Jeffrey’s Lightroom Goodies (Plugins and Tools)

This page lists my Lightroom-related plugins and posts. Other notible sources of Lightroom plugins are listed here.

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The 30 most-recent comments (out of 407; see all), most recent last...

Love your work Jeffrey. Just wish your plugins were open source so I could learn from them

Have you heard anything from Rob Cole? I’ve been unable to access his website the past week or two to update his plugins to lightroom 6 compatible versions

I haven’t chatted with him lately, no, so I don’t know. FWIW, I’ve sent an email… —Jeffrey

— comment by Hman on April 23rd, 2015 at 6:16pm JST (9 months, 21 days ago) comment permalink

Hi! but, what happens with LR pluging for exporting (and publish) to INSTAGRAM? Is there any big complication about? Thank you! :-)

I believe that they explicitly disallow uploads except from mobile devices. They don’t allow uploads from something like Lightroom. —Jeffrey

— comment by willy on April 29th, 2015 at 4:48am JST (9 months, 16 days ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

There is API available for Cloud Drive –

Any thought on publish/export plugin for Amazon Cloud? There is still 3 months free trial and I can confirm that storing jpegs and raw files is using Unlimited pool. However videos use 5GB pool, so I would probbaly just store lightroom catalog file + only photos.

Best regards,

It’s on my list to investigate… just need to find the time. —Jeffrey

— comment by Rafal on May 15th, 2015 at 9:02pm JST (8 months, 30 days ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

Google has an uploader for its new Photos service, and it will upload raw files directly from my Lightroom folder hierarchy. Unfortunately, though, it makes a jpg copy of the original (unedited) image. Seems like exporting from within Lightroom might be necessary to get the edited versions of the photos to Photos. Any chance you would consider making a plugin to do this? (Or, can the Google Drive plugin be configured to do this?)


I dug around yesterday and couldn’t find an API for the new service. They never did make one for Google Plus, but I’d sort of expect one (eventually) here… —Jeffrey

— comment by John Pane on May 30th, 2015 at 4:42am JST (8 months, 16 days ago) comment permalink

Love your lightroom Plugins, they work well. Just a thought, I tried using your export to Google Drive Plugin to see if I could get it to work on the new Google Photos site but alas I couldnt. Do you have any plans for a workaround?

One hopes Google will release an API for Photos… waiting for that. —Jeffrey

— comment by George on June 1st, 2015 at 1:51pm JST (8 months, 13 days ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey! I just learned that my Olympus camera records the focus distance, but Lightroom doesn’t extract or display it. Would it be possible to create a plugin that extracts the focus distance from a RAW file and adds it to the metadata in Lightroom, so that using something like your Metadata Presets plugin a user could display the focus distance? I am assuming that if Lightroom doesn’t do it for Olympus images, it likely doesn’t do it for images from other manufacturers’ cameras as well, so this could be a useful plugin for a lot of people. FWIW, in an Olympus image the information is saved as a “Focus Distance” item in the “ExifAux” section, and is reported in metres (e.g. 3.17).

Lightroom used to display this (in Lightroom 1), but I think Adobe was asked to remove it by some camera manufactures because the data is so very unreliable to the point of being almost random. But if you want to check it out, one way is with my Data Explorer plugin… select “User-Specified Master-File Data Field” and fill in something like “Focus Distance” and it may well work. You can also inspect images one at a time with my Metadata Viewer plugin. —Jeffrey

— comment by Richard Drdul on June 2nd, 2015 at 2:02am JST (8 months, 13 days ago) comment permalink

Thanks, Jeffrey! Your Data Explorer plugin does indeed report the “FocusDistance” (leave out the space between the two words) for images, and your Metadata Viewer plugin reports it as well. FWIW, I have found that on my Olympus 12-40mm lens, the reported focus distance at wider angles and closer distances is quite accurate, but I can believe that in other circumstances and with other lenses it’s not a meaningful number. All the best!

— comment by Richard Drdul on June 3rd, 2015 at 12:22am JST (8 months, 12 days ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffery
Can you confirm if your plug-in will solve my problem? I wanting a automated Lightroom image “in and out” solution. Images will come into Lightroom automatically, thats fine. Once in Lightroom I would like them to possibly have a adjustment made to them and then exported automatically back out to a separate finished folder. Will your plug-in provide my solution?

If you’re speaking of my Folder Watch plugin, then it sounds like it can do what you want, but the devil is in the details. Why not just give it a try; it’s free. —Jeffrey

— comment by Kit on June 18th, 2015 at 8:50pm JST (7 months, 26 days ago) comment permalink

Jeffery, I have downloaded & donated the Lightroom Enfuse Plugin. I have added it to my LR 5 app and have used it successfully…Problem is, that when I close out my Lightroom and shutdown my computer, the next time I go to use the Enfuse plugin, it’s no longed listed as available….I then need to completely redo the “ADD” plugin procedure..this happens every time I close LR5…I’m on a Mac running OS 10.9.5..I keep the plugin in a folder in my “Documents” folder…When I initially downloaded the plugin it did not arrive as a “.zip” file…Wondering if I need to try downloading it again..I have a valid serial number as well..Thanks for your help…

I’m in Ohio, USA

That’s not my plugin, but the problem is likely related to a corrupt Lightroom preferences file. See this FAQ. —Jeffrey

— comment by Tim Barret on July 9th, 2015 at 4:11am JST (7 months, 6 days ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffery
Just wondering if you have ever considered an export to Instagram?


I looked into it, but they don’t allow it. —Jeffrey

— comment by Scott Vinnicombe on July 11th, 2015 at 9:07am JST (7 months, 3 days ago) comment permalink

Hey Jeffrey,

Have you had any reports of your plug-ins mysteriously disappearing from Lightroom 6? I went to process a bunch of photos last night and upload via your FB plug-in and my export preset through a ‘nil’ error. I checked the plug-in manager and all of my non-default plugins, including your FB and Twitter plug-ins, were gone.

I added them back via the plug-in manager and they loaded fine, but it looks like along the way some of the saved settings (like the auto-create gallery setting I had) were lost :(


It sounds like your Lightroom Preferences file got deleted, or started to go corrupt. You can perhaps try to restore from backup, or clear it out to start over with a fresh (non-corrupt) copy… —Jeffrey

— comment by Neil on July 12th, 2015 at 1:48am JST (7 months, 3 days ago) comment permalink

Hello, what happened to your Lens Type/Metadata editing plugin? I’ve installed it on one of my other LR machines but I do not see it any more… Did you merged it with another one? I have a Vivitar macro lens that was made 30 years ago and of course there is no LensInfo/LensType record so I’d like to add it.


I’ve never released such a plugin. I wrote one years ago that I had to abandon at the very end because of an insurmountable problem with Lightroom’s plugin infrastructure. )-: You might be thinking of a general “extra metadata” plugin that Rob Cole had put out, but he and his site seem to have fallen off the face of the earth, so it’s no longer available. You might consider using keywords to mark what photos were taken with the lens. —Jeffrey

— comment by Ollivier Robert on August 9th, 2015 at 12:31am JST (6 months, 6 days ago) comment permalink

Hi – I saw some previous discussions regarding amazon prime unlimited photo service, and the possibility of a plugin to support. There was some discussion on API availability.

I happened upon this today – may be old news to you, but ….

That looks like it, thanks. The todo list is already overwhelming, but I’ll throw it on there. —Jeffrey

— comment by Paul Peard on August 25th, 2015 at 7:08pm JST (5 months, 20 days ago) comment permalink

A suggestion for lightroom : the possibility to search by the day of the week (sunday, monday …)
Thank for your nice plugins!

You can do this with my Data Explorer plugin. —Jeffrey

— comment by Mario Groleau on September 9th, 2015 at 11:11pm JST (5 months, 5 days ago) comment permalink

I regularly photograph race events, all the runners wear big bold bib numbers, is there anything available or is it possible somehow adapting face recognition to recognise numbers. It would help people to search through 3000 shots in a gallery just to find one or two of themselves if I could tag at least a large percentage of shots

If I were to face this problem, I’d look for a standalone OCR solution that inspected the images prior to import into Lightroom, populating some metadata field or other that Lightroom would then be able to access after import. —Jeffrey

— comment by Kevin Day on September 24th, 2015 at 3:27am JST (4 months, 21 days ago) comment permalink

Do you have a plugin that will get rid of dust from old photos/ slide scans (like digital “ICE” did back in the day?) Thanks!

No, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by Todd on September 27th, 2015 at 2:08pm JST (4 months, 17 days ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeff,

Do you know of any plugins to directly export to OS X Photos?

I don’t, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jeff K on September 28th, 2015 at 11:04am JST (4 months, 16 days ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeff,

I’m a huge fan of your plugins, especially the geoencoding one!
I have an idea for a very simple but extremely helpful plugin. I constantly get annoyed by how slow it is to start a slideshow with all my catalog pictures in lightroom, since, for whichever reason, it wants to scan all my 85000 pictures before starting. Once the slideshow starts,I tipically only watch a couple of hundred of pictures.
So I was thinking, and realized that if there was a filter that randomly selects, let’s say’, 10% of all pictures of the catalog, I could start the slideshow with these selected pictures, and it would start 10 times faster than before, with the same result.
To implement that “randomness”, one could use the least significant digits of the file size in bytes, e.g., for 10% of the pics just take the pictures whose file size in bytes ends with “1”.
Do you think this “random filter” could be implemented in a future version of one of your plugins? If not, I would highly appreciate some pointers on how to create a filter plugin myself.

Thanks so much and keep up the good work!

Check out “Random Distribution Into Buckets“, which I’ve just added to my Data Explorer plugin. I think it’ll do what you want. —Jeffrey

— comment by SlideshowFreak on November 9th, 2015 at 1:16am JST (3 months, 6 days ago) comment permalink

Do you have a utility to upload photos from Lightroom to Panoramio. I tried to install the Picasa Web uploader and to copy from there to Panoramio – but it was not a very good solution :-(

Stein (from Kongsberg, Norway)

No, they don’t provide a third-party API. If they had one, I’d build a plugin and flood them with high-quality, relevant, revealing, accurately-located photos. They don’t have one and have rebuffed my requests for one. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Stein Arne Jensen on November 11th, 2015 at 11:39pm JST (3 months, 3 days ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeff,
I am an iPhoto refugee and still learning LR. When LR imported my 500+ iPhoto “events” and 30K+ photos, it created a Collection Set for each event with the event’s iPhoto name, and within that a Collection named “Event Photos”. This means I now have 500+ Collections named “Event Photos”, so when I right-click a photo and go see what Collection it’s in, it says “Event Photos”. Not very useful unless I go to that Collection to see which Collection Set it’s in. Manual renaming is certainly possible, but very tedious.
Do you have a plugin that could rename all Collections named “Event Photos” to the name of the enclosing Collection Set? Others migrating over from iPhoto would doubtlessly benefit from such a plugin, as well!

Wow, that really sounds painful. Try this.   Do heed the warning about backing up your catalog; you’ll be the first to try the plugin. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jan on November 12th, 2015 at 3:08pm JST (3 months, 2 days ago) comment permalink

Do you have any plans for a plug-in to upload to Fine Art America? Thanks.

I don’t, no, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by Don Fahnestock on November 30th, 2015 at 1:20am JST (2 months, 15 days ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

Thanks for taking your time to develop these tool, simply fantastic! I’m an editor with a team of photographers and looking for a workflow/tool that will automatically apply the shooters’ credits in the copyright section of ITPC upon import based on the camera serial number, do you offer something that can do this or suggest otherwise?


One could write a custom plugin that does this, but I don’t know of a way to do it otherwise, sorry. For copyright, though, I figure you’d just fill in the copyright in the Exif via the camera menus, so it’s already there before import… —Jeffrey

— comment by Mark on December 25th, 2015 at 9:53am JST (1 month, 20 days ago) comment permalink

Hi (from Alabama). I recently installed your plugin for exporting to Facebook and I cannot authenticate my account. I get the screen saying authentication has succeeded, return to lightroom. However, when I do, there is a screen on lightroom saying “Network error contacting” and is attempting error “cannotConnectToHost”. Any help or tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Sounds like you’ve got some kind of security app diddling Lightroom’s network connection. See this FAQ. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jon on January 7th, 2016 at 6:24am JST (1 month, 7 days ago) comment permalink

do you have a LR plugin to export photos to MAC photos?

I don’t, no, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by Sue on January 7th, 2016 at 10:34am JST (1 month, 7 days ago) comment permalink

Just an FYI for those who want to export to instagram.

Instagram is a mobile phone based ap as far as I can see. The most straightforward way to post on instagram in a lightroom environment is to use the lightroom mobile ap. Lightroom mobile has a share feature that makes the connection with instagram.

Hope you-all find this useful,


— comment by Ken Fife on January 12th, 2016 at 9:16pm JST (1 month, 2 days ago) comment permalink

Jeffrey. I have been using your Lightroom plugin for a few years. Works great. I have an idea/suggestion:

Problem: thousands of images. Poor visibility into my digital past
Solution: Jeff’s new plugin that randomly dishes up an old image from my whole library to spur thought about some post processing. Just for fun button

Thanks you!

— comment by Anonymous on January 16th, 2016 at 8:19am JST (4 weeks, 1 day ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
I am writing from Wake Forest, NC, USA. I have an idea for a plugin that I’d like to share. In the “import from another catalog” feature I have a simple problem: I need to merge raw images from one (or more) hard drives into a single location. Normally, (as a Mac user) I would just use rsync to merge files from disk A (vacation/travel/event images) into disk M (main photo collection).

However, b/c the images in disk A are known to a LR catalog, I used the “import from another catalog” feature to merge the catalogs. So now my “master” catalog knows about those new images and that the images are (still) in disk A. But I really want those images included into disk M. Not too bad to drag-n-drop some folders in LR; however, if the YY/MM/DD folder already exists in the Master catalog, then it is very labor intensive. I think an rsync front end within LR would solve this problem. (Or have I missed something in the merge feature?)

What do you think?


A great idea, but not one that a plugin can handle because Lightroom does not allow a plugin to move or update a catalog image. I’ve asked for the ability over the years, but so far to no avail. —Jeffrey

— comment by Steve on January 19th, 2016 at 3:50am JST (3 weeks, 6 days ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

They are two interesting cloud storage solutions for photographers: Amazon S3 and Google Cloud Storage

Do you plan to develop some plug ins for any of those or similar?

Thank you very much for your work

Best regards

— comment by Luis Muñoz García on January 30th, 2016 at 7:37pm JST (2 weeks, 1 day ago) comment permalink

Just found it!:

HOWTO Lightroom sync with s3 windows/macos


— comment by Luis Muñoz García on January 31st, 2016 at 2:04am JST (2 weeks, 1 day ago) comment permalink

From Lightroom Is it possible to publish to the same Gallery in Zenfolio from different LR Catalogs?

Sure, just point a Publish Collection in each catalog at the Gallery. You can even have multiple Publish Collections in the same catalog, each in its own Publish Service, pointing to the same gallery. One might do this in order to set up different kinds of upload sizes (e.g. one Publish Service for general smallish uploads, and another for the occasional full-resolution upload). —Jeffrey

— comment by Keri on February 4th, 2016 at 6:22am JST (1 week, 3 days ago) comment permalink
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