Lightroom is an amazing piece of software and one that every photographer should be using.
Once you start working with the the program you will find yourself using some of the shortcut on a very regular basis, something that will streamline your workflow in a big way.
Some of my favourites include D, G, N and R – try them out – but there is a new shortcut that has been introduced in the Beta version of Lightroom 5. It’s a small thing but damn, I think it’s awesome and way overdue!
Check this out.
In Lightroom 4 the F key takes you to full screen but the difference, and actual use to us as photographers, is about as important as the stupid Nikon Canon debate.
You can see that the difference is minimal and the only real difference is the menu bar at the top of the screen being removed.
Now with the arrival of Lightroom 5 the F shortcut key has ben given a serious overhaul and now it makes sense!
The F key still takes you to a full screen view but this time around it’s a fullscreen mode that makes sense for photographers.
By hitting the F key in Lightroom 5 you are shown a full screen image preview.
It might seem like a small thing but when you are working through a whole lot of RAW files it’s great to be able to check out a full version of n image to check for sharpness, focus and changes you have made to the file. And the fact that it works from both the Library and Develop Modules.
I have been playing with Lightroom 5 for a few weeks now and even though there are a few cool new additions the new fullscreen view is something that should have been included a long time ago. In the next few weeks I will dig a little deeper into Lightroom 5 to see if any of the new special adjustments will change the way we see Lightroom and then we can wait with bated breath to see which of these features are included in the final release of Lightroom 5.
The new F key shortcut is a new little feature but as they say, it’s the little things in life that count.
Until next time.
Gerry van der Walt
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