Posts tagged with Library

Lightroom 5 favourite no 3 – Managing hierarchical keyword lists

It’s now easier to manage hierarchical keyword lists with the Keywords Filter. Child keywords can now be displayed too.

Lightroom 5 favourite no 2: Radial Filter

The new Radial Filter adjustment may replace the Adjustment Brush for many of your local adjustments

Lightroom 5 favourite no 1: the Visualize Spots mask

The Visualize Spots mask helps you do a better job cleaning up those dust spots, and do it faster too. What’s not to like? Apart from discovering that your camera’s sensor isn’t as clean as you hoped….

How can I copy a folder’s stacks to a collection

QIs there a way to move stacks of images into a collection and have those stacks retain their original stacking “formation”/order?

ADrag a folder and drop it in the Collections panel. LR4 creates a new collection with stacking which matches the folder.

Lightroom 4 – global flags and local stacking

Flags are now global, not local. But stacks have gone local. How do these work together?

Doesn’t DNG mean my backups will be huge?

If you save metadata back to a DNG, doesn’t it mean that every time a change is made the whole large file needs to be backed up?

Not really. It obviously makes no sense to keep backing up big DNG files after every change, but that’s a straw man argument against the format. Instead you simply backup the DNGs upon their creation, and routinely backup your catalogue. If you were to hit a catastrophe, you can reconstruct the exact state of your work by restoring these virgin DNGs and your catalogue. Sidecars don’t contain all your Lightroom work.

Why isn’t history in the xmp metadata?

Lightroom’s Develop History panel is a log of all the work done on an image but it’s never written to xmp because:

To hide it from prying eyes. If you send files to a client, the edit history can disclose your clever methods or your time-wasting incompetence to the client
LR’s history data is of no use in any other existing application and xmp is as much about data interchange as it is about backup or moving work from A to B
There’s also a desire not to bloat the sidecars with what is merely a log.

Had Adobe included history, there would have been loud demands to make it optional, perhaps on an individual image basis, and probably lots of other inconsistencies too. It’s really not worth the development effort.

What are the delimiters for typing in hierarchical keywords?

How do you manually type in multiple keywords so they are added to an existing keyword hierarchy rather than being concatenated into a new and unwanted keyword?   Is it some sort of delimiter character?

Use either the pipe “|” or the greater than “>” symbol, depending on which way round you want to type:

 “|” would be in you want to enter GrandParent | Parent | Child
 “>” would be in you want to enter Child > Parent > GrandParent

Managing panoramas

Here’s a quick tip for managing panorama frames.

My own long-term practice has been to assign the green label to originals which are intended to be the component frames of panoramas, HDR, or other multi-frame techniques.I also stack them.

I do this as soon as possible after importing the files from the card. The risk I’m trying to avoid is that I might review one of these frames on its own and decide it’s a dud – badly composed/exposed – and delete it.

Green warns me that the frame is actually destined for stitching or whatever. That colour then carries over to the combined image, so I can then do smart collections by label and file type.

How do you enable Auto Sync in Library?

AutoSync mode in Library means that metadata changes apply to all the selected images, and is normally enabled by clicking a switch in the right panel (F8). But what if that switch isn’t visible?

It took me a while to figure this out, but the switch is only visible when you are in Loupe view (E) and when multiple items are selected. So when you’re in Grid view, you get the “Sync Metadata” button. But when you’re in Loupe view, that button changes to “Sync” and it is inactive if only one image is selected. If multiple images are selected (via the Filmstrip) that Sync button has a little switch that lets you go into AutoSync mode.

Dropbox for catalogues, presets and preferences

One promising approach is to use Mac aliases or Windows symbolic links (a bit like shortcuts). So for example, you would keep the catalogue itself in a Dropbox folder, but use aliases or symbolic links to store the catalogue’s previews separately in a folder that doesn’t get synchronised. When you move to the other computer, your catalogue will be available as soon as Dropbox’s sync operation has completed, just having to rebuild its previews which are stored locally. As always, the originals could be on a network address.