Archive for January, 2011

Getting photos from an iPhone into Lightroom

I got an iPhone recently. The experiment this past weekend: Get photos that I captured on the device into Lightroom. I was apprehensive because I’d heard it was difficult to do—but it’s not. Sure, it’s tricky to do it wirelessly: you have to email yourself, or post photos one at a time to Dropbox or some other site, or get an app like Camera Plus Pro, which I wasn’t ready to do.

Happily, however, it’s a cakewalk to get my Camera Roll into Lightroom with a wire: Connect the iPhone to the Mac, open Lightroom, click Import. Voila. Lightroom recognizes the device, and I can import just as with any other camera.

For a video tutorial on going the other direction—getting photos from Lightroom onto your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad—see Terry White’s  Sync your photos from Lightroom to your iDevices (13:50).

Now that I covered some requisite learning content, here are the photos that I captured. Showing them is the real reason I wanted to write this post. I see these signs almost every day, down the street. The first one appeared a few months ago, along with the sculpture, on the fence next to the dry cleaner on the corner. Someone is adding a new sign every week or so, in roughly the order shown below. I find myself looking forward to passing this corner these days. It takes my breath away.

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Lightroom Help on the iPad

I got an iPad yesterday. One of the first things I did? Added Lightroom Help as a web clip to my Home screen:

  1. Open Safari on your iPad and navigate to Using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.
  2. Tap the  icon and choose Add To Home Screen.
  3. While you’re at it, repeat steps 1 and 2 for the Lightroom Help and Support page.

Now you have Adobe documentation and links to dozens of useful tutorials a tap away. Having Help or a tutorial open on an iPad while you work in Lightroom on your computer: Not Flashy. Just fun and functional.

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Lightroom catalog FAQ

Understanding how catalogs work and learning how to effectively create and manage them are two of the biggest challenges that new Lightroom users face. Setting up a catalog properly at the outset of using Lightroom can prevent big headaches down the road—and prevent you from being an otherwise experienced user who suddenly encounters catalog confusion.

Luckily, a great deal of learning content is available on how to create and manage Lightroom catalogs. For the basics, see the Lightroom Community Help page Creating and managing catalogs. But better yet, see our support doc Catalog FAQ | Lightroom. I just expanded it to cover even more frequently asked questions, such as how to move a catalog from a PC to a Mac and how to bring a Lightroom 2 catalog into Lightroom 3. I also added links to some great community tutorials on the various topics.

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