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1  General / GPS/ Geotagging / Re: GPS for Canon 5D Mark II on: October 31, 2012, 06:17:32 PM
Excellent, I'm glad to hear that, thanks for the update!

Marc
2  General / GPS/ Geotagging / Re: GPS for Canon 5D Mark II on: September 25, 2012, 08:07:42 PM
Cool! If you need any help with the logger once it arrives, just let me know.

Marc
3  General / GPS/ Geotagging / Re: GPS for Canon 5D Mark II on: September 23, 2012, 12:03:18 PM
No, I'm still on LR3, so I use GeoSetter to add the GPS data to my DNG files before I import them (if you're on Mac, I'm sure there something similar you can use). My workflow:
  • Download photos from card
  • Download track from logger
  • Use GeoSetter to match GPS track to photos and write data to DNG (if you use raw, GeoSetter will create xmp files containing the GPS data)
  • Import photos in LR

Of course, if you're using LR4, your workflow will be a little different - if necessary, I'm sure there are people on the LR forums (http://www.lightroomforums.net) who can help with an LR4 workflow.

Marc
4  General / GPS/ Geotagging / Re: GPS for Canon 5D Mark II on: September 22, 2012, 10:48:06 PM
This is the one I've been using: http://www.amazon.com/i-Blue-Bluetooth-Data-Logger-Receiver/sim/B000NK3G2Q/2. It's out of stock at most regular stores, but can still be found on eBay for about $40 - $60 (e.g. http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-i-Blue-747A-Bluetooth-GPS-Data-Logger-Receiver-Fast-Post-/220859451790?pt=Car_Audio_Video&vxp=mtr&hash=item336c3fc98e).

I just turn it on and stick it in my bag when I go out. The  battery easily lasts a couple of days (it'll stop recording when your stationary), and using the included software, or freeware BT747 (http://www.bt747.org/), you can export the track log to a GPX file for use in LR4.

Marc
5  General / GPS/ Geotagging / Re: GPS for Canon 5D Mark II on: September 21, 2012, 10:29:53 PM
Cheapest option is probably to use a basic GPS logger, or your smartphone. I've used a 747A+ unit (about $60 on eBay) for years, and it works very well. You just export its track logs to GPX files, which you can then process in LR4 or a geotagging tool. And of course, it'll work with all your cameras. Just make sure to occasionally synchronise your camera's time to the correct GPS time.

Marc
6  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Re: Mac and windows apps that can do incremntal backups accurately on: June 08, 2012, 11:35:17 PM
On Windows, I use SyncBack to create incremental backups to two separate external drives. Basically, it will do a compare of the source and target directories, and only copy the changes. In addition, it can do several other types of backups (e.g. mirroring one directory to another), and has other useful functions, so I can recommend it (no, I'm in no way affiliated with the program Wink).

Marc
7  General / General Discussion / Re: DAO - Digital File Organization (Years of Files) on: February 19, 2011, 12:12:58 AM
My first step in this process is that I bought a 1.5 TB drive for the purpose of moving from one computer to another and just start dragging photos into descriptive labelled folders, and more detailed folders within. Example: Birds > Herons  - or -  Birds > Owls, etc. It seems the only logical and simple solution at this point since I've not given most of my files any meta data.

Hi Linda,

Have you thought about what you will do with a photo of both a heron and an owl (not very likely, I know, but you get the point)? If you do want to store your photos in one location, I would suggest either using Peter's bucket system, or a date-based structure. At a later stage, you can then add keywords and other metadata to organise your photos.

Marc
8  Software Discussions / ImageIngester and ImageVerifier / Re: Ingester to Bridge - cry for help! on: January 21, 2011, 02:35:14 AM
Excellent, good to hear you've got it all working again! Marc Rochkind recently asked people if they had any feature requests for the new version of II (see http://thedambook.com/smf/index.php?topic=4955.0), so perhaps you can ask him to add a feature to optionally uninstall the templates as well.

Marc
9  Software Discussions / ImageIngester and ImageVerifier / Re: Ingester to Bridge - cry for help! on: January 20, 2011, 12:06:47 AM
and then change "&lt;rfd:li&gt;" to "<rfd:li>"

Actually, that should be ""<rdf:li>" iso "<rfd:li>" (somehow the f and d were swapped in the template as well).

Marc
10  Software Discussions / ImageIngester and ImageVerifier / Re: Ingester to Bridge - cry for help! on: January 19, 2011, 11:57:14 PM
Hi Nigel,

I hardly use II, but just looking at the XMP generated I can see there's an error in the opening rfd:li tag:

Code:
            <rdf:Bag>
               <rdf:li></rdf:li>&lt;rfd:li&gt;</rdf:li>
            </rdf:Bag>

It looks like a bug in the XMP template (ImageIngester-IPTC.3.4.xmp). Can you create a backup of that, and then change "&lt;rfd:li&gt;" to "<rfd:li>"? That should solve the problem.

Marc
11  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Re: Auto-write changes to XMP? on: December 26, 2010, 05:17:06 AM
All the LR metadata is stored in the LR database, but there are a couple of reasons you may also want to auto-write the XMP data:
  • As an extra backup of (some of) the photo's metadata
  • To allow other software (e.g. Bridge) to read LR's metadata
There are probably more reasons, but I think these are the main ones.

It doesn't really matter whether or not you're using DNG or your camera's raw files - in the first case, the XMP data is written into the DNG file itself, in the second case into the sidecar file. So you can use the same approach you do for raw files.

Marc
12  Software Discussions / Choosing Software/Other DAM Applications / Re: SyncBack Query on: December 23, 2010, 11:15:03 PM
FWIW, my (LR3) workflow: I have one "New" folder, which holds all the photos I still need to cull/keyword/rename, etc. Once that is done, they get moved to their final location (a date-based folder structure). The "New" folder is mirrored by SyncBack (so photos which are moved to their final location will be removed from the backup), all other folders are backed up.

Worst case scenario, I accidentally delete something from the "New" folder, and SyncBack deletes it from the backup. In that case, I"ll just have to go back to my original out-of-camera photo (which are backed up separately) and start again.
13  Software Discussions / ImageIngester and ImageVerifier / Re: Adding lens data in ImageIngester 3 on: March 02, 2009, 08:58:52 PM
As soon as I saw that you spelled your first name properly, I assumed you knew what you were doing. ;-)

 Cheesy
14  Software Discussions / ImageIngester and ImageVerifier / Re: Adding lens data in ImageIngester 3 on: February 28, 2009, 02:11:40 PM
Yes. that works Smiley , thanks very much for your help! I've been using the same 'trick' for almost a year now with Lightroom and my own little download application, so I don't expect any problems there.

Marc
15  Software Discussions / ImageIngester and ImageVerifier / Re: Adding lens data in ImageIngester 3 on: February 25, 2009, 12:15:52 AM
Hi Marc,

Thanks for your reply. Yes, the second piece of code is from the resulting sidecar file. If I move the namespace part to a separate line, the entire rdf:Description node with the "aux" namespace is missing from the final sidecar file.

Marc
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