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Lightroom Setup

20 Dec

Originally published December 2011, updated most recently on January 8, 2018 (followers have been making good suggestions and asking germane questions.)  Also a suggestion from Rob Sylvan of both NAPP and his own Lightroomers.com.


Adobe Photoshop Lightroom — more commonly known simply as “Lightroom” — is an amazingly intuitive program to use. That is why we use it for teaching in our workshops. We have some recommended settings for Lightroom that may make your life easier in the long run. While this is written for those who are using the latest CC version, the same principles may be applied to earlier ones.

It should be noted that these are suggestions that work for us.  Others may find settings that work better for them.  And in another blog, we have written about maintaining the health of your Lightroom catalog in The Care and Feeding of Your Lightroom Catalog.

Many who come to our workshops call or e-mail in a panic, because they have bought a new computer, or the old one crashed, and they lost their setup, Margo’s Tweaks, and other presets. The following is what works well for us. It may serve as a useful guideline for others.

Except for a very few instances, Mac’s CMD and PC’s CTRL do the same thing, so if you see CMD (Command), you know I am referring to you Mac users, and for CTRL (Control), PCers.

Start by going to your Preferences (Lightroom > Preferences for Mac, Edit > Preferences for PC). Make sure the General tab is selected, and copy the settings below, except for Completion Sounds which is a matter of personal choice. Under the Import Options, I do not check off the box beside Show import dialog when a memory card is detected, because Lightroom has an annoying habit of coming up whenever you plug something into one of your USB ports.

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Under Import Options, for those who use folders in their camera, you may want to consider checking the box for Ignore camera-generated folder names when naming folders.  Since we never use different folders in our cameras, this is a non-issue for us.

At the bottom of the window above is a section called Catalog Settings. Click on Go to Catalog Settings, and the following window will pop up:

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Again, match the settings above, except for the Location field. Yours will look different depending Continue reading 

Copyright Infringement Is Theft

10 Jul

Updated 07-10-11 later in the day.

© 2010 Margo Taussig Pinkerton.  All Rights Reserved.  From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures.  For usage and fees, please e-mail BC (at) ZAPphoto (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC  27278 or at  919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. east-coast time.This will be a short blog. I am upset. A man I have known for years, Jay Maisel, a photographer with whom I had the honor of serving on the national board of ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers), a world-wide organization of photographers, has been the victim of copyright infringement. When he justly sued, the infringer, a world-class creep, responded by vilifying Jay.

It’s a nasty story. Please read all about it in Jeremy Nicholl’s blog.

Jay does not deserve any of this. I think most of you know how hard I fight for Copyright issues. Jay Maisel has fought for those issues a hundred times harder than I. He is like a bulldog about them, and rightfully so.

The article is quite telling. People work in the bubble of cyberspace often without Continue reading 

Copyright Infringement, Part 2

5 May

© 2010 Arnold Zann.  All Rights Reserved.  From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures.  For usage and fees, please e-mail Arnie (at) ZAPphoto (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC  27278 or at  919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. east-coast time.We have returned home, and I can update everyone on the instance of copyright infringement that I discovered on Facebook this morning. That discovery led to several others with the same image on ZenFolio.

Before I begin, please note that there are probably gazillions of people named Pam Parker. The one to whom we are referring is the one whose name appears in many of the screen shots in this blog and should not in any manner be confused with anyone else with the same name!

As I was downloading images from this morning’s shoot during our workshop, I checked to see what comments had been posted on our Facebook page. I noticed the latest entry that I had just posted had three Likes, so I clicked to see who was interested in our posts.

Imagine my shock and surprise when I instantly recognized one of Arnie’s photographs used as an avatar by a Pam Parker.© 2011 Margo Taussig Pinkerton.  All Rights Reserved.  From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures.  For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) ZAPphoto (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC  27278 or at  919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. east-coast time.

Not wanting to falsely accuse someone, I double checked our files.© 2011 Margo Taussig Pinkerton.  All Rights Reserved.  From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures.  For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) ZAPphoto (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC  27278 or at  919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. east-coast time.

I did a screen shot also of Arnie’s metadata, along with Continue reading