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Lightroom | Workflow Quickie | Mini Tut

December 15, 2010

So today I thought I’d go over a little of what I personally do in Lightroom. Everyone has what works for them. I’m just sharing mine. :)

Amy’s Uber Quickie Lightrom Workflow:

A brief overview of my basic Lightroom workflow is to import and backup. I rename the file by the client’s name or event leaving the file numbers original. Then my flagging system is super system. I might have to pass through 3 times but I keep it simple for flagging. I use TWO keys on my keyboard on photos when I’m culling a session (or my own personal photos). Those two buttons are P for PICK and X for REJECT. Period. No colors, no numbers. I either want it or I don’t. I found that if I use any other system, I end up with way too many unnecessary images on my hard drives that are filling up quickly. On my first pass through I P the images I absolutely drop dead adore. and I also hit X over the ones that are obvious rejects- closed eyes, unflattering motion blur, funny facial expressions, crazy comp, out of focus etc…. Then before I do my second sweep- Delete ALL rejected photos so far. Gone. Don’t have to worry about those guys anymore. We are looking for the best of the best OR what moves me the most. Sometimes those are not the same. 😉 I usually repeat this 2 more times on average.

Once I get to the editing part- I look over the feel of the images. Clean? Black and white? Vintage? What kind of vintage? Soft and pastel? Or that 70’s Show type vintage? Those are questions I ask myself. :) I must note here- that although my version of ‘clean’ to many other pros may not be quite ‘clean’…it’s my version of it. I labored over skin tones


  • Lela · Posted December 16, 2010 at 4:02 am · Link · Reply

    This is beautiful! The image, her outfit, her sweet face. Love it!

  • Denise Snyder · Posted December 16, 2010 at 6:25 am · Link · Reply

    Amy your presets have been sooooo helpful! They’ve really done wonders for my workflow. Love your little tutorials! Thank you!!!

  • Cheryle · Posted December 16, 2010 at 6:43 am · Link · Reply

    Thanks for showing what you do Amy! Beautiful!!

  • Destiny · Posted December 16, 2010 at 11:03 am · Link · Reply

    Amy, Thank YOU a MILLION times over. Your actions, presets, and tutorials have made all the difference to me! My workflow is getting faster and faster and its all because of you. Merry Christmas and keep up the AMAZING work!

  • Darci · Posted December 16, 2010 at 11:18 am · Link · Reply

    Thank you very much for this article and tutorial!!! I am so new at editing that I read these and its all a foreign language to me! I just got Lightroom for 30 days and I am soooo lost but hopefully I can try it again!! Love your blog!!!

  • Jodie · Posted December 17, 2010 at 12:49 pm · Link · Reply

    Love all of your presets and the info you always give!! Your photos are always soo stunning! :)

  • Natalie · Posted December 30, 2010 at 8:28 pm · Link · Reply

    What a nice tutorial. Thanks

  • jules · Posted January 9, 2011 at 4:22 pm · Link · Reply

    thanks so much for the beautiful tut! she’s gorgeous and your pp rocks!

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Lightroom Presets | Easy Installation

October 23, 2010

I’d like to start off with letting y’all know I’m a PC. so my directions will reflect that. I will be having some Mac directions made very soon. Thank you!

Ok so you have your awesome AMP Presets right?

Do I need I really need to backup my presets?

What the heck do I do after I unzip the file?

Why are they getting all mixed up?

Is there a way I can keep them tidy?

If I upgrade to the newest version of Lightroom- will I need to reinstall my presets?

I’ll answer all these questions. 😀

Do I need to backup my presets?

Yes. yes. And emphatically- yes. Back them up on an entirely different drive- so you have two copies. I also recommend gathering ALL your Presets and Actions and burning a hard copy too. You will only benefit from it- I promise. All that money invested in them… you do NOT want to be stuck frantically locating them all, rebuying, living without or tracking down all the action/preset artists that created them and trying to provide them with proof you bought them etc.

What the heck do I do after I unzip the file?

Well after unzipping the file- open Lightroom. Go to the Develop module. Right-click in your presets and select NEW FOLDER. For simplicity’s sake name it the exact name of the presets plus the artist’s initials at the beginning. This will allow you to locate your Presets by artist and title. Tidy. 😀

For instance. My presets are in my LR panel like this:

AMP Just Beachy

AMP Beyond Shades of Gray

AMP Squeaky Clean

Now if I had Pretty Presets or Totally Rad:

PP Sweet Summer Collection


TR Lightroom Presets

So you get the idea I’m sure.


Right-click again over the folder you just created. Select IMPORT.

Now locate the folder where you placed your presets. Click IMPORT once you’ve located them.


All done. 😀

As to the next 2 questions:

Why are they getting all mixed up?

Is there a way I can keep them tidy?

If you have not been importing them a similar way as stated above- then they can

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