Photo Technique of the Week

Yeah, okay, I don’t do this a lot, but every once and a while it’s fun to put together a quick technique or tip to share with the reading/listening community, so here’s one that’s very helpful when using Lightroom. More of a tip than a technique, this is simply a suggestion to enable the Auto Advance feature.  When you check this feature, it makes your work flow go a lot quicker when making picks or rejects from catalogs. After I’ve completed an import, I’ll go through and tag the picks and rejects with my keyboard shortcuts (P) and (X) respectively. Because the Auto Advance feature is enabled, simply making a”tag” or flag selection on a picture, advances me to the next one in the current catalog or collection.


After I do this, I simply look up at the top of Lightroom while in Library mode to filter my collection for either picks or rejects. From my approach, I do the rejects first, then CMD/CTRL A to select all and delete! Then from the picks, I’ll go through and make whatever edits I need, even including round trips to Photoshop, Photomatix, or whatever 3rd party software I happen to need or be using at the time.  This is always so much easier with Auto Advance enabled. I can fly through a shoot of 500+ images in about 20 minutes both to clean up the catalog, and make the picks of what will likely be in the final published album. Give it a whirl and see if it improves your work flow!

Got your own tips or tricks for Lightroom, Photoshop, or simple camera techniques? Share the love and sound off in the comments! Either that or share your own thoughts on what you think of the techniques I share here. Regardless, tips tricks and techniques like these are always designed to help you get through post production and do what we all love to do – get out and shoot some more! Happy shooting and we’ll see you back here next time!

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4 comments for “Photo Technique of the Week

  1. Miguel Palaviccini
    May 23, 2011 at 7:24 am

    Thanks for the tip! I’ve found that in LR you can toggle the auto advance feature by pressing the Caps Lock key 🙂

  2. May 23, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Thanks for the tip Jason! I didn’t use auto advance but will now.

    Normally once I’ve offloaded I go into the Recent import and filter on unflagged images. When I pick or reject and image it automatically moves me to the next one.

    Great tip!

  3. May 24, 2011 at 12:08 am

    great tip. I just tried it with the 120 photos I did yesterday and it worked great. now I just have to learn not to take so many shots of same thing.
    How do you keep track of this when you are doing HDR bracketing?

  4. Anish Soekhan
    April 3, 2017 at 3:10 am

    Thanks for the tip!

    It helped me with some time management.

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