Archive for the ‘Workflow’ Category

Eric Scouten's Catalog Organization 2009

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Eric Scouten, of the Lightroom team, blogs, takes photos and tweets about Lightroom. Last year he wrote an article explaining his workflow methodology with Lightroom. He has just updated this with the new 2009 edition, and his workflow has changed quite radically.

I really like the idea of an Incubator Catalog, and one I tend to use when away on shoots. Some of the deeper aspects are probably more down to how you shoot and won’t be to all tastes, but it is well worth a read.

Video-Asset Management Plug-in

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

With the growing popularity of D-SLR’s being able to shoot video, Lightroom’s lack of import/management for these file types has become a limitation. Jeffrey Friedl has created Video-Asset Management a Plug-in to allow a small amount of video management within Lightroom.

Some Interesting Links

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

The Macintosh Performance Guide has published an article with a section on Optimizing Lightroom. This is Mac based but will be of use to Windows users as well.

Thomas Hawk offers his Photography Workflow for 2009. It is interesting but I am not sure if it couldn’t be improved using better software than Canon Camera Window, and he could also use Trails on his iPhone.

Peter Krogh has backed up his new edition of The DAM Book with a new blog.

Nik Software has now added the Sharpener Pro 3.0 Update to its expanding collection of Lightroom software. Whether you see any benefit over the built-in sharpening which is based on the Pixel Genius routines is a moot point.

And last, but not least Wade Heninger posts a Lightroom Tuesday column.

Keyword Creation Outside Lightroom

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

It is much more efficient to create big Keyword lists outside Lightroom and my article for Lightroom News explains the ins and outs of the process.

Why Photo Mechanic > Lightroom…

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Article by Tyler Ginter on the improvements needed by Lightroom to match PhotoMechanic. Tyler is a military photographer and needs to input Keywords and Metadata fast…

ImageIngester Pro out of beta

Friday, February 6th, 2009

ImageIngester Pro has emerged from beta and its maturity is now rated as “high”.

Inside Lightroom 2: The serious photographer's guide to Lightroom efficiency

Friday, November 14th, 2008

This is a post to announce the availability of my book, Inside Lightroom 2: The serious photographer’s guide to Lightroom efficiency – available from Amazon US and UK, and elsewhere.

The aim of the book is to help Lightroom users create an as efficient and commonsense workflow as is possible, so differs from a number of Lightroom books on the market which are essentially replacement tutorials or manuals. Some of these are so good (Martin Evening’s, for example) that competing with them seemed pointless when it came to deciding what to write about. Also since the book was on a tight schedule, writing 500 pages was likely to be a huge challenge!

So the book looks at various aspects of Lightroom that can confuse, annoy or seem overly different from other software on the market.

Many users still get hung up on creating complex file structures or using single Catalogs for every shoot so the book tries to gently educate users to drop preconceptions and try to work with Lightroom rather than trying to get Lightroom to fit their system. Doing the latter can lead to frustration (I know exactly how that feels as that is the way I approached Lightroom when I first used it on its release to the public!)

Despite to subtitle, it tries not to be too dry and serious; there is practical advice on choosing the optimum computer spec; walking the reader through the new features; showing how to use the Library efficiently; processing a shoot; developing an image from start to finish; how Presets can speed up Lightroom workflow and a chapter that focuses on the community aspect of Lightroom.

Here is the full chapter listing

Chapter 1: Lightroom Basics

  • Conventions
  • What is Lightroom?
  • Why Choose Lightroom?
  • Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw
  • Camera Support
  • Camera Support in ACR 4.5/Lightroom 2.0
  • DNG
  • The Lightroom Interface
  • Library Module
  • Loupe View
  • Compare View
  • Survey View
  • Develop Module
  • Slideshow Module
  • Print Module
  • Web Module
  • The Import and Export Modules
  • Lightroom and Color Management

Chapter 2: The Ideal System

  • Computers
  • 64 Bit
  • RAM
  • Processors
  • Storage
  • Backup
  • Archiving
  • A Possible Disk Setup
  • Monitors
  • Calibration

Chapter 3: What’s New in 2?

  • 64 bit support and performance improvements
  • Multiple-monitor Support
  • File Size
  • Integration with Photoshop
  • Output Creations
  • Collections
  • New Library Features
  • Library Browsing
  • Keywording
  • Exporting
  • Develop Module Changes
  • Detail
  • Vignettes
  • Camera Calibration
  • DNG Profile Editor
  • Lightroom’s Tool Shelf
  • Graduated Filter
  • Adjustment Brush
  • Slideshow
  • Print
  • Revised Print Sharpening
  • Print to JPEG
  • 16 Bit Output
  • Picture Packages
  • Web
  • What is not in 2?
  • The Lightroom SDK

Chapter 4: File Management and Workfow

  • File Structure
  • File Browser versus a Database Application
  • Working With Lightroom
  • File Structure by Date
  • Creating Catalogs and Importing
  • Preference Screens
  • Catalog Settings
  • Previews
  • Preview Management
  • Import
  • Alternative Import Strategies
  • Backup
  • The First Pass
  • The Rejects
  • Dealing with the Undecideds
  • The Picks
  • Rating and Keywording
  • Metadata
  • Geocoding Images
  • Smart Collections for Workfow
  • Collections
  • Beyond the Library Module

Chapter 5: A Develop Workflow

  • The Develop Mode
  • The Histogram
  • The Basic Panel
  • Tone Curve
  • Detail Panel
  • Adjustment Brush
  • Graduated Filter
  • Printing
  • 16 Bit and Mac OS X
  • Colour Profiling
  • Paper
  • Lightroom Printing
  • Print Profiling
  • Print Setup

Chapter 6: Lightroom Presets

  • What are Presets?
  • Develop Presets
  • A First Preset
  • Applying Presets to Many Images
  • Changing Lightroom’s Defaults
  • Develop Preset Possibilities
  • Inside a Preset
  • Radical Presetting!
  • Negative Presets
  • Local Corrections
  • Filenaming Presets
  • Print Presets
  • Setting up a Print Preset
  • Other Presets
  • Web Module Presets
  • Slideshow Module Presets
  • Library Module Presets
  • Export Presets
  • Preset Resources

Chapter 7: Lightroom Resources

Adobe Resources

  • Product Page
  • Adobe Labs
  • Lightroom Design Center
  • Lightroom Community Help
  • Lightroom Support Center
  • Lightroom User to User Forums
  • Adobe DevNet
  • Adobe TV
  • Lightroom Journal
  • John Nack on Adobe
  • Eric Scouten

News and Tutorial Sites

  • Lightroom News
  • NAPP Lightroom 2 Learning Center
  • Lightroom Killer Tips
  • Photoshop Insider
  • Terry White’s Tech Blog
  • Lightroom Blog
  • Julieanne Kost’s Lightroom Tutorials
  • Luminous Landscape
  • Computer Darkroom
  • Lightroom Forums
  • Lightroom Queen
  • Utiliser Lightroom
  • John Beardsworth
  • Photography by Frederick Van
  • O’Reilly Media – Inside Lightroom
  • Lightroom Galleries
  • Outdoor Images
  • The Turning Gate
  • SlideShowPro
  • OnOne PhotoPresets
  • Inside Lightroom
  • Pro Photography Show
  • Heather Green
  • Jeffrey Friedl
  • Timothy Armes


  • George Jardine
  • Killer Tips Podcast
  • Lightroom for Digital Photographers
  • Photgraphy by Frederick Van


  • Flickr
  • Bluefire Blog
  • Keeping Track
  • Basic Troubleshooting
  • Repeated crashing or not starting
  • Catalog Corruption
  • Slow Operation
  • Missing Keywords
  • Edit in Photoshop does not start Photoshop
  • Support Resources
  • Up to Speed

Organizing Your Catalog

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Eric Scouten, one of the Lightroom Development team has written about how he organises his Lightroom Catalog, with some sensible advice.

Why do we back up so much?

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

Scott Kelby’s latest post, As Photographers, Are We Backing Up Too Much? touches on a crucial aspect of workflow and storage. In essence, what are you going to do with all those photos that are not Picks or Keepers?

I, like Scott and Terry White, mentioned in the blog post, keep everything, but am forever fighting with diminishing disk space – and this is with 4.5 TB of storage!

My workflow is that anything rated with a star or more in Lightroom is a “Keeper”; so what am I doing with all the zeros? Well at the moment keeping them, but recently my thinking has been aligning with Scott’s, is it worth keeping them?

Every so often I will traverse the zeros and see if there is something I have missed, but perhaps 10% of them might be upgraded so that leaves a big fat 90% clogging up the Catalog.

Perhaps the solution is to Export them all to another catalog, and store that on DVD or Blu-Ray, and delete them from the main Catalog, so keeping the storage requirements at a more manageable level and making your Catalog leaner.

Interesting to hear everyone’s thoughts, both here and on Scott’s blog.

Instant JPEG from Raw

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Michael Tapes in Scott Kelby’s Guest Blogger spot announced “Instant JPEG from Raw”, and application that allows you to extract a JPEG from the Raw file at lightning speeds. Read the article and download the software for free.