This One Button Has The Power To Supercharge Your Lightroom Workflow

I remember Matt Kloskowski writing a post here on the blog where he called it “The most powerful button in Lightroom.” (By the way: I had a great lunch with Matt on Wednesday – he says “hi” to everybody).

The button itself doesn’t have a very ‘sexy’ name, but what it does makes it a workflow superhero. It’s the ‘Previous’ button. Here’s how it works:

STEP ONE: Here’s our original image. Kind of washed out and “meh” looking.

STEP TWO: So we tweak the settings in the Develop Module to make it less “meh.” Lots of contrast, some Dehaze to cut the haze; some Texture to bring out detail; a graduated filter to darken the sky — the standard stuff.

STEP THREE: Here comes the fun part. Now that you’ve got that image done, you can scroll through your entire shoot and when you see an image where you want to apply that same look, you just click the Previous button, and it applies the edits you did to the previous photo to this photo. Take a look at the image above. Kind of ‘meh’ right? Go to the next step.

STEP FOUR: Hit the Previous button and it applies those exact same set of edits to this image. In this case, after hitting the Previous button I thought it was a little too dark, so I just dragged the Exposure slider a tiny bit to the right. Boom. Done. Huge time saver.

Now anytime you see an image that you want to have this set of edits (including the little exposure boost I just gave this one), just click the Previous button, and whatever you did to the previous image gets applied to this image.

Come With Me to Prague In May

I’m doing a hands-on travel photography workshop in beautiful Prague this May — there are only two spots left (it’s limited to just 12 participants), and if you’re interested, I have more details over on my blog today. Hope you can grab one of those two last spots. 🙂

Have a great weekend, everybody!

–Scott

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