5 Tips to Simplify Your Photography Workflow in Adobe Lightroom (Desktop)

Here is a general overview of my Lightroom (desktop) workflow currently looks like:

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Lightroom Workflow Tips

Some basic tips:

  1. Keep your workflow as simple as possible. Lately, I’ve just been shooting in JPEG with Fujifilm XF10 in SR+ mode to simplify my photographic workflow, which has been great. Faster importing of photos, smaller file sizes, and quicker image-selection process (photos are quicker to load)
  2. Don’t just share photos to Facebook or Instagram: Upload your own photos (first) to your own blog (preferably your own self-hosted WordPress.org blog — you can use bluehost.com to signup).
  3. Also keep your photos synced in Dropbox (I use Dropbox pro, for 1 TB of cloud storage). Syncs far better than Google Drive or Apple Drive, and also can be used across all devices (Android, iOs, etc).
  4. Use Presets to speed up your workflow, and then after applying presets, just adjust the exposure and contrast a bit.
  5. There is no perfect workflow; don’t seek to “improve” your workflow, seek to SIMPLIFY your photographic workflow. Enjoy the experience of processing your photos, and keep shooting!

Keep experimenting with Lightroom, have fun, and keep it super super simple!


Screenshots of my Lightroom Desktop Workflow

An overview of my current workflow process (Fujifilm XF10 on SR+ mode in JPEG)

Then after exporting all the photos, I upload them to my WordPress Blog:

Exported JPEG photos:

Here are the photos I exported:

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How to Use Lightroom in 10 Minutes For Beginners

Lightroom is one of those pieces of software in which you only need to know how to use 10% of it for 90% of the functions. If you’re a newbie to Lightroom, don’t get overwhelmed. Here is an easy 10-minute start to Lightroom. To start, I recommend using hotkeys. It will save you a lot of time down the line. Here are the hotkeys:

Lightroom Hotkeys

  • Shift + Tab : Collapse all side windows
  • F: Full screen
  • G: Gallery/Grid View (whatever you want to remember by)
  • E: Enlarge
  • D: Develop
  • L: Turn off the “Lights”
  • Command (or Ctrl) + [ ] : Rotate the image Left or Right
There are a lot more hotkeys, if you want to see them all while you have Lightroom open, press Command (or Ctrl) + ?. Or Google: “Lightroom Hotkeys.”

My Lightroom workflow

This is my basic Lightroom workflow:
  1. Insert SD Card
  2. Click ‘Import’
  3. Apply Eric Kim Preset upon import (Eric Kim 1600 Monochrome)
  4. Press Shift+Tab to collapse side columns
  5. Press “L” twice (to turn off the lights)
  6. Scroll through images with trackpad to look for favorite photos
  7. Press “P” to Pick my favorite photos
  8. In the bottom-right corner, turn Filter into “Flagged
  9. Press “D” to Develop the photo, and make basic edits
  10. Press “G” to go back to the Gallery view
  11. Press “Export” button in bottom-left corner
  12. Choose folder to extract image, and make JPEG 80%.
  13. Find JPEG image, and upload to social media/website/etc.

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