Best Way to Speed up Lightroom

Speed Up Lightroom

Here’s another quick tip for you that you can take advantage of immediately to speed up Lightroom, potentially cutting your post processing time in half. as long as you own a copy of Lightroom 5 or later, you’ve already got all you need to make Lightroom faster.

With the release of Lightroom 6, there have already been some improvements in the speed of Lightroom on the whole, but for me, it still leaves a lot to be desired.

Despite the ability to utilise the computer’s GPU to improve speed in Lightroom 6, browsing through photos can still be sluggish, especially in the Develop module.

With software such as Photo Mechanic allowing you to breeze through your photos at lightning speed, it makes you wonder why Adobe can’t implement similar technology in their own products.

I was becoming increasingly frustrated at the speed of Lightroom, especially when applying batch edits which include several adjustments. Batch editing in this way is one of the huge time saving advantages of Lightroom, so unless it works quickly, it can become quite a painful process.

That’s why when I came across this tip (originally proposed to me by photographer Sam Hurd), I leapt at the chance to speed up Lightroom.

How to Speed up Lightroom with Smart Previews

The Single Best Way to Speed Up Lightroom

I’ve tweaked the original tip slightly to suit my own workflow, but however you use it, I am sure that you will notice an immediate improvement in the speed of your Lightroom as regards browsing and editing.

So watch the video below about what is in my opinion the single best way to speed up Lightroom, and leave me a comment if you find it useful. I’d also really appreciate it if you share this post on your social media. I think a lot of photogs out there will find it useful too ;-)

If you’re looking for the best place to buy Lightroom, or want some free Lightroom presets, be sure to explore the Shotkit blog which is packed with hidden treasures!

And finally, it’s worth noting that the best way to speed up Lightroom is… to outsource your editing! Getting a fully edited Lightroom catalogue back is a great feeling. Check out my review of the best photo editing service.

 

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