6 Replies Latest reply on May 24, 2017 10:18 PM by Mohit Goyal

    Speeding up lighroom

    jonhob Level 1

      I'm sure this has been covered loads of times butI thought I would start a new post...


      As a Pro sports photographer where every second really counts getting images imported, edited and exported to my relevant clients, I try and work as smart as I can. Because of this, I've been using Camera RAW and Photoshop CC for the vast majority of my football work but for my motorsport, I prefer to use Lightroom CC but I'm now finding Lightroom is so slow and really, I may consider another photo editing package.


      My main computer is a 15" MPB with 2.5 GHz i7, 16 GB RAM and a 512 GB SSD running the latest OS. At the moment I have only have one folder with 2592 JPEGS each image taken on a Nikon D4s which is 16 MP. That's it, no other images on the MBP yet scrolling through my images is a very slow process. I seem to remember previous versions a bit faster. I have around 60 GB for the cache, preview size is set to Low Quality. I really don't know what else to do to change to help enhance the scrolling through images? Oh, I only have the Library and Develop modules visible.


      Has anyone got any ideas?



      Thanks in advance

        • 1. Re: Speeding up lighroom
          JimHess Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          I don't know anything about Macs, so I'm not sure if anything I suggest will help. You could try changing the preview size to Auto. Unless you have a high-resolution (4K) Monitor, try disabling the GPU option in Lightroom preferences.

          • 2. Re: Speeding up lighroom
            jonhob Level 1

            Hi Jim


            Thanks for you reply. I already have the size set to Auto (2880px).

            • 3. Re: Speeding up lighroom
              KR Seals Level 3

              Are you importing  all of your image into LR and culling from there?  If so, try Photo Mechanic, you can cull there many times faster than LR. Then import the keepers from the culling process. That will save you all that time in LR making previews of photos you will not process.

              • 4. Re: Speeding up lighroom
                Randy Hufford Adobe Community Professional

                How full is your hard drive? Even a SSD runs way slower as it gets fuller. I suspect it is your drive speed read and write. Run this test to confirm your hard drive speed. "blackmagic disk speed test" it is free and available from the app store.

                To give you a idea of hard drive speeds my SSD on my Mac Pro is a 1tb with 700 gb free. its speed is 815MB/s write and 866MBS read. I have another raid card with two 1 tb SSD its write and read is 680MB/s. My drobo connected via usb 3 is 200MB/s read and write but my Mac Book Pro laptop with a 500Gb SSD with 165gb free is 173MB/s read and 114 MB/s write. I just cleared this drive to give more free space. When it only had 60gb free it was running only 80MB/s read and write.


                My suggestion is keep your OS drive with as much free space as possible. Than use a external for image storage. I use a external drobo via USB 3 or Thunderbolt for storage of images. External with raid configuration will run much faster than just a single drive. I found these enclosures have great speed with new thunderbolt connection. /www.macsales.com upto 800MB/s read and write.

                • 5. Re: Speeding up lighroom
                  jonhob Level 1

                  I do already use Photo Mechanic for adding XMP data, captions and for colour coding files. I then import all images in to Lightroom. I could only import selected images but there's often times I initially need to import images but then work on a second or third batch so importing all images seems to be a better way to work.


                  I will try importing selected images this weekend and try a different workflow.



                  • 6. Re: Speeding up lighroom
                    Mohit Goyal Adobe Employee (Admin)

                    Have you tried disabling the graphics processor in Lightroom? also, you may try and update the GPU drivers from the manufacture's website.