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Archive for the 'Lightroom' Category

Lr5.3RC Fixes That Ugly Publish Bug (I think)

Today Adobe released a release candidate for Lightroom 5.3, which I believe fixes the nasty Lr5 Publish/Selection bug I've written about. If you give 5.3RC a try, let me know whether it seems to be fixed for you as well...


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Possible Workaround for that Nasty Lightroom Publish/Selection Bug

I have an update on the nasty publish/selection bug that been plaguing some Lightroom users of late, in the selection shown in the grid is sometimes wrong.

It seems that the bug exists only when Lightroom is started with a section in the Publish Segmented Grid ("Modified Photos to Re-Publish", etc.) is closed. So, if you ensure that all segments are open, then restart Lightroom and maintain them open, your grid-selection experience should be bug free.

The opened/closed state of each grid section is globally shared among all collections, so opening all four possible sections (New, Modified, Deleted, and Published) [...]


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The Joy of a Fast Photo Proximity Search in Lightroom

I popped up to Kyoto's Shogunzuka Overlook (将軍塚) today for the first time since March, hoping for a nice sunset.

As you can see above, I didn't get it.

However, due to my blog's proximity search feature, we can follow the "nearby photos" link under the photo to see other shots from Shogunzuka that I've posted over the years, including:

I added the proximity-search feature to my blog several years ago, and I use it often in various ways because proximity search can be extremely useful, but my blog proximity search is obviously limited to photos I've actually published on [...]


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Lightroom Plugin Update #2,800

Over the years I've published about 50 plugins for Lightroom, and of the 40ish that are still actively maintained, as of today I've put out a combined total of 2,800 updates.

I provide an RSS feed for updates and so I normally write here only about the release of new plugins, but today I pushed out a new release for my Folder Watch plugin that made me reflect on just how much the plugins grow over time.

Folder Watch originally grew out of a request from a Lightroom friend for better automatic importing, such as one might want when shooting [...]


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New Lightroom Plugin: Smart-Preview Support

I've just published a new plugin for Adobe Lightroom, "Smart-Preview Support", which allows you to be alerted when a Smart Preview is about to be used for export. Exporting with Smart Previews can lead to very low quality output, so this plugin can help save you from doing that unintentionally.

Details and download are on the plugin's home page.


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Oops, I Was Wrong: Lr5.2 Beta Does NOT Fix That Nasty Publish Bug )-:

Sigh, I spoke too quickly with my previous post.... the nasty Lr5 Publish bug is not fixed in the Lr5.2 beta.

UPDATE (Oct 25): Possible workaround discovered: see here.

I tested for this bug during the runup to 5.2 and though it was fixed, so either it became broken again in the final 5.2 beta build that Adobe released to the public, or, more likely, I just didn't test well enough.

In either case, the bug remains at least to some extent, so as per my initial post, those working in Publish with Lightroom 5 are advised [...]
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Lightroom 5.2 (beta) Fixes That Nasty Publish Bug

UPDATE (AUG 1): Yikes, it turns out that I spoke too quickly with this post... the bug is not fixed in the Lr5.2 beta.

Adobe has just released a Lightroom 5.2 beta build, the follow-on from Lightroom 5.0 released a month an a half ago. (There is no "5.1".)

This build fixes the big Publish-selection bug introduced in Lr5.0. Adobe doesn't suggest using a beta build for real work, but FWIW, I deem the risk from the known 5.0 bug much worse for me than the risk of unknown new bugs in the 5.2 beta, so I'm [...]
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New Lightroom Plugin: Export to ipernity

I've finally released the first version of a my "Export to ipernity" Lightroom plugin. It works in Lr5 and Lr4, and supports both Export and Publish.

The folks at ipernity were kind enough to handle the API updates I needed to fit their service into a Lightroom framework... it was so much more pleasant an experience than some others I've had.

The plugin joins 40 others on my Lightroom Goodies page...

Jeffrey's "Export to ipernity" Lightroom Plugin

I've more plugins in the pipeline coming soon, but I suppose I should divert a bit of attention back to my blog, which [...]


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Photo Workflow: Lightroom Sometimes Deletes More Than You Ask, But This Plugin Can Help

I've been busy lately on a couple of new Lightroom plugins. Today I'm releasing "Workflow Delete Options", which helps address a couple of issues with how Lightroom handles delete requests.

In some situations Lightroom silently deletes more than you ask for, and in other cases, less. This plugin lets you be alerted to these situations so you can make an informed decision about what to do.

Details and download link are on the plugin's home page.


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An Update on the Lightroom 5 Publish Grid Bug

UPDATE (AUG 1): I initially thought that the bug discussed in this article was fixed in the Lightroom 5.2 beta release, but the bug still persists. )-:

Lightroom 5 was released the other day, and in my blog post about it, I warned about a potentially insidious Publish-related bug that could cause you to "do stuff" on different photos than it appeared you were working with. Since "do stuff" could mean "delete these images", at worst this means that you could accidentally delete images from your disk without even realizing you'd done it.

The folks on the Lightroom [...]
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Lightroom 5 has been Released, but it comes with an Important Warning

Lightroom 5 has been released... see the announcement at Adobe.

There's a bunch of new stuff.... a good place to start your own investigation is Victoria Bampton's "What's New in Lightroom 5" and "What's New in Lightroom 5.0 Beta" articles. Also, Sean over at Lightroom Blog is keeping a list of tutorial/review links.

The most exciting new things for me are "Smart Previews" (I can work with my entire 130k library of images on my disk-starved laptop), "Upright" perspective correction in Develop, where I can easily correct for my bad habit of not holding the camera level, and the new [...]


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Lightroom 5 Public Beta

Adobe has just released a free public beta for Lightroom 5.

Adobe's Lightroom blog has the announcement where you can see the list of new features, and also a list of resources (essentially other people writing about the release). In particular, Victoria Bampton's What's New post is always a good reference.

(Unfortunately, Adobe mistakenly schedule the release during my cherry-blossom season, so I've had no time to write up anything about it myself.)

The latest versions of my Lightroom plugins should work in Lightrooom 5.. Be sure to upgrade to the latest version of each plugin to work in Lr5

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New Lightroom Plugin: Exporter to Google Drive

I've just released a new plugin for Adobe Lightroom, to publish directly to Google Drive. I got a number of requests after Trey Ratcliff mentioned how Google Drive can allow you to display full-resolution photos in Google Plus (in his article "Google+ Now Allows Full-Rez Photos!"), so I whipped the plugin together.

I don't know whether Trey uses Lightroom, but if he does, he may find this of use, but considering his tendency toward HDR, he probably works more in Photoshop. Anyway, perhaps someone will find this useful.

Here it is:   Jeffrey’s "Export [...]
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New Lightroom Plugin “Data Explorer”: Like the Grid Filter on Steroids

I've just released a new plugin for Adobe Lightroom:

→  Jeffrey's "Data Explorer" Lightroom Plugin  ←

It lets you group photos by metadata (e.g. "what lenses did I use with these photos?") just like Lightroom's built in Library Grid Filter, but the plugin supports many more criteria. As of its initial release, the plugin provides 109 ways to slice and dice your photos, including things such as "Which photos have how much crop?" and "What photos are hidden within collapsed stacks?" and "What audio frame rates are seen in my videos?".

Plus 106 more.

I started writing it a couple [...]


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Viewing Anthony’s New Shoes with My New X-Rite ColorChecker Passport

Anthony (almost 10 years old) needed new shoes, so we took him to the store and let him pick what he wanted, and this is what he got.

The colors are shockingly vibrant, so I thought it would be a good chance to try out the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport introduced to me in this comment a few days ago.

I still need to learn how to use it and its software to its full potential, but it's easy enough to use to profile one lighting situation...

Custom   -   Adobe Standard   -   Camera Standard

mouseover a button to see that [...]


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New Lightroom Plugin: Export to Tumblr

I've never used Tumblr, but it's apparently popular. They recently changed their API in a way that apparently rendered other Lightroom plugins useless, so I wrote a simple one: Jeffrey’s "Export to Tumblr" Lightroom Plugin

Since I know nothing about Tumblr, I'm not sure how well it'll fit with a Tumblr's workflow, so let me know how it can be improved.


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How Shooting Raw Saves Me (In This Case From a Fritzing Lens)

(If you can't see the photos above, try viewing your screen from an extreme angle, perhaps from way above, and the image should somewhat appear. Or, scroll down...)

(カメラのレンスのミスのせいで上の写真はだめに成りましたけれども、アドベLightroomというソフトで半分まで立ち直る。)

Fourth-grade Anthony had his school Sports Festival today. Wanting to keep my baggage to a minimum, I chose the Sigma "Bigma" 50-500mm Zoom for the day. I loved this lens when I first got it two and a half years ago, but it quickly developed CPU problems that caused it to "freak out". I ended up having it replaced twice, and while the third copy's CPU seemed okay, its image [...]


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Low-Quality Photographic Lighting Has Me Seen Green

You might not particularly notice it the first time you see the photo above, but once I point it out, you won't be able to miss it: my skin has a decidedly green tint.

質が悪い蛍光灯を使うと、肌は緑ぽいになってしまう。

This is a classic side effect of fluorescent lighting not specifically designed for photography, which is apparently what Stéphane and I used during one of our portraiture practice sessions.

Unfortunately, I had bought bulbs that were specifically advertised as "for photography", sold and branded by a company that makes photo-studio lighting equipment. I simply got ripped off. )-:

I'd bought Gorgeoust (the company's name) "Super [...]


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More Portraiture Post Processing: Stéphane Barbery’s Interpretations of That One Shot of Me

My previous post presented 15 different versions of the same portrait photo, concentrating on the technical side of the wide breadth of processing that I could achieve with Lightroom.

Prior to publishing that article, I'd asked my partner-in-portraiture-crime and the photographer of that shot, Stéphane Barbery, to come up with his own interesting versions of the photo. He doesn't care for the photo and so his normal processing on it would simply be to delete it, but explained that I was working on my own many versions and wanted his interpretations for comparison, so he kindly took a shot at [...]


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Portraiture Post-Processing in Lightroom: How Many Faces Can One Portrait Have?

A week ago, I posted about another portraiture practice session with Stéphane Barbery, but then I lost my computer to the repair shop for two days. I've gotten it back, but have yet to look at the photos of me that he took, beyond the first two photos.

I've not looked beyond the first two photos because I've been busy.... such as with the new Lightroom plugin that I released yesterday, and with another portraiture/lighting practice session on Monday with Stéphane... but the main impediment to me looking at the photos has been my Lightroom curiosity with the second shot [...]


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