Quick Lightroom Library Module Tip and “Top Five” Newsletter Content

I recently sent out my “Top Five” Newsletter for June, 2012 and thought to myself: “Self, why not share the content with readers of imagingbuffet.com?”

But many people who receive the newsletter also receive my blog updates via e-mail, so I’m adding a quick, but very powerful tip for Lightroom users. The tip is…

How to quickly increase and decrease thumbnail sizes in the Library Module of Lightroom without using the slider in the toolbar


Here’s how: Most people use the slider in the bottom-right corner of the Toolbar (circled in blue, above) to adjust thumbnail sizes. However, there’s an easier way to achieve the same result. When you are in the Library Module in Lightroom 1, 2, 3 or 4, just press the “-” or “=” key (located in the upper-right hand part of your keyboard, next to the “0” number key). You will then magically see the thumbnails get larger “= key” or smaller “- key.” It took me more than a year of using Lightroom to discover this.

It’s especially useful when rating and viewing groups of images since you can hide the toolbar and get more room (press the T key to hide/show the toolbar).

And now for the “Top Five” recent newsletter content, which includes links to recent articles I’ve written, as well as some upcoming workshops I’m conducting in NJ, and that others are conducting in NY. If you’d like to receive the newsletter, published about once per month, you can sign up at the bottom of the page, or just send an e-mail to inkjettips01@aweber.com:

“Top 5 List of Photo Links Worth a Look,” for June 2012

by Andrew Darlow

#5: Getting Started in Lightroom Workshop in Iselin, New Jersey – June 20th from 10:30am-3:30pm, plus a special 50% off private consulting offer.

I’m very excited to announce an upcoming five hour Lightroom workshop being held at a very nice restaurant in Iselin, NJ on Wed. June 20, 2012. It is geared primarily toward those just starting out with Lightroom, but I think it’s ideal for even some intermediate to advanced users primarily because I will also cover, in a step-by-step fashion, the process that I’ve developed to download, organize, import and back up your images so that you’ll never see another question mark in your catalog again (and if you do, you’ll know how to fix it!).

Many of my clients have invested $500-1500 for me to work with them one-on-one to help them organize their collections and to teach them the tips that I will be sharing. The first 12 people to register will receive a $20 discount, as well as a 20 minute follow-up phone consultation with me (a $50 value). 

For those who are interested in the workshop but who can’t attend, I also added a ticket option for 50% off of your first hour of consulting with me via phone. I can also view your screen and control your mouse with your permission. The experience is almost as good as working together in person.

For more information or to register, visit the workshop page here.

#4: Recent Article with three Q&A’s on Lightroom in Rangefinder Magazine

I recently wrote an article covering 3 Q & A’s from my Lightroom Printing workshop at #WPPI 2012 in Las Vegas back in February. In one of the Q&A’s I go into great detail about how to make PDFs from the Print Module.

Visit this page to read the article.

#3: Article on Keeping Competitive in the Photo Business in Rangefinder Magazine

I recently contributed to an article in Rangefinder Magazine on keeping competitive in the photo business, and one of my photos of a happy pot-bellied pig was used for the story:

Visit this page to read the article.

#2: Upcoming Long Island Photo Workshops August 6-9, 2012

I just learned about this upcoming four day workshop being held in Hauppaugue, NY. The instructors are all outstanding, and you can choose from courses focusing on everything from fashion to weddings to sports and Lightroom. It’s definitely worth a look:

THE LINK to learn more about the Long Island Photo Workshops.

#1: Many New Links Added to My Updated Facebook Fan Page

Since February of 2010, I’ve been adding links that I find interesting on a frequent basis to my Facebook Fan page (along with some personal comments). I’ve added over 1000 links so far, and many of the recent ones have covered the topics of Photoshop CS6, Lightroom 4 and new Nikon and Canon cameras. You can see my comments and links here:

THE LINK to visit my Facebook Photo and Printing Tips page.

All the best!
Andrew Darlow
Editor, The Imaging Buffet
Author, 301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques:
An Essential Printing Resource for Photographers – https://www.inkjettips.com
Pet Photography 101:
Tips for Taking Better Photos of Your Dog or Cat – https://www.PhotoPetTips.com


BONUS: Receive a tip a week for 12 weeks from my book, 301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques, plus a Resolution Chart and info to help determine file sizes for printing:
300 InkjetTips Book Resizing Chart


Craig @ Canvas Prints From Photos - June 20, 2012

Thanks for the tip. I wish I had only been using Lightroom for a year prior to learning this!

Fotografo em Belo Horizonte - June 28, 2012

Very beautty pictures dog, i have pictures dogs too, in my website fotobhmaguy.com.br

Louis Dallara - July 14, 2012

Great tip, thanks for sharing, I need to take one of your great courses.

Andrew - July 18, 2012

Thanks so much Lou!

Andrew - July 18, 2012

I know what you mean! There are a lot of shortcuts hiding inside Lightroom as well as many other apps.

Aparate foto - August 1, 2012

I would guess that most people do not use Color Labels. They can be very useful …

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