New Lightroom Plugin: People Support

Example Of My New Plugin in Action

I've finally released a new plugin for Adobe Lightroom that I've been working on for some time, my People Support plugin. Once configured, it can tell you the age of people in a photo, and include that data in exports.

It's consumed me for weeks. The idea of calculating and displaying a person's age seems quite straightforward and simple, doesn't it? It's not. Date calculations are surprisingly fraught with complexity, and presentation all the more so when you take into account dealing with all the languages that Lightroom can work in.

English is simple in that we use the same year word for dealing with how long ago something happened (this picture was taken five years ago) and how old someone is (this kid is five years old). Not all languages are so simple... Japanese, for example, uses completely different words for years when talking about ages.

Then you have to take into account special cases, such as the day of birth, or even when someone is tagged in a photo before they're born (think ultrasound scan).

There's still plenty of features I'd like to add, but what I'm releasing today is a good start. Notably missing, for example, is a way to inject people information into exported captions when you're not using one of my many export/publish plugins. But if you are, the configuration for who's name and/or age should appear is remarkably powerful. A standalone solution will come later.

The plugin is here

All 4 comments so far, oldest first...

Very interesting. I’ve been including in my hierarchy of tags age tags for my kids, age 0 – age 8 so far (and yes, pre-birth). It’s actually to a point where I tag pictures with the subtag that rolls up into the kid’a name. Also have a separate hierarchy for school grades. I’ll have to look at this. Could save me some serious hassling (especially when I’m months behind in tagging a I am presently).

— comment by Pablo on January 27th, 2015 at 12:57pm JST (9 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hi, I am trialing your plugin and wondering if you can help me with the following. I take photos at D7000 3:2 native aspect. I stretch to fit and frame for print at 5:4 and 3:4 resolution in the print tab of lightroom. How can I publish to facebook with the same frame and aspect as the print? If this can be done with minimal interaction then everything is perfect. Thanks

You might be able to get what you want with my Crop for iPad plugin. You’d pick a target device that has the target aspect ratio you want, then select “Middle” as the default crop. It might just do exactly what you want. —Jeffrey

— comment by Peter on January 27th, 2015 at 9:57pm JST (9 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Post an example of a picture of Mom using that plug in. Come on – I dare you!

No thanks, I prefer to live. —Jeffy

— comment by Marcina on January 28th, 2015 at 1:12am JST (9 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

As someone who works in IT, we keep telling our employees to not post stuff like their birthdates anywhere, it can lead to identity theft. While it’s a neat idea having exact dates for images, posting them on the internet is not safe.


That ship has long sailed, but if that’s how you feel, then by all means don’t post them. The plugin merely allows you to see information you already know… just saves you the calculations. How you use it is up to you. —Jeffrey

— comment by Al McCann on February 2nd, 2015 at 8:52am JST (9 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink
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