Lightroom goes mobile with the release of the iPad version!

Nearly a year ago, Tom Hogarty gave the first public sneak peek at Lightroom on the iPad on The Grid. Now it’s your turn to play! Adobe has just announced the public release of Lightroom mobile 1.0 for iPad.

Initially released for the iPad (iPad 2 or later, or any iPad mini, must be running iOS7), with additional devices to follow, it allows you to sync your photos from Lightroom 5.4 on your desktop to the Lightroom Sync cloud, and back down to your mobile devices. Using the Smart Preview technology introduced in Lightroom 5, smaller versions of your photos, including raw files, can be synced to your mobile device without taking up too much bandwidth or space.

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Viewing your photos on the iPad

Once the photos have downloaded to your iPad, you can browse through them while relaxing on the sofa, traveling on the train, or even sitting on the beach (although you might want to be careful about getting sand in your iPad!) If you know you’re not going to have internet access, you can cache them for offline use. Unlike many other apps, however, you’re not just limited to browsing. Lightroom mobile allows you to refine your photos, marking them with flags and as rejects, and those changes are automatically synced back to your desktop Lightroom catalog.

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Editing your photos

It can be difficult to decide whether a photo’s worth keeping without first making some basic Develop adjustments, so Lightroom mobile goes further, allowing you to edit the photos on your iPad. And like the flag status, these non-destructive Develop settings are also synced back to the desktop.
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Organizing your photos

Then you can organize the photos, copying or moving them into different collections. These groups of photos appear in the Collections panel when you return to the desktop.
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Sharing your photos

Finally, you can share your edited photos with others directly from your iPad, displaying a slideshow, sharing via Facebook, Twitter or email, or by sending them to another app of your choice.

Adding new photos on the iPad

But what if you’ve shot some photos using your iPad, or uploaded them from a camera using the Camera Connection Kit? Lightroom can import any JPEG or PNG files and upload them to your Lightroom desktop catalog automatically, so you don’t even have to wait until you get home to start editing them. Note that you can’t import raw files on the iPad (although there’s a workaround in my book…)

Early Days

Lightroom for mobile doesn’t offer the same feature-set as Lightroom for desktop. Mobile apps are better for their simplicity, and some tasks are better suited to a touch environment than others.
It’s early days, and the mobile app will grow over time, just like its desktop companion. The first Lightroom public beta for the desktop didn’t even have a crop tool, but look at it now!

Web view

What happens if you don’t have your iPad with you, and you want to show someone your photos? That’s no problem either. You can simply visit http://lightroom.adobe.com using any web browser, for example, using your mobile phone, and log into your account. From there you can view your collections of photos, and you can share public links to those collections with friends and family.
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So how much does it cost?

The best news is it’s FREE if you have a Creative Cloud subscription, either for the full Creative Cloud or for the $9.99/month Photography Bundle. That bundle is a fantastic deal! The Photography Bundle includes the latest version of Lightroom (so that’ll include LR6, when it’s released), the latest version of Photoshop CC, 20GB of CC cloud space, Behance Portfolio membership, PLUS it now includes an unlimited amount of Lightroom Sync space.

If you’re not keen on subscribing to software, that’s ok. Lightroom mobile does require cloud access, so you would need to sign up for the Photographer’s Bundle if you want to use it, but you can still keep your perpetual license for Lightroom, and just use the Lightroom Sync space part of the cloud subscription. You might even be tempted to play with Photoshop CC. And there’s a 30 day trial, so you can test it for yourself before making a decision.

Get started

So how do you get started? Download Lightroom 5.4 from these links – Windows / Mac - and install it, or update from the Creative Cloud system tray/menubar app if you’re already a CC member. Click the Identity Plate to sign in with your Adobe ID, then add a special sync checkmark next to the Collections you want to sync. You can watch the upload progress in the Activity Center.
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Then go to the App Store and download the Lightroom app. It may take a short time before it’s available in all countries, so check back later if it’s not available yet.

Curious to learn more?

You could spend a few hours tapping around the app, and figuring it out as you go along, but there are some hidden tricks and workarounds I think you’ll want to know about, so I’ve created a 98 page eBook to save you some time and help you get the best out of it.
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For advanced users, there are cheat sheets showing all of the touch commands, including a few hidden tricks, and there are also some geeky workarounds for Lightroom mobile’s limitations.
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If you’re more technically challenged, don’t worry, it also covers everything step-by-step using my popular conversational FAQ format.
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The Lightroom mobile for iPad book costs just £3.95 GBP – that’s about $6.50 USD* – and it comes in 3 popular eBook formats (PDF, ePub, Kindle). I’ll continue to update it as new version 1 features are added. Even if you’re not sure whether Lightroom mobile will fit into your workflow, you’ll have all the information you need to quickly make a decision.

Tempted? Here’s the purchase link to get your copy for just £3.95. 

If you haven’t read my Lightroom 5 book yet, you might want to read that too, so I’ve created a special bundle at just £18.50 GBP – that’s about $30.50 USD* – for both. That includes the Lightroom 5 and Lightroom mobile for iPad books in PDF, ePub and Kindle formats. Here’s the special bundle link.

And most importantly… have fun!

 

* Approximate currency conversion calculated 4 April 2014. Actual currency conversion from British Pound Sterling will be calculated by PayPal or your card company.

Lightroom 5.4 bugs and Lightroom mobile workflow ideas

Lightroom 5.4 and Lightroom mobile have been available for about 10 days now, and of course a few bugs have reared their ugly heads.  Here are the solutions and temporary workarounds:

  • If Lightroom says “Sign in failure. Please try again later. (attempt to index a nil value)”, click here to view the tech note or here to view the forum thread with screenshots.
  • Photos deleted from Lightroom mobile show as synced in Lightroom – there’s more information in this tech note.
  • Some users with current CC subscriptions were showing as trial mode, but that should now be fixed.
  • Some Windows users (nothing to do with mobile) are seeing an Assertion Failed error message when starting Lightroom 5.4.  There’s a solution in this tech note.
  • Some Mac users are seeing Lightroom get stuck in Full Screen Preview mode if they quit Lightroom while using that view. While waiting for an official fix, press SHIFT+F after re-opening LR to get out of the loop.

 

Now back to the fun!  Are you using Lightroom mobile on your iPad?  If so, how is it fitting into your workflow so far? I’ve heard some interesting ideas:

 

CLEARING BACKLOG

Do you still have a backlog of photos you’ve haven’t finished sorting out yet? If you sync them all to Lightroom mobile and mark them for offline editing, you can make good use of odd 10 minute breaks to start reducing that backlog, even if you don’t have internet access.

 

FAMILY DAY OUT

You get back from a family day out and upload the photos to the desktop. Then you get THAT look – you’re not going to spend the whole evening on the computer looking through the photos, are you? No, certainly not, you’re going to sync them to your iPad, and by the time you’re sat down relaxing with the family, you can browse through them on your iPad.

 

PORTFOLIO

You run into an old friend when you’re out, or perhaps a potential client, and want to show them that photo of… anything! Once you’ve synced your catalog of photos to the Lightroom Sync cloud, your whole portfolio will be at your fingertips, and will be automatically updated with any changes you’ve made since you first synced them. No more trying to remember to update your portfolio app.

 

VACATION

You’ve had a relaxing day at the beach, and while everyone else is getting ready for dinner, you upload your photos and start sorting out the best ones. When you get home from the airport, you’re not faced with thousands of photos waiting to be sorted out because you’ve already done the initial edits. (This one only works well if you only shoot JPEG as Lightroom mobile can’t directly import raw files on the iPad version).

 

THE FAMILY SLIDESHOW

You’re not going to try to gather the family around the computer to show them your vacation photos, are you? Why not hook your iPad up to the TV using an HDMI adaptor or stream the photos to an AppleTV using AirPlay, and then you can watch your Lightroom slideshow on the big screen.

 

EDIT WITH A CLIENT

You’ve already edited a shoot on your desktop, and now you’re ready to show your client. Sync the photos to your iPad, and mark them for offline editing so you don’t have to
wait for them to load. Then you’re ready to sit down with your client and sort through the photos, marking their favorites with flags and rejecting others. They want to see a different crop? Not a problem, you can do it right there with them, and the edits are automatically synced back to the desktop ready for you to order the prints.

 

What’s new in Lightroom 5.4?

A few weeks ago, ACR 8.4 was released as a Release Candidate, but there was no sign of a Lightroom 5.4 RC. That was unusual, to say the least, and frustrating for many photographers with the latest and greatest cameras. There was a good reason, however. 5.4 adds support for syncing to Lightroom mobile, allowing you access to your catalog from your iPad. We’ll come back to that in the next post but first, there’s the usual list of what’s new in Lightroom 5.4.

Here are the update download links: WindowsMac

 

So what’s new?  Camera support, for a start:

  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II (preliminary support)
  • Canon EOS 1200D (REBEL T5, KISS X70)
  • Casio EX-100
  • DJI Phantom
  • Fujifilm X-T1
  • Hasselblad H5D-50c
  • Hasselblad HV
  • Nikon D4S
  • Nikon 1 V3 (preliminary support)
  • Nikon D3300
  • Nikon COOLPIX P340
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10 (preliminary support)
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS40 (DMC-TZ60, DMC-TZ61)
  • Phase One IQ250
  • Samsung NX30
  • Sony Alpha a5000 (ILCE-5000)
  • Sony Alpha a6000 (ILCE-6000)
  • Click to view the full list of supported cameras

There are some new camera emulation profiles (Provia/Standard, Velvia/Vivid, Astia/Soft, Monochrome, etc.) for a selection of Fuji cameras:

  • Fujifilm X-A1
  • Fujifilm X-E1
  • Fujifilm X-E2
  • Fujifilm X-M1
  • Fujifilm X-S1
  • Fujifilm X-T1
  • Fujifilm X-Pro1
  • Fujifilm X10
  • Fujifilm X20
  • Fujifilm XF1
  • Fujifilm XQ1
  • Fujifilm X100
  • Fujifilm X100S

There are also some new lens profiles:

  • Canon mount:
    • Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
    • Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II
    • Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 ZE
    • SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM A013
    • Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM
    • Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM EXT
  • DJI mount:
    • Phantom Vision FC200 (for raw files)
  • Fujifilm mount:
    • Fujifilm X100S
  • Nikon mount:
    • Nikon 1 NIKKOR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 VR
    • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
    • SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM A013
    • Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II
    • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED
    • Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 ZF.2
    • Nikon COOLPIX P340
  • Sony E mount:
    • Sony E PZ 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
  • Sony FE mount:
    • Sony FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS
    • Sony FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS
  • Sony Alpha mount:
    • Sony 20mm F2.8
    • Sony 24mm F2 ZA SSM o Sony 35mm F1.4 G
    • Sony 50mm F1.4
    • Sony 50mm F1.4 ZA
    • Sony 50mm F2.8 Macro
    • Sony 85mm F1.4 ZA
    • Sony 85mm F2.8 SAM
    • Sony 135mm F1.8 ZA
    • Sony DT 11-18mm F4.5-5.6
    • Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM
    • Sony DT 16-80mm F3.5-4.5 ZA
    • Sony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II
    • Sony DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM
    • Sony DT 30mm F2.8 Macro SAM
    • Sony DT 35mm F1.8 SAM
    • Sony DT 50mm F1.8 SAM
    • Sony DT 55-200mm F4-5.6 SAM
    • Sony DT 55-300mm F4.5-5.6 SAM
  • Sigma mount:
    • SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM A013
  • Other:
    • Apple iPhone 5c

Of course there are also bug fixes:

  • Not technically a bug, but Lightroom will now keep the computer awake if a process is running, such as exporting, syncing with Publish Services, building previews, etc. Previously, it followed your OS setting, meaning it could fall asleep part way through the process.
  • There are some slideshow fixes, including slideshows not playing on some machines.
  • More attention has been given to sharpening/noise reduction while exporting.
  • Don’t Enlarge in the Export dialog now works correctly.
  • and a few more besides!

And finally, there’s support for the new Lightroom Sync feature, which allows you to sync specific collections to the cloud and then view and edit them on your mobile device! More on that in my next post

Disaster strikes – a corrupted catalog!

“The Lightroom catalog is corrupt and cannot be repaired.” Words that strike fear into Lightroom users worldwide.

Catalog corruption is very rare, but if you’re the unsuspecting victim, that’s no consolation. But don’t worry, it’s very easy to restore your most recent catalog backup. That’s why you create backups, after all!

 

How often should you back up your catalog?

First, we should briefly talk about backup frequency. If something went wrong, how much work could you afford to lose? A month? A week? A day? Go to Edit menu (Windows) / Lightroom menu > Catalog Settings to check and update your backup frequency. If you’re not already familiar with Lightroom’s catalog backup, click here for a quick introduction.

One warning – whenever you do any significant renaming or rearranging of photos or folders, go back to that dialog and select ‘When Lightroom next exits’ from that pop-up and then quit Lightroom. That will run a backup on-demand. Backups with different folder structures or filenames are a nightmare to restore, so it’s worth spending a few minutes preventing problems.

 

Restoring a backup catalog

So imagine the worst has happened, and Lightroom is telling you it can’t repair your corrupted catalog. You have a folder overflowing with backups, but what do you do with them? Let’s walk through it step by step.

  1. Close Lightroom.
  2. Find your catalog on the hard drive. By default, the catalog will be stored in a Lightroom folder within your main Pictures folder, but you may have chosen a different location. The catalog ends in .lrcat – that’s LRCAT.
  3. Create a subfolder called something like ‘corrupted catalog’ and drag your corrupted catalog into that subfolder. You can delete it later, once you’re back up and running.
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  1. Find your catalog backups folder. By default, they’ll be in a Backups folder next to your catalog, but you may have chosen a different location in the backup dialog.
  2. Inside the Backups folder are a series of subfolders. The name of each subfolder is the date and time the backup was created. Open the most recent backup folder and inside it you’ll find a backup catalog with the same name as the original.
  3. COPY that backup catalog back to the usual catalog folder. There are 2 reasons we’re copying it, rather than opening it in its current location. Firstly, it’s easy to forget where your catalog is stored if it’s buried deep in a backup subfolder. Also, you don’t want to work directly on the last good backup, just in case you do something wrong. Working on a copy means you can restore from this backup again.backups-copycatalog
  1. Once the catalog is back in its usual location, double-click on it to open it into Lightroom and check that everything’s back to normal.
  2. If your backup was really out of date, there may be additional cleanup to do, including re-importing and re-editing newer photos and removing references to photos you’d deleted. If you get stuck with the cleanup, feel free to post on www.lightroomforums.net and we’ll guide you to the right conclusion.

Before you do anything else, go and check that your catalog backups are recent. You could even run a backup on demand now, and practise restoring it, so you don’t panic if you ever see that dreaded error message.

What’s your workflow, Matt Campagna?

This month Matt Campagna, of The Turning Gate, was kind enough to sit down and share his Lightroom workflow with us. Matt creates some of the best Lightroom web galleries that are available, and his galleries have always been my first choice over the years.

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What’s your background? Have you always been a keen photographer?

I’ve been shooting images since my teens. I don’t remember exactly when I started, but I inherited a Vivitar SLR and two lenses from my father at some point thereabout. It was the same camera he used to photograph my childhood from the time I was born, and I carried it forward into university, where I became the photo editor for the campus newspaper, and the sole occupant of a university-funded black-and-white darkroom for which I requisitioned whatever I wanted. I graduated college in 2000, and went to Seoul, South Korea to live in 2002 because I was bored. This would become a recurring theme in life.

Following my first years living abroad in Korea, I returned to the United States to work for a small, rural newspaper in Bath County, Virginia — where my family had relocated to while I was overseas — and there went digital with Canon’s first Rebel DSLR. At that point I’d been into hobby web-design for some time, and so digital photography was an easy fit, as it allowed me to take images from camera-to-web with ease.

I returned to Korea for another three year stint, working as an English teacher and engaged in a personal photography project. I started The Turning Gate during this time, and in 2008 returned to the U.S. to attend Hallmark Institute of Photography in Turners Falls, Massachusetts. From there I went to Dallas, TX to live with a friend and to work in commercial photo studios with the likes of Stewart Cohen, Manny Rodriguez, Vanessa Gavalya and Clay Haynor — excellent photographers all.

My work in Dallas opened doors in Los Angeles, and I relocated to help launch a startup commercial photo studio in West Hollywood, mostly shooting images for online retail. In the line of duty, shot some wardrobe from major Hollywood films, met a handful of celebrities, and decided that LA wasn’t really the place I wanted to be. I withdrew and in 2012 returned to South Korea, where I presently reside.

What kinds of photography do you enjoy? Any favorite photos/galleries you’d like to share?

I’ve attempted many types of photography, including various types of commercial work, portraiture, aerial, photojournalism, and even a few half-hearted attempts at “fashion”. In following my path, I have found that travel and landscape photography resonate most strongly with my interests. My personal site is almost entirely travel photography, with a bit of concert shooting thrown in for fun.

I love a good landscape. Michael Kenna’s work from Hokkaido, Japan leaves me feeling entirely inadequate as a photographer.

I recently took my first crack at underwater photography, returned with mixed results but loved the experience. I’d like to make further attempts, but will need to work toward it — maybe look into getting PADI certified, do more research on underwater photo gear, then start thinking about travel arrangements.

My favorite work tends to be whatever is most recent at the time of asking. My most recent work I always publish for public consumption at CampagnaPictures.com, purely to share and with no intent to profit. If my images mean anything to anyone, then I’m ecstatic. Last year I got an email from a fellow saying that my Cambodia gallery inspired him to travel there, and I was just rapt to hear it.

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What’s your usual Lightroom workflow, from shoot to output?

For what little commercial work I do these days, I shoot with the Nikon D4. For everything else, Fujifilm’s X100s is my camera of choice.

I typically shoot to memory card, then import to Lightroom at the end of the day.

As a first step, I assign file names. This is very, very important to me. File names are visible everywhere: in Lightroom, in my file system, on the Web, etc. When I name files, I’m already thinking about output; for example, file names on the Web should always match to images in my library. You put your images out there, and you never know when an image might find its way back home … consistent file naming ensures that when someone emails you about a specific image, you can find the master with ease.

My personal file name convention goes like this:

my initials – date – time – keywords (wide-to-narrow) – sequence number

For example:

mc-20140228-1300-South-Korea-Seoul-Namdaemun-Market-0001.dng

I convert all of my files to DNG, mostly to save space. Regardless of camera manufacturer, Adobe’s DNG format tends to be significantly smaller in file size than native camera raw files. The DNG’s fast load data is also a plus for speeding up the rest of the workflow.

After naming and converting my files, I run through the images to apply processing and ratings. I sometimes rate images before running them through Develop, but often can’t decide on a final rating until after cropping and develop settings are applied.

Images that I intend to keep for whatever personal reasons, I assign one star; I am the only person who ever sees one-star images.

Images that I intend to share with people directly involved, I assign two stars; these might be funny outtakes or unflattering images that nonetheless may have some inherent value to parties directly involved.

To images to be seen outside the inner circle, I assign three stars. These would be the vacation photos I show only to family members, because blood dictates that I may subject them to more photos than anyone else could bear.

Four-star photos go to my website for the general public, and five-star images qualify for portfolio inclusion.

Zero-star photos may live in my library for a time, but will eventually be deleted when I go on a cleaning binge.

For processing, I often apply Lens Corrections first, and I am a huge fan of VSCO Film presets. Their film emulations are just fantastic. I often tweak sliders in the Basic, Detail and Effects panels; less often I twiddle with the knobs under HSL and Split Toning. I’m not huge on digital manipulation; I like to do the bulk of my work in capture. My adjustments are mostly about color and exposure, and not so much about content.

I then publish images to my website using Publish Services from Lightroom’s Library. For this, I rely on the TTG CE3 Publisher plugin. It’s as easy as creating or adding to a collection, then pressing the “Publish” button.

What’s your favorite Lightroom feature?

Tough question. I practically live in the Web module, but Develop is magnificent, and the Library came as a revelation when Lightroom was first unveiled to the public.

My favorite Lightroom feature is … Lightroom. Just the whole damn thing. Except the Book module; I think it’s just too narrow in scope, lacking even an API on which third-parties might build, and so I just don’t care about it.

What would you like to see in a future Lightroom version?

It probably puts me in the minority, but I don’t want new features; I like Lightroom just the way it is. I’d just like it to be faster, to see its performance improved. In the years since it’s release, Lightroom has become bloated and slow. Not unusably slow obviously, but slower than I would like.

Looking at the downloaded Mac packages I have on-hand, LR1 was 45MB, and LR3 was 118MB. For Lightroom 4, the application leapt from 118MB to a whopping 448MB! Lightroom 5.3 is 504MB. So in five generations, the application has inflated to more than 10x its original size! That’s just massive, and I miss the sexy thing Lightroom used to be.

Age incurs some bloat, naturally; I’m 35 and heavier than I was at 20. Every time we add new camera support or a new lens profile, or a new processing version or module, the application will grow. But rather than getting new feature X, I’d rather see the application be optimized, the code tightened, the overhead reduced, and longstanding bugs put into their graves. It would be a massive undertaking, I know, but I think the application would benefit tremendously from the effort. [Me too Matt! - VB]

Sadly, something like “Lightroom 6: Just like Lightroom 5, but faster!” makes for poor marketing.

Lightroom’s Web module tends to be overlooked, but you’ve created some fantastic gallery templates. Can you tell us a bit about them?

Happily!

I create Web module plugins, which I sell from The Turning Gate, formerly a personal site evolved into a business over time, which is why the name is so utterly nonsensical. We go by TTG for short.

When Lightroom launched at 1.0, I saw potential in its Web module, but was unhappy with its default gallery styles. Fortunately, there’s an SDK and the module is built for third-party extensibility. And so I set about to create a web gallery that I would actually want to use, then shared it with others. My first gallery was met with overwhelming enthusiasm; feedback and feature requests followed, then additional plugins, and I eventually had to move to a premium distribution model to justify the time I was spending on development and support of the plugins I was making. It’s now my full time job.

That all started in 2007. Now in 2014, The Turning Gate is a cooperative effort between myself and my longtime friend and collaborator Ben Williams. We are photographers both, though Ben is more of a hobbyist, while I’ve gone through the professional paces. Our current series is branded CE3 (Core Elements 3), comprising nine plugins.

The plugins are designed as components to be used in tandem, but many of our plugins can also be used individually, by users who maybe just want a way to create galleries without buying into our full system.

For example, CE3 Gallery can be used standalone to create image galleries in a variety of styles. Meanwhile, CE3 Client Response Gallery can be used to publish galleries from which clients may submit selects or feedback on images.

To organize multiple galleries into categories, we offer CE3 Auto Index; it creates gallery index pages, so if you had galleries for France, Italy and Spain, then you could group them as “Travel”, and visitors would be able to access each of those galleries from the Travel page of your website. Visiting Germany later, you could then very easily add the new gallery to your Travel page; upload the gallery’s folder and it automatically appears in the index.

I already mentioned our publish services plugin, CE3 Publisher. A favorite amongst our customers, it allows you to create and manage galleries from Lightroom’s Library, using the Publish Services panel. Once setup, it’s the easiest way by far to keep a website up-to-date with new images and galleries.

We’ve also developed a shopping cart system that integrates with our Gallery plugin, and that allows photographers to sell image prints or downloads, or any other type of product.

Finally, we offer CE3 Pages for the creation of static websites, and CE3 Theme for WordPress, a WordPress theme that can be customized from within Lightroom and then used either for blogging or as the base for a WordPress-managed website.

All of the plugins offer features for customization of colors, branding, layout, behavior, etc., and the output pages and galleries can be localized into non-English languages.

Our designs are also responsive, meaning they can be viewed and used on desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile phone. We work hard to keep up with the latest trends in accessing the Internet, and it’s of the utmost importance to us that our creations function across the widest possible range of computers and devices.

Combined, our plugins provide a powerful publishing platform for managing a complete photographic website from within Lightroom, and offer a robust feature set including search engine optimizations, social networking support, Google Maps integration for geotagged images, and loads more. Over the years, we’ve garnered an active and loyal user base, entirely thanks to the strength of our products, the quality of our support, and the word-of-mouth of our users. We love our users, as we’d be nowhere without them.

And if you’ve read this far, I invite you to download are latest freebie, the 2014 HTML Gallery[It's a great gallery, but FREE is an even better price!! - VB]

If people want to follow your work, where can they find you?

I frequently blog at The Turning Gate, typically on topics relating to photographers who are also managing their own websites and web presence. This includes plugin updates and other related announcements, but also some general interest articles that would apply to any online photographer, even those not using our plugins. That’s at:
http://theturninggate.net/

Everything we have to offer is in our shop:
http://shop.theturninggate.net/

You can follow The Turning Gate on Facebook or Twitter as @theturninggate:

My personal site runs on TTG plugins, and you can follow my travels and photographic work at:
http://campagnapictures.com/
And I thank you very much, Victoria, for allowing me the opportunity to rant at your wonderful readers. Yes you, you wonderful readers. ;-)

[Thanks for your time Matt. It's been great to get to know you and your Lightroom workflow a bit better - VB]

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