Keywording without Lightroom

Skylum Software just released a performance-focused update to Luminar 3 and it has addressed the biggest pain point for me, in that it now performs well enough that it allows my creative train of thought to flow while processing photos. However, it still does not have a keywording facility. Not to worry, though, because I solved that with a good dose of geekery.

Generating contact sheets on macOS

Recently, I have been undertaking the enormous task of scanning my father’s extensive collection of photographic negatives. The idea is to ensure their longterm survival, with the bonus of (re-)discovering gems among them. But archival quality TIFF files do not make for an easy browsing experience, so I was looking for a way of creating low quality “contact sheets.” This proved a lot harder than I thought, but I found a fantastic solution.

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iOS Gets Professional

I listen to a number of tech podcasts which focus on Apple hardware and software. Many of these have recently referred to, and made an example of, the recently announced arrival of “real, full Photoshop” to iOS. It is most often cited as a marker for the coming of age of “professional” software on iOS, and particularly on the iPad. I feel, however, that most are missing the point. Professional software is already here, and Photoshop isn’t. Not even close.

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Automatically Ingest Digital Photos

I know a lot of people use their phone as their main camera these days, and this tip will be of no use to those people, but some of us still enjoy the power and flexibility of a dedicated photographic device (OK, a “camera”) and don’t mind that, somewhat like the days of film, we have to wait to see our results. This tip makes the step of ingesting the photos off your memory card to your Mac just that bit more frictionless.

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Backup Versus Archive

I was listening to one of my favourite podcasts today – Accidental Tech Podcast – on which Casey Liss was discussing his “divorce” with Google Photos. He mentioned that he does an “exact duplicate” of all his photos to a drive he sends off to his parents’ house (via his visiting parents) once a month. Later, I sent ATP some feedback on the dangers of backups. I had an incident a couple of years ago that taught me the important difference between backups and archives.