Hey friends! I have been struggling recently with editing my photos while traveling. Often when editing, one needs to be plugged into an external hard drive to access the files. But if you’re like me and hate having to travel while constantly replugging in heavy hard drives, you know that this can be quite a hassle! Well, this is about to make your life a whole lot easier…
Adobe released Lightroom 5 awhile back, but I had yet to discover this new Lightroom hack until now! The “smart preview!” I now always build smart previews upon import, so that I can make any change I want to my images WITHOUT having to be plugged in to anything. It’s so liberating and I can’t believe I hadn’t discovered this sooner. I no longer see that big question mark on my files when I try to edit an image without being plugged into the original file on the harddrive or SD card. Before this, you couldn’t edit anything without having it plugged into your laptop.
Smart previews are also great because the files are much smaller, and so I can store them on our working drive without taking up a ton of space. I am able to travel cordless, and I can even export edited images from my smart previews for the web (like posting images to a a blog post, Instagram or Facebook.
The first thing I do when importing files, is that I never import files onto my laptop itself, but rather my external hard drives. That way my computer runs fast and most efficiently. And I hate being connected to a bunch of cords, so by building smart previews
If you’ve never built smart previews before, and you edit on a laptop, you’ve got to give this a try!
And also don’t forget to bring your charger and stay charged! 🙂
April 25, 2018
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