February 4, 2008
I have spoken about ideas for easier backup in the past, but I’m just going to give some detail on the automatic backup feature within Lightroom. To set up Backup in Lightroom, we need to open the Catalog Settings. This is located in the File Menu and can be accessed by using the shortcut Command-Option-, (Ctrl-Alt-, On PC).
Fig 1. The Catalog Settings command.
January 18, 2008
Just a quickie with some current Lightroom News:
Scott Kelby has a long Version 2.0 wishlist over at Photoshop Insider.
Stephen Shankland interviews Kevin Connor about what’s on the Lightroom Radar for CNET.
Marc Rochkind of Imageingester fame has released ImageReporter. This tool will query your catalog file and give all the stats on your images including average focal length, type etc.
Matthew Campagna has updated the TTG HTML Gallery to version 1.12, adding onImage Navigation.
Matt Kloskowski has a great tip on Auto Stacking over at Lightroom Killer Tips.
That’s it for now. Have a nice weekend!
January 6, 2008
While covering ground mentioned on this blog in the past, Matthew Campagna of The Turning Gate has created 2 videos on setting up Titles and Captions in Web galleries. The more advanced video makes use of the ag:formatted feature I’ve mentioned here and on my Lightroom blog. It’s great to finally hear Matthew, after all the back forth via email and on forums. I have to say that it’s one thing reading something, but being a visual learner I find these videos especially useful. I do get a mention in video 2, but I have to confess that it was more prodding and asking questions that got me the information that is there, rather than any accidental discovery.
Go check out the videos here.
December 29, 2007
Ian Lyons has posted an excellent tutorial on printing from Leopard with Lightroom 1.3.1. He’s specifically targeting the Epson range of printers using the new 6.X range of Printer Drivers.
“This tutorial will concentrate on what is known as application color management, which basically means that the ICC profile associated with a particular paper/ink combination must be selected in Lightroom rather than the print driver itself. Also, since the tutorial is intended to be useful to new and existing Lightroom users I will also include some of the basics associated with Page Setup and saving Print Templates.”
Read the whole article.
December 12, 2007
This is an updated version of a recent post from my Lightroom Blog.
A recent near miss with serious data loss has me rethinking my current import by genre strategy. In a fairly recent post on Lightroom Forums.net, John Beardsworth argues for always importing by date and using metadata to create any other required structure. The background to this post by him is that I was touting a structure like Landscapes>Ireland>Connemara>Bunowen, rather than by date.
“Unless you use a strictly date-based structure, there is always the risk of your pictures either being duplicated or falling between the cracks and being controlled only in your imagination.
December 3, 2007
One way to manage your history states is to use the Snapshots feature. Snapshots can be used to store your favorite history states as a saved setting. Because you see, the Snapshots panel is designed to work in conjunction with the History panel for saving snapshot variations of an image (Figure 1). Rather than use the History panel to wade through a long list of history states, it is often more convenient to use Snapshots to save specific history states in this separate panel. This in turn will make it easier for you to retrieve history states that are of particular importance or usefulness. For example, there is no need to force Lightroom to save an Edit TIFF version of a master image to preserve a favorite image state. You can instead use the Snapshots panel to save multiple variations, such as an optimized or color enhanced version of the same photo.
November 23, 2007
For those abounding on Flickr and other similar sites, here’s a few looks that are currently popular and easy to create with Lightroom:
Let’s start with our base photo:
To get a muted look, start by adding Vibrance and removing Saturation. As Vibrance only saturates colours that are not already saturated, we can effectively remove saturation in a controlled way by applying Vibrance and removing Saturation. I use +50 Vibrance and -50 Saturation as a starting point. Change it to taste from there.
November 19, 2007
The latest Lightroom 1.3 update features an updated Export dialog with several new features. Rather than just pick out what’s new, I thought I would us this opportunity to write up a complete guide to all the Export controls: what they are and which are the right options for you to use.
The Export function lets you export single or multiple photos from Lightroom as finished files, allowing you to export copies of the master images as DNGs, TIFFs, PSDs, or JPEGs. But that’s not all. You have full control over the exported file settings, where the files get saved to, whether to incorporate a post-processing action and the export settings can be saved as custom presets, making it easy for you to create and use different Export routines.
November 17, 2007
Earlier in the year we reported on the new Airtight galleries that had been designed as add-ons for the Lightroom Web module. Maybe you checked out this story, downloaded these galleries and installed them. If you didn’t well not to worry, because these are now included as part of the lightroom 1.3 update and provide you with an extra set of gallery formats to compliment the standard Lightroom gallery styles.
November 16, 2007
Source: George Jardine on Lightroom and Digital Photography
Author: George Jardine
Amidst all the attention for the new 1.3 update, we forgot to post a link to another new Lightroom video tutorial by George Jardine. This one offers some more great tips on working with the Library module and some of the less well-know aspects of photo synching behavior in Lightroom.
Photograph © 2006 George A. Jardine
“A new tutorial that covers the Sync command, and a few ins-and-outs of working with Lightroom’s selection logic.”
In this tutorial I outline the basics of Lightroom’s Synchronize command. You’ll learn how to apply Develop settings across multiple photos, in both the Library and the Develop modules. I also cover some of the new selection logic in Lightroom that is required to make working with large numbers of files, well…. logical!”
Read full story and download the video tutorial…