I’ll be headed to New York March 17th to do a seminar at B&H’s Event Space. It’s a 2 hour program running from 4-6 pm. We expect it to sell out, so make your reservations today!
The webinar I did last week for PhotoShelter is now available for free on Vimeo. You can just click below to watch. Quite a few people missed it, since the webinar was only able to accommodate 1000 people, but 3000 signed up.
I’ve not met Matt Dawson in person, but I know him through the Lightroom beta program. He writes and publishes plugins for Lightroom.
He’s just written a nice review of Organizing Your Photos describing the value of the book and the whole multimedia approach. More importantly, he outlines how the book provides clarity in the complex task of organization.
And he agrees that this book will be useful to all Lightroom users, from the novice up through the power user. As I was writing this book, these were my highest goals – to be able to provide useful clarity for Lightroom users all along the spectrum.
I think Matt has also done a good job communicating the content of the book and highlighting the particular sections that were most valuable to him.
So, thanks Matt.
…but for now, the paperback copy of Organizing Your Photos with Lightroom 5 is backordered. (Paperbackordered?)
Our transport ship, the Mol Cosmos has cleared the straight of Gibraltar and is headed to New York right now.
We’ve been thrilled at the response we’ve gotten from the release of our new eBook. Electronic sales have been excellent, and so have sales of the Printed Book/DVD combo. So good, in fact, that we’ve run out of the first shipment, and have to put the paper copy on backorder until early March.
We’ve knocked $5 off the price of the paperback book + DVD on our site during the time of the backorder. In the meantime, you can still buy the electronic version, or get delivery on DVD at the regular price. Note that you can use discount codes with this offer, like the VIP code you get for buying anything directly from us.
The ship carrying the books, The Mol Cosmos, is due to arrive in New York from Singapore on the 26th of February. It will take a few days for the books to clear customs and get to us. And of course, in the internet age, it’s possible to follow along at home. Here’s a link to a (kind of) real-time tracking site for the ship.
UPDATE: The Webinar is full.
I’m very happy to be bringing my Lightroom organizational philosophy of Store, Tag and Create to PhotoShelter’s popular webinar series tomorrow, Friday February 21st at 4:00pm. I’ll spend some time laying out the foundations of an organized photo library in Lightroom.
PhotoShelter provides smart web services for professional photographers and others working with professional imagery. They’ve been focused on making a great service, creating tools to promote, deliver and sell imagery for a decade. For many photographers I know, PhotoShelter provides a turnkey storefront that just keeps getting better. You can see how I use PhotoShelter Beam for my portfolio here.
PhotoShelter has become one of the premier photo education entities in the world, and it’s not even their core business. They understand that professional development benefits the entire community, and they’ve been committed to creating informative white papers, webinars, live presentations and more. I’m very happy to be a part of that effort.
If you can’t make it Friday, you can check out the webinar on-demand.
This video shows how Beam works, and I think it’s a really well-done demonstration. I actually made my new portfolio site using the video below as the only guide. (I also used Lightroom’s Publish Services to upload and update the photos, and I show you how to do that in Organizing Your Photos.)
Dateline Chicago – DePaul University Freshman Madeline Krogh suffered an unexpected computer mishap this week when a pitcher of water was accidentally poured into her new Macbook Pro computer. She was heard at the time to exclaim “Oh, $&!#!” The computer was significantly damaged and had to be sent off to Apple for a repair estimate, and possible replacement.
All of the data on Ms. Krogh’s computer was recovered due to the forward thinking of her father, Peter Krogh, who had subscribed her computer to Backblaze. The cloud-based service does a continual backup of the entire hard drive to the Backblaze server through Ms. Krogh’s wireless internet connection.
Madeline Krogh shows off her new temporary semi-waterproof “computer.”
When asked about the installation of Backblaze, Mr. Krogh said,” I had given her a backup drive to use with Time Machine, but the odds of that happening on a regular basis are, um, slim. She’s a smart kid, but she does not do backups. You’d think the daughter of the guy who wrote the book on data preservation might be a little more tuned in to this possibility. But noooooo.”
Once the extent of the damage was apparent, Mr. Krogh was able to go online and check the status of the backup. To his relief, it was up-to-date, despite zero attention to the process by Ms. Krogh. He was even able to find a copy of the assignment due that afternoon. The document had not been saved properly, but Microsoft Word’s autosave had automatically created a version and BackBlaze stored the document. The assignment was recovered, emailed to Ms. Krogh, and turned in on time.
Ms. Krogh has offered to help pay the cost of repair or replacement of the computer, and has acknowledged that her dad is totally awesome. Mr. Krogh, in turn, has acknowledged that his daughter is kicking ass in her grades, and has earned the right to make a mistake or two.
When people are faced with organizing their photos in Lightroom, they run into a question almost immediately. Which of the Library tools should they use? There are dedicated panels in Lightroom for Folders, Keywords and Collections. How do you know which one or ones to use?
I suggest that you need to think of organization in three parts: storing the photos, tagging the photos for content, and creating stuff with the photos. These three layers correspond extremely well with Folders, Keywords and Collections. The Store, Tag, Create process is thoroughly explored in Organizing Your Photos with Lightroom 5.
The main job of your Folders in to enable the storage of the photos. You need a clear, easy, expandable way to store the photos and back them up. So your use of folders should be geared to storage, mostly. Of course, folder names can be useful for some simple content-based organization, such as the name of the shoot, but that’s really the job of the next layer.
Set up your folders in a simple, expandable fashion. Year/Month/Project is an excellent choice.
Keywords (and other metadata, like ratings, date and location) are much better tools for organizing your photos by content and quality. Some of these tags – like date – can be created automatically. Some – like shoot keywords or location names – can be added in bulk. These tags are incredibly useful for filtering your Photo Library down to a manageable set of photos for any given task. And those tasks are handled by the next layer.
Use Keywords and other metadata like Location tags to help you find any particular set of photos. You can easily organize your Keywords into a hierarchy so you can find them easily.
In Lightroom, the Collections panel is the place to do the most important creative work to your photos. This might be a straightforward selection process, like choosing images to send out to a friend or client. Or it might be a complex task, like organizing photos to put in a book. There are a whole set of features that only Collections have which make this the best tool for creation.
The Collections Panel is the place you do the selection process. Again, you can make a hierarchy to help keep the groupings organized.
If you follow this simple construction, you’ll find that all your organizational work in Lightroom becomes easier and more efficient.
Those of you who have read my books know that I’m a huge fan of Victoria Bampton’s book, Adobe Lightroom 5 – The Missing FAQ. She has created the most comprehensive reference manual detailing the function of each menu item, button, pulldown and right-click in Lightroom. I keep it handy whenever I’m trying to learn some a new trick, teach a class or write a book. I know that even people on the Lightroom team at Adobe sometimes use the book as a reference.
In my recent DAM Book Guides, I have written comprehensive but targeted books which are focused on solving a particular problem. I’ll show you how to use the important tools in the way I suggest you use them, rather than telling you every option possible. That’s because the place you should go to learn about all options is the place I go: The Missing FAQ.
Victoria’s company, The Lightroom Queen, is an independent publisher, as is DAM Useful Publishing. And I’m really happy to announce that we have started a joint marketing venture. We’ve begun by placing our books in each other’s stores. So you can now buy The Missing FAQ here at theDAMBook.com. And we’re also offering her free Quick Start Guide.
Until February 25th, we have a discounted bundle featuring Organizing Your Photos with Lightroom 5 along with The Missing FAQ.
It’s an exciting new world of independent publishing, and we’re really happy to be working with someone we admire.
I’ll be making a presentation at Mac Business Solutions in Gaithersburg MD on February 19th as part of a day-long free event called Mac Pro for the Creative Professional.
MBS has long been my favorite place to buy and service my Macs. They are very focused on the needs of photographers, cinematographers, designers and other creative professionals. And they have an excellent Apple-authorized service department that is first rate (and has saved my bacon more than once).
I’ll be speaking about the new book, Organizing Your Photos with Lightroom 5 from 11:45-12:45. (Lunch served right after!). The presentation is free, but you are encouraged to sign up in advance to reserve a place.
Every hard drive is out to get you, (but some more than others).
I’ve used that as a laugh line in my lectures for a bunch of years. Whenever people ask me which drive to buy, I point out that even the best quality drive can experience a sudden failure. But you can lower your odds of a problem.
Backblaze is a company that buys drives by the truckload. And they buy the most cost-effective drives they can. They are nice enough to publish the failure statistics for specific brands and models. Last week, they released a round of these numbers, and provide some good context for them.
The short answer is that Hitachi drives provided the best reliability for Backblaze, and Seagate was the worst. In the case of the Seagate 1.5TB drive, the numbers are really bad. I’ve been buying (and recommending) Hitachi drives for a couple years now. Good to get a little more empirical evidence.
BTW, I like Backblaze as a cloud-based backup service. I don’t use it for my own work, because I have things taken care of locally. But I’ve installed it on the computer my daughter has taken to college with her. It makes a cloud backup in the background as she adds or changes files.