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artie on Lightroom
Aside from what I understand to be superb key wording and search features, I cannot understand why anyone would use Lightroom. From the first day that I ever heard the word Lightroom, I have been hearing things like “I can’t find my images. Lightroom destroyed my Library.” And I still hear those comments to this day. I know that lots of folks use and love Lightroom (LR). And I am fine with that. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Especially if you have unlimited time waiting for your images to “render” so that you can pick your keepers from a folder with 1437 photo files.
Note: in today’s climate, where it is nearly impossible for most folks to sell images, LR’s key-wording features are not nearly as important as they were ten years ago. Furthermore, though I am not familiar with them at present, Photo Mechanic haas some pretty snazzy cataloging, keywording, and search features.
And always I ask, “What can LR do that I cannot do in Photoshop?” I have never gotten a good answer to that one. All are invited to chime in.
denise on Lightroom
As I knew that denise Ippolito had used Lightroom for several years when she began photography, I asked her to share her thoughts on LR. Here is what she said: “I liked it because of the cataloguing. But for viewing your images it was and still is way too slow. Once you introduced me to BreezeBrowser (BrBr) and Downloader Pro (DLP) there was no reason to use Lightroom anymore. BrBr is much faster.” Denise works on PCs.
A Lightroom Conversation with BAA Blog Subscriber John Patton via e-Mail
AM: Hi John, re:
JP: Thanks for the fast response. That is much appreciated.
JP: The problems I’ve had with Lightroom are many. They include missing images, EXIF data changing seemingly by itself, and cumbersome file renaming; I live in Vero and photograph a lot of birds.
AM: Ah, we are practically neighbors.
JP: When I rename osprey for example, I need to highlight every one of the osprey files and rename them from the first file to the last. After a good day at Vierra Wetlands it can take more than an hour to go through all the files… And I get somewhat cryptic warnings when moving a file from Lightroom to Photoshop and back.
AM: That sounds like insanity to me unless you are doing something seriously wrong. Even then, it would be nice if the program were somewhat intuitive. Folks should not need a degree in nuclear physics in order to work with their images.
JP: The healing brush works much better in Photoshop than in Lightroom, but others disagree. Tech support from Adobe has been great but I shouldn’t need to call them as often as I do.
AM: Denise agrees with you on the LR healing brush. Agree on calling tech support. I called PM tech support once or twice to get started and they were great.
JP: Before I started using Lightroom I asked why I should and was told it was faster and easier to import, catalog and add keywords than any other program for a Mac. Prior to that I was happily using Bridge and Photoshop.
AM: Photo Mechanic is blazingly fast. If you select the first file in a folder, hit the space bar to see the image large, and hold down the right arrow key it is like watching a movie. BreezeBrowser is fast, but PM has no equal for speed. Of course even I do not edit at full speed :). If you decide to purchase, remember to contact Jim to learn the BAA discount price. We are not permitted to advertise that.
Your Take on LR?
If you own, use, or have used Lightroom we would love to hear your opinion. I would especially love to hear what (aside from the keywording etc.) LR can do that Photoshop cannot do. If you love LR, do let us know what you consider the strong points to be. If you hate it, please be specific as to why.
If you would like to cut the time you spend editing your image files (selecting your keepers) by 80% or more, try Photo Mechanic. You can download a free trial version here. If you love it–no doubt that you will, please remember to call or e-mail Jim or Jennifer and save a few bucks by purchasing your license from BIRDS AS ART. Thanks for that
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Integrating Photo Mechanic and Digital Photo Professional 4 (PM & DPP 4)
An e-Mail Conversation with Bill Hill
BH: One more thing if you have time. In your workflow, you “ingest” the files in Mechanic and then do you open the file in DPP4 for edit and transfer to Photoshop?
AM: Bill, please go back and read what I wrote here.
You gotta read what I wrote here. Actually, I will save you some time; here is the important stuff:
Photo Mechanic Editing (Picking Your Keepers) Tips
I set the default so that the images are arranged by Capture Time when I open a folder. Before you sit down to your first PM editing session be sure to go to Preferences > Preview and then–under “Automatically advance to the next photo when:”– uncheck the “tag is changed box.” That way when you tag a keeper it does not automatically advance to the next frame. You need to do that only once.
I view my images in Photo Mechanic by simply selecting the first image in the folder and then hitting the spacebar to enlarge the image. After that, I hit the right arrow key to advance to the next slide. I hit letter “T” to tag my keepers. You can hit “T” again if you change your mind; this untags the image. When I am done editing the folder I set Filter view by to Untagged. Then I hit Command A (select all) and Command delete to delete all the rejected images. Done deal.
Here’s the best part: the folder in DPP will update automatically when you delete the rejects in PM. Then I go to DPP—both programs are open all the time–and do my RAW conversions for selected files.
To summarize, I Ingest and pick my keepers using Photo Mechanic and then convert my RAW files in DPP (Shift + Command + P). Fast and smooth. Again, the folder structures and the contents of each folder will be identical without your having to lift a finger. No libraries. No importing. No exporting. In other words, a piece of cake. With the icing.
For more than a decade I have been saying “If you are on a PC and are not using BreezeBrowser and Downloader Pro to download and edit your images you are nuts.” To that I can now add, “If you are on a Mac and not using Photo Mechanic to Ingest and edit your image you are nuts. Note: PM works on both PC and Mac platforms.
All of the images in the bear boat card above were created in Katmai National Park during the month of September.
Due to a recent cancellation there are once again three slots open.
Bear Boat/Bears Catching Salmon IPT: September 1-8, 2015 from Kodiak, AK/6 FULL & 2 1/2 DAYS: $6699. Happy campers only! Maximum 8/Openings: 3. Plus the leader: Arthur Morris.
Join me in Katmai National Park, AK for seven days of photographing Coastal Brown Bears (grizzlies) catching salmon, fattening up for the long winter. Other subjects will include Mew and Glaucous-winged Gulls in flight and dip-feeding on salmon roe. Did I mention that we live on a boat and that the food is great? Most of our photography will be done in a variety of famed locations: Geographic Harbor, Kinak Bay, and Kukak Bay. We once had 39 bears fishing the creek at Kukak….
It is mandatory that you be in Kodiak no later than the late afternoon of August 31, 2015 September to avoid missing the float planes to the boat on the morning of September 1. With air travel in AK being what it is, with the chance of fog or other bad weather–being on Kodiak on August 30 is an even better plan). I will be on Kodiak on August 30 to avoid any potential disaster. That said in my nearly a dozen bear boat trips I was delayed only once but since I was day early as noted above there was no harm, no foul.
We will take one or more float planes to the boat mid-morning on September 1. We will photograph bears fishing that afternoon and every day for the next six days (weather permitting of course). We should have bears catching salmon every day. In addition, we will get some nice stuff on Mew Gull and Glaucous-winged Gulls dining on roe and the remains of predated salmon. We may–depending on where the concentrations of bears are–get to photograph Harbor seals and some hauled out Steller’s Sea Lions (an endangered species). Halibut fishing (license required) is optional. On September 8, our last morning on the boat, those who would like to enjoy one last photo session will do so. The group returns to Kodiak via float plane midday. Most folks will fly to Anchorage and then continue on red-eye flights to their home cities.
The eight days will consist of six full days (Sept 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7) of photography featuring lots of Coastal Brown Bears catching salmon as above plus a variety of other natural history subjects plus some nice scenic photography that I forgot to mention above. Plus the first afternoon and the last morning.
What’s included? 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS on the boat as above. All meals on the boat. (The food is quite excellent.) National Park fees. One night’s double occupancy lodging on Kodiak; arrive: Sept 1/depart: Sept 2. The thank-you-in-advance dinner on Sept 1. In-the-field photo tips, instruction, and guidance. An insight into the mind of a top professional; I will constantly let you know what I am thinking, what I am doing, and why I am doing it. Small group image review, image sharing, and Photoshop instruction on the boat.
What’s not included: Your round trip airfare to and from Kodiak, AK (almost surely through Anchorage). All necessary lodging other than the cost of your double occupancy room on the night of August 31 should you opt to arrive early–we can arrange that in advance for you. We will let you know the cost of a single supplement for the one night if so desired. The cost of the round-trip float plane to the boat on September 2 and back to Kodiak on September 9. The cost of a round trip this year was $500. The suggested crew tip of $210.
Is this an expensive trip? Yes, of course. But with 6 full and two half days, a wealth of great subjects, and the fact that you will be walking with the bears just yards away (or less….) it will be one of the great natural history experiences of your life. Most folks who take part in a Bear Boat IPT wind up coming back for more.
A $2,000 per person non-refundable deposit by check only made out to “Arthur Morris” is required to hold your spot. Please click here to read our cancellation policy. Then please print, read, and sign the necessary paperwork here and send it to us.
Your deposit is due immediately. That will leave a balance of $4699. The next payment of $2699 will be due on February 15, 2015. The final payment of $2000 is due on May 1, 2015.
I hope that you can join us for this wondrously exciting trip.
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