If you’re new to Lightroom, this is a great place to start. We have a look around the different “modules” of the program, explore its nooks and crannies and I explain which tools we’ll mostly be using.
The library module is our first port of call, and the place where we’ll find all of our images in our library. Here we can make different collections, search for and assign key words and so on.
I admit up-front that I am the LEAST organised person in the world. I’m lucky if I name my folders instead of just using the default date system. So if you want tips and advice on how to store and organise your library, this is not going to help you (sorry). In the future I may amend this lesson to delve into organisational techniques, but right now I just want to guide you around the program.
I mention the Histogram in this lesson. If you haven’t used the histogram before, it’s actually a really useful tool, particularly when you check it in camera while you’re taking photos.
Basically, it shows you the range of light, from blacks, through shadows, midtones, highlights and whites, across the image. When you’re taking photos, you can check the histogram in-camera to make sure you’re not blowing out your highlights! In LR you can use it to make sure you have an even range of light and dark, which should look like a nice steady curve… but… this can depend on your image and how you edit! 90% of my images look like they’re nothing but shadows, because I edit very dark and moody most of the time!
This little video just shows a few example images and discusses using the histogram in-camera.
Lightroom has a LOT of options for organising your photos. You can put them in collections, give them keywords, give them ratings out of 5, pick or reject them, or assign colours to them. You really need to find out what method works for you.