Friday, April 10, 2009

Get In Sync

Keeping files straight between your laptop and your workstation is a matter of technique. The D-65 group takes us through their highly developed procedure.


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7 Verify that in Lightroom’s Catalog settings, you’ve either checked Automatically write changes into XMP or that after you’re done tweaking all your files, you’ve selected all of them and chosen Save Metadata to File (Command S).

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Next, we’re going to select each folder of images that we worked on and export each as a catalog (Fig. 8). First, we select 20080616_indiancreek and then we select 20080618_lightning. We export them to our laptop’s desktop or to the external drive. We export first to the laptop desktop and then duplicate the catalog to an external drive(s) as a backup (Fig. 9).

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We return to the studio/home and plug the external drive into our main computer. At this point, you can copy the exported Catalog(s) and image files to your studio/home computer’s desktop or work off the external drive from location. In this demo, we moved the Catalog from the location laptop to our main desktop. We start Lightroom on the studio/home computer and choose from the Library Module File Menu > Import from Catalog (Fig. 10). We navigate to our desktop where we’ve placed the folder indiancreekjob, which was altered in the field (Fig. 11).

10 Because these files exist on our studio/home computer, we get a dialog box asking us what we want to do. We choose to Replace Metadata, Develop settings and negative files in order to update our Catalog at home that we altered in the field (Fig. 12).

11 The Indian Creek images that we altered on the field laptop computer are imported, and we up-date the existing images on our office/home computer.

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12 We repeat this process, this time importing the Lightning folder, which doesn’t yet exist on our home/office computer. Notice that the Existing Photos dialog box is grayed out (Fig. 13). Under File Handling, we choose Copy photos to a new location and add to catalog. We copy to our Lightroom_Library, where all of our image files live on our main computer.

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The files from the Lightning job and from the old Indian Creek job have been imported, and all material now on our main computer is up to date.

Summary
You use Lightroom on a main computer and you take a laptop on location. How you sync the work done on your laptop on location to your main computer is a critical part of your workflow. There are several methods that will accomplish this task in Lightroom. The choice you make will be dependent on whether you’re simply acquiring new information on location that you want to bring back to the main computer or you’re taking information from the main computer and working on that in the field and then synching that information back to the main computer. DPP

Seth Resnick and Jamie Spritzer are the founders of D-65, www.d-65.com. Their newest book is The Photoshop Lightroom Workbook, from which this article is excerpted.

 

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