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7 Tips for Making Lightroom Run Faster

Not happy with Lightroom’s sluggish performance on your computer? Here’s a helpful 15-minute video in which photographer and instructor Anthony Morganti shares a number of helpful tips for optimizing your Lightroom’s performance.

The tips are various settings you can adjust and tools you can run inside Lightroom, from Catalog Settings to Preferences and more. Since photographers have different workflows and needs, customizing how Lightroom runs can help make it run faster for your own purposes.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the main performance optimization tips discussed in-depth in the video:

#1. Build 1:1 Previews: Make Lightroom create a 1:1 preview of your photo files, trading extra disk space and slower importing for faster performance while working with your photos.

#2: Discard Previews: Have Lightroom automatically discard your 1:1 previews after a certain number of days to free up disk space.

#3: Preview Size and Quality: Make sure your preview size and quality and set to appropriate settings for your monitor.

#4: Camera Raw Cache Settings: Increase your cache size as large as you can from the default of 1GB.

#5: Use Graphics Professor: Try enabling or disabling the use of your graphics processor to see if that improves performance.

#6: Smart Previews: You can give up disk space and editing quality by using Smart Previews for faster performance.

#7: Optimize Catalog: Use the built-in optimization tool to keep things humming along over time.

Watch the video at the top of the post for a more detailed look at how you can make these adjustments and what they can do for you.

The video is episode #92 in Morganti’s helpful Lightroom Quick Tips video series. You can find his entire collection of videos on his YouTube channel.

(via Anthony Morganti via Fstoppers)

Portrait Battle: 4 Photographers Shoot the Same Model

Photographers Jessica Kobeissi, Irene Rudnyk, and Ruby James are back again with another photo challenge. And this time they’ve invited photographer Derrick Freske to join in on the fun.

As with the group’s previous competition, each photographer was tasked with picking one outfit and location for model Liberty Netuschil for everyone to shoot, resulting in 4 scenarios and 16 final photos. The time limit was 5 minutes on each shot.

Here are the resulting photos from each scenario, and each one has a poll for you to select the winning photographer:

Scenario #1: Pink Skirt (Ruby’s Pick)

Jessica:

Irene:

Ruby:

Derrick:


Scenario #2: Balloons (Jessica’s Pick)

Jessica:

Irene:

Ruby:

Derrick:


Scenario #3: Dress (Irene’s Pick)

Jessica:

Irene:

Ruby:

Derrick:


Scenario #4: Basketball (Derrick’s Pick)

Jessica:

Irene:

Ruby:

Derrick:



And now the final vote: who shot the strongest collection of portraits across the four scenarios?


When a Kind Old Man Offered to Shoot a Couple’s Photo on the Beach…

There’s a new viral photo going around that shows what happened when a generous gesture turned into a heartwarming photo fail.

Reddit user Tyguy462 was walking around on a beach with his wife when a kind elderly man offered to shoot a photo for them.

“Would you like me to take a photo of you two love birds?,” the man asked. The couple agreed, handed over the wife’s phone, and posed for a picture. When they got around to reviewing the photo afterward, the couple was surprised to find a closeup photo of the man’s face instead. It turns out the iPhone hadn’t been switched out of selfie mode.

“Nailed it,” says Tyguy462.