Things were just getting a little bit too crowded for comfort over on my main web site, the photos and posts about photography fighting for space with all the Lightroom stuff.

So I set up this separate site to gather all my Lightroom activity into a single place – blog posts, less-abrupt versions of answers I’ve given in forums, plug-ins, anything directly related to Lightroom….

It means that my longer Lightroom posts or “rants” are no longer buried in the blog but can become articles and have their own section, while posts relating to each of my plug-ins will have their own tags and urls. Information should be a lot easier to find – and visitors to my photography site can breathe a sigh of relief.

If you are moving from Aperture to Lightroom, this lengthy article and the comments should prove helpful


Import Aperture and iPhoto libraries

aperture_importAdobe have just announced the release of their Lightroom plugin to import Aperture and iPhoto libraries:

As promised in a blog post here, we are proud to introduce the Aperture and iPhoto import plugin for Lightroom 5.  The plugin allows Aperture and iPhoto customers to migrate their images and key metadata (such as keywords, events, project structure) into Lightroom catalogs in a seamless way.

The plugin is free for all Lightroom 5 customers and is available on Adobe Add-ons and installs via the Creative Cloud application.

Direct link to the plugin – here.

For my advice on how to use it, see my updated Aperture to Lightroom page.

Simultaneous exports are up to 60% faster

Straight Lightroom export Start 12:43:48
Finish 12:55:14
Duration 00:11:26 100%
Code: One overall task, each image passed individually Start 12:09:33
Finish 12:16:26
Duration 00:06:53 60%
Code: Separate task per folder, each image passed individually Start 12:31:17
Finish 12:35:38
Duration 00:04:21 38%
Code: Separate task per folder, images passed as array Start 13:07:29
Finish 13:12:05
Duration 00:04:36 40%

Imagine you are doing a large export. What’s faster, selecting all the images and hitting export – or breaking the export down into a few batches and exporting each batch individually? I was messing around with some code and thought I’d try a few alternatives. The results were pretty interesting.

My starting point was 267 Nikon D700 NEF files in 3 folders which I was exporting as DNGs with full size previews, then importing into the catalogue. On my main machine, an i7-920 Window 7 64 bit PC with 12Gb of RAM, this export and import took almost 11 and a half minutes. Not too bad, and while it’s running I can always do something else, but faster is better, right?

Using code to export one image at a time reduced the start-to-finish time to 60% of the straight Lightroom export. I then simulated the effect of exporting the three folders simultaneously and shaved more than 60% off the original time.

I’m sure others have been down this track before, and I’m not really surprised at the results, but this multi-folder export is something I do quite often and saving that much off the export time isn’t going to hurt, is it?

Update October 2014

I haven’t tested this since August 2012, but I am reliably informed it’s still true.

List View 1.73 imports from Excel

I’ve just uploaded the next version of ListView. If you want to try it, I’d welcome any feedback. The zip file also includes an Excel add-in that can send data directly from Excel to Lightroom.

The lifeboats are coming

Adobe have finally confirmed they are working on a tool to help migrate photo collections from Aperture and iPhoto.

Aperture-like projects and Lightroom

You can have an Aperture-like project structure providing you don’t make the mistake of thinking Lightroom folders are Aperture projects. Folders = (approx) Reorganise Masters Collection Sets + Collections = Projects, Albums, Books, Slideshows etc


Visitor statistics in the wake of Aperture’s demise

Goodbye Mr Damocles?

Lightroom 5.5 brings a hugely-surprising change to how Lightroom behaves once you stop subscribing or after a trial ends.

To appreciate the importance of the change, just imagine a couple of scenarios:

You might try Lightroom for 30 days, import and work . . .

Aperture to Lightroom

Even before yesterday’s announcement about the end of Aperture, consistently the most-visited page on this site was Moving from Aperture to Lightroom.