Urban & Architecture Photography


Want to speed up Lightroom with two simple clicks?

Even on the fastest computers Lightroom can slow down to a crawl, so any tip to keep the program running as fast as possible is a must.  This is a very simple tip but I can guarantee it works.

All you have to do is keep lens correction and sharpening/noise reduction OFF while you are editing and click it back on when you are done.  That’s it.  Believe it or not this can really speed up screen redraw times in Lightroom. 

Turn ssettings OFF and ON by clicking tabs marked above

Turn ssettings OFF and ON by clicking tabs marked above

The difference in performance is noticeable.  For example, using the image of the cart above, with these settings ON the redraw time for the photograph was 7.3 seconds when I zoomed in to 100% but with settings OFF that time was reduced to 1.2 seconds.  That is a lot of waiting before undertaking any edits.

This might seem minor but these seconds add up, especially on complex edits where you are constantly dodging/burning and moving to different parts of an image.  Hopefully this tip will speed up your workflow, let me know in the comments below.

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