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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (often referred to as LR) is one of several professional level photo editing and management tools. While previous versions were available for purchase, the latest versions are available by subscription to Adobe's Create Cloud suite of tools. The open source software package darktable is often suggested as a free alternative to Lightroom.

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Why do my photos look different in Photoshop/Lightroom vs Canon EOS utility/in camera?

I've recently been shooting in raw with my new 100mm usm is macro but I'm getting strange results in out of focus areas with bright colours in. I've used Lightroom for ages and not had any issues with ...
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Why does my Lightroom/Photoshop preview change after loading?

Everybody who is using Lightroom probably has seen this. After importing RAW files, Lightroom shows a preview, but contrast and color of the preview change after a few short seconds to a slightly ...
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How do I start with in-camera JPEG settings in Lightroom?

I'm a novice shooting in RAW and find that half the time my camera JPEG images come out better than my Lightroom tweaks to RAW files. So to give myself a better start I'd like to apply the JPEG ...
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Match colors in Lightroom to other editing tools [duplicate]

I noticed that sometimes Lightroom develops a raw image quite differently from my Canon camera or DPP (Digital Photo Professional by Canon). Even if in 90% of the cases I'm happy with Lightroom, in ...
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What's the difference between “Fake HDR” and real, bracketed exposure HDR?

As I began to brush up on my landscape photography skills I came across the polarizing (pun intended) issue of HDR photography. More specifically, I came across a well written blog post titled "Is a ...
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Does JPEG-to-JPEG export Lightroom reapply compression?

I want to crop a JPEG file in Lightroom and export that cropped file to another JPEG so that I can e-mail it. The exported JPEG should have the same quality as the original. I don't have the RAW file ...
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Why don't Lightroom or PSE recognize CR2 files from my Canon 7D mk II even though they are up to date?

I ordered a Canon 7D mark II (to replace a stolen 7D),and shot a friend's wedding in RAW. But now, I can only view the pictures in very poor quality on my computer's photo viewer. I am not able to ...
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How to emulate the in-camera processing in Lightroom? [duplicate]

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 to it. My ...
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How to automatically apply a Lightroom Preset based on appropriate (Canon) Picture Style on import

Note: I do not believe this question is a duplicate of "How to emulate the in-camera processing into lightroom" (I referred to this question in my question) I just want that my monochrome images stay ...
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What is the best way to synchronize Adobe Lightroom databases between two computers?

What is the best way to synchronize Adobe Lightroom databases between two computers (a desktop and a laptop)? I'd like to be able to edit photos on either machine, and preferably not copy the whole 3+...
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What's the difference between saturation and vibrance in Lightroom?

Both options affect colors in a similar way, but I can't figure out the difference.
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Why is Lightroom not rendering what I see in every other JPG viewer?

I'm new to Lightroom 5. To learn I tried to take an existing photo and improve it in the Develop module. I exported the results but the color cast is different in every other JPG viewer and browser ...
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How can I undo Canon Auto Lighting Optimizer in Lightroom?

I was shooting in RAW in the Tv mode with my Canon's Auto Lighting Optimizer set to Standard. I understand this is one of the settings that, even when you shoot in RAW, will correct your image's ...
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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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What's the difference between adjusting highlights and shadows in the basic panel and in the tone curve in the Develop Module of Lightroom?

I wanted to reduce some highlights in a photo and found that there were two possible ways of doing so: one from the basic panel and another from the tone curve. when I reduce the highlights in one ...
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What do all the settings do in Lightroom?

What do all the do all the develop settings mean in Lightroom? For example, what does the Fill light setting do, and how does this differ from the Brightness setting? I can of course just play ...
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Where can I get Lightroom Presets?

Could you recommend a good source of presets for Lightroom?
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Lightroom vs. Elements vs. Photoshop: Side-by-side comparison?

I'm a bit overwhelmed by the available options in regards to the three major photo editing apps from Adobe. Does anyone know of an article or site that lists the features of Lightroom, PS Elements, ...
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Apple Aperture or Adobe Lightroom: which is better for post processing RAW photos?

This is probably an old chestnut, but I'm trying to decide between purchasing Adobe Lightroom or Aperture for Mac, and would appreciate any pointers that would help me decide. I think I've outgrown ...
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Do the Lightroom lens correction tools make good lenses less important?

Lightroom has Lens Correction tools such as Distortion, Vignetting, Chromatic Abberation, etc. depending on the brand and model of lens. Due to this feature, is it less relevant what the distortion ...
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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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What are best practices for using Lightroom libraries?

How do you organize your lightroom library (libraries)? Since I am a casual photographer, I have a single huge library with all my photos in it. Then I create smart collections to be able to find my ...
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How can I batch crop based on face location?

I've got 12,000 photos from an event where there's only one person in each photo. I need to crop these photos to apply rule of thirds. The idea of doing all of these individually is daunting and I can'...
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What are the differences between Picasa and Lightroom, other than price?

I've heard about Adobe Lightroom before, but never really understood what's so great about it, or why you'd pay for it when you can get Picasa for free. I know Lightroom probably has more ...
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How to import photos and metadata from Flickr to Lightroom?

While exporting photos (and metadata) from Lightroom to Flickr is relatively simple, importing your own photos and metadata from Flickr to Lightroom doesn't seem to be as straightforward. I have a ...
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How can I create a grayscale with color highlighting effect in Lightroom?

Highlighting certain area with color, leaving the rest grayscaled — what is the name of this effect in photography? What is the most precise way to achieve this effect in Lightroom?
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What benefit does Lightroom 3 offer over Photoshop + Bridge?

I've been happily using Photoshop and Bridge to manage and edit my digital photos. I'm aware that Lightroom 3 was recently released, and decided to take a look at it, since Lightroom has been widely ...
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Why employ the xmp sidecar file in Lightroom?

Currently I trust the catalog file to hold all of develop settings for my files. I don't use xmp/sidecar files. If you use them, why? I'm searching for a reason why I should use them.
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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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Which Lightroom import presets should I use to get output like that from Capture NX?

When I import NEF photos into Lightroom, they do not look as good as they appear when importing into Capture NX. The colours look a little more muddy and there is a lack of contrast. This means that ...
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Is there a way to search by aspect ratio in Lightroom?

Is there a way to add useful aspect-ratio search to Lighroom? The present interface (LR 3.2) gives only 3 options: Landscape, Portrait and Square. Those seem more like orientations than aspect-ratios ...
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How can I copy location info from geotagged phone images to images taken with my other camera around the same time?

So i did quite a big trip recently, and took lots of pictures with my DSLR and occasionally Android phone. Only after coming back did i read about the whole GPX file, tracklog options in Lightroom. ...
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Canon custom white balance does not import to Lightroom / Photoshop [duplicate]

I have a Canon SL1. I snapped several shots this morning with a custom white balance that was set in camera. When I import the photos to Lightroom, they come in without the custom white balance. ...
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How do I give my photos the same dreamlike effect as this photographer?

I've always found this photographer's images very intriguing and have recently been curious as to how she took and/or edited them. Can you explain how this effect would be achieved via both of these ...
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How can you write/convert Picasa's People tags to the EXIF data?

I use Lightroom for my workflow, and I tag photos with people's names so that I can find them faster. Since Lightroom doesn't have the "Faces" feature, I want to use Picasa's People feature for this ...
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Are there any free but comparable alternatives to Lightroom? [closed]

Does anyone have any recommendations for free software that provides the key features of Lightroom in one package? The main things I am looking for are: RAW photo editing Library management Multiple ...
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Is GPU or CPU more important for Photoshop and Lightroom?

I'm looking to buy a laptop (for a spare) and I'm not ready to spend the amount I did on my first one. The machine will only be used for photo editing. Should I go for the dedicated graphics card or ...
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Recommended start point for sharpening RAW Images

I'm just beginning to get back into serious photography after a very long time away. I've toyed with digital, but this is my first foray into trying to do controlled creative work in the digital ...
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What are your best tips, tricks or formulas for Lightroom's Smart Collections?

I use a few Smart Collections in Lightroom to automatically let me see things like all of my finished HDR images, sets of images uploaded to SmugMug or Flickr, and the like, but I'm curious what other ...
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Is there any plugin for Lightroom that enables face recognition?

Is there any plugin for Lightroom that enables face recognition (i.e. show me all photos where someone appears, and tell me which new ones you think the person is)? I've considered switching to ...
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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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Which is best as part of a fast workflow: Picasa, Lightroom, Photoshop or other?

Im looking to expand on my workflow after a shoot. Today my workflow consists of moving images from my SD card to my computer, using Picasa in a very basic d way... (Crop, im feeling lucky and maybe ...
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What is the function of the tint slider in Lightroom?

In Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (c) there's a Temp slider which controls the color temperature of the photo. To the left it creates a blue, cold looking image. To the right, an orange, warm image. This ...
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How to apply develop settings to multiple images at once in Lightroom?

I'm in the Develop module in Lightroom 3. The secondary monitor shows a grid with multiple photos selected. When I change a develop setting, e.g. exposure +1, the setting is only applied to one of ...
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Leaving Apple Aperture for Adobe Lightroom, is there any way to avoid losing my photo adjustments?

We all know that Apple Aperture is almost dead. We don't know how Photos will be a replacement solution. In between, I would like to start working with the Adobe solution and I would like to work on ...
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How do you manage images with duplicate file names in Lightroom?

I've had my camera for about a year, and having taken 9999 images the camera's file naming system has rolled over to 0001.. I usually import my photos to Lightroom, so Lightroom sorts them into ...
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How to achieve a retro-elegant, faded, low-contrast look?

How can I achieve a retro-elegant, faded, low-contrast, look, as seen in photos by Samuel Elkins? Assuming this is done in Lightroom or Photoshop, I suspect photographer uses a preset because he has ...
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How to migrate from Picasa to Lightroom?

I've been a long time user of Picasa (the Windows desktop application, not Picasa Web Albums), and have roughly 40k photos. The photos are a mix of my own digital snapshots, and scans of my 35mm film ...
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Simple comparison of LightRoom 4, Corel AfterShot Pro, DarkTable

I understand that I should upgrade from my basic workflow (mostly Picasa + some Cyberlink PhotoDirector). edit The basic of what I'm looking into is a step-up, single stop (if possible!) solution to:...
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Does the cloud version of Lightroom require an internet connection?

I’m finally resigned to the fact that I may need to start paying for Lightroom in subscription form rather than just buying it outright. The one thing I’m still worried about is whether Lightroom CC (...