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29 Dec

Year End Digital House Keeping

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Get Your Computer Files in Order

The year end is a great time to do some digital house keeping. I’ve spent the last few days backing up and organizing my digital devices. Admittedly, I should be doing these things on a more regular basis, but work happens and some things get away from me.

At the end of every year I take a hard, honest look at my digital clutter. Here’s my year end check list to get things back in order. What is yours?

Time Machine Backup

Time Machine runs year round on my Mac Pro. Most of the time this works without me having to think about it, but occasionally the backup drive stops working for no apparent reason. So this week I reformatted the Time Machine backup hard drive, after first running a Time Machine backup to a secondary external drive.

Time Machine screen

How To Set Up a Time Machine Back Up

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18 Dec

2015 Christmas Card

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Family Illustration

2015 Christmas Card

We thought about using last year's Christmas family portrait for this year's Christmas Card, but that just wasn't unique enough.

I know that I should draw more. It comes up during every self-reflection. For this reason I decided to illustrate our family portrait, thinking that it would be pretty simple.

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12 May

Interview

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by Andrew Kavanagh

01 Apr

Can I combine Lightroom catalogs into a single catalog?

Yes. It's Easy.

It’s very easy to merge Lightroom catalogs. This comes in handy if you have created a catalog on a laptop while traveling,  or have multiple catalogs that should be combined into one.

While in Lightroom go to File>Import From Another Catalog... This imports all of the information from the chosen catalog including, edits, collections and smart collections. 

How to merge Lightroom catalogs

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27 Mar

How do I save my develop edits in Lightroom?

The catalog automatically saves a complete history of edits.

All edits are stored within the Lightroom Catalog. They are completely reversable at anytime. There is no need to “save” your work unless you want access to the edits outside of Lightroom.

You can write external XMP edits for individual files while in the Develop Module. Go to Photo>Save Metadata to File, -S (Mac) or Ctrl-S (PC). This writes a sidecar XMP file to the hard drive for raw images. For JPEG, TIFF, PNG and PSD files, metadata by defualt is embedded in the file.

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24 Mar

How do I get photos from my camera into Lightroom?

First, get your photos onto your computer.

Image files must be on a hard drive before Lightroom can import them.See “Where Should I Put My Photos?”.

Lightroom can copy images to a drive, and import them at the same time, but I don’t recommend this method for beginners.

Use the “Import Add” method instead. This is the best and safest way to import photos. It puts you in control of file management.

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12 Mar

How do I know what Catalog I have open?

If you have multiple catalogs, you could accidentally open the wrong one.

Which Lightroom catalog file is open.

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10 Mar

Lightroom does not save my imported images. Why?

You opened a new or different catalog.

The Lightroom catalog you want to work with is probably on an external hard drive. The computer you are using doesn’t automatically know about the catalog on the external drive. Double clicking the Lightroom application icon launches a brand new, empty catalog.  

Stop everything! Don’t re import your images. Go find the correct catalog.

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09 Mar

Can I move my Lightroom photos to a new hard drive.

Yes, and it's easy.

Quit out of Lightroom.

Browse the computer to find the folder that contains your photo library. To move the entire photo library, choose the highest level folder that contains all of your photos.

Move a photo library 1

Copy this folder to a new internal or external drive. Do not move your photos to a USB thumb drive, or compact flash card.

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07 Mar

Can I fix the missing photo links?

Yes, if you know where the missing folders or photos are located on your computer.

How to find missing files in Lightroom

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