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In Praise of the New Adobe Lightroom Creative Cloud (CC) Desktop App

The new Lightroom CC (Creative Cloud) Desktop App is really good. Why? Much faster on desktop (on my MacBook Pro Laptop) than even the classic Lightroom. I am not a huge fan of the subscription model, but it certainly is a superior product!

Reasons why:

  1. Faster than Classic
  2. Simplified UI/UX
  3. Built brand-new from the bottom up.


  1. Files aren’t organized on your hard drive like Classic Lightroom
  2. You are a slave to the subscription model
  3. Classic Lightroom is still more robust in terms of functionality

But I would say, give the new Adobe Lightroom Creative Cloud CC a go!




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Lightroom Tips

How I keep a photograph in Lightroom (OSAKA EDITION)

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.

How do I know what my best photos are?

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Learn how to choose your best photos:

1-hour Lightroom Tutorial

New Lightroom CC Presets

Apply these to monochrome JPEG photos (to add even more contrast).

Download: ERIC KIM High Contrast Presets (Lightroom CC) 2019

Monochrome Presets

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Tokyo man flip phone. Tokyo, 2017. Shot on RICOH GR II with flash, with ERIC KIM Color Preset

Dear friend,

As a present, here are some new ERIC KIM LIGHTROOM CLASSIC CC PRESETS 2018 for you!

Also check out my new Tokyo CHROMA Lightroom Presets.

What’s new?

With the new Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, they have a new .xmp format for the presets. The new ERIC KIM LIGHTROOM CLASSIC CC PRESETS 2018 are all in .xmp format.

You can also download TOKIO CHROMA PRESETS .ZIP

Download Older Lightroom Versions

If you have older versions of Lightroom, you can download my older Eric Kim Chroma Kyoto JPEG Presets 2017 and Eric Kim Lightroom Presets 2017.

How to use the presets

My recommendation: Play around with the presets (on both RAW or JPEG files) and find a look that is 80% “good enough” to you. Then, edit the presets, remix them, and make them your own.

What are my favorite presets?

  • For RICOH GR II RAW files, use the “ERIC KIM MONOCHROME 1600” preset.
  • For JPEG color photos, use Eric Kim Color 1600 v10

How to install presets

  1. Open up Lightroom
  2. Go in the “Develop” module (hotkey “D”)
  3. Under the “Presets” drop-down menu (bottom-left) right-click (or on Mac, control+click) and click “Import…” and then select your presets from your “Downloads” folder
  4. Apply to your image

Lightroom and Editing Tutorials

Editing: The art of choosing your best photos (not to be confused with post-processing).

Lightroom Tutorials

If you’re new to Lightroom, here are some tutorials that can help you:

Editing Articles

Learn how to choose your best photos:

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