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Ninth Anniversary of my Lightroom Plugin Work

Today is the nine-year anniversary of my plugins for Adobe Lightroom. It was on November 16, 2007 that I released my first ones, export plugins for Zenfolio and for SmugMug.

Now, nine years later, after many having been added and a few having been retired, I have about 45 plugins available.

Today I released a few minor updates, including a new "Publish At..." feature of my Bag-o-Goodies plugin. It lets you schedule a publish operation for later in the evening.

I lost track of the count of updates I made prior to Lightroom 2, but since then, considering only the [...]


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Adding Your Own Custom Photo-Metadata Fields to Lightroom

Lightroom allows for a variety of metadata for each photo or video... capture date, caption, keywords, etc., and plugins can add further, custom fields, but sometimes what's offered by Lightroom or existing plugins just doesn't fulfill one's own specific needs. Luckily, it's actually fairly easy to make your very own Lightroom plugin to add your own metadata fields. In this post, I'll show you how.

It's fairly quick and simple. It will take far longer to read this post about how to do it than it takes to actually do it.

The kind of fields we can add this way [...]


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New Lightroom Plugin: “Bag-o-Goodies” Collection of Tools

I've just released a new plugin for Adobe Lightroom called Bag-o-Goodies. It's a (currently small) collection of little tools that don't merit their own plugin.

One tool lets you compare the shot-taken time between two pictures, such as these shots from yesterday's Kansai Cyclocross races...

... or this set showing the gap between Andy and Antti when they passed me on their final lap...

... or this set of first-shots from my first "real" camera (a Nikon D200) and my current "real" camera (a Nikon D4)....

Anyway, there are only three little tools now, but now that I have the [...]


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Lightroom Resource Utilization: On Setting Up a Machine for Lightroom Usage

Adobe Lightroom deals with a lot of data -- sometimes thousands of images at a time, each one potentially huge by itself -- so it uses a lot of computer resources. When setting up a machine for Lightroom use, one wants to know what kinds of upgrades will be most effective, and along these lines I got an email from James Palik, a professional photographer who also teaches processing and workflow with Lightroom, asking specific questions about Lightroom resource management.

Sadly I'm not the right person to ask about this kind of stuff, but luckily I have a contact within [...]


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My “Metadata Wrangler” Plugin for Lightroom Can Now Add/Overwrite Metadata

Just an FYI announcement to Lightroom folks, as of version 20151010.134, my Metadata Wrangler plugin now allows you to add/overwrite certain metadata fields like Title and Caption. Previously, it could merely remove metadata that was already there.

My publish/export plugins generally give a lot of control in how those fields are populated during export, but most other plugins do not, nor do Lightroom's built-in export methods, so those users may appreciate being able to craft their metadata. Through the template tokens that my plugins support, you have access to the breadth of data about the image from your Lightroom catalog, [...]


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