If you’re like most photographers, you probably come home from a shoot with hundreds of images that all need to be edited. While each photograph will need individual attention in its own way, it can get repetitive applying the same setting to every image before you start any serious edits. As a leader in the photo industry, Adobe offers a wide range of software platforms to make your job easier, and Lightroom has become the standard for processing. Once you learn how to batch edit in Lightroom, you’ll be amazed by how much faster you can work through your photographs.
The Batch Editing Process
Once you’ve imported the photos from your session, pick the first one you’d like to edit and get to work. With the edits complete, go through the rest of your import, hold control or command and click on each image you’d like to include in the batch. After you’ve finished selecting images, go up to the settings menu and choose “sync settings.” You can also accomplish this by clicking the sync button in the lower right corner of the screen or using the keyboard shortcut of the command or control button, shift and the letter C.
Which Settings Are Good for Batch Editing?
Once you enter the sync settings menu, you’ll be presented with a window that asks which edits you’d like to apply across the entire batch. While the software is capable of applying a wide range of changes to your images, not all of them work well with this process. This rule won’t apply to every situation, but you should limit yourself to white balance, exposure, contrast and clarity, at least while you’re starting out. After you’ve gotten comfortable with these basic changes, feel free to experiment with additional editing. With every selection made, click the “synchronize” button and you’re done.
Work Smarter and Faster
Learning how to batch edit in Lightroom is one of the most important things you can do as a photographer, as you won’t need to spend hours tweaking exposure and white balance on thousands of photos. This frees you up to make the rest of the edits necessary to create truly stunning artwork. Not only will you work faster and more efficiently, but you’ll also achieve a much more consistent look, as the same exact settings get applied to every image from your shoot. If you still need additional photographs for your project after you’re done with your shooting session, browse Shutterstock for a complete lineup of royalty-free images.