The Best F-ing Lightroom Shortcut

Gerry van der Walt All Authors, Gerry 6 Comments

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.

Lightroom 4

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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.

Lightroom 5

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By hitting the F key in Lightroom 5 you are shown a full screen image preview.

Full screen!

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.

Very handy.

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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Comments 6

  1. Tom Hadley

    You’re absolutely right Gerry, it’s a very welcome update to LR5. I’ve been a bit surprised at the cool reaction I’ve seen from some people to LR5, as though they expected a vast array of new features. For me it’s very welcome that the new changes are more about speed of use than about offering new manipulation tools (that are dangerous in the hands of many!).

    Lightroom isn’t meant to be Photoshop and I’m glad they’ve resisted the tempation to add features that should remain as part of PS only and instead made LR a more streamlined photographer’s workflow tool. Can’t wait to get my hands on the full release version!

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      Hi Tom! Great hearing from you and thanks for the comment! Couldn’t agree more – Lightroom is an amazing product and I hope, like you, that it stays that way and does not become a PS clone. Looking forward to see what they come up with in the final release. 🙂

  2. Kelly

    I love the title of this article, very catchy! I love the content and learning about the new differences in LR5. Thanks for posting!

  3. sarel

    Hi Gerry.
    I really enjoy and learn a lot from your blog. I am still new in the game but I am a very keen photographer. So far I enhanced my photos with a Nikon program witch I got with a Nikon D7000 camera I bought at ODP in Pretoria. It really gives me great pleasure and confidence.I would like to know what is the best way to learn LR at home. I would like to attend one of your LR courses but we are just to far from you.{Groblersbrdige border post}

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      Hi Sarel. The D7000 is a great camera and I also have one that I take on most of my trips. The Nikon program you mention is not bad but your (processing) world will change when you get stuck in Lightroom. Yes – it’s that great! Will be awesome to have you join us on a future course so keep in touch and let’s see what we can arrange. In the meantime please shout if you have any questions! 🙂

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