backing up my mac to a separate hard drive using Time Machine. My question is, if I am in the unfortunate position of needing to use the back ...
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Is it possible to sync title and description from Flickr to Lightroom?

I wonder if I can sync metadata such as title and description from Flickr to LR without using any third party software, just with built in Flickr Plugin. If so, how can I do it?
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Why do I get question marks on my pictures in Lightroom?

In Lightroom, why does a question mark sometimes appear the the upper right hand corner of an image? Can I delete them? Can I do a gang delete?
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What Software can I use to clean up scanned slide images?

I would like to to clean up damage to and retouch under/overexposed scanned slide images, prepare the digital images with copyright symbols for use on web pages and add tags to allow image files to be ...
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How to properly archive Lightroom

We've got 4 catalogs running on our production computer (Families, Weddings, Fashion, Personal). All of these catalogs contain images that we want to retain long term. When our hard drive filled up, ...
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How do you identify a RAW or JPEG image within Lightroom 3?

I usually shoot RAW photos. Once in awhile I will switch back to JPEG. Is there a way to identify which photos are RAW in Lightroom library and such? Thanks!
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How can I get lightroom to sync datetaken meta data with other programs

I've recently switched from Picasa to Lightroom 3.3. Upon importing my pics into lightroom, there were about 500 that appeared at the top when sorted by date, despite being older pictures. Turns out ...
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In Lightroom, how do I see which presets have been applied to an image?

In Adobe Lightroom, multiple presets can be applied to an image. Is there a way to see which presets have been applied to an image?
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Tagging people in Lightroom 3 before publishing to Facebook

I am snapping a lot of pictures and lots of them I upload to Facebook. Is there any plugin out there to tag people in my catalogs?
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Why would some of my Lightroom3 noise reduction sliders be disabled?

I use Lightroom 3.6 and I just imported some old RAW files into it. I can use the basic noise reduction tools but the Details and Contrast tools are disabled. How can I get them enabled? The same ...
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Can you add pillarboxes to a photo in Lightroom?

I want to add either vertical or horizontal black bars to photos in Lightroom. I know I could export to Photoshop and do it there, but I'd prefer to quickly do it in Lightroom. Is this feature built ...
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Does Lightroom export white-balance temperature and tint value to JPEG metadata?

When I export a JPEG from Lightroom 3.6, is the white-balance temperature and tint value written in the JPEG file somewhere? Could I later take that JPEG and see (in the EXIF for example) what the WB ...
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Possible corrupted files won't open in PS or LR - need to fix them

I have a problem just like the post with the link below (I'm having trouble loading any of mine). The way they look in LR is how it looks on the post below. They look perfect in Preview mode and ...
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Can I find Lightroom Publish Collections with photos pending Publication?

Lightroom's publish collections allow one to publish photos to various places by simply adding a photo into the appropriate collection. In this example, I use SmugMug, and I have my various SmugMug ...
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Is there any way to disable 'Library' feature in Lightroom 3?

Is there any way to disable 'Library' feature in Lightroom 3? I don't need it and i do not want to waste my free space on it.