Lightroom Shortcuts for Underwater Photographers

Lightroom workflow speeds up as we learn tips and tricks for optimizing our photo editing and cataloging. In this article I’ve compiled a list of Lightroom keyboard shortcuts, which are simple commands on your keyboard that quickly change views, flag and pick images, copy, paste and other commonly used functions. Our goal with shortcuts is to eliminate unnecessary movement and clicking of the mouse.

Let’s take a look.

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Library Module Shortcuts

G – Go to Grid View (image grid, in Library module)

E – Go to Loupe View (single image, in Library module)

L – Lights Out (view image on black background – tap twice for pure black, 3 times to return to normal view)

X – Reject Photo (I use this to mark all the junk photos for deletion in a first pass through the imported photos)

CMD + DELETE (Or Ctrl + Delete on PC) – Delete all photos marked as Rejected

P – Pick Photo (flag symbol)

D – Go to develop module


Develop Module Shortcuts

\ – Before Edit View (press again for After Edit View)

Y – Before / After side by side

Tab – Hide side panels (Tab again to display)

R – Open Crop Tool

Q – Open Spot Removal Tool

[ and ] – Increase and decrease brush size of spot removal tool


These are the Lightroom shortcuts I find most helpful when editing underwater photos. If you’re curious to learn more, just press Cmd + / (Ctrl + / on PC) in order to view all the Lightroom shortcuts for either the Library Module or the Develop Module.

Be sure to check out the rest of my Accelerate Your Workflow tutorials for speeding up your workflow. All of these tips will help you quickly edit and catalog your underwater photos.

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Brent Durand

Professional writer and underwater photo instructor. Brent is an avid diver and surfer, and has led many intensive photo workshops around the world.