I am very much what society would call ‘a creative’. I love diversity, and I rarely think in linear structures. Most of the time my mind looks like a wall of sticky-notes and the way in which I talk rivals the flight-path of a butterfly feeding on a garden of flowers. I love the diversity of the different tasks I get to do every day. I cover a range of tasks in a day as I wind my way through the coordination of the Londolozi Creative Hub (our in-house advertising agency, marketing department, design house, print shop, IT department, systems centre, online story-telling hub, film and media production house and photography department with an in-house gear rental shop). One of the parts of this daily dance that I love to do is to sit and coach guests on how to edit their wildlife photographs. I love how I never know what direction an editing session is going to take when one of our guests arrives for their hour of tuition at the studio door. One of the more exciting directions, for me, is when I get to sit with an amateur photographer who has allowed the bug to bite and wants to know more about the intricate details of what the software can do.
In one of my recent session with a guest (actually with a friend, and colleague’s dad- Henry Smith), we spent the hour talking a mile a minute about the more ‘nerdy’ side of Lightroom. We spoke about everything from cataloging our photos to adjusting feather and flow in the adjustment brush, and finally settled on the topic of speeding up our workflow using the power of Lightroom’s synchronisation settings.
In today’s tutorial, I wanted to share some of my tips for the easiest way to remove that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach when you sit down to edit thousands of photos from your holiday, knowing you don’t have all the time in the world to do it.
Lightroom is an incredibly powerful tool, and if you know the capabilities of it, you can change the way you view your photography. The synchronisation of edits is one of those things that most people don’t know about, which is why I wanted to unlock this side of the software for you so that you can get more out of your batch editing and speed up your workflow considerably. There are a view caveats that you need to be aware of when syncing your settings, however, so watch my tutorial below for all the info.
If you have any suggestions as to what you would like to know more about for a future tutorial, please let me know in the comments section below… I would love to make sure we cover all the topics that you need help with.
P.S: Thanks to Henry for the inspiration to do another video tutorial!