3 Lightroom Basics Every Photographer Should Know

Posted March 17, 2020 by in Lifestyle
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If you want to make your photos stand out from everyone else’s you need to have editing skills. Even if you are new to the world of photo editing, learning some Lightroom basics will help enhance your photography. 

Keep reading for a few basics that every photographer should know about using Lightroom:

Lightroom Basics Every Photographer Should Know

  1. Lightroom Navigation

When you first start to navigate through Lightroom it is important to keep in mind that it’s made up of several modules to help separate your workflow steps. You can import the photos into the Library module. In this module, you can also create folders and add keywords.

Where you will use the picture editor and do most of your image editing is in the Develop module. Here you can fix red-eyes, add filters, remove blemishes, increase the sharpness, etc. 

The other module is the Map module. This module is where you can search your image library with GPS data. For example, you can search based on where the pictures were taken. If you go to Disney and want to search for those pictures then you can use the Map module to help you filter only those pics. 

The Book module is where you can create photo albums with your pictures and either print them yourself or go through a vendor. The Slideshow module helps you set up a slideshow to share via email or through social media. 

Last but not least you have the Print and Web modules. The Print module helps you print your images on your home printer and the Web module helps you create a gallery that you can use for a website.

  1. RAW Images

When you use RAW images, Lightroom will work best. It gives you the most latitude for any adjustments that you make. You can also edit JPEG images and process those. 

Nowadays iPhones and Android phones are even supporting taking RAW photos with DNG files. This is making a big difference because these DNG photos are not touched by any automatic software like the JPEG pictures on phones. 

  1. Presets

Getting familiar with the presets will come in handy especially in the beginning. This is one of Lightroom’s most powerful tools and it is also one of the most popular tools. The neat feature is that you are not limited to only the preinstalled options, you have the option to buy other presets that fellow photographers create or you have the option to make your own. 

I personally love the Lightroom presets from The Sunday Chapter, a blogger I have been following for years. Your photos are beautiful, Angela! You can also find great Lightroom presets on Etsy—some for less than $5!

Presets will save you time especially when you are on a time crunch.


Now that you are familiar with these Lightroom basics, you can start putting them to use. Hopefully, you are now feeling a bit more confident when it comes to using Lightroom and navigating around the program. You will feel like a pro in no time! 

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