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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is one of several professional level photo editing and management tools. It is commonly compared to Apple Aperture.

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Lightroom 4.4 - on synchronizing folder, LR says photos are missing but are not, and requests remove + re import?

I recently discovered that when I try to "synchronize a folder" in which I have added new photos to (CR2 raw files), this pop up shows up in Lightroom 4 (Mac): It says that my images in that ...
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Lightroom: how to backup the catalog and photos (raw files) on a network drive

I read a couple of post talking about the same topic but i didn't get an answer (step by step) on how can i backup all my catalg and files (pictures/raws) to another drive (network drive). So far i ...
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How do hierarchical keywords in Lightroom actually work?

I thought I understood how this worked, but I've just proven myself wrong. Imagine the following keyword hierarchy fragment: - Locations - Europe - scotland - inner hebrides - ...
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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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Why doesn't my Lightroom smart photoset have any pictures in it?

I've created a "Smart Photoset" in Lightroom to publish photos to Flickr, configured to match all of the following rules: Collection contains "Nepal" Pick Flag is flagged I assumed, possibly ...
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How do I pan an image in Lightroom while using the adjustment brush?

Is there any keyboard control for panning, or something similar to -mouse to pan while I'm using the adjustment brush?
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Can I programatically manipulate Lightroom's “rejected” flag in images?

Can I use a tool like exif2 or exiftool to programatically inspect and manipulate the flag used for "Rejected" in Lightroom? I can't find a field that seems to correspond to it. If not, is there ...
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How to properly deal with lens distortion in Sony NEX RAW files?

I have a Sony NEX6 camera and when using the 16-50 kit lens the photos shot in RAW has a lot of distortions. You either have to let the camera correct it using jpeg or you are expected to use Sony's ...
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How does white-balance synchronisation work in Lightroom?

I just noticed that when in Lightroom I sync white-balance between multiple images the colour temperature and tint of the source image is not just copied over to the target images, but somehow ...
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Can I use a different map source other than Google Maps in Lightroom 4?

Google Maps are horribly outdated in my area. Is there any way to use a different map source, e.g. OpenStreetMap, inside Lightroom 4's map module?
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Can I embed existing JPEG's into DNG's as a preview?

Using CHDK with my Canon A550 I get DNG files that do not have an embedded preview image only a very small thumbnail (see this question). However, alongside the DNG a full resolution JPEG file is ...
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How do I change camera settings inside Lightroom using tethered capture?

So I decided to have a go at tethered capture inside Lightroom. I have the camera connected, powered on, drivers were found and installed, Lightroom can see the camera and I can even shoot with it ...
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What to do in Lightroom when shooting both RAW and JPEG?

I have recently started: Shooting both RAW & JPEG Using Lightroom 4 Currently when I import my photos into Lightroom I am using the (default) option to ignore duplicates, this means that only ...
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Mass reverse geocoding in Lightroom or an external tool

I have nearly 3000 images in my Lightroom library that have GPS data but no textual location info. How can I mass reverse geocode all these pictures?
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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 issues should I expect in migrating from iPhoto to Lightroom?

I recently got Adobe Lightroom 3, and I'd like to migrate my iPhoto 09 library. I'd like to know the best way to do this, with the corresponding tradeoffs between fuss and feature loss. iPhoto of ...
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Lightroom upgrade from a student licence

I'm thinking of buying Adobe Lightroom through a student licence. Will I be able to buy an upgrade licence when I'm not longer a student? Or will I have to buy the full licence? Thanks.
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Lightroom mass undo last develop step?

Is there a way to do a mass undo in lightroom's develop module? I'd prefer not to push arrow key and click on the last step for this many photos. The story, for those interested in face-palming: so ...
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Understanding Lightroom/ACR Exposure Non-Linearity

Looking at the DNG SDK (v1.4), I found that the exposure operation is implemented as a 1D function, with a small non-linearity in the very low part of the dynamic range for positive exposure values, ...
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How to emulate the in-camera processing into Lightroom? [duplicate]

First off, I'm a beginner in matters of digital photo processing (and photography for that record). I already know that the RAW file is a dump of raw sensor data with no processing whatsoever applied ...
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How can I import Pentax lens information into Lightroom?

I'm trying to get up to speed with Lightroom, and noticed that there are no Pentax lenses listed under the Lens Corrections menus. Is it possible to import the pentax lens information, even if I'm ...
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How to add keywords to lightroom from a textfile (after import)?

I have a fairly large (20,000 photos) catalog. I'm trying to add keywords from the exif data that lightroom doesn't read, for instance any effects (like "pop color") applied to the photo. Using ...
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Can Lightroom detect corrupted images?

Can Lightroom detect all sorts of corrupted images? I.e. make a smart collection where these are collected. I know that some corrupted images often are displayed as missing, and can be found ...
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lightroom: how to upload photos to flickr and prevent duplicate uploads

Test case: Collection C1 contains photos {A, B, C, D} Collection C2 contains photos {A, C, E, F} When I upload these from Lightroom to Flickr (whether at the same time or in separate uploads), I ...
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Resize to the photo.stackexchange.com header photo size with Lightroom

I want to submit a photo to the photo.stackoverflow.com header thread (like here). They ask for a specific image size (375x210). Is there an easy way to resize and crop an image to this size using ...
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Software to burn full-sized images and thumbnails into one package

I just helped shoot a wedding for the first time for some friends, and I'm going to burn a DVD for them. Ideally, I want a DVD which contains both full-sized images and thumbnails, along with some ...
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High CPU usage when using Lightroom + Dual Monitor?

Wasn't sure if I should ask this question here or at another part of stackexchange, but I figured there would be more people using Lightroom here. I just purchased a second monitor and have noticed ...
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How do I move Apple Aperture-specific metadata to Adobe Lightroom?

When I drag a folder into Apple Aperture the name of the folder becomes the name of a project that those photos are put in. Specifically, the metadata item is "Project path". This information is ...
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How can I force Lightroom to always import to my NAS?

I have a NAS where I store all my photos. It's mapped to drive N: on Windows. When I import my photos with Lightroom, it defaults to the last export location, which is usually my NAS. So far so ...
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DNG updates settings in the file itself?

I do know that fiddling with stuff in LR is non-destructive to the original raw data, as only the settings themselves are changed. With CR2 files, LR writes an XML file with the same base name, and ...
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Digital ISO vs Post-Exposure Correction

As far as I know, a ISO setting on a DSLR camera corresponds to a mixture of both analog and digital settings set before a shot is taken and governs how much amplification the incidence luminosity is ...
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Is there a way to get lightroom to show me the camera's original thumbnail?

When I import raw files into lightroom, it displays one thumbnail right away, but then after it's processed everything, the thumbnail changes, sometimes noticeably. From what I've read, the initial ...
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iPad photo editing app that exports edits as XMP to reuse in lightroom?

Basically, I'm looking for Lightroom for iPad :) but until then, I'm trying to find an alternative. To organize and tag pictures I'll be using Photosmith which integrates with Lightroom. Now, I ...
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Does Photo Mechanic import faster than Lightroom?

I've recently found myself being encumbered by LRs slow rendering so I want to use Photo Mechanic. But I wonder if Photo Mechanic ingests faster than LR imports? It seems to me that just copying ...
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Photoshop or lightroom for landscape and nature photography?

I have canon 500D with 18-55mm and 70-300mm lens. I have lot of interest in landscape and Nature photography. I need to purchase some software to assist me with post-processing my photos. Which one is ...
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Photo Processing - What am I doing wrong?

I seem to have a problem processing photos and I am not sure where I am going wrong. The issue is on my desktop monitor the photos look great. Overall vivid color, brightness, contrast etc. When I ...
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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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How To work with Pick and Reject in Lightroom?

I'm new in Lightroom and looking for Pick/Reject Workflows strategies. Actually I'm following the Workflow suggested at the lighroomlab.com (Using Pick and Reject Flags in Lightroom) which roughly ...
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How will an image from my Canon 7D look as an 8' by 8' poster? Will using TIFF over JPEG make a difference?

The organizer of a trade show just asked me if he could use one of the images that I took with my Canon 7D for as a backdrop. He said that he needs to photo in TIFF format, and said that he wants to ...
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How to whiten the yellow light of a poorly illuminated picture?

I had some poor lighting during a photo shoot (amateur) and ended up with pictures like the ones below. Is there any easy way in Lightroom to correct and whiten the lights in these kind of pictures? ...
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How to do the same crop on a batch of photos?

I've got a batch of photos (an owl coughing up a pellet in case you're curious). I want to make an animated GIF out of them, but the result would be improved if they were all given an identical crop ...
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Can I merge multiple photos to reduce noise?

This is not about HDR, exposure fusion, or any kind of bracketing (exposure, focus, ISO, what have you). There's an excellent iOS app called Cortex Camera that takes a couple of dozen photos in a ...
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How can you limit the output of black and whites in Lightroom?

There is a successful photographer I follow and people love the effect they add to their photos. I've been editing photos for a long time and I know the trick they're using. However, I can't reproduce ...
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Moving Lightroom catalog from PC to Macbook using Google Drive

I recently bought a new macbook pro and I'd like to move my existing Lightroom catalog which is on a PC over onto the Macbook. I have a 100gb Google drive account which I think I should be able to ...
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RAW Conversion is better on Canon Utilities or LightRoom?

I have always used Picasa as I was with point and shot camera. Now, I want to learn photography and have brought a Canon DSLR with which I got Canon Utilities to manage the pictures and video. On ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut for 4x6 crop in Lightroom 4, or way to set a default aspect ratio?

I spend a lot of time cropping photos into the 4x6 aspect ratio in order for friends and family to get prints. When I switch to the crop tool, Lightroom always starts with an unlocked, "Original" ...
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Can't find recovery and others menus in LR4

I made my first new import on LR4 after importing the old catalogue, but I don't find the recovery, fill lights and other slider from raw shoots! I checked the old pictures which I did import with LR3 ...
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What steps to take to match screen to print?

I don't print a TON of my photos, but when I do it's because it's really important to me. I've got a MacBook Pro attached to a Samsung 2300 display and an HP Photosmart 7760 printer. I typically use ...
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Move developed pictures

My current development workflow is the following: Import pictures from the SD card to my Mac in Lightroom 4 Select and develop my RAW pictures Export my selected pictures as JPG Move the whole ...
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Is there any good method to invert a negative image (duplicated with a digital camera) in Lightroom?

I made some duplicates picture (of negatives) with my digital camera using a bellows and a repro-dia. The image is obviously in a negative format but in RAW. Is the invertion function exists in ...