19 Nov

Can I Move My Lightroom Catalog

Yes. Here's How.

Moving your catalog could be a good thing.

Although your catalog is just a brain, and not a bucket, it can still grow to be a fairly large size. Moving it off of your startup drive and onto another drive, even an external one will free up space for your operating system.

Make sure you have quit out of Lightroom.

Find your catalog on the hard drive and then copy the entire Catalog folder to the new location.

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18 Nov

Where is My Lightroom Catalog?

Probably in Your Pictures Folder

The very first time you launch the Lightroom application, a catalog is automatically created in your Pictures folder. The catalog is created before you even begin importing images.

Lightroom does not prompt you to create this catalog, which is unfortunate, because you don't have the opportunity to pick a place for the catalog, or give it a custom name.

If you've never moved or renamed your catalog, it is probably still in your pictures folder, inside of a folder  with the name "Lightroom".

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17 Nov

What is a Lightroom Catalog?

Lightroom Is A Brain

Lightroom is a Brain

A Lightroom catalog is a brain. Every time you add something to your Catalog you teach it something new.

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06 Jun

Needles

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cactus needles

Borrego Springs, CA. - March, 2010

05 Jun

Posterize Edits with Lightroom 5

Editing on the wild side

Under the Hood of Tone Curve Posterization

I stumbled into this style of posterized Lightroom edits after doing a daily photo edit for a month and a half. Perhaps I was getting a little bored with my daily edit challenge. From the beginning I was hoping to discover something new, as outined here.

Funny thing though, this techinque really isn't new. I first learned how to posterize an image using the tone curve on a Scitex machine in the early 90's, before I knew anything about Photoshop. I hadn't thought about doing it with Lightroom until I ran out of Develop Module tools to explore.

I've created quite a few of these images, and I am still enjoying the process. That's probably because I'm still discovering new things about it. 

Crazy Color Edit

Queen Califia's Magic Circle

This image is where I really started to bend the rules and the tone curve. The circular color shapes are added with color balance adjustments in a radial filter, but the crazy colors start by bending theTone Curve.

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04 Jun

Santa Anita

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Santa Anita Palm Trees

Santa Anita Park, Arcadia Ca. - March, 2008

03 Jun

Space Odyssey

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Disneyland Space Mountain

Disneyland Space Mountain, Anaheim California - December, 2011

02 Jun

York Street Subway

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York Street Subway

New York, New York - July, 2013

For this edit I wanted to evoke something cold and impersonal without loosing the energy and eccentricities of the subway.

Did I succeed?

29 May

Cotton Candy Capitol

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United States Capitol

Washington DC - July, 2013

28 May

Minted Liberty

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Statue of Liberty

Liberty Island, New York - July, 2013

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