Lightroom Tutorial | Applying Develop Presets on Import
One of the reasons I love being a part of The Digi Show is that people will listen to the show and zero in on something that one of us said (as we were rambling on – AS WE DO) and then they’ll ask for further explanation in the show comments.
Which brings me to another reason that I love being a part of The Digi Show: I love reading and responding to the show comments every week. The side conversations and listener tips and tricks are just as interesting as what we discussed on the show.
I have learned more, adapted more and grown more as a memory keeper (and human being) in the months that I’ve been on The Digi Show panel than I did over the several years prior. I am constantly discovering new ways to do things and look at things as a result of our weekly discussions.
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Applying a develop preset to my photos as I import them into Lightroom is something I sort of glossed over in Episode 30 when we were answering some listener mail about the role Lightroom plays in our creative process. By request I recorded a short video tutorial on what I was referring to during that segment.
This one little step saves me a ton of time whenever I’m transferring photos from one of our cameras to my computer.
One thing I neglected to mention in the video: the edits in Lightroom are non-destructive, for those of you new to the program. There’s no risk involved in me letting Lightroom take a stab at auto-correcting my exposure as it transfers each image to my hard drive. If it goes haywire and leaves me with an image that’s way underexposed or way overexposed, I can just fine tune the settings in the Develop module myself and fix what it messed up. None of the Lightroom adjustments are written to the file unless I export that image so my original, straight out of camera (SOOC) image is still perfectly intact on my hard drive – in all its underexposed glory!
Just as a general note, I take the majority of photos on my D50 in full manual mode, and there was one series of photos I took back in January where I managed to get the exposure exactly spot on according to Lightroom’s auto-tone algorithm, meaning that after running the auto-tone preset it didn’t move the exposure setting a single decimal point to the right or left. At first I was like “Why is my auto-tone preset broken?” because that NEVER happens. Then when I realized that I had gotten the exposure perfect in the camera you would have thought I just stumbled upon the formula for a calorie-free cupcake.
I was like a golfer who just scored a hole in one. I jumped up out of my chair and did a fist pump and hissed out a triumphant “Yessssssssss!” For that brief, shining moment … I was the Tiger Woods of proper exposure.
These are the kinds of things that make my skirt fly up at this stage in my life.
Note: I have not achieved this same level of photographic serendipity since.