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Create a Copyright Template in Lightroom and Bridge

13 Dec

A How-to on Creating a Copyright Template/Preset

Before I begin, check out the updated list for photo workshops. More details may be found on our website.

© 2010 Margo Taussig Pinkerton.  All Rights Reserved.  For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC  27278 or at 919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. east-coast time, GMT-5.I start my blog, originally written several years back, © Is for Copyright, with, “I know I shouldn’t be, but I am always surprised at how little people know about copyright. To me and many others — pros and amateurs — the little “c” in the Copyright symbol is part of the basic ABCs of photography. You can find all sorts of appropriate principles for A and B, but C is definitely for Copyright.”

We do not import any of our images without attaching our copyright notice to it, and we strongly recommend the same practice to our workshop participants. There is too much theft out there. “What’s mine is mine, and by the way, what’s yours is mine, too,” seems to be the way the world has been going for quite a few years now.

So, if you have not yet done so, you need to create a copyright preset (lightroom) or template (Photoshop/Bridge). These examples are for Lightroom, but we’ll also give instructions for Photoshop, done through Bridge. And for those who use other imaging programs, look up “presets” or “templates”s under Help in the menu, and use this as your guide.

Your copyright notice is very important. It lets would-be infringers know that you take your copyright seriously. See © is for Copyright, if you haven’t already read it.

This is very important, as there are only three legal forms of a copyright notice, and even seasoned photographers often list their copyright incorrectly. Arghhh! Also, for those who don’t know how to make the © symbol, directions are here for that, too. Or because of the vagaries of various laptop keyboards, just copy this © and paste it into your own copyright notice(s). Remember (c) is not acceptable as the copyright symbol. You really need that “c” enclosed in a circle … ©!

Making a preset or template for your copyright notice is actually easier than you might think. For those who come to our workshops, please set yours up before you arrive, and I will double check it to make sure you haven’t missed anything. Macs and PCs use different terms and procedures for executing certain tasks sometimes, but the principles are the same. These directions are for PCs, but those of you with Macs will know what to press or select instead.

LIGHTROOM DIRECTIONS

If you do not have any images “in” Lightroom, “import” just one from this year. I use quotes, as your photographs are not actually imported into Lightroom or any other imaging program, only thumbnails for the images and the ability to work on the photographs. Your photographs are exactly where you put them, either in a folder in your computer or on your external hard drive. For those to whom this sounds like some obscure language, there are some great tutorials on different functions and aspects of Lightroom by Adobe developer and guru Julieanne Kost listed on our Resources page.

Now that you have at least one image from the current year visible in Lightroom, make sure you are in Library module, grid view (multiple images showing on “light table” in center), and click on the image to select it. If you have a folder with more than one image, click on any image in the folder. (Figure 1)

© 2013 Margo Taussig Pinkerton.  All Rights Reserved.  For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC  27278 or at 919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. east-coast time, GMT-5.Figure 1

In the right panel (check out some Lightroom basics on our blog if the panel doesn’t show), scroll down to the Metadata section and make sure it is open (click the triangle to the right of “Metadata” if it is closed). (Figure 2)

© 2013 Margo Taussig Pinkerton.  All Rights Reserved.  For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC  27278 or at 919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. east-coast time, GMT-5.Figure 2

Click on the up-down arrows to the right of the field on the left and select EXIF and IPTC. Now click on the up-down arrows to the right of the field labeled Preset and select Edit Presets … at the bottom. (Figure 2)

If you are making a preset for the first time, None will be listed in the Preset field rather than my TBC © 2013.  Arnie has his own copyright notice, so we differentiate between the two, but that is not likely your scenario.

The fields are already filled in below (Figure 3), because none of our images is without a copyright notice.

Hopefully, you will follow this same example. Be sure to click on the Continue reading 

The Glory of Black and White 2012-01

23 Jan

Over the weekend, I took time off from our regular work to do some black-and-white images.

Some people see in color, and some people see in black and white. Arnie and I see in both.

What it really is all about is seeing values. You know, that range from lights to darks. As did Arnie, I started out in black and white, but for me, it was with my trusty Brownie Hawkeye. Some of those images that I made when I was eight stand the test of time today. But that’s not the point of this blog except that I have been around black and white for a very long time. Even when I was shooting mostly color, I was also admiring the black-and-white photography of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Edward Curtis, J. Walker Evans, and a plethora of others.

© 2011 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.There were some images from Death Valley that I knew at the time would make good black and whites.

As those of you know who follow this blog, we ran into the sand/dust storm of all storms in Death Valley last month. Locals hadn’t seen anything like it in decades. While it was challenging to keep the camera safe, it was also great for photographs. The one above was made when the storm was beginning. The valley floor was still clear, but the mountains and hills were being obscured as the storm got lower and lower.

I didn’t want to lose that feeling of the storm lurking above the desert floor. I had already processed my color image, but after I took it over into nik Silver Efex Pro*, I brought it back into Lightroom to complete my tweaking. In this case, I wished to maintain the subtle outline of the mountains across the desert floor, so I darkened the exposure in that upper part of the image and brought out a little more detail in the salt ridges in the foreground to contrast with the storm.

Very often, I vignette by darkening the edges to draw the eye into my subject, but in this case, I actually lightened the edges a tad to lessen the impact of the salt lines as they drifted out of the frame.

© 2011 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.In the next image, there were signs of the storm in the distance. The “scooty” rock in its setting was my subject, which meant that I could not allow the mountains to intrude too much.

Again, I took my image over into nik for my base black-and-white conversion, did my normal tweaks there, then Continue reading 

Hard Drive Health and Maintenance

3 Jan

or, The Care and Feeding of Your Hard Drives

Updated January 29, 2012 in Italics

Before I address the subject of this blog, let me introduce you to part of my workspace. It is a stand-alone garage, about 50 feet behind our house, that we converted into a wonderful office for me. With his office inside our house, Arnie quips that he gets to stay at home, while I have to go off to work in the morning! And yes, I pass by those two faces several times a day as I trek back and forth on the stone path between the two buildings.© 2012 Margo Taussig Pinkerton.  All Rights Reserved.  From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures.  For usage and fees, please e-mail BC (at) ZAPphoto (at) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC  27278 or at 919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. east-coast time, GMT-5.

Along with the normal photographer’s fare, my office is filled with framing materials, bookcases full of fiction, non-fiction, and reference materials, and special things gathered from life and travels. Here is where I spend most of my time when we’re home. Here is where I do the bulk of my computer work.

© 2012 Margo Taussig Pinkerton.  All Rights Reserved.  From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures.  For usage and fees, please e-mail BC (at) ZAPphoto (at) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC  27278 or at 919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. east-coast time, GMT-5.There’s a little Pussy Willow mouse, tail wrapped around a feather and hanging over the monitor. The Raven that Arnie found for me in Bryce Canyon keeps quothing, “Nevermore.” A little box under the monitor to the left is one I decorated at age eight as a present for my mother. It has an enameled copper plate on the lid. And that little red racer with the feather (I collect special feathers) is a Ferarri given to me by a Porsche friend. The two little birds were created from branches by another friend who gave them deliciously irreverent names.

There is the Bermuda Sea Garden paper-weight that my parents brought back when postage there was a mere ha’penny. My great grandmother’s Birds-eye Maple stamp box sits in front by one of my mugs (ginger-lemon tea within to be replaced later by a nice glass of red wine delivered by Arnie). A real boomerang from Oz perches over the door. (Yes, I have flung it, and yes, it returned to me!)

It is a great place to work, and six-plus years after its completion, I am still really happy with my design.

Over the years, a number of our alumni have asked, “What do I do when my hard drive(s) get full?”

Excellent question, and one easily answered, but please don’t let it get to that point. And before you tackle anything to do with the hardware, check with your computer guru to make sure it makes sense for your computer. The age of the computer, the operating system, the processor, and a host of other things can determine what is best for the health of your computer.

  • defrag (defragment) your hard drive(s) on a regular basis. This is important for PCs. Macs are based on a different system, so they work differently. That process cleans up deleted-file areas. Think of lifting the plant off the porch railing. It leaves a residue. Yuck! But when you get out the heavy-duty cleaner, poof! All gone! Everyone has her/his computer set up differently, but check with your help file, Google defrag computer, or ask your computer guru to help.
  • Avoid letting your hard drive(s) get more than Continue reading