Tips to Speed Up Editing in Lightroom Classic 11.0

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

As you can see above, I did that with this group photo. I did this because 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.

After using the Select Subject mask, I 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)]

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 its magic.


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

I often will select a lens or camera to edit just those images. The idea is to get all the similar photos in your selection and sync your editing over all those images that have a 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 needed a tweak on all the flash shots. I shot them using slow sync, and some available light gave 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.

To speed up your editing, group images with similar edits together.