My Photography Workflow With Smugmug, WordPress & The Creative Cloud

 

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The first thing I want to say is that this blog has taken nearly a year to put together. Not through a lack of will power but mostly as I thought it fair to write a viewpoint after extensively using the set up giving me more time to fine tune the system.

This is long blog, I would suggest getting the coffee ready now before starting !! Also… I guess I should be upfront about my relationships with SmugMug & Adobe – I am part of the Community Pro team in the UK and have done a talk for SmugMug at the photography show and do use the affiliate program. However, I all genuineness, I do love the products that these companies provide and this blog is only about how I use them.

The workflow is built around 3 key elements , or 3 keyneeds. I want my images where I need them, looking good at all times and safe. The Creative Cloud (Photoshop & Lightroom), SmugMug & WordPress combination seems to this for me overall and most of the time. It is designed to be a multi-use Photography Workflow. While it is not the only way I work and it is not the most simple, it does work and is the safest workflow. Sometimes, just using Adobe Bridge & Photoshop then Dropbox or posting a DVD of images can work too! If your’e new to SmugMug – this is the place to get your questions sorted or put them at the bottom of this blog and I shall try to get to them as and when I see them, or any questions for that matter. We will also not go into how to edit photos or how to move or process images though LR or PS in great detail. Feel free to check out my retouching blogs for them

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‘Lightroom Dashboard’ Browser App Helps Identify Your Photography Habits

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Ever get curious about what your most-used camera settings actually are?  Ever wonder what focal length you rely on the most?

Lightroom Dashboard is a free online tool developed by Cheyne Wallace to provide an answer to all your burning Lightroom statistics questions by helping you “visualize your catalog data.”  Well, THAT rocks.  As Cheyne says, “I built this tool so I could better understand my photography habits and possibly justify to my self purchasing that new f/2.8 lens (as it turns out, I can’t).”  Well, maybe next time, brother…

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90 minutes on 10 Tips For Optimizing Photos in Lightroom

Tim Grey took the time to provide 10 killer tips on enhancing your photos in Lightroom. Unsurprisingly, you can get a lot done to your photo in Lightroom and move from an OK photo (not that Tim’s photos are “OK”) to a much more refined photo.

Since 90 minutes are way too much time for just 10 tips, each tip is broken to mini-tips and those are broken again probably making “10 tips for optimizing photos in lightroom” a more suitable title.

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Finally! Adobe Lightroom Releases Mobile Version For Android Phones

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The much anticipated Android release of Adobe Lightroom has finally made its way into the Play store, where it can be downloaded for free. Though it should be noted, if you want to use the app, you will need to have a current Creative Cloud membership and the most current version of Lightroom installed on your desktop. (However, if you are able to meet those requirements, feel free to grab your “free” mobile copy, too.)

The Android version of Lightroom, which looks exactly like the iPad version, is a condensed version of the desktop software and is meant to serve as a supplement to it. Consequently, if you were hoping to do all your editing on the go, the mobile version of Lightroom might not be the only app you want to have. [Read more…]

Lightroom’s “Match Total Exposure” Feature Saves Time And Incorrectly Exposed Photos

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Ever accidentally forget to turn off bracketing and ended up with a bunch of incorrectly exposed images only to spend too much time in post trying to fix them individually? As Matt Kloskowski explains in the video tutorial below, the “Match Total Exposure” feature in Lightroom could be just the trick you are looking for. The feature is also useful when you’re trying to sort out the best bracketed images to be used for HDR photos. [Read more…]

Dropbox Lightroom Catalog Sync – How To Set it Up

One of the biggest issues with Adobe Lightroom (maybe the only issue that is worth worrying about) is that Lightroom was built to be used on one computer by a single user.  However, if you use Dropbox (or similar) there is a relatively simple work around that will allow you to keep your Lightroom catalog automatically synced across multiple computer work stations*.

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In this article I will show you how to set up an automatic Dropbox Lightroom catalog sync between multiple computers.

*Some conditions apply.

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Complete Workflow Of A Beauty Portrait Editing Process Using Capture One Pro

capture1As someone who, admittedly, still hasn’t entirely accepted the Creative Cloud (and as someone who prefers their editing programs to be desktop based), I confess that I’ve been moonlighting with the Capture One Pro software as a potential replacement for when/if I’m ever ready to branch away from Adobe. I also admit that I’ve been a little lazy when it comes to taking the time to learn and establish a workflow using the Photoshop alternative. Needless to say, I was pleased as punch to see Michael Woloszynowicz from FStoppers do a full walk through video of his post production process using only Capture One Pro 8.

Even if you’re not interested in the Capture One software, the video still provides you with an excellent tutorial on non-destructive fashion and beauty editing, so be sure to jot down some notes!

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Adobe Rolls Out Creative Cloud 2014.2 Updates at AdobeMAX; Photoshop Gets New “Layer Inspector” Workspace

As expected, mobile and touch capabilities were the star of the show at Adobe’s Keynote this morning. The majority of the presentation revolved around product demos of their mobile apps, some of which are new as of today. Photoshop Mix, a mobile app that caters to non-destructive photo editing on the go, looks surprisingly strong for composite photography, and is now available on iPhone (iOS7 or greater).  All of the mobile apps are deeply integrated into their desktop versions thanks to Adobe’s Creative Profile, which makes all your projects accessible throughout all your Adobe programs, mobile or desktop.

Adobe Mix now available on iPhone.

Adobe Mix now available on iPhone.

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