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Jul 24th

2007

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CategoryPosted in: Lightroom & Workflow

Lightroom Libraries/Catalogues

I’ve been having issues with Lightroom lately. It is, no doubt, operating exactly the way it is meant to, but problematically I don’t know how that is. So I messed around with some files and life has been miserable and now I have split my libraries and am re-importing all 40,000 some images. Jeepers.

So in an effort to divide my images over two drives and have back-ups of each, here is my solution from the beginning.

Hard drive one has two initial folders – one marked IMAGES, the other marked LIBRARY. The images go into IMAGES (duh) and then I open Lightroon, create a new catalogue and specify the LIBRARY folder. It then creates all it’s needed folders and files therein. Now import the images and specify the IMAGES folder as your source. Presto.

Now open the preferences in Lightroom and have it backup your library according to your personal preferences – I like it done every time Lightroom starts. It will then ask you WHERE to back up the catalogue, and that’s where drive number two comes in. In drive number two I have two folders as well. One marked BACKUP IMAGES, one marked BACKUP CATALOGUE (although I still use the word "library"). Specify BACKUP CATALOGUE as the destination for these backups. Now you just have to copy all your image files (I know, this is a heavy time commitment) to the BACKUP IMAGES folder on the second drive.

From now on when you import images you specify Drive 1, the IMAGES folder, and whatever subfolder structure you like, for the new images, and in the Backup to: dialogue specify the same subfolder in the BACKUP IMAGES folder on Drive 2. Now you have your images backed up, and your catalogues backed up.

One more thing I have done to make this all a little easier to navigate, I took down my logoed custom identity plate and simply put in – PIXELATED IMAGE Library -2004-2006 – or PIXELATED IMAGE Library 2007, so I can immediately tell which catalogue I am using and which drives I am working out of.

I’m betting there are more elegant solutions to all this and I’m eager to hear about them if you have them. But for now, this is my solution – it’s easy for me to remember and the files are where I need them all. Sure, I need four 500gb drives, but if one crashes, I’m golden.

Jul 23rd

2007

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CategoryPosted in: Without The Frame

Without The Frame, VI

Kathmandu, 2007. This image is a result of pure dumb luck, as I am beginning to suspect the bulk of my images are. I was wandering the back alleys of Bhoda, just on the outskirts of Kathmandu, it was early morning, 6:30am, and the promised rainy season had just shown up. Truth be told I […]

Jul 19th

2007

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CategoryPosted in: GEAR, News & Stuff, Web/Tech

ZINK joins PixelatedImage.

A couple months ago I posted news about a new product called ZINK. ZINK stands for Zero INK and is the future of mobile printing. We have mobile everything and cell phones now have cameras, but still no way to easily print those images. Enter ZINK. In a few months the first ZINK printers will […]