Show #69 – Michael Clark – Lightroom Workflow

Host Mike Howard, Tim Kemperle and Kathleen Bowie interview Adventure Sport Photographer Michael Clark about his Lightroom workflow.


Michael Clark Photography

Ways to Speed Up Lightroom

  • Fast Computer
  • Render Previews of 1:1 on Import
    • Types of previews
      • Thumbnail (Minimal Preview)
      • Standard (Screen Size)
      • 1:1 (Full size image – will take time to upload)
  • Connection Speed to where photos are, external drive to USB 2.0 is slower than USB 3.0 or SATA.  In order of preference:
    • Internal Drive
    • Thunderbolt – MAC Only
    • USB 3.0
    • eSATA
    • USB 2.0
    • Firewire
  • Increase RAM – Lightroom suggests 4GB, more is better

Wrote the ebook Adobe Photoshop Lightroom: A Professional Photographer’s Workflow.  Michael started in Lightroom when it was first being developed by Adobe to show off the capabilities of the program. 

Color Management – The monitor is the second most important item for a photographer after the camera.  Things to look for in a monitor:

  • A monitor that shows the entire color gamut of colors – AdobeRGB is approximately double the size of a sRGB monitor.  LaCie,NEC, Ezio monitors are the best., however, may cost several thousand
  • A good monitor will cost upwards of $600 for a 24” monitor

Calibrate monitor using Coloreyes Display Pro software

Edit photo in Photoshop colorspace:

  • sRGB – 1/6
  • Adobe – 1/2
  • ProPhoto – 96%


Michael Clark

  • Importing, 1:1 with as much Metadata as possible
  • Rate images with stars from beginning to end with a 1 star and then review photos with 1 star and upgrade to 2 stars and so forth to get the best photos – To find best photo you need to look at them for a while.
  • Move with best photos to Develop module
    • Right panel and start from the top down
    • Start with Basics Panel (50% of what you will do)
    • Start with overall exposure
    • Use Highlights, Shadows, Whites and Blacks to set the endpoint
    • End with White Balance
    • Histogram
      • Need to evaluate each photo for what is included
      • A photo of a Kayaker in the fog may not have pure black or white
    • Tone Curve Panel
    • Lens Corrections
    • Leave Sharpening alone
    • Clarity is an Unsharp Mask to make edges in frame a little sharper to “pop”

Common mistakes in Lightroom:

  • Going too far with adjustments
  • Not having a profiled monitor…you are working in a bubble

Why are Lightroom images been decreasing in size when I export them?  Especially if I crop it.

– Check File Settings an Image Size selected

– Depends on the background…a white background may not have a lot of data

– Cropped images will also result in reduced file size

– Check jpeg compression

What about your photo journey makes you MOST PROUD? 
The lifestyle I have been able to live…pretty adventurous with plenty of exotic places to visit.  Enabled me to live my dream.

Images we displayed during the podcast:
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Future show calendar for jpeg2RAW

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    About geephotant

    geephotant (Geek-Photographer-Accountant) (aka. Mike Howard) is the creator of Nov Studios and the jpeg2RAW podcast. Mike is an accountant by day as the Controller for a large US based corporation. By night, he is a geek and has appeared on the Home Server Show Podcast & the BYOB podcast ( both found at He has also appeared on the Home Tech Show podcast ( and is now a regular guest on that show. Mike's true passion is photography and shoots when ever he can find time. As an amateur photographer, he is always looking to learn more about the craft.

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