That Darn Resolution Field
Mar06

That Darn Resolution Field

One of the more persistent questions I get in my inbox, or encounter on any photo-related forum, has to do with the use of the Resolution field on Lightroom Classic’s Export dialog. I want to focus on a specific use scenario where the exported copies are only ever intended to be shared/viewed on screen (not ever printed). Just today I encountered someone posting an answer in response to a question about export settings for a...

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Sizing Photos for Uploading Prints
Dec05

Sizing Photos for Uploading Prints

I regularly get questions pertaining to image sizing in the context of making prints of a given dimension in inches. The conversion from pixel dimensions to a physical print at a given size has always been a confusing one. Let’s say you have a photo (or a series of photos) that you want to upload to some online print service for the purpose of making square prints of 8 inches x 8 inches (fill in whatever print size you prefer)....

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Efficiency Through Consistency in Lightroom Classic: Part 2
Nov07

Efficiency Through Consistency in Lightroom Classic: Part 2

Following up from last week’s post on efficiency through consistency I’ve got a few more tips to help speed you on your way. Consistent Metadata A metadata template containing your core contact and copyright information is another way to ensure you are consistently applying the same information to all of your photos. Once created this can easily by applied during import via the Apply During Import panel. You can create a...

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Why I Don’t Convert My RAW Images to DNG
May18

Why I Don’t Convert My RAW Images to DNG

Are you wasting time using DNG? Do the cons outweigh the pros? Here’s why I stopped using DNG altogether

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Exporting and Importing a Classic Catalog
Mar28

Exporting and Importing a Classic Catalog

There have been many times over the years where I’ve needed to export a subset of my main catalog for a specific reason, such as to travel or to share a selection of work, and then later needed to import any changes (and new photos) from that catalog back into my main catalog. Exporting a Catalog Let’s walk through the steps for how this can be done. Step One: There are a couple of ways to export a catalog, but my favorite way...

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Writing XMP Files in Lightroom (why you shouldn’t and when you should)
Mar16

Writing XMP Files in Lightroom (why you shouldn’t and when you should)

This is a follow-up for reason #7 from my post on Monday called “If your Lightroom is running slow, it’s probably one of these seven reasons” (here’s the link in case you missed the other 6). #7 was about turning off having Lightroom automatically write .xmp files each time you make an adjustment in Lightroom and I mentioned that most Lightroom users should probably turn this auto writing of xmp files off. So,...

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