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Meet Max, an 11 year old black and white Cavalier. He’s slowing up a bit now but he can still do that really sad Spaniel look.

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It doesn’t seem a year since I signed up with the photo hosting site Zenfolio but I’ve just had my renewal notice. I originally signed up for the basic 1GB package for $25 per year and the service has been excellent. That’s dirt cheap, about £13 a year with the strength of the UK pound against the dollar. 1GB has been plenty for me but the unlimited option is only $40 a year.

Now the best bit. The renewal hasn’t cost me a penny as I’ve accumulated credit through the Zenfolio referral program. Anyone who uses my referral code to open an account gets a $5 dollar discount and I get a $5 credit. So I’ve just used $25 of my credit and I get an additional 1GB of space for the coming year.

You can try the service out free for 14 days and unlike some other sites you don’t need to give up your credit card details unless you decide to stay. If you want to see an example gallery just click on any of the photos on this blog as they’re all hosted there.

Of course if you decide to sign up you could always use my referral code – NFF-NSE-63Z – and help get started towards another free year 🙂

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Just waiting…

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If you’re confused about which colour space you should be using to edit, display, and print your digital photos I suggest you read this article on Jeffrey Friedl’s blog. It’s got to be the easiest to understand explanation of this most important topic I’ve read. Whatever level of photographer you are you will want accurate colours in your prints and on your computer – this article will help you to achieve that.

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We’ve just done the ‘Walk on the wild side’ at Cricket St Thomas wildlife park and the highlight of the day had to be feeding the Cheetahs. Yes it was just through the bars of the gate but believe me when you see their teeth that’s plenty close enough!

 The advantage of using a DSLR compared with my old Fuji S5600 is that you can take pictures like the one below through a wire gate with a wide open aperture and the bars magically disappear.

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In my last post I said that after modifying my keyword hierarchy I couldn’t find a way to select just those files so I could write the metadata back to them. Well there is a way and it’s dead simple once you know.

  • Select “All Photographs”.
  • Sort by “Edit time”.
  • Set sort direction from “Z to A”

Now the most recent file modified is first in the Library view. Select the first thumbnail and scroll down to the last one showing the out of date metadata symbol in the top right corner and then shift select all the images. You can now save the metadata for these files. Easy once you know how 🙂

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After loading my existing images into Lightroom all the existing keywords came in as a flat structure. I thought now would be a good time to try and re-organise these into a proper hierarchy. This was much easier than I thought as it was just a case of dragging the keywords onto others to create parent-child relationships.

You can also mark keywords so they are not exported. This is very handy for keywords you may have at the top of a hierarchy such as “People”.

Of course once the keywords were re-organised I wanted to write the changes back to my image files. I like to do this because then if I change DAM (again) I know my keywords go with me in the images. Lightroom identifies images that need changes written to them with an icon on the thumbnail but there is a slight problem. I can’t find a way to just select all of these images so in the end I had to save the changes back to all the files whether they needed it or not. This was one area that Idimager was very good at, it was easy to query information like this. However, I have to say that Lightroom wrote the changes back to the files very quickly.

I don’t see this as a problem with new photos as I will save the changes to those when I add keywords to them.

Now I have the keyword hierarchy it’s very quick to keyword photos. Just type the first few characters and Lightroom displays the matching keyword(s) automatically adding the parent keywords. The GUI also allows you to view all the parent keywords and to limit it to those that will be exported. The last 9 keywords used also appear on a series of buttons so a single click adds these to another image. You can create Keyword Sets that make use of these buttons but I haven’t done that yet or used the metadata Painter.

So far I’m very impressed.

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