I love Adobe Lightroom. That doesn’t mean that I want to spend a lot of time using it. I’d rather be shooting or teaching Lightroom, so I want to work through my own images rapidly.
What follows are ten of the best tricks for working in Lightroom. Check these out to speed up your own workflow.
1. Use Caps Lock for Auto Advance
When you want to work rapidly in the Library module, my favorite trick is to hit the Caps Lock button on my keyboard.
When Caps Lock is on, you can use keyboard shortcuts to add metadata to an image and automatically move on to the next image.
P to flag an image as a pick
U to remove a flag from an image, or to skip the current image
Number keys 1-5 to add the corresponding number of stars
Number keys 6-9 to add a color label
I can’t recommend Auto Advance enough as a small and easy, but very effective, workflow trick. With it turned on, you can move rapidly through a shoot and keep your fingers on the metadata keys above.
Use the Photo > Auto Advance menu option or press Caps Lock on your keyboard to toggle auto advance. Once it’s on, you can work through images quickly with single key presses, and Lightroom keeps the shoot moving!
If you don’t want to use the Caps Lock button, you can turn on Auto Advance from the Photo > Auto Advance menu.