One of the things that I like the most about using Lightroom is how fast your workflow can be. A huge part of why this is, is because of keyboard shortcuts. If you are not used to using shortcuts in your regular workflow, start by using one or two and once you are comfortable with them, try adding some more. I’m going to share with you my 5 favorite Lightroom shortcuts that you can use to get started. I have also included a cheat sheet of the most commonly used Lightroom shortcuts.
Ratings (Shortcut 1-5, X, P)
When I start to sort through my images to decide which ones I want to keep, I will rate them. My system of rating is to use a 5 if I want to keep the image. I tend to stay away from assigning different values because it becomes hard to remember why you gave an image a 1 instead of a 3. So I like to keep it simple. Rating of 5 to keep, X to reject (out of focus or closed eyes) and a P (Pick/Flag) if it’s an absolute favorite. To do this I use the keyboard shortcuts.
Information Overlay (Shortcut I)
Whenever I start editing my images I think that it’s important to know the settings that were used to take the image. To view this information, simply hit the I key on your keyboard. In the top left corner of your image you’ll see the time information. Then, if you click the shortcut I again you’ll see the camera and lens information. This is great information to know if you want to know the ISO setting of the image which would determine how much noise reduction you might want to apply.
Show Clipping (Shortcut J)
Clipping occurs when there is data loss in an image. Another common description for this is referring to part of an image as ‘blown out’. The J shortcut allows you to see the blown out highlights (displayed in red) and clipped shadows (shown in blue). Some people will say that you shouldn’t have any clipping (especially blown out highlights) in your image, however in some cases it can add to the style of the image.
Convert to Black and White (Shortcut V)
Sometimes you just want to see what you image might look like as a black and white. In Lightroom this is as easy as the click of a button – more specially, the button V on your keyboard. If you preferred the color version, simply hit V again and you’ll go back to color.
Before and After (Shortcut Y)
The best way to see the changes you have made to your image is by viewing the before and after results. While I’m editing an image I might toggle to this view many times. The fact that I can easily do this with just the click of a button helps me work through my editing much faster.
To help you master Lightroom shortcuts, here’s a free list from my Get Grounded in Lightroom course. Enjoy!
Based out of Canada’s national capital – Ottawa, Ontario, Kristy is a natural light photographer.
This lover of photo editing is primarily a Lightroom user dedicated to sharing her knowledge with others. She will tell anyone who will listen about the amazing power of Lightroom and how it can be your ultimate editing tool. Her super-friendly attitude and obvious love-affair with Lightroom makes her easy to approach with those editing questions you have. She’s your girl. She’s got your back. She’s also happy to chat about shoe sales and Etsy finds so don’t hesitate to contact her.
This lover of photo editing is primarily a Lightroom user dedicated to sharing her knowledge with others. She will tell anyone who will listen about the amazing power of Lightroom and how it can be your ultimate editing tool.
Her super-friendly attitude and obvious love-affair with Lightroom makes her easy to approach with those editing questions you have. She’s your girl. She’s got your back. She’s also happy to chat about shoe sales and Etsy finds, so don’t hesitate to contact her. When she’s not chasing around her toddler son or watching Netflix marathons with her husband (Have you seen Orange is the New Black?), she can be found behind a camera capturing life’s moments.
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