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Tutorial: Speed up your Lightroom Workflow with Auto Advance

Benjamin Pazdernik - 22. Mai 2013

Tags: lightroom, tip, productivity

Lightroom has a very nice feature for those of you, who like myself, can’t control their index finger and just keep pressing down on the shutter button.

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After a long trip or an interesting weekend, I often sit at my computer, staring at the number of photos I just imported into Lightroom. Everybody with a lack of self-control when it comes to taking photos, knows what I mean. Hundreds, sometimes thousands of photos waiting to get looked at, rated, edited or deleted. Most of time, of those two thousand pictures, only a few hundred are even worth taking a second look at. But I still have to sort out the other thousand and a half in order to even start editing and improving those that are worthy of being improved rather than tossed away. Lightroom has a very nice feature for those of you, who like myself, can’t control their index finger and just keep pressing down on the shutter button.

The setting is called “Auto Advance“. You can activate it from within the Library Module of Lightroom in the Photo-Menu. (See screenshot below)

Auto Advance in Lightroom 4What Auto Advance does, is when you select a photo (e.g. the first one of your fresh import) and you either set a flag, rate it or add a certain color label, you automatically advance (what a surprise) to the next image. With Auto Advance you don’t have to manually sit there, having one hand on the rating or flag keys and the other one on the arrow keys to jump to the next image, but rather just have one hand hovering over the first set of keys and jumping through a lot of images very, very quickly.

I hope this Lightroom tip will help you to get through your photos more quickly and give you more time for doing the fun stuff with your photos.

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