Tips to Speed Up Editing in Lightroom Classic 11.0

Adobe finally put some of the tools in PhotoShop into Lightroom Classic. One is the Artificial Intelligence that will find your subject and mask it.

As you can see above I did that with this group photo. The reason I did this is the background is a little hot and I want to tone it down.

So here is what I started with as you can see below.

Now after using the Select Subject mask I then inverted the selection.

Then I just darkened the background and ended up with this final image.

[NIKON Z 6, 24.0-105.0 mm f/4.0, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 2000, 1/100, ƒ/5.6, (35mm = 35)]

Now how long it takes for Lightroom Classic to find the subject has a great deal to do with your computer’s power. It does take a few seconds for it to do it’s magic.


Using the metadata embedded in your images from your camera can also speed up your edting.

I often will select a lens or camera to edit just those images. The idea is get all the similar images in your selection and sync your editing over all those images that have similarity.

This week I was shooting an event where I shot about half of the photos with available light and the rest with flash. I noticed the color was needing a tweak on all the flash shots. I shot them using slow sync and some of the available light was giving a color cast that I wanted to correct.

I used the pull down menu to select “Flash State” and picked all those that the flash “Did fire”. Then I selected all the images and did a color correction.

The key to speeding up your editing is to group images with similar edits together.