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I always compare my images in Lightroom while editing my images. In this blog post, I want to go over the advantages of doing this and also how to do it! It’s really easy and it can up your editing game.
Lightroom is my favorite editing tool. I on occasion use Photoshop, but Lightroom is my go to editing tool. I believe Lightroom is user friendly and gets me the edits I want 95% of the time.
When you’re first starting off editing, I suggest getting used to Lightroom before moving on to Photoshop. Photoshop is an excellent tool to use, however, it is a little more advanced than Lightroom and can get complicated.
If you’re interested in learning more about Lightroom and all of it’s neat tricks, I recommend either taking a course and reading a book about the subject. I have done both and they have helped me learn how to edit the way I want.
You might also like some of my other Lightroom posts:
how to compare your images in lightroom
Before we get into why comparing your images in Lightroom is good, let’s review how to compare your images! It’s really so easy, and I really love this feature. I use it every. single. time. I edit. And, you should, too. We’ll get into that in just a bit.
But, first, how do we compare images?
You can watch the video below or find a step-by-step guide below it:
- Open Lightroom
- Go to the Develop module
- Under your image to the left, click on the R|A Button (Reference View)
- Drag the image you want to use as a reference to the left side of the screen
- Click on the image you want to edit and start editing; changes will only be made to the right image
- Happy editing!
Now that you understand the how let’s talk a little bit about the why.
why you should be comparing your images in lightroom
Comparing your images is really easy. Right? You weren’t scared about how to do it, were you? Now that you have that knowledge, I want to discuss with you the importance of doing it every. single. time. you edit!
it helps you have consistency in your work
The Lightroom Reference tool helps you have consistency in your work. This is important because you want people to recognize your work as being yours.
When editing (without the reference view), you might edit an image and make it look pretty, but then go back and see that it looks nothing like your other images. Yikes, that’s not good! So you go back and forth between the develop module and library module to make sure your image matches the other ones from that session. Have you ever done this? The reference tool just takes out the annoying back and forth you might experience.
it helps you have consistent white balance
Without using the reference tool, it’s so difficult to see if your white balance is consistent from image to image. This could be packed on to the end of the last point, but I feel like it needs it’s own point.
IT’S IMPORTANT TO HAVE CONSISTENT WHITE BALANCE.
Sorry for the all caps, but I really need you to know that. Also, if you have trouble finding ‘correct’ white balance (which I mean, is there really a ‘correct’ white balance? It’s all about your taste), then at least try to make your images look consistent in your white balance.
When you pull up a reference image for white balance, I would recommend putting an image up that you love the white balance on and you feel like it’s ‘correct’. That way you have that image as a reference to make all the images consistent in white balance.
it will help you grow as a photographer
I think this goes without saying. The more consistent your work is, the better your photography will become. The more you compare and make sure each photo is consistent with the last, the easier it will become to get your white balance correct across all images, your editing will look cohesive, and overall, your images will scream ‘YOU’.
As you use the reference view, you might find it easier and easier to get the cohesive look you so desire, and eventually, you might be able to not use the reference view tool anymore (except for extreme cases!).
I promise you this will help you grow as a photographer and help your post-processing.
Thanks for dropping by! Leave me a comment if you have any questions, I’m always here to help!
Alyssa (sometimes going by Aly) is a hobbyist photographer who loves to teach. Her love of photography started before she ever had any kids. Now a mom of two, she loves to photograph her kids, flowers, and landscape. She specializes in capturing her everyday life. She loves to teach fellow beginner photographers how to take control of their cameras and get the images they dream about getting.