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1  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Future of Expression Media - Can't buy on: September 03, 2009, 09:18:26 AM
Hi,
I lost my media pro in a computer failure and just went to buy another Expression "key." I went to the Microsoft photo pro site suggested by Josh Weisberg of Microsoft where I clicked button to purchase. This takes you back to the site where there is no sign of Expression. I use this program for work every day and don't have time to mess with this so I just re-installed iView which still works fine.
Not too much support out there for professional photographers. It even looks like Apple is dropping professionals - look at the connectivity they don't have on their new MacPros and desk tops....
Sheppard Ferguson
2  Software Discussions / Choosing Software/Other DAM Applications / Nikon Capture NX on: December 10, 2008, 01:16:46 PM
Peter, I was browsing the site to see what's new and noticed your comment that a DNG based workflow precludes the use of capture NX (I presume with DNG files). I am all Nikon.  I use Bridge to DNG to Lightroom for project by project cataloguing, and bulk adjustment processing and output and then Expresion Media for all cataloguing and CS  for final prints. DNG permits clean storage and back-up. Do you think Capture NX is dramatically better? Worth storing NEF files?
Thanks, Shep
3  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Thumb nails from Layered files in Expression on: May 22, 2008, 06:52:25 AM
Thank you. I had never heard of some of this (saving flattened files along with layered files). I'll take a shot at it.
Shep Ferguson
4  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Thumb nails from Layered files in Expression on: May 21, 2008, 08:27:44 PM
Expression has worked for me. However, when I try to use it to view layered Tiffs or Psd files, it shows the masks but not the image. I have tried making sure I had the image layer selected before closing the files but that seems to make no difference. I see no mention of this issue on the forum. Am I doing something wrong in creating thumbnails?
Shep Ferguson
5  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Re: File numbering in lightroom - won't use my original numbering. on: February 28, 2008, 10:13:59 PM
To me the more important issue is that of numbering. (IView can do 5000 suffixes in a couple of minutes). I have never had a program in which I couldn't use my own numbering. Bridge, CS, iView, etc., etc. all allow you to write a text followed by a sequence number followed by a file type suffix. In terms of the complexities these folks are dealing with to get Lightroom to do everything else, this seems simple. Am I wrong?
Thank god iView/expression can change file names virtually on the fly. (Of course, Microsoft will change that too).
I haven't bought a book on Lightroom because of its evolution. Is there a decent one? I notice Martin Evening has one (his CS books work for me) but it appears to be too early to address current software.
Sheppard
6  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Re: File numbering in lightroom - won't use my original numbering. on: February 27, 2008, 07:35:17 PM
I use Photojunction which is the software originally developed for Queensberry Albums, though I use it to design composites and then output them to large Photoshop layered files. It uses TIFs and can only read an upper case suffix. So, using lightroom to do color and brightness modifications and the tiff conversion, I then have to use iView to make the suffix upper case. But, what I really don't understand is why Lightroom can't use the original file name?
  Peter, my file prefix and identifier for today (since I haven't seen anyone else use it) is: 8B28_ which is February 28, 2008 followed by a sequence number. I like it because it is nine characters long and most of the software I've encountered until now likes the underscore. The other scary part of Lightroom are the workflow and the renumbering issues in the case of multiple camera shoots. Typically, I make sure all the cameras are synced and then upon import to my working folder sort everything by capture date, delete the garbage and then renumber using my numbering system.

The workflow using a perfected Lightroom that makes sense to me is to import adding metadata if appropriate (at least ids, broad descriptions, job, etc.), throw out the bad (multiple deletes are still awkward for me), renumber the group being kept, perform additional metadata annotation and perhaps, depending on the type of job, image adjustments, then storing the DNG files in their appropriate buckets. That is, of course, consistent with how I am currently working - I have an active hard drive copy, an archive hard drive copy and a DVD copy - all numbered as example: 2008 - 20 ORIGIN xyz shoot. But it is not looking like Lightroom will handle this. I like its image adjustment controls a lot!
SF
7  Software Discussions / Lightroom / File numbering in lightroom - won't use my original numbering. on: February 27, 2008, 12:58:35 AM
I am still beginning with lightroom because I keep getting surprised early. My Bridge iView workflow remains faster. But, I am working on large groups of photos to be displayed together in composites. One is a series of 45 photos in a frieze that is 15 yaers long. Lightroom is easy to use to color balance 90 different photos  done on different cameras and at different times of day under different conditions but in front of the same background so they flow together seamlessly. However, I now realize that lightroom, when I imported the DNG files (isolated from my archive), dumped my file header name (typically 8B2_ or 7K20_ followed by a sequence number 1000 - 9999). Indeed it appears to me that I can't import and renumber my files and then put them into Lightroom and retain my file names. Futhermore, it looks like Lightroom likes hyphens but hate my underscore. Finally, I can't change the file type to all caps (TIF not tif) so I have to put the files back into iView to rename and to capitalize the suffix. The lightroom help menus provide no useful support on this or I'm being obstinate and not finding it. Meanwhile I'm just about to hand renumber 100 files. Am I right about this?
Sheppard Ferguson
8  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Unable to Delete multiple photos - removing previews on: February 17, 2008, 04:25:01 AM
I started to use Lightroom to ingest (if you will) new photos, this includes deleting the dogs. I can't make the delete key or the Photo>delete photo commands delete more than one photo at a time, even if I selct a group. I must be doing something wrong. The help and Lightroom knowledge base don't address this. Anyone?

Furthermore, I am using Lightroom as a quick editor, not as cataloguing software. I am moving my files to their final homes (buckets) once processed. I'm not telling Lightroom about this. But it is keeping its preview pix for prior images just like iView. Can I delete these until I want to use those files again, or until I tell Lightroom where they are hidden (on an external drive)? Will it "reset paths" if I show it the new locations and reconnect the identical files?

Sheppard Ferguson
9  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Re: Lightroom exposure changes not appearing elsewhere. Help?! on: February 15, 2008, 07:42:31 AM
John,

Thank you for your thoughtful replies. You've pointed me in what I'm sure will be a couple of useful directions. The learning curve over the last eight years has been pretty steep compared to that of the prior twenty years and it sometimes takes real effort to go the next twenty yards which finally have the solutions. I'll dig in.

Regards,
Sheppard

10  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Re: Lightroom exposure changes not appearing elsewhere. Help?! on: February 13, 2008, 08:16:28 PM
Thanks John,

I was just hopeful, I guess. But I don't normally work on a folder of TIFF files, so I just forgot they needed to be changed.

However, I just ran a series of tests in which I did extreme exposure changes on some DNG files - made them B&W, darker, more highly saturated. All executed with Lightroom. Then I closed lightroom and opened the files in Bridge. It could read the changes, so they were embedded in the data in the DNG files. (Or, Bidge and Lightroom were talking behind my back). Then I tried to have iView/Expression read those file changes. It could not, something I had never really thought about. (I didn't double check changes made in Bridge, to see if they could be read by iView).

The serious question which this raises is about the value of iView which I have used for four or five years and which I have incorporated into a normal DAM work flow a la Peter K: In a project with about 8000 files made over four years on three different cameras in jpeg and raw and at different times of the day, if iView doesn't really help judge file quality (not just show the image), is it useful? Three years of my archives are DNG files which may or may not have been played with. But, if iView can't see a change to b&w, much less, a cooling of the tone in a photo or lightening of exposure to make files consistent in a series, then one really has to go to lightroom catalogues to handle this kind of review. Has anyone ever tried to put 5-6,000 files into lightroom? Does it like "buckets" on a large scale. I am using it with subfolders, but how many files can it hold? My main iView catalogues have over 30,000 images.

Sheppard

11  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Lightroom exposure changes not appearing elsewhere. Help?! on: February 13, 2008, 09:16:56 AM
I'm a new user of lightroom. I just made exposure and color adjustments to 250 files (TIF). They look great in lightroom. However, if I use these files that I adjusted to create an iView catalogue, or run them into Bridge, or put them in Photojunction or output them to CS3, they are the original unmodified images. (I tried all of those just to see.) I had understood that the modifications would stick, so to speak. Am I missing a step to somehow embed the changes? I had understood the program could edit CS, DNG, JPG, Etc.

I am working on a big project and this looked like it would do a really clean job as well as saving hours of work.

If anyone can tell me, point me to a thread or forum or manual chapter, it would be great.

Sheppard Ferguson


12  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Expression Compatibility with New Nikons on: December 20, 2007, 06:40:53 AM
I am using Bridge and Expression Media (formerly as iView). I often used iView to do a quick survey of what I'd just shot as well as to catalogue my archives etc., but the other day, I realized it didn't work with Nikon D3 NEF files and I can't figure out whether Microsoft has done the upgrade. iView got back to me and said, sorry, go to Microsoft. It is not critical since I'm using DNG as my main raw format, but irritating.

Does anyone know more about this?

Shep Ferguson
13  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Re: Best Practices for Keyword Heirarchies...? on: September 12, 2007, 05:42:26 AM
This is an interesting conversation. I am only at the point where I use CS3, iView and DNG archives (not lightroom, imageingester, etc.). As long as I have the keywords inserted into the metadata of each file, either through Bridge, my tool of choice, or through iView with synching  the information resides in my DNG files. I have had several (three in one case) keyword heirachies which have some of the same words. But, if the picture is a duck and that is what it is called in keywords, whether the "duck" comes from the farm vocabulary, the culinary vocabulary, or the World Health vocabulary, organizing is easy. I just rebuilt a 15,000 picture database with iView and, except for waiting for it to load, the selection and sorting part was quick. I have found that learning to lautomatie some of these processes gives me a headache. Plus it is a good idea to take your pictures as part of the process.

The main point is once you get the keyword into the file you are set.

Shep Ferguson
14  Software Discussions / Bridge/ Camera Raw / Bridge CS3 Fix on: May 31, 2007, 10:02:27 AM
 Smiley I was able to get Bridge CS3 up and running by a combination of upgrading and acting on a random comment I saw on the Adobe Bridge Forum. The comment said that Adobe performs clean-up in the middle of the night with a cron program which is very important to the functioning of its programs. I gather Adobe has not heard of the "green" movement. In any case, the message showed me how to go the the terminal utility and run the programs (daily, weekly, monthly), which I did. I also found a CS3 upgrade (2.1) which I installed - the installer had problems with Color C SPI and Version Cue 3.1.0 - they wouldn't download "internal problems." But, once the bulk of the program was upgraded, they downloaded. I did have a momentary problem - this version of CS3 needs Version Cue 3.1.0., but that got re-installed.

Everything now appears to be working. I have added a new folder of 700 files, sorted, used different windows, etc.

I suspect the cron program. That it is a secret and essential is a bit strange. And, if you try to save electricity you mess up Adobe.

Happy Days!
15  General / General Discussion / Re: Rating with the new CS3 Bridge on: May 30, 2007, 10:05:44 AM
 >:(We have been rating and annotating in Bridge for over a month and I find that I can read focus well in the horizontal film view (or whatever it is called) on a good 21 inch monitor. Although I have ben using iView for four years, I find that Bridge once it has everything under control, is faster than iView, where I work in media size when I want to actually see the photograph.

This was all happy until Bridge CS3 died yesterday. We spent and hour trying to revive it then gve up, we'll have time to mess with it in August. So we are using CS2. At least four sites, this one, Adobe's and two others have these reports of Bridge refusing to open.

I presume that Adobe is trying to figure out what is going on. Meanwhile they are recommending an item by item re-install and I won't make any comment on that.
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