How to Network Lightroom

The debate has been raging since before Lightroom came out of Beta v1: when will we be able to share Lightroom catalogues? At the very least, how can we host a catalogue on a server somewhere and just open it up on different computers one at a time? Lightroom has a restriction where it blocks access if the catalogue database is from a networked location. Adobe built Lightroom this way to keep file-locking issues and database corruption to a minimum. But when you have many computers and thousands upon thousands of files, it’s nice to be able to open the same catalogue on each computer quickly without having to plug and unplug external hard-drives.

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Print on Demand

Note: This post is adapted from a paper by the same title originally published in The International Journal of the Book, vol.7, no. 1

Regardless of education or career path the question of how to find an audience eventually becomes a singular concern for many photographers. For those entering the commercial world this is a marketing issue: how to locate clients willing to pay for services rendered. The traditional solution for fine art photographers is exhibition and publication, where cost and access are predictable barriers.

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The Lo-Fi Workaround

Seems throughout the last decade or so of large and larger captures, scans, bit depth, layers, etc etc, there is the constant proclamation that memory is now cheap, storage is cheap, go for it! If you are on Macs like me, the ongoing OS evolution, chips sets, software has become burdensome. Suddenly I need a new feature in my bookkeeping software, but the upgrade won’t work on that chipset, meaning an entire new computer, meaning a lot of other software will need expensive upgrading too, just to remain where I was. The high tech industry depends on this of course, but in this economy, for us in the 99%, it’s become impossible. My approach to my hardware and software has become like my grandfather’s approach to his car, he learned everything he could about it’s workings and kept the same old Chrysler going for years and years. It got him from place to place, the heater worked fine, what’s not to like? However, with our larger and larger prints, big scans and captures, added with the ability to utilize a lot of great editing tools on high bit files, horsepower and storage would be good to have in spades. For those of us with particular interest in high quality black and white, it’s critical to avoid loss in single channel files, even more important if we are printing with extremely linear and continuous tone systems like K7. So, here is my workaround for keeping file size and CPU usage reasonable for my collection of old Chrysler like Macs. It’s simple, works well, and makes sense on a variety of levels, particularly if doing ongoing editing for others. My screen shots etc will be on a Mac, CS5, but I have been using this workflow for years on a variety of machines.

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The State Of Inkjet

Naselle River, Washington State. © Tyler Boley. Eight ink blend from Cone Sepia, Warm Neutral, Selenium Peizotone and K7 Carbon sets- blended via hand mixing and in RIP blending.

My photographic print background is grounded in the high standards set by the acknowledged masters of the pre-digital era. Having been exposed to a wide variety of amazing prints, historical, contemporary, all the various methods from hand coated, west coast master silver, color processes, historical, etc… the concern is that those qualities and standards that make photography, and fine photographic prints, unique and amazing as a medium, and as objects of art, do not become lowered or even forgotten. As the technology we use moves from the hands of developers aware of long accepted high craft to a new business culture with no footing in that history, we see many examples of prints made today that just don’t seem to rise above, with that something extra a master managed to work from the available tools and materials. Continue reading “The State Of Inkjet”

Lightroom User Guide

Adobe Lightroom is a fairly new and very sophisticated graphics software application that is allowing photographers to manage, optimize, catalogue, display, web view, and print their digital files. At this point it is a perfect complement to other Adobe programs, especially Photoshop. Lightroom can do what Adobe Raw and Bridge do, and a whole lot more. It does not do certain localized selective retouching and composite procedures the way that Photoshop can, at least not yet; but it can do most of the important image alterations in a very non-destructive way. Lightroom is rapidly becoming the platform of choice for digital photographers and already has most of the primary features previously only used in editing programs like Photoshop while progressing beyond with features Photoshop never had or may never have. As far as I can see, it  is the most complete platform for working with digital camera files, and keeping up with all the user data associated with these files. Lightroom is composed of five modules, which are: Library, Develop, Slide Show, Print, and Web. These modules may be used together or separately according to what is needed in a person’s digital workflow. This outline contains info only on the Library, Develop, and Print modules as they apply to a working photographers primary needs. 

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