Lightroom Q&A Session Updated

A week ago, I started a Lightroom Q&A Session where I offered to help you solve any problems you may have with Lightroom and answer other questions. I was delighted to see some many inquiries and hope that I managed to help out at least some of you. I’ve just finished updating the article with more answers. I did my best to contact some of you in the comments section in earlier updates. Those who still haven’t heard from me personally, please see the updated article.

Lightroom Q&A Session

I haven’t had the chance to answer all the inquiries – there is still about a dozen questions waiting for my attention. I will try to comment on the remaining issues as soon as I can, it has been a tough week in terms of workload. Any additional questions are still welcome. Thank you to all those who helped!


  1. 1) MedicineMan4040
    July 7, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Don’t laugh, please. Just one simple question.
    Say I have one file/photograph on my desktop……how on Earth do I simply FIND it using LR(version 5). I keep using Bridge simply because I can find a single file. Something so simply as this and I’m bafoozled!
    Any clues and I’m in your debt!

    • July 7, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      Hey! Do you have the file imported into Lightroom?

      • 1.1.1) MedicineMan4040
        July 7, 2013 at 3:17 pm

        That’s my problem. I can see the file on the computer desktop and I can see the file architecture on the left in LR, I can even see ‘desktop’ in that panel but never do I find the one single file/pic. This cannot be that hard!
        With Bridge it’s so simple and I know I’m trying to equate the two but knowing they are significantly different.

        • vaclav
          July 9, 2013 at 7:04 am

          Hi, you have to import the photo first – before you do so, you can see the picture in Lightroom in Import mode only. That is why you cannot see the picture and Bridge can (since it works with any picture, while LR with imported only). Vaclav

  2. 2) Don B
    July 7, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    What happens if you click on the little arrow that is pointing to the right when you are in import dialog in Lightroom?

  3. 3) Jay
    July 7, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Right click on the photo and select show in library to see the file in the left panel or right click and select show in finder to see the file in the catalogue (mac).
    Hope this is what you’re looking for.

  4. 4) MedicineMan4040
    July 7, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    RonB I’m close thanks to your suggestion–I can now see everything on the Desktop EXCEPT that one pic! and I’ve discovered that one pic is a CR2 file (Canon 6d)… it cannot see the raw file? Maybe a setting in preferences? Surely LR5 brand new and paid for can see raw files?
    Thanks for everyones help…..there are just some things I love LR for.

  5. 5) Rob Howard
    July 8, 2013 at 6:09 am

    Hi Romanas,

    Thanks for clarifying the concern I had about deleting older versions of LR. Your help was much appreciated by me and my ageing iMac.

  6. 6) Woody
    July 8, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Why my Raw photo appear very dark in LR5?
    The photo when first loaded in LR appear normal and than LR makes it very dark in one-two seconds. The same raw photo appear much much better in picasa. It is frustrating to adjust exposure value for each photo because one exposure setting cannot be used on all photos.

    • 6.1) Luis
      July 8, 2013 at 11:32 pm

      This is cause the first image you saw is not the raw file, is the jpg embebed image that every raw image make it, the same you see in the camera preview. I had the same question few weeks ago.

  7. 7) André
    July 10, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Thank you Roman!
    Adobe should reward you ;) I’m now a Lr5 user mainly due to your great articles.

  8. 8) Richard D.
    July 20, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Hi, Romanas.

    I still have LR 4.4. This afternoon, I started looking into more details about LR 5 because I’ve been thinking about upgrade, and I wanted to see what kind of problems people might be having.

    I’ve seen something very disturbing and wonder if you might know about this. I am seeing a lot of comments that LR 5 does not work or is “not supported” with Windows Vista, the operating system I currently use on my desktop. I thought I saw a comment about this when the Beta version of 5 came out maybe on your site from a reader, but I can’t remember exactly where I saw that. But, I pretty much ignored that statement because I also downloaded the Beta version 5, and it seemed to work well on my Vista-32 machine.

    However, I did not import any catalogs into the Beta version. I only imported individual picture files, RAWs and JPEGs. Some of the comments I have seen basically say that users had no problems with the Beta version, but when they tried to import their existing catalog(s) into the full version of 5, it wouldn’t allow them to do so and gave an error message.

    Many of the comments I have seen seem to say that it is Vista 64 bit that has the issue, but I have now seen a few that also say Vista 32 bit is not supported.

    I looked at the requirements for LR 5, and it does indeed say Windows 7 (with SP 1) or Windows 8. It does not mention older versions.

    Do you know anything about this? Adobe hasn’t made this very clear; it’s especially confusing since LR 5 Beta did work on my Vista 32 bit system, although I never tried to import an entire catalog into it. I really don’t want to, and I likely will not, upgrade from Vista to Windows 7 or 8 on my current desktop.

    Thanks for any info you might have.


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