Category Archives: Lightroom
Having used Lightroom since its initial release 6 years ago, I’m excited about the announcement and availability of each new version. Today Adobe announced the availability of Lightroom 4 Public Beta. This version introduces two new modules – Book and Map – and adds major new functionality to the existing modules.
About two years ago, I wrote a tutorial on the use of Adobe Lightroom 2 and Timothy Armes’ LR2/Mogrify plug-in to add EXIF information to an image processed for the Web. Since that tutorial was written, Lightroom has been updated to Lightroom 3 and LR2/Mogrify has been updated to LR/Mogrify 2.
This tutorial is an update, providing complete illustrated instructions for using Lightroom 3 and LR/Mogrify 2 to add EXIF data to an image processed for the Web. LR/Mogrify 2 works on both PCs and Macs, but on a PC, you must install ImageMagick first. These instructions are written from the perspective of a Mac user, but the PC process is almost identical. For those who would prefer to use Adobe Photoshop to perform this function, the PrintEXIF and FrameShop scripts, available free on this website, are good alternatives. Continue reading
In Geocoded Lightroom Web Gallery Plugin – Part 1, I discussed the concept of a geocoded Lightroom plugin for producing Web galleries, outlined what I wanted it to do, and showed the look-and-feel of a prototype design. In Part 2, I’ll discuss the view “under the hood”, detailing how to use GPS EXIF information in a Lightroom Web Gallery plugin. This information is intended for plug-in developers and those intrepid souls who want to understand what lies beneath the surface of a Lightroom gallery engine. It isn’t my intention to make this series of posts a definitive guide to Lightroom gallery engine design or anatomy. Instead, I’d recommend starting with the Lightroom SDK 2.0 Programmers Guide and Lightroom 2 SDK available from Adobe. The Adobe guide is a good starting point, but you can learn even more by dissecting an actual gallery engine, including those that are included in the SDK.
After geocoding a few of my photographs, I looked for an Adobe® Lightroom® plugin that would produce a geocoded Web gallery. No joy. So I decided to do some research and embarked on a mission to create a LR plugin that met my specifications. I wanted an HTML gallery with no Flash. Having used JAlbum to produce HTML photo galleries in the past, and having tried the available LR HTML gallery plugins including the default LR HTML gallery, LRG One PayPal, TTG Highslide Gallery, and TTG HTML Gallery, I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted:
- EXIF display
- Drop-down menus
PayPal shopping cart “enabled”
- Simple, clean appearance
- Small unobtrusive icons
- No Flash
Since I’m using Adobe Lightroom more and Adobe Photoshop® less, I’ve been researching ways to add EXIF information to an image processed for the Web in Lightroom, in much the same way that my PrintEXIF script does in Photoshop. If you’re not familiar with the PrintEXIF script, please read some of my earlier blog entries. The best solution that I’ve found so far is Timothy Armes’ LR2/Mogrify plug-in for Lightroom 2. LR2/Mogrify works on both PCs and Macs, but on a PC, you have to install ImageMagick first. Continue reading