So I have a crush on Scott…forever!

Since the day I decided to read about photography, I fell in love with Scott Kelby! There are a zillion great authors and teachers and mentors but this guy is the coolest.I bought most of his books ( no, I am not saying I read all of them)….there’s is something about how easy and funny this guy is while teaching photography , that you will surely learn a lot even if you don’t want to! Here are some awesome Light Room shortcut tips I learnt recently from his post and I think they absolutely rock!

  1. When you’re using the Gradient filter, you can flip the direction of the gradient by pressing the ‘ key (apostrophe)
  2. If you’re wondering if a certain image would look good in black & white, just press the letter “v” and it shows you the black & white version. When you’re done, press “v’ to return to full color version (or, if you fell in love with the black & white version, don’t)….this is a must try!
  3. When you’re cropping, press “x” to toggle between a horizontal and vertical crop…can’t tell you how much I had struggled with this before!
  4. If you don’t like the area where the Spot Removal tool chose as the source for your spot removal, press the ‘ / ‘ key (slash) and it will pick a different area.
  5. Press the letter “o” when you’re painting with the Adjustment Brush to not only see the area you’re painting on appear in a red tint, but it’s stays “on” so you can continue painting. This is really handy when you’re painting over a large area (maybe a sky) and you want to make sure you didn’t miss any areas.
  6. Hold the Shift key, then Double-click the Whites and Blacks slider to have Lightroom automatically set your white and black points for you
  7. If you’re using the Spot Removal tool to remove wrinkles, but you don’t want to “remove” them, you just want to “reduce” them, try this: right after you use the tool to remove the wrinkle, go to the Spot Removal tool’s Opacity slider and lower the opacity to bring some of the wrinkles back. That way, their wrinkles are reduced rather than removed. This is also handy if you’re retouching a facial feature like a mole, where if you remove it everyone that knows the person will realize the photo has been retouched, so in that case, don’t remove it — just reduce it’s impact.

BTW, am trying to finally do up the website at shilpichoudhuri.com….feedback?

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