The Digital Photo Guy

Lightroom Tips

by on Jul.09, 2011, under gear, Lightroom, Monday Morning Tips, Photo Editing, Photos, Photoshop CS2/4, Photoshop Elements

Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts Are Da Bomb

I’ve been using LR since ver. 1 but never tried to integrate it into my workflow because I didn’t want to lose my investment in Photoshop. When one invests effort into learning something, one doesn’t want to change unless the new thing offers a clear advantage. It’s the old, “Don’t confuse me with facts, I’ve got my mind made up!” mindset. I was of that mindset until LR 3 was released last year. Now, I’m a LR convert and, like ex-smokers, I can be a PITA to non-believers.

Two things are needed for LR to work for you. First, you have to be a photographer. By that, I mean someone engaged in the art of photography, not a snapshooter. Second, it helps if you’re trying to organize and enhance your photos, not cut, clone, add, delete or otherwise move pixels. Read this MMT for more details.

If, however, you fall into that small percentage of photographers who simply want to enhance already good photos, LR3 keyboard shortcuts can make your post processing even easier and faster.

Even better, LR has a shortcut that brings up content specific keyboard shortcuts. In other words, if you’re in the Library Module and press Control + / (Mac – Command + /) a pop-up window appears with keyboard shortcuts for the Library Module. If you’re in the Develop Module, the pop-up display shortcuts specific to the Develop Module. This helps you learn the shortcuts much more quickly than a dog-eared, coffee stained “cheat sheet” on your desk, somewhere!

Twitpic Rips-Off Your Photos

Do you use Twitpic to post photos to Twitter? If so, you’re giving them “a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the Content.” In other words, they can do whatever they want with the photos, video or any other content in perpetuity. Yes, they retain your work even if you remove them from the Twitpic site. How do you like them apples! (LINK to story)

I avoid Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and other forms of STD (socially transmitted dreck,) but I’m concerned my photos will be posted by someone else and become the property of Twitpic. If you’re an artist, you might want to ensure all your work is copyrighted.

The fastest, easiest way to apply a copyright notice to all your photo is to enter the info in the Copyright Info page of your camera. Most prosumer quality dSLRs have a menu for entering the owner’s name and copyright info directly into the camera’s IPTC fields. If your camera doesn’t have such a function, be sure to use the Metadata function in most photo editing programs to automatically enter the info as you process the images.

Keep in mind, you can’t collect damages unless you’ve registered your photos with the Copyright Office. Copyright automatically confers as soon as you press the shutter release but without it being registered, the best you’ll get is a removal of the infringing use.

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