Photo Software Setup

Software

Setup notes
Using Google Drive (cheapest cloud replication storage) create a new “Pictures” directory withe following sub-directories:

  • Export: Images are exported from Lightroom using the publish plugin to two master sub albums. Sorted and Rejected. These directories are then copied to the server via rysnc over ssh.
  • Images: Master directory of all images.
  • Images-Never Publish: Photo’s I want to keep to embarrass the kids in the future but should never be public. e.g. someone signing a song in a bath towel.
  • Images-Pending: Photos just imported into Lightroom but have not been organized and/or rated.
  • LightRoom-Catalog: The name says it all. With multiple photographers keeping over 600K images in a single catalog, my puny 15K images will not strain the system at all.
  • raw-images: Original image files, keep a copy in case I screw up down the road in processing.

Lightroom Setup

  • Create a new catalog on the Google Drive sub folder
  • Setup the jf Folder Publisher by pointing to a new directory ~/Google Drive/Pictures/Export/rejected. Create a new smart collection for this publish service, include all images with less then two stars, Label Color is not red, and Folder does not contain “Never Publish”.
  • Right click on the existing jf Folder Publisher and select to create another “Publish Service via…”. Point to a new directory in ~/Google Drive/Pictures/Export/sorted. Create a new smart collection for this publish service, include all images greater then or equal to two stars, Label Color is not red, and Folder does not contain “Never Publish”.
  • Using the Lightroom Plugin Manager, disable any plugin not needed (e.g. Facebook, Behance, Flickr…)

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