How To Batch Process Photos In Lightroom

lightroom-batch-processingDo you wonder how to do batch processing in Adobe Lightroom? It may not be the most obvious task inside of Lightroom, but it’s there.

In fact, there are multiple ways to do it.

But before I get into that, I need to tell you what batch processing is.

Let’s say you have a series of photos, all from the same location, with the same lighting. These photos might be slightly underexposed. So you want to brighten them all up, in one clean swoop.

To do this, you need a batch feature.  Something that can make the changes you want, to a group of photos.

Batch processing is great for white balance, for exposure, for color and many other things.

As you can see in the video, there are multiple methods of batch processing inside of Lightroom. One of the easiest is to make a preset which is then used on each of the photos you want to be edited.

The other way, which is quite fast, is to edit the first photo in the series, and then sync the settings across the rest.

Doing so will magically edit each of the photos the same way as the first. Neat, right?

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Thanks for your batch video.
    It was quite new for me . I am using lightroom now for 1,5 year.

    I have another batch question.
    In case of a lot of difference between the most light and dark spots I often make automaticaly 3 pictures with lightdeviations of -1,0 and +1.
    I use HDR in Lightroom for these 23 pictures.
    If I have a lot of pictures it is a time consuming and dull job to do this for all pictures.

    Do you know a way to make a bach proces of this:
    chose the next 3 pictures, CTRL-H and confirm f.e by a key-combination.
    (like generating a macro in Excell)
    I would be pleased to receive your answer

    Bob van Dongen
    The Netherlands

    1. 23 pictures is a typing error : 3 pictures is correct

    2. Batch processing HDR is possible in some apps, like Aurora HDR, but I wouldn’t recommend attempting to batch process HDR images in Lightroom. I’m not certain it’s even possible.

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