Category Archives: Photography

New eBook from Peter Krogh – Organizing Your Photos with Adobe Lightroom 5

Peter Krogh has just followed up his Multi-Catalog Workflow with Lightroom 5 with an impressive new book, Organizing Your Photos with Lightroom 5. Both books share as their foundation Peter’s earlier works, The Dam Books 1 & 2 and the dpBestflow.org website.  The choice to use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom as the featured application in these new works is based on the popularity and feature set of Lightroom 5. If you use Lightroom and want to improve the organization of your photo library, this is the book for you. There is simply nothing better out there.

Organizing Your Photos (OYP) is very clearly written and comes with 7 hours of excellent explanatory videos. Since the videos are made with screen capture recordings of Peter pulling the Lightroom levers, you can see exactly how to make Lightroom do what you want it to do. Keep in mind that since the whole point of Peter’s book is using Lightroom as an organizational tool, you won’t find very much information about the Develop module (other than noticing that Peter knows how to use it very well for his excellent photography which illustrates the book). You will however find a ton of information about the Library module with some forays into the Map, Book, Slideshow and Web modules.

The underlying concept of OYP is that making the best use of your photos requires understanding how to store them for the long term, how to tag them with information, and how to create projects that can be viewed and shared. Peter refers to this as the three layers of organization. Storing and preserving your images is of course the foundation of DAM. Tagging your image collection with metadata makes it searchable and more useful. The payoff for the first two layers of organization is that it becomes easy and enjoyable to create collections, web galleries, books, slideshows, and published works which can be viewed and shared with clients, family and friends.

ALL of us started generating digital images before we fully understood how to organize them, a fact that Peter acknowledges. In fact he mentions some recent changes in his own procedures as software and technologies have changed. Consequently, strategies for how to organize your photo library retroactively are woven throughout the book. I have found this information to be very helpful in in tidying up my image library as well as in helping me streamline my workflow. Particularly useful in my view, is Peter’s thorough explanation of how best to work with Lightroom Collections. Used in the way Peter outlines, I find Collections to be an invaluable workflow tool that I had not previously used to full advantage. Whether you are just starting out with Lightroom, or have been using it since version 1 or 2, you will benefit from this book. It is available at:

http://thedambook.com/organizing-your-photos-with-lightroom-5/

 

Highly Recommended: Peter Krogh’s Adobe Lightroom Multi-Catalog workflow e-book

My longtime friend and colleague (UPDIG, dpBestflow), Peter Krogh is a brilliant thinker and accomplished teach of digital imaging workflow.  Following up from his highly acclaimed Dam Books, Peter is at it again with his release of the Lightroom Multi-Catalog e-book.  Clearly and concisely written, the e-book also contains 47 short how-to videos which show Peter’s workflow recommendations in action.

I have been advising folks for some time now that if they shoot lots of photos and are not using Lightroom, then in my opinion, they are making their life more difficult.  The caveat is that it takes some time and effort to learn all the nuances of this surprisingly deep program especially with regard to managing multiple catalogs.

Peter’s book is divided into 2 sections; 4 chapters which will deepen your understanding of how Lightroom works, followed by 5 Workflow sections that show how to execute the multi-catalog workflow that is right for you. If any part of the written explanation leaves you unsure or scratching your head, just go ahead and watch the excellent demonstration video that accompanies the chapter or section and you will understand what you need to do and how to do it, guaranteed.

Although I have been using Lightroom since version 2, I still learned a few new tricks from this e-book that have benefited my workflow. Keep in mind that this e-book focuses on image file management and Lightroom catalog management and not on how to develop image files. There are other books and tutorial videos for that. Those other books and videos, however, don’t address the nuts and bolts of organizing and preserving your digital images and preserving the work you do to them. Peter’s book is unique in that respect- which in my mind makes it uniquely valuable to amateur and pro alike.

 

 

YouSendIt sucks Bandwidth & the work-around

Seems that living the digital life, as we must do now, requires us to deal with a steady stream of curve balls. When digital delivery of image files became mainstream a few years ago, I was very happy not to have to make those end of the day screaming runs to the nearest FEDEX box.

All was good until recently I noticed that when I sent files via YouSendIt, a popular FTP utility service, the rest of my internet activities came to a halt. YouSendIt (YSI for short) would max out my upload bandwidth and the result was that I couldn’t even send or receive emails, much less follow up on Kim Kardashian’s latest fashion mistakes while idly waiting for files to be delivered.

If it was just my digital life that was on hold, it wouldn’t be so bad, but I share the network with my web designer wife, and she gets in a really bad mood when the Internet shuts down. At first, I blamed Comcast, my ISP, since they have been implicated in nefarious plots to “shape” web traffic. Maybe they had me figured for a uTorrent type and threw a switch every time I hit “send”. Hours of tech calls convinced me that Comcast wasn’t to blame, so I turned my attention to YSI. Their tech people finally admitted that it was possible that their express service, with its increased upload speed, could use up all the available bandwidth.

What YSI really needs to do is either limit the upload speed to something like 80% of available bandwidth, or better yet, provide an upload throttle -much like vimeo does- so that the user can choose the ratio of speed vs. lack of internet for him/her self.

Since that though hasn’t occurred to the YSI folks yet (or maybe they don’t want to go to the trouble to implement it) I searched for a work-around. I found that web based FTP utilities, including the YSI web based utility sent files at about 50% of the upload speed of the YSI Express application so the problem was avoided, but at the cost of double the time to send files.

My current strategy is to use the web based YSI during the day (especially if the web designer was online) and to use the Express application late at night or when the resident web designer was taking a lunch or gym break.

If anyone out there has other thoughts or solutions, I’d love to hear them. You can email me at: richard@richardandersonproductions.com