Maintaining ZenPhoto

25 October 2011 16:45 | Comments: 0 | Categories:

Album Page

Which may contain subalbums, or image thumbnails.

Album title: Suggest folders on the server are named with ordinal dates, YYYYMMDD, which will be the default album title. Change to something more meaningful.

Album description: Use as appropriate.  HTML editor is a bit flaky

Date: will default to folder creation date. Change if needed to reflect album contents

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Workflow for Panoramas

18 June 2011 11:44 | Comments: 0 | Categories:

A suggested workflow for handling panoramas in Lightroom and PTGui.

In Lightroom, create a folder for panoramas, and a subfolder for each one, named by the number of the first image in the panorama sequence. Move the images to the appropriate folder.

In PTGui, for each panorama set:

Load the images and create the panorama. (Or open existing project). Use Equirectangular setting, and use sliders in the editor to remove unwanted whitespace. Note the horizontal field of (...)

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Lightroom Imports

15 June 2011 11:21 | Comments: 0 | Categories:

Before importing photos from a new photoshoot, it's worth double checking your import settings - and one general preset.

Summary

  • No auto-toning
  • Plan ahead to define your destination folder
  • No need for subfolders by date
  • No need for file renaming
  • Apply lense correction
  • Use the metadata presets
  • Add lots of keywords

Lightoom General Preset

The "one other" is auto-tone, (...)

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Photo metadata

26 October 2009 00:00 | Comments: 0 | Categories:

These IPTC metadata fields are all the same

Photoshop: Author
Lightroom: Creator (in XMP sidecar file)
Irfan: Byline (In jpg generated from Lightroom)
Zen Database images: IPTCByline
Zen Database images: Credit
Zen Admin screens: Credit
Zen display (in image.php): getImageData(credit);


JPG quality and file sizes

26 October 2009 00:00 | Comments: 0 | Categories:

When you Export from Lightroom and select the JPG quality it seems to use a different scale from other software.

Even setting it to 50 makes a very big file, which if I open and resave in Irfan reduces from 170 to 110 (quality 70%) (and 356 to 190). Not sure how safe it is to reduce the LR quality factor - or maybe it just generates big files.

I want a small file size because in my gallery, click on a single image and (...)