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October 14, 2011

From Adobe Lightroom’s keywords to Flickr’s tags

Filed under: Flickr, Lightroom, Photography, Tips — Tags: — jesus @ 18:43

I’ve had Adobe Lightroom for a few months and still I haven’t really mastered even 10% of what it can do, so now I’m on a serious mission to learn about it and use it to publish my photos on flickr, as well as organise my growing collection of photos.

This post is about something I’ve just learnt which probably you already know about, or you can google around, so I’m offering this to my friends who I know follow the very few posts I write here and who occasionally use Lightroom and flickr (or not so occasionally).

Today I’m learning about the keywording system in Lightroom and how powerful it can be to classify photos. One of the ways in which you can classify it is using a hierarchy of keywords. So you end up having something like:

    • UK
      • London
      • Brighton
    • Spain
      • Madrid
      • Sevilla

which I quite like.

If you google you’ll see that there are even some keyword hierarchies on sale, so trying to avoid the expense, I just created the top keywords by having a look at what the D-65 keyword list suggests. This one includes: Action, Anatomy, Animals, Architecture, etc. Then from there you can just add children to them as you see fit (harder than it looks).

Using Jeffrey Friedl’s plugin for Lightroom to export photos to flickr (which does more than the plugin included with LR) I ended up with a bit of a mess (not Jeffrey’s fault) as it would be exporting the tags in a way I didn’t like.

For starters, if you have your top level keywords in uppercase, as I did, flickr ends up getting it wrong. The way LR stores internally, I guess, the keyword hierarchy is with > signs, so, for the above example it’d be: “London > UK > PLACES”, which gets sent to flickr like that. For some reason, the tags on flickr would end up being: ‘London‘ and ‘UK > PLACES‘. This also happened to me with ‘D90 > CAMERAS‘ which is what made me think that if you have two keywords in uppercase, this is what happens.

Also, I didn’t want to  end up having tags like PLACES, CAMERAS, ANIMALS, etc. as I used these as kind of categories.

So, after a while googling and dicking around with LR I’ve found what I really have to do, which is to mark the top level categories/keywords as non-exportable, and then, the get exported the way I like to flickr!

So, right click, and unselect ‘Include on Export’, that way, it won’t appear on flickr tags! :-)

Surely, this has all been documented around in many blogs, I just didn’t happen to find it! Anyway, enjoy!

Keeping useful information with you

Filed under: Computers, Tips — Tags: , — jesus @ 12:21

Back in the day when I was studying at uni, I would carry with me little notes on anything that I would happen to be studying at the moment. Little summaries of what I was studying such that I didn’t have to open a book and read about it in case I just wanted to refresh my memory.

These days, with the overflow of information about anything compter-related I attack the problem in a similar way, although in a more techie way: I usually keep text files with important information about the matter. The idea is that I keep information that I know I’ll easily forget in those files, so that I can go back and refresh my memory without having to have a look at a book, search google, or ask a friend. Obviously I use text files because they are the most universal format, as they can be accessed and read with anything, so I don’t fall in the trap of having it on a format that is proprietary or difficult to read from other devices.

Now, I put these files in my Dropbox folder so that it’s spread across all my devices. Simply, effective and easy. Also, if you update it on the spot, it magically appears on all your other devices.

For example, now I’m trying to learn more about how to manage and work with Adobe Lightroom, and I find the amount of toggles, switches, options and procedures simply too much, something I’m pretty sure I’ll forget the moment I stop using it for more than 2 weeks. So while I’m learning I always keep these notes up to date.

This has helped me save time many times, so I hope that you find it useful too!

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