LIGHTROOM - PREVIEWS NOT SHOWING

bergstrom

Photographer
Feb 23, 2015
174
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Photos taken on 5d3, all lightroom and raw up to date. But for some reason, in the develop panel below, the raws all appear blank, but only appear one at a time if I click on one. I don't think thats ever happened before. My preferences look the same, any ideas.
 

stevelee

FT-QL
Jul 6, 2017
1,358
345
Davidson, NC
Yesterday I imported 61 Photoshop files into Lightroom Classic because I want to use its book module. It is my first experience using Lightroom to any extent. I am so steeped in the Bridge, ACR, Photoshop workflow that I'm finding LR to be really counter-intuitive. I understand it works well for volume users who know how to take advantage of its features. But I doubt that after this project I will be a convert, at least not unless I want to do another book. That will probably give me time to forget how to use it. I'm not having great luck with searching Adobe's online help files, but I'm getting things done. When all else fails, I take the picture back to Photoshop for a process.
 

Mt Spokane Photography

I post too Much on Here!!
Mar 25, 2011
15,695
867
Yesterday I imported 61 Photoshop files into Lightroom Classic because I want to use its book module. It is my first experience using Lightroom to any extent. I am so steeped in the Bridge, ACR, Photoshop workflow that I'm finding LR to be really counter-intuitive. I understand it works well for volume users who know how to take advantage of its features. But I doubt that after this project I will be a convert, at least not unless I want to do another book. That will probably give me time to forget how to use it. I'm not having great luck with searching Adobe's online help files, but I'm getting things done. When all else fails, I take the picture back to Photoshop for a process.
I'd strongly recommend getting a lightroom book. The one by Martin Evening is great and easy to read for beginning users. After getting the understanding down, its pretty easy, but I agree that its counter intutive at first. I bought the book when version 2 of lightroom came out. Currently, I have Victoria Bramptons book which is great for refreshing me on functions I havent used for a while.

There multiple modules to learn, first, a good understanding of the import and file management, thats the big feature even though a person does not realize that at first, its really critical to set up your workflow properly since you have to live with it.

Then, the editing which means how to use the controls and capabilities. There are functions within functions.

Then, the export process, thats how you get a finished image to use, until you export, all you have is a list of edit settings in the database. Export applies those as it generates a actual image file.

Then printing and the photobook applications if you use those. I have never used the web module, and never really adapted to the mobile version, but I do use it to backup images when traveling.
 

stevelee

FT-QL
Jul 6, 2017
1,358
345
Davidson, NC
I’ve read several of Martin Evening’s books over the years, and trust that his Lightroom book would be good, too. But I got through tweaking the individual shots, so I’m not much motivated to learn more. A lot of it was finding where familiar controls are buried. But thanks for the recommendation. I will keep that in mind if I decide to learn the program.

I’m reviewing appropriate Scott Kelby videos on making the books as I go. Watching the course for the first time is what convinced me to use Lightroom to do the book.