Photographers spend a lot of time processing their images. Post processing is a critical step in digital photography, and needs careful thought to take your image to what you envisioned. But honestly, I would much rather be out walking the streets or hiking trails with my camera in hand rather than sitting behind my computer. With that in mind, I try to streamline my workflow to be as efficient as possible. And that means using keyboard shortcuts in Lightroom.
Here are the five I use the most. There are lots of others, and your workflow may use different shortcuts. But here is a list to start with, and if you aren’t using these shortcuts, give them a try.
- Backslash key \…shows you the before and after of your image as you work on it.
- ‘Y’ key…shows you side by side of before and after your processing
- Shift/tab…eliminates screen panels in lightroom to give you a better viewing area
- ‘ L’ key…dims and eliminates the ‘lights’ for image review on a black screen
- ‘O’ key…turns on the mask (and off) when using the adjustment brush.