Photo Taco – Lightroom on Two Computers

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Jeff Harmon offers 3 Lightroom tips based on questions that were asked at or just after the Improve Photography Retreat in March 2017.

Tip #1:

Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts. It will increase the speed of your photography workflow if you will learn the Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts. Bring up an overlay of the shortcuts available where you are at in Lightroom by using command-/ on Mac or ctrl-/ on Windows.

Tip #2:

Lens Recognition. Sometimes Lightroom does not correctly identify the lens correction profile to apply to your photo automatically. You can teach Lightroom which profile to use with your specific lens by doing “Save New Lens Profile Defaults” after manually applying the correct lens profile.

Tip #3:

Lightroom on Two Computers. This is NOT using the same Lightroom Catalog on two different computers at the same time. That is not a supported function in Lightroom today and you are asking for trouble if you attempt to do that. This is using Lightroom on a laptop when mobile and on a desktop at home and how to get the edits made in Lightroom on your laptop over to your desktop when you return. There are many options for this but the one I prefer is exporting a catalog to an external drive from the laptop and then importing that catalog to the desktop.

Links mentioned in the episode:

1. Lightroom Queen Lr CC/6 Keyboard Shortcuts: https://www.lightroomqueen.com/keyboard-shortcuts/lrcc6/
2. XSKN Adobe Lightroom Shortcuts Keyboard Skin: http://amzn.to/2mum313
3. How to Reset Lightroom Preferences: https://www.lightroomqueen.com/articles-page/how-do-i-reset-lightrooms-preferences/

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The hobbyist editor here at improvephotography.com. IT Professional by day, passionate hobbyist photographer ever other second possible. Living in Herriman, Utah. Loves trying to capture the beauty around every day and family portraits occasionally. Be sure to check out my portfolio at http://jsharmonphotos.com.

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  1. Had one (with a second depending on the first answer) question, when you import the new catalog into the PC from the external drive, do you need to move the files from this external drive into the PC or how does it arrange the files on the PC so that the external drive is no longer needed in the mix? If they stay on the external drive and are simply imported in can I delete from the external drive at this point?

    Thank you, LOVE THE SHOW!

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      Thanks for your question Pat. I think I confused everyone. You use the File->Import from a Catalog menu option and Lightroom copies the photos and the edits to the hard drive on the main computer and merged them into the one main catalog on that computer.

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