I’m a photographer, and I blog. This means that I often use a lot of my own images on my blog posts. I use Lightroom 4 as my primary image-management application. Although I really like WordPress as a blogging engine, I find the process of uploading and adding images to a post to be a bit archaic. You can style your blog just about any way you want using CSS. You can add video pretty easily from a variety of different sources. When it comes to adding multiple images, however, the process is still pretty painful, and it’s the thing I dislike the most when it comes to writing a post. While you can upload multiple images at once using the built-in uploader in the latest versions of WordPress, laying out the images one by one is tedious. The process still requires that you prep the images first manually before you even bring up the uploader in the first place. That’s where the LR/Blog plug-in comes in.
A Lightroom Plug-In For Bloggers
With the LR/Blog plug-in, I can easily upload multiple images from Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to my blog so they’re ready to insert into my post, directly from Lightroom. Once you install the Lightroom plug-in and configure it for your blog (including image dimensions, quality settings, etc.), you then can upload any images from any catalog directly to your blog. If the original images are in RAW/ DNG, which most of mine are, the plug-in will do the temporary export to JPEG first, then upload the JPEGs. This is much faster than exporting out the JPEGs first, then going to the browser and choosing them to upload. Of course, it also can use your custom watermarks to watermark the images. Since it’s a full-fledged Export plug-in, you can create one or more Export presets so you can have a variety of different image export options at a click.
Perhaps you’d like to upload both a thumbnail size and a larger size for people to click on. The plug-in gives you the option of creating a post at the same time you do the export. With this option, the images not only are uploaded, but they’re also laid out via your custom HTML template into your post at the same time. Another option in this mode is the ability to insert captions under (or above) your photos from your metadata that you inserted while in Lightroom. If you’re not quite ready to write a post, you can use Lightroom and the LR/Blog plug-in to upload your images ahead of time. They’ll sit there in your WordPress Media section until you’re ready to use them in a post.
While I don’t always have the images that are going into my post in Lightroom, when I do, I always use this plug-in to get them to my blog. The LR/Blog plug-in is free to try. If you like it, the author asks for a very reasonable $12 fee. You can check out the LR/Blog plug-in here: www.photographers-toolbox.com/products/lrblog.php.
Terry White is a Worldwide Creative Suite Design Evangelist for Adobe Systems, Inc. He’s the host of the top-ranked, award-winning Adobe Creative Suite Video Podcast and the author of Secrets of Adobe Bridge. You can find his tech blog at www.terrywhite.com.