Archive for the ‘Workflow’ Category

Lightroom 6.2 Import Issues

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

Lightroom supremo Tom Hogarty has updated users on the continuing saga of the Lightroom 6.2 update and the revised Import feature.

“I’d like to thank our customers for their patience while the team reviewed several options for restoring import workflows and addressing quality in Lightroom. We can now confirm that, in our next dot release, we will restore the previous import experience. We are still working on details and timing. In the meantime, if you need to restore previous import functionality prior to the next update, please refer to this document on how to roll back to Lightroom 6.1.1 (”

The released seemed a bit rushed – maybe to fit with the Adobe Max schedule? In principle it was good idea to update the import process because it has been a bit of a mess for a while. But change is always controversial, and this dropped some important features such as ‘eject card on import’ which seemed like a no brainer to make the default.

Because of Adobe Max there was no beta release of 6.2 (as there often is with Adobe updates) and that meant no testing with users.

Ah well, lessons learned!

The DAM Book 3.0 coming in Summer

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Peter Krogh, author of The DAM Book, has announced that The DAM Book 3.0 will be released in the Summer.

The book has been essential reading for all photographers since it was first published and it is a book I have no hesitation in recommending.

You can receive 10% off of the various DAM Books if you use this code: aff-ilr-10-nx

(Personally I think the idea of rewarding long-term users is better than rewarding new users – same with software!)

Backups, for those awkward moments when…

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

As I have been busier in my work life, I have also had less time for photography and photographic management, which meant that my generally doctrinal adherence to organisation and naming got a bit lax over the last year or so. And this nearly came to bite me last week.

I’ve don’t name my imported files only the ones that are ‘keepers’. Keepers being defined as having 1* and above. The next level is Portfolio which would be 4* and 5* images.

Once Keepers have been defined, I rename them in the catalog, convert to DNG, and copy them to a different drive (in Lightroom). The naming structure of these is:


The Keepers folder is normally synched overnight to another drive using Chronosync (with file verification). Somehow this must have stopped happening without me realising, and last week the Keepers drive went kaput.

The cold sweat of worry slowly enveloped me as I realised what had happened. And then it dawned on me that I had one extra trick up my sleeve and that is that my Keepers folder had been backed up to the cloud since April.

I have been using Amazon Web Services with some software on the Mac called Arc $39.99, which manages the process of backing up and restoring. (There is a PC equivalent of Arc called, Zoolz.)

Sure enough there was a full backup of my Keepers folder on the cloud. All I needed to do was find what I needed to restore, click a restore button and wait overnight (in this case) until everything appeared.


The Economics

Using Amazon Glacier is cheaper to store than the full S3 service, the downside is that there is a 3-5 hour delay to restore, but that should be fine for most cases. If you need faster restores then Arc can also handle using S3. Here is the basic difference between Glacier and S3:

Glacier S3
Price $0.01/GB per month $.095/GB per month
Retrieval Delay 3-5hrs 0hrs
Restore Fees $.05/GB per request insignificant

My storage fees have so far averaged at $7 per month, but that has included some other data that I stored on the cloud for a time as well. More recently it has been about $5 per month. All of which means I am storing 400GB for $60-90 a year.

The equivalent Dropbox fees would be a fixed 500GB for $460 per year! I’d have instant access wherever you are, but that isn’t something I need for that price! The next tier up is the business tier which is $760 per year for 1TB.

The Remedy

So with the rather drastic warning from the loss of a drive, I have amended my backup system. Not only have I restored the nightly sync of the Keepers folder using Chronosync, but I have also selected its option to email me when it has performed the scheduled sync. So every morning I get an email with a nice coloured background to tell me details about the backup.

I will add more sychs over the next couple of days, to ensure that other drives have copies of the data too. I’m guessing that verified copies on 3 separate drives, and a cloud backup is a good starting point!

The Moral(s)

  • Always check your backups
  • Have multiple backup strategies
  • Think about Cloud Storage
  • It is not a question of if a drive will fail, but when

George Jardine: Does Library Folder Organization Matter?

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

George Jardine, former Adobe Lightroom Evangelist, writes about Library Folder Organisation and does it matter?

How to organise your Lightroom Catalog 2012 edition

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Eric Scouten, former Lightroom engineer, now working on Adobe Revel, has posted an update to his previous articles on Catalog organisation. These are always useful articles, mainly because they make you analyse your own workflow, to either improve or validate it! And if we can improve it then we can work faster and smarter!

John Beardsworth on Lossy DNGs

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

John Beardsworth on his new home for Lightroom related info, Lightroom Solutions, discusses Lossy DNG and the advantages and disadvantage of the extended format.

I think there is definitely an issue of file management lurking to bite the unwary photographer. If you are happy to downsize your DNGs then you need to be aware of which files are affected. Application UI is one way, and file naming is another.

I can’t see myself using Lossy DNG for downsampling files, but as mentioned in passing by John, I can see myself converting iPhoneography created imagery to the Lossy DNG format, and then nothing is lost.


James Duncan Davidson on Big Catalogs

Monday, October 31st, 2011

James Duncan Davidson, perhaps best known in the photography world as a conference photographer, has written an article on ways of managing large Libraries (which is equally appropriate for Aperture as it is for Lightroom users).

I imagine that when these, or indeed any photo management applications, were created the developers hadn’t quite considered the management possibilities and pitfalls of truly huge Catalogs.

Huge Catalogs are perfectly manageable, and very useful for searching through all your images, but do you need to keep all of your images? Some will say “Yes, because you never know…” and others are perfectionists who keep only the best. As other strategies have shown, there can be a use for a holding Catalog to hone what you import. This can mitigate against bloat, but it will only hold off for a while

One way to tackle questionable images is to put them into a Collection, and revisit them after a period of time. That will give you a fresh perspective and may avoid hasty judgements which lead you to delete an image which later down the line has some potential. You could take that further and put them in a separate To Be Revisited Catalog, so you still use Lightroom rather than another piece of software, as described in James’ article.

LRB Preset Pack Vol 1 Released

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Sean McCormack has released LRB Preset Pack Vol 1 containing some of his most used effects. It ranges from Black and White to heavily processed colour looks for people photography. The Presets borrow from current fashion trends, but equally apply to bands, portraits and fashion.

They come with a full-colour user guide and are available for the introductory price of €10 (+ VAT in the EU).

For more info visit the LRB Plugins site.

Keyword Lists

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

There are quite a few Keyword lists available to download for Lightroom, and it is worth a quick roundup to keep these in a central post.

Granddaddy of them all is probably the Controlled Vocabulary list produced by David Riecks. Now at Version 3, this is a set of 11,000 organised in a hierarchical structure. There is an alternative version which has all the terms have been moved down the hierarchy by one level, following a suggestion by Eric Scouten in his post. The cost is $69.99 for the list and a year’s subscription.

Next up is Shangara Singh’s Keyword Catalog. This contains 28,000 keywords and is a boon for Stock Photographers. The list is divided into 39 categories, which can be viewed here. A free demo is available here, and the catalog is available for £49.99 for personal use, and £99.99 for business use.

D-65 who run Lightroom Workflow courses also have a Digital Workflow Keyword list which contains 5,500 hierarchical keywords.

Nick Potter has produced some free (but welcomes a donation) Keyword Lists, divided into seven categories: Geography, Animals, Colours, Natural Landforms, Bodies of Water, Buildings and Weather.

Sean McCormack has a list of Action Keywords (adjectives) containing about 250 keywords.

Tony Wu has a Marine Life list costing $99 and is available for Aperture as well.

Fleeting Glimpse Images has a series of Keyword Lists, including Birds of North America (4767 for $9.95), Birds of Costa Rica (1799 for $6.95), Mammals of North America (1008 for $6.95) and Natural Forms (641 for $4.95).

Mark Wilson of Rusticolus Images has some Bird Keyword lists, for British, North American and Western Palearctic in English and Italian. He has just updated them with further lists of European Mammals and European Amphibians.

Bureau22 provides some donationware Country based keywords for Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, and France as well as some German translations of Nick Potter’s Bodies of Water, Weather, and Natural Landforms lists

Finally, I recently released a Keyword list of Damselflies and Dragonflies of the UK. This is a hierarchical list with Latin names included as Synonyms.

Damselfly and Dragonfly Keyword List

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Here is a Keyword List of Damselflies and Dragonflies of the UK. This contains the official list provided by the British Dragonfly Society. The list contains migrant and vagrant species as well as UK extinct species.
The Latin names are included as Synonyms and are listed hierarchically.

I am releasing these as Donationware, if you have a use for them, please consider a small donation to cover the time to create. Anything over $1 is possible! Donations are via PayPal and are secure.