Day One Lightroom Plug-in

While it feels great to sift through Lightroom 5.7.11 and delete photos that don’t give me joy, there are some photos that seem worth saving in Day One. Philip Lundrigan saved the day created the Day One Lightroom Plug-in awhile ago2, and it works well. Lovely time saver. I’m glad I finally took a few minutes to search for it and install.

After you export the photo(s) to Day One, nothing else will visibly happen. You’ll need to open Day One to see the newly added image(s).

The following warning is worth emphasizing because it’s easy to get carried away:

Pictures that are exported can be extremely large and take up a lot of space in iCloud or Dropbox. You can use the normal Image Sizing options to scale down the picture.

I made a Day One export preset folder with a couple presets:

  • fullres (keyword added) — Under Entry Settings, this preset automatically adds the “fullres” tag.
  • 2000px long — Resizes the image(s) so the longest side is 2000 pixels. Under Entry Settings, this preset automatically adds the “2000px” tag.

For both, I’ll also automatically add a “LightroomExport” entry tag to make these easier to find within Day One.

I haven’t considered my workflow after exporting photo(s) to Day One. That’s a problem for future Bryan. 😉

  1. You can compare Creative Cloud Photography (which includes Lightroom), Lightroom 6, and Lightroom 5. I don’t need to “easily create HDR images and stunning superwide scenes with panoramas” or “easily find photos of specific people with facial recognition”, so I haven’t upgraded to Lightroom 6. 
  2. As of this writing, the most recent GitHub commits by Philip Lundrigan were on January 16, 2014

Rad Lightroom tip: Delete old catalog backups

Scott Kelby posted a great tip on Lightroom Killer Tips a couple of days ago:

Go to your backups folder and delete the ones that are more than a couple of weeks old and free up all that extra space.

Yikes. I’ve had backups since 2012, so I didn’t hesitate to delete all but the last two, and freed up 3.3 GB of hard drive space in the process. I dig it!

Photo workflow and my iPhone

I’m annoyed with the disorganized amount of photos I’ve accumulated on my iPhone, and I currently synchronize (backup) my iPhone photos to my laptop with iPhoto. My slight frustration was more obvious after my recent trip to Tybee Island, GA to meet up with my coworkers because I had to process photos taken on two different devices.

I never pondered this issue with my Android phone because I didn’t take pride in those photos.

Problem: I don’t use iPhoto for anything else, so why do I keep using it?

Solution: Plug my iPhone into my laptop with the USB cable, then import directly from Lightroom for culling and processing. Then, I believe I can delete the photos from my iPhone with Apple’s Image Capture.

Last night, I processed photos taken from my iPhone with Camera+, but since I was at home, I’ll do this from now on. (If I’m out and about, and I’d like to post a photo here, I’ll process from Camera+ and upload right away.)

Mel's Drive-In

Mel's Drive-In

Unlike my other photo of the Mel’s Drive-In sign near Hollywood and Highland, producing this was more involved.

I got closer because there was a billboard behind and to the left of the “Open 24 Hours” sign. Then, I took three landscape exposures (from bottom to top) to create a panorama.

After stitching the photos together, I used lens correction to reduce the distortion 18mm would make. Then, I cloned out the corner of a building at the lower left side of the frame.

Since I finally learned [non-destructive] dodging and burning, I used that technique to subtly brighten the darker areas of the sign.

Back in Lightroom, I square cropped the photo then used a few presets:

To finish things off, I slightly increased the exposure and fill light to my liking.

I hope you like it!

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