Richard Laidler

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    Teesdale, UK


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  1. LR Keywords - Tag Options

    You're welcome. Question for you - do you use the full database managment facilities of Lightroom, i.e. keep one or more catalogues of all your pictures, or (as I presently do) just use it to process raw files, and once exported, remove the images from LR altogether? If the latter, I can suggest a methodology for re-organising all your keywords externally from LR, but its no good if the former.
  2. Keyword structures in Lightroom have been discussed here a few times recently. I hope the following might be useful to those who follow that approach: If you select any existing Keyword, right click on it then select Edit, you will see the Tag Options of that particular word, e.g. Include on Export, Export Containing Keywords and Export Synonyms. OK for just one, but how could you easily identify all those where (say) you had created synonyms? From the LR Menu, click Metadata, then from that dropdown menu Export Keywords. Enter a filename of your choice (with the extension .txt) and OK it. Whatever structure you created in LR will be replicated in the file. This shortened extract shows part of mine. As you can see it follows my tree structure (no pun intended!) and the synonyms are shown enclosed in { } Trees Ash {common ash} {European ash} {Fraxinus excelsior} Beech {Fagus sylvatica} European Larch {Larix decidua} If you have also unchecked "Exclude on Export", that keyword will appear in the file enclosed in [ ] for example in this shortened extract: [Seasons] Autumn Autumn Colour Autumn Colours Autumn Tints Color Colors Colour Here I've deliberately excluded Seasons from export as I've used it as a Placeholder within my LR keywords simply to group together all those keywords that might be relevant to a particular season. The examples above were created by simply opening the file with Notepad (Windows PC) and selecting bits to copy and paste here. Colours have been added in this post just for clarity. It could also be opened with a spreadsheet or wordprocessor where the ability to search for a specific character or string might be useful.
  3. Proof - if proof were needed - that adding the botanical name of a plant to the tags is highly advisable. Looking at Alamy Measures, I see that one of mine was viewed as a result of a search for Hedera Helix (which I have as a supertag on this picture):
  4. Post some of your Winter and Holiday photos

    One way of "blowing the cobwebs off"
  5. Park bench, laptop and phones as property?

    My permanent dilemma - I know I'm paranoid, but am I paranoid enough?
  6. Park bench, laptop and phones as property?

    If the image shows a computer/tablet/smartphone screen on which trademarked icons are visible, they too would count as 'property' according to Alamy:
  7. November Challenge :: Iconic

    Low Force waterfall, Teesdale
  8. In case its of use to anybody who prefers not to go with the Adobe subscription model but stay with the perpetual version which last update was to 6.13, Adobe have published a page from which all updates from 6.0 to 6.13, and the installers, can be downloaded. Both MAC and Win versions are available. My recommendation would be to download the file(s) first, then run the patch(s) locally rather than from the on-line source.
  9. Favourite images uploaded in November 2017

    Coldberry Lead Mine remains, near Middleton-in-Teesdale
  10. Professional Camera Insurance recommendations?

    That seems to be the case with some UK policies certainly. The same might also apply to computing equipment in the home and "business use" thereof. As always, the small print in these things is essential reading; don't just be tempted by an attractive looking premium quote.
  11. Polarizing Filters?

    I suspect inexperience with processing raw files at the time would have been the real culprit (thats a relatively new discipline for me). Whatever, having got used to Alamy's exacting standards, I think those pics would at best be marginal for QA purposes so I'm not going to risk them as they are. I'll have a play with one or two by downsizing a bit and see what they look like, thanks for the tip. I agree, and as per Kevin's reply, that too was where I started using them (Canon A1 with a selection of FD series lenses). Fortunately the subjects won't be going away any time soon so I'll just have to wait for the right conditions and go out and shoot some of those views again! Thanks everybody.
  12. Polarizing Filters?

    I was browsing some of my older pics recently, many of which were taken on a fine day with a Hoya circular polarizing filter fitted. Looking at them again, I reckon very few if any would get through QC, and would fail the SoLD test so I won't be uploading them. (They print to 16x12in on an 8-colour inkjet beautifully, but I quite understand thats a different set of requirements so no gripes from me). Since I've been using Lightroom, I find that quite often careful use of its own graduated filter can produce much the same result as a physical polarizing filter in front of the lens (the most recent 7 pictures in my portfolio have all had this treatment). Do any of you folks use polarizing filters, and if so, any recommendations as to manufacturer that doesn't soften the image in use?
  13. Favourite images uploaded in October 2017

    Something of rare phenomenon in my part of the world this year (since spring anyway!) - a day that isn't 10/10ths cloud. Low Force waterfall, Teesdale
  14. Favourite images uploaded in October 2017

    Its peat from the moors higher up, more pronounced after some heavy rain
  15. Favourite images uploaded in October 2017

    Low Force waterfall, Teesdale