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Teaching Lightroom 5 in full swing

June 13th, 2013 |  by No comments

Our Lightroom Workshop in Chicago was treated to a very nice surprise as the first day of the workshop was the morning after the official release of Lightroom 5. These lucky folks were among the first in the world to receive training on Lightroom 5. From Chicago I head to Toronto for http://www.profusionexpo.com where I will be giving a creative lecture and a lecture on Lightroom 5.

The next big Lightroom 5 workshop is in our home in Palm Beach Gardens July 23-26th. When we teach in our home we include a very special 7 course dinner with wine. http://www.d-65.com/workshop/201310_wpb_info.html.

This week Adobe mentioned us in the official Lightroom Blog as a training resource http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal/2013/06/lr5-resources.html

Lastly our Lightroom 5 book is in production and will be released within a month.

 

 

 

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Geotagging in Antarctica, Patagonia, Rwanda and Tanzania with PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900

March 10th, 2012 |  by No comments

GPS photo tagging, also known as geotagging, is the process of embedding a digital photo with latitude, longitude and even altitude data.  I like gadgets and for the past several years I have been searching for an inexpensive but accurate way of geotagging my images. I am a Canon user and while there are many devices for Nikon cameras there are relatively few for Canon.  Ironically the iPhone does a great job.
My search for a device that would work with all my Canon Cameras became more imperative because I was writing a book on Lightroom 4 and it was clear during development that LR4 was going to include a Map Module. I called my friends at B&H on a regular basis and kept asking what do you have for GPS and Canon? I further complicated my request because I wanted to be able to work with Raw files. Finally just before I went to Antarctica in December, my good friend Gabe found me a device to try. The GistePhotoTrackr Mini DPL900 is an inexpensive $49.95 device which works. The Skytrag GPS chipset allows you to precisely record and review your trip. I used the device extensively in Antarctica and then again in February 2012 in Rwanda and Tanzania.

When my device arrived I was totally psyched until I tried to use the software that comes with the device which is nothing less than atrocious. The Gisteq PhotoTracr application required all kinds of finagling to get it to work on Lion Mac 10.7.3 Lion and even after getting it to work the software was tough to figure out and is really suitable for jpegs and not for tagging raw files. I was ready to give up and then discovered an awesome piece of software called myTracks from the Apple Application store. My Tracks was a dream and I was able to geotag my images and export a track log which I was able to import into Lightroom 4 and fully take advantage of the Map Module.

PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900

 

Nancy Leigh photographed me in a cravasse in Patagonia with the PhotoTrackr Mini hanging recording GPS

 

Using the PhotoTrackr mini in Rwanda

 

MyTracks is an awesome application. Here we have a track from the gorillas in Rwanda showing the altitudes during each shot on our hike in the rain forest.

 

The track log is easily imported into Lightroom 4

 

 

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Pre-Order D65’s Lightroom 4 Book

March 6th, 2012 |  by No comments

Pre-Order D65's Lightroom Workbook, Workflow Not Workslow in Lightroom 4

This book is based on the D-65 workshops which are a dynamic resource for photographers of any level. The 4-day intensive workshop equips pro photographers art directors, photo editors, image heavy bloggers, and the advanced amateur with the tools to manage their workflow efficiently, effectively, and effortlessly.

With our book or workshop, utilizing the 7 modules of Lightroom 4, we’ll teach you detailed workflow, digital asset management, processing and image delivery. You’ll also learn to tag, name, size, and sharpen your images so they’re perfect for reproduction. Plus, you’ll become an expert in keeping every image you shoot organized and archived.

By the end of our book, workshop, or consultation you will have the skills to create your own successful workflow in Lightroom 4.

If you read our first or second book, The Photoshop Lightroom Workbook, Workflow not Workslow in Lightroom 2, or D-65’s Lightroom Workbook Workflow, Not Workslow in Lightroom 3, you will already know why we love Lightroom.  If you haven’t read our earlier books, or been to one of our workshops or webinars, Lightroom is a one-stop solution for digital workflow. It utilizes the power behind Adobe Camera Raw, combining image processing and a digital asset management system under one roof. The aim of Lightroom is to be simple and to streamline workflow.

PRE-ORDER (DELIVERY IN MID APRIL)

 

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D65 BLACK FRIDAY SALE SAVE 30% ENDS NOV. 27TH

November 25th, 2011 |  by No comments

 

D65 offers 4-day, intensive, digital workflow workshops, to teach you a detailed workflow using Lightroom 3. You’ll learn digital asset management, processing, printing, image delivery and much more! 

 

Everybody has a workflow now, but do you have one that works?  Streamlines your efficiency?  Does everything you need within one application?  Allows you to find any of your images throughout your entire image collection in seconds, with ease?  D65 has a workflow that works.   

 

We will equip you with the tools to manage your images efficiently, effectively and effortlessly. You’ll become an expert in keeping every image you shoot organized, optimized and archived.   

   

The workshops are intensive, and lots of fun! By the end of the program, you will have the skills to create your own successful workflow in Lightroom. And, you’ll be armed with our comprehensive D-65 Lightroom 3 book.

Visit our website for more information on the program and toregister.

 

“Seth and Jamie are a tag team of information you won’t find anywhere else.  Their teaching style is engaging, informative, and entertaining.

2012 WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
Dallas:  January 27 – 30

Miami:  February 29 – March 3

Los Angeles:  March 13 – 16

New York:  April 11 – 14

Chicago:  June 3 – 6

Seattle:  July 27 – 30

Boston: October 12 – 15

San Francisco: November 5 – 8

 Past workshop participants experiences…

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Tuition for the workshop is $1,099 and we are offering 30% off the fee this weekend only!

WE ARE ALSO OFFERING “The Buddy Plan”. If you and a buddy are interested in attending any D65 Workshop, the second person can attend for only 50% (Yes, FIFTY PERCENT) of the tuition fee. For example, the tuition for our 4-Day Intensive Workflow Workshop is $1,099 per person. If you bring a friend and you register together, both of you can attend for a total of $1648.50, or $824.25 each. Be sure to tell us that you’re registering under “The Buddy Plan”!


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D-65’s Lightroom Workbook reviewed by ASMP

December 28th, 2010 |  by Comments off

D65 receives accolades for Lightroom Workbook from ASMP

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Keywording in Lightroom 3

August 29th, 2010 |  by Comments off

KEYWORDING IN THE LIBRARY MODULE

Keywording really shows off the power of Lightroom as a digital asset management (DAM) system. The best way of using any DAM is to take advantage of the application’s ability to find specific images. Proper keywording and fully filling out all metadata is not only advantageous, but essentially the only way of finding specific images in a very large collection. It is one thing to scroll through a few hundred images to find the one you want. It is an entirely different matter to scroll through 50,000 images to find the image you want.

THE KEYWORD LIST PANEL

A keyword tag or “keyword” is metadata that categorizes and describes the key elements of a photo. According to one study, it may take more than 400 keywords to accurately describe an image without actually looking at the thumbnail. Building a Keyword Hierarchy can be a tedious and painful task, but it is essential to digital asset management. Keywords help in identifying and searching for images in a catalog. Keyword tags are stored either in the image files or in XMP sidecar files or in Lightroom Catalog. The XMP can be read by any application that supports XMP metadata.

Keywording Images

To keyword your images, think globally first and then go for local. Think of keywording the same way you would classify an animal. A Spider Monkey would first be a Mammal then an Ape, then a monkey and finally a spider monkey. For example, to classify Miami Beach, you might want to make several keyword hierarchies. One Parent would be Continent with a child called North America. A second Parent might be called Countries, with a child keyword of United States. A third Parent might be called United States with a child keyword of Florida and finally a parent called Cities with a child called Miami Beach.

In my own list, the top level Parent Keywords are in CAPS but they are private metadata and act as a placeholder and do not export with the image. All the child levels have the first letter of each word capitalized.

Location is an obvious keyword but there are many keywords that aren’t as obvious that make finding and organizing images a breeze. We have a Parent called Technique, for example whose Children include items like Blur, Reflections, Macro and Motion. This really helps when looking for certain types of images. We have another Parent called View with Children like Aerial, Fisheye, Front View, and Landscape. Again,the more specific the keyword, list the easier it becomes to find  images that you seek.

D65 has a Keyword list for license. It is $99.95 and can be purchased at keyword list The keyword list comes with easy instructions on how to install. There are currently 5500 plus keywords in a hierarchy. So for example if I keyword an image with South Beach, it automatically applies the entire hierarchy for that location which would be North America, United States, Florida, South Flordia, Miami, Miami Beach, South Beach.
Here are some screen shots of some of the keywords in the hierarchy.
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D-65’s Lightroom Workbook is shipping

July 14th, 2010 |  by Comments off

Our book D-65’s Lightroom Workbook has arrived and is shipping. If you order it from d.65.com you will receive a signed copy. The book is also available on Amazon. Reviews are welcome…

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D65 launches our new book- D65’s Lightroom Workbook Workflow, Not Workslow in Lightroom 3

June 10th, 2010 |  by Comments off

D-65’s workflow is accomplished by using Adobe Lightroom.  D65’s Lightroom Workbook, Workflow Not Workslow details everything you ever wanted or needed to know about the five modules in Lightroom, including setting up preferences for optimal results and organizing catalogs. Included is an entire chapter which details the D-65 legendary workflow;  an advanced, yet simple workflow from capture through editing, tweaking, processing and exporting. The book also covers many digital concepts such as color space, shooting raw, file naming and archiving. D-65 was one of the first and foremost companies teaching Lightroom workflow, and the incredibly successful program, which is still the standard that others go by, has taught thousands of photographers worldwide. Seth Resnick and Jamie Spritzer are the perfect guides to lead you through the maze of technical problems and practical challenges that stand between you and a seamless digital workflow with Lightroom at the core. Seth Resnick has worked with the Lightroom development team since its inception and knows the program inside and out.

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