Lightroom Workflow

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Are wondering what a Lightroom workflow is, and how you can use it?

In addition to saving you a great deal of effort and time, a Lightroom workflow will also help you stay organized. As the name suggests, a workflow is a series of steps you must take when you import and edit photos.

This article will delve into the importance of having a Lightroom workflow and how you can create one!

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The Importance of Having a Lightroom Workflow

Getting your Lightroom Workflow up and running may take quite some effort and time. Once you have it up, however, you can enjoy a number of benefits that will be felt every time you edit a photograph.

Eliminates Redundancy: With a workflow, your collection of images will feel controlled and structured. All your files will be in the same location and have the same naming scheme. This eliminates the chances of storing redundant files.

Back-Up: Since an efficient backup system is in place, there is no chance of you losing precious memories!

Find Images Quickly: Since your images are better organized, you will be able to find a specific photo much faster.

Consistency: Your images will remain consistent since they will have the same exact editing steps rather than random adjustments.

Save Time: Perhaps the most important advantage of developing a Lightroom workflow is that you will save a great deal of time. Since you have a structured approach to editing every photograph, you will not be forced to reinvent the wheel at every opportunity.

Lightroom Workflow Step-by-Step

Workflows are different for different types of photographers. Although the exact procedure may vary, the basic steps are nearly the same for everyone. Here is a breakdown of a basic workflow.


The first step in your Lightroom workflow, is to import all the photos from the memory card on your camera, to your computer. You can either copy the files to your PC and then import it to Lightroom. A quicker way is to directly import the photos using Lightroom in a single step.


After all the photos have been imported into Lightroom, it is time to organize them. Go through the entire list of photos and see which ones you want to delete and which ones you want to edit. Avoid directly adding unedited photos into your gallery, since this breaks your workflow!

Add a keyword to your photographs so that they are easy to find later on. Just be sure to use a system that works best for you and your requirements. For a hobbyist, this system can be quite different to that of a wedding photographer. Create a workflow that suits you and helps you become more efficient and structured.

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The next step in your Lightroom workflow after the basic organization of your photos is done, you can move to the Develop module. the Develop module is where you will edit your images. The modifications that you make will differ based on the image.

First up are the global adjustments. These include general options such as exposure, contrast, saturation, and white balance. Some of the finer adjustments you can make are blacks, whites, noise reduction, straightening, cropping, and highlights.

Once you have made the global adjustments, you can move onto some of the more artistic modifications. These include color enhancements, background blurring, vignettes, sun flares, color toning, and so on!

Finally, you can perform some local edit and adjustments to your image. You can enhance certain specific colors, do portrait enhancement, and also utilize burning and dodging techniques. These local edits can make your image go from looking great to fantastic!

Although this list may look very intimidating to a beginner, once you have understood why and how to use these adjustments effectively, it will be a lot easier!


Exporting your photos is a fundamental part of your Lightroom workflow. Since all your changes have only been made in the Develop module, none of these edits have been applied to your image. You must export it in order for the changes to be reflected.

Once the file has been exported, you can use it as you wish. Share can share it on your social media feeds, use it in a photo book, get it printed, or perhaps put it up on your blog!


Now that you have a better understanding of how useful a Lightroom workflow is, go ahead and create one! You will soon find yourself better organized, and consequently, producing photos quicker and at a higher quality!

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