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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What are the optimal JPEG settings for high-resolution Facebook photos?

With the current facebook photo uploader, what are the optimal settings for uploading high-resolution photos. I process my images in Adobe Lightroom. I'm aware of a similar question asked in the past,...
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What exactly does Tone Curve do in Lightroom?

In simple terms, what does Tone Curve in LR actually do?. I can see the results of changing Tone Curve by playing around with it, but I don't really understand scientifically what it actually does. I ...
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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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List of Adobe Lightroom resources

I'd like to make a list of Adobe Lightroom resources: Blogs, sites, tutorials, and so on... Anything worth taking a look at.
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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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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 many images can a Lightroom catalog really handle?

I read here that Lightroom V3 Catalogs can handle lots of images, but the largest database anyone mentioned was 60k. Meh! ;) I currently have over 300k RAW + 200k JPEGs (from days long gone) clocking ...
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Do Lightroom and Aperture force you into using a specific folder structure?

I'm getting busy, which is a good thing. I need to be able to batch process raws, or rather make global edits, to increase efficiency. I've heard that Aperature and Lightroom are both good at this but ...
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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 downsides to applying the lens correction profile in Adobe Lightroom?

Assuming that you are using a good lens profile, say one that Adobe has predefined in Lightroom, are there any downsides to automatically applying the appropriate lens correction profile when the ...
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How to check if a photo is edited (even basic edits like exposure and white balance)?

A competition I want to participate in demands that they want unedited photos. The submission should not even have basic edits like brightness, saturation, white balance etc They claim they'll check ...
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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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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 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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Will an SSD provide a noticeable benefit for Lightroom over a traditional harddrive?

I am a huge Lightroom (3.6) user, and have a 2006 2.15 Ghz Core 2 Duo 24" iMac, running Lion. This Mac it limited to 3GB RAM max, but does have dedicated graphics. I have about 50GB left on my ...
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How can I force Lightroom to render previews for my collection?

When you import, you have the option (I just discovered 5 minutes ago) to have Lightroom render 1:1 previews. That makes it much easier to just quickly flip through a bunch of images, because it doesn'...
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Where does Lightroom keep changes?

I've imported some raw images from camera and made changes. When I close and reopen LR I can still see the changes, but my original important RAW file is intact. So I'm curious, where/how LR keeps my ...
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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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Is it a bad idea to activate lens-corrections in camera, when also use lens-correction in Lightroom?

My EOS has the option to correct known lens-aberration which is activated at the moment. I use Lightroom (5.2) for post-processing, which can also correct lens-aberration. Is it a problem to ...
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Lightroom blacks display as blue in develop mode

In Lightroom in "Develop" mode, blacks have started displaying as blue pixels. They weren't like this before. In "Library" mode they display correctly. Edit: whites also display ...
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How do you change from portrait to landscape in Lightroom?

I have a picture that I shot in landscape (4x6 ratio) that I want to crop to portrait (5x7 ratio). I see how I can do a 5x7 landscape or a 4x6 portrait, but not a 5x7 portrait. How do you do this?
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How does Darktable compare to Adobe Lightroom for editing JPEGs?

I mostly modify JPG images taken from my Nikon camera. How does Darktable compare to Adobe Lightroom for this purpose?
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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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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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Any good alternatives to Lightroom for PC users?

I'm currently using Picasa for simple organise/tag/crop/tune tasks. I've downloaded and tried the evaluation copy of Lightroom, and I'm impressed. However as an amateur I find the UK price a little ...
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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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Is there a more affordable program than Lightroom? [closed]

I recently purchased a Sony Alpha a33 and was told Lightroom was the only way to go for photo editing. My photography right now is purely of our brand new baby right now, so I won't be profiting from ...
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Is Lightroom overkill for a JPG-oriented workflow?

I am a passionate not a professional, I shoot most of the time in jpg because: I usually don't have the time to process raw raw takes a lot more space (and I feel my D700 jpgs are huge already!) and ...
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Batch adjusting the date (but not the time) of photos imported into Lightroom?

I purchased a new camera during my vacation, but I managed to take a whole night worth of photos with the incorrect date. I purchased the camera July 18th, but managed to set June 18th as the date. ...
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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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Reservations on making the move to Adobe Lightroom or Apple's Aperture

Background I'm a web developer (diploma) and computer scientist (degree), so I know a thing or two about computers and software. I just got into photography in Nov '10, but have been using Photoshop ...
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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 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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What are the benefits of using Collections in Adobe Lightroom?

I use Lightroom a lot (and love it), but I don't use Collections at all, instead just preferring to keep photos in folders, and then tag/flag/pick within that. People often rave about Collections, ...
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Why would one want to include the original RAW inside of a DNG?

I'm interested in starting to convert my photos to DNG instead of NEF, because it allows Lightroom to embed it's metadata into the actual files, and because the "fast indexing" feature makes ...
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How can I make HDR images without the cartoon look?

I am processing some photos intended to show HDR and I mainly want to bring out all the tones of a scene, which is why I took three bracketed shots to begin with. But pushing the detail pretty ...
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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 "...
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What can you do with Lightroom catalog files if Adobe stops support for Lightroom?

What can you do with Lightroom catalogs if Adobe shuts down support for Lightroom? Is there any other software compatible with Lightroom catalogs? I don't have Lightroom, this is one of the things ...
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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 do I remove ALL TRACES of Adobe CS6?

I have been testing Adobe CS6 over the last month and the trial ran out yesterday. I have decided that it's over the top for my needs at the moment, so have downloaded the Lightroom trial. However, ...
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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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