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My Most Popular Post of 2009

In Uncategorized on December 23, 2009 at 10:30 pm

Since I’m taking the next week off, I thought I would repost what is by far my most popular article of 2009 — “About Your Images and the Lightroom Catalog — the Library Analogy.” If you have already read this, scroll down to the archives at the bottom of this page and check out what else you may have missed.


Happy Holidays 2009

In Uncategorized on December 18, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Thank you very much for following my blog in 2009.  I hope you have a safe and happy holiday season, and I wish you a wonderful 2010.   I will see you back here the first week of January!


Christmas week in Seattle 2008

Getting Your iPhoto Images into Lightroom

In Uncategorized on December 18, 2009 at 8:44 pm

I do free two-hour Lightroom demonstrations here in Seattle, and towards the end of these, a question I often get is:  how do I get my iPhoto images into Lightroom?  I take this as as a good sign — I figure that what they have seen of Lightroom from my demo has convinced them to move to it.     I’m not a Mac user, so rather than write my own post on how to get iPhoto images into Lightroom, I will refer you to Gene McCullagh over at

Click here for all but Snow Leopard

Click here for Snow Leopard (a much easier process)

As Gene says, make sure you that in the Lightroom import dialog, you Copy and Add to Catalog, choosing a different folder to copy the images into.  Once you have the images in Lightroom, you can use the Folders panel to reorganize them into meaningful folders.   To create new folders, right-click on the folder they will live in and select Create Folder Inside…   To move images from one folder to another, click on the first folder, select the images in the grid, and click on the thumbnail of one and drag to the new folder.   To move folders, click and drag them within the Folders panel.  Note that all this reorganization is happening on your hard drive, not just within Lightroom.

Lightroom 2.6 / Camera Raw 5.6 Available

In Uncategorized on December 18, 2009 at 12:22 am

The latest updates to LR and ACR are available.  In Lightroom, go to Help>Check for Updates.  Download the file, then double-click on it to launch the installation wizard.  In Bridge or Photoshop, go to Help>Updates, and the update will be downloaded and automatically installed.  If you use both Lightroom and Photoshop, be sure to update both.

From product manager Tom Hogarty:

These updates include camera support for the following models:
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV
Canon EOS 7D
Canon PowerShot G11
Canon PowerShot S90
Leaf Aptus-II 5
Mamiya DM22
Mamiya DM28
Mamiya DM33
Mamiya DM56
Mamiya M18
Mamiya M22
Mamiya M31
Nikon D3s
Olympus E-P2
Panasonic DMC-FZ38
Pentax K-x
Sigma DP1s
Sony A500
Sony A550
Sony A850

Release Notes:
Camera Raw 5.6 and Lightroom 2.6 provide a fix for an issue affecting PowerPC customers using the final Lightroom 2.5, Camera Raw 5.5 and DNG Converter 5.5 updates on the Mac. The issue, introduced in the demosaic change to address sensors with unequal green response, has the potential to create artifacts in highlight areas when processing raw files from Sony, Olympus, Panasonic and various medium format digital camera backs.
The Lightroom 3 beta has not been updated with this new camera support. If you’re working with one of these newer cameras and the Lightroom 3 beta, please use the DNG Converter 5.6 to convert proprietary formats to DNG files that can be used in the Lightroom 3 beta.
This release includes improved camera profiles for the Leica M9 and Ricoh GXR.

Are you in the Austin or Minneapolis Area?

In Uncategorized on December 14, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Usually you would have to travel to Missoula, Montana to take a Lightroom workshop with The Rocky Mountain School of Photography, which has a fantastic digital program.   In 2010, for the first time, RMSP and I are offering Lightroom on the Road, in Austin March 14-19, and in Minneapolis April 25-30.   The workshop is a full six days, so you will have plenty of time to really absorb and practice the material.    Plus, no travel expenses, and you get to sleep in your own bed at night!

For the full description and more information, please visit

I hope to see you there!

Windows 7 Shortcuts

In Uncategorized on December 13, 2009 at 12:57 am

This isn’t Lightroom or Photoshop-related, but since I’m in charge here, I can get away with it!

I have really been enjoying Windows 7.  I had no plans to upgrade to it from XP, but my computer died and I had to replace it — right after W7 was released.  It is truly a pleasure to use (too bad, SJ!).  I particularly like the new task bar.

Here are a few handy shortcuts that I just came across:

Win+D: Show the desktop

Win+Left/Right arrows: Dock the window to each side of the monitor
Win+Up arrow: Maximize the active window
Win+Down arrow: Minimize the window/Restore the window if it’s maximized
Win+Space: All windows are made transparent so you can see the desktop
Win+Home: Minimize all windows but the current window

What I was looking for when I came across these was a way to create a desktop shortcut that puts the system into Sleep mode.  (It’s easy to do from the Start menu, but W7 has encouraged me to put as much as I can in the task bar.)   Everything I tried from my Google searches puts it  into Hibernate mode.  If you know the secret, please let me know!

Do You Wonder What to Do to Make Your Images Really Stand Out?

In Uncategorized on December 6, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Most of us occasionally or often can use some advice about what we can do to make our images really pop.   More contrast? Less contrast? Brighten up that corner? Change the color cast of just the mountain?  It’s  about conveying a mood, and understanding how to lead the viewer’s eye where you want them to go.   If you have some favorite images and you want help from a master at this, consider doing what I just did — purchasing a Print Treatment critique from Tim Cooper.  Tim is a very talented fine art photographer and photography and Photoshop instructor.  For $25, you will receive a movie in which he works two of your images in Photoshop, talking about why he chooses to do what he does to your images, and showing you how it is done.  It is a great deal, and really can help you learn how to take your images to the next level.  Click HERE for more information (the Photo Critique tab, then scroll down to Print Treatment.)  Also check out his new venture, Tim Cooper’s Photo Circle.

Lightroom Has Put My Pictures in Some Wierd Place

In Uncategorized on December 3, 2009 at 11:57 pm

I hear this all the time — new users import their photos successfully, see the images in Lightroom and  see the name of their imported folder in the Folders panel, but from the Folders panel they cannot figure out  “where Lightroom has put that folder”.  The folder certainly doesn’t seem to be where they told Lightroom to put it during the import process.

This issue is very basic for those who know what’s going on, but for those that don’t, I know that it is driving you crazy.  Your folders seem to be a total mess, with no hierarchy.

Here’s the scoop:  Lightroom has in fact put your folder exactly where you told it to — it is just not telling you where that is.     By default Lightroom lists your imported folder, but not the folder that that folder lives in.  (For example, my imported folders are for each shoot, and they live in year folders, which live  in my Pictures folder.)   To see this folder hierarchy, right-click (ctl-click on a one-button mouse and then go buy a two-button mouse!), and choose Add Parent Folder.  In my case, this would reveal my year folder (2009).  Then right-click on this folder and choose parent folder again to reveal the next higher-level folder.  Do this as many times as you need to to see where in fact your images live on your hard drive.