Here’s a situation that all of us face from time to time: We spend a day shooting as much as we can and doing it as fast as we can, return to home base, download a few hundred images, delete the faggedaboutits, and then have to get the rest of the images to someone else so that they can pick those that will make it all the way into print. Now, if you have to make each of those images look as good as possible before you adjust them with final finesse, you could find yourself either staying up all night for a couple of nights in a row or missing your deadlines and schedule.
Here’s a better idea: Do you know about the magic of using AutoAdjust? There are a couple of ways you can use it, and they’ll both save you hours of needless tedium.
To get the images to the point where they can be submitted for initial approval, put the Sorting in User mode and then drag all the similar images into contiguous groups. Then do the following, one group at a time: While in Library Grid mode, select all the images in a group (series). Now click Sync Settings. The Synchronize Settings dialog will appear.
In Grid Mode, Lightroom always assumes AutoSync mode for synchronizing settings. So if you just use the Quick Develop keys. You’ll get all the adjustments you’ll need to get the images looking pretty close to how the final images should look. Then your client or associate can pick the exact images that will be used. Then you only have to do the tedious and careful adjusting on a few “picks”.
Even if you’re in a situation where you have to use the White Balance dropper or have to make final adjustments on a whole series of images that have to match perfectly, you can still use nearly same technique for any and all of the adjustments. The only big differences are that you have to switch back and forth between the Library and Develop modules and you have to use AutoSynch. Here are the steps:
1. Select the shots in the Library module.
2. Press D to go to Develop.
3. Ctrl Click the Sync button in the Develop module to switch to Auto Synch.
4. Make an adjustment in the Develop Module module.
5. When you’re satisfied with the adjustments you’ve made for the image viewed in the Develop module, press L to switch back to the Library Grid mode and watch the Thumbnails as the selected images are automatically sequentially adjusted.
As long as Auto Synch is left turned on, you can then select a different set of images and apply the results to all of those images, then repeat the steps for the next set, etc, etc.