A few months ago I bought a small film scanner. One of that $200 kind that scans one frame at a time. It scans surprisingly fast and fairly good quality. I wouldn’t use the scan as a basis to make a print, this is more for archival purposes. For that reason, I also don’t throw away my old negatives. When my parents passed away, I got all of their films, slides, and negatives. Along with my own films that I had forgotten about for nearly 40 years.

It seems to be on everyone’s mind nowadays. Lose weight and you live longer. I was told the same thing years ago, but I didn’t know we could have the same credo for Adobe Lightroom. When we create a panorama or HDR picture, the resulting DNG is rather… big. I’ll show you how to reduce this, keep the quality and recover the disk space wasted.

For a long time I have been lazy. Lazy with my landscape photos. While stating that “If I need more than 30 seconds to make the image look good, it’s trash” might be an idea, some images still deserve a little extra to show up nicely.

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Let’s start with the final result of a very simple image.

Well, just a few of them, there are more out there. Lately I was contacted by a few friends of mine that had issues with their hard drives. Of course it only happens to “others”, never to myself Smile. More people contacted me and told me they have no clue on how to make a decent and safe backup. That frightens me.

The most dreaded sentence to hear for anyone already having disk problems. As if this sentence would add insult to injury. And in a way, it does. It tells us that we have been even more careless than we should have been. Happily snapping away at the world, sharing a few of the best shots and reaping the likes, +1s and whatnot. Yet, one day, those pictures will be gone. Forever. Simply because digital data is perishable. Perishable as a frozen head of lettuce.

We all come across the situation where everything in a shot needs to be in focus, yet our equipment only allows for part of it to be in focus. So we stop down. F/11, F/16… still no good. F/32 is close, but still no cigar. The solution of “stopping down” may work, but still has its drawbacks. At f/32, there is little light left to work with and shutter speeds are getting too slow to handhold the camera. Cranking up the ISO to counter that reveals too much noise. Apparently there’s no way to win.

With the ongoing push of cloud storage nowadays, it seems like a logical solution for everything. Storing your photos “in the cloud” (not “in the clouds”…) is commonly accepted. Some exceptions apply, though. Lightroom is one of them.

It has been a while since I wrote the first two parts. Mainly because things happen, like “life”. So, to get back to my workflow, and to complete the series, what is left to be done to my pictures before they go out into the world? Until now, I have culled and re-culled them, leaving only the workable pictures. I have added keywords to them so that I will be able to find them again one day. I have geotagged them, so that I know where they were taken. What’s next?

In quality

Today, nearly everyone has a cellphone in his or her pocket. And it takes pictures. For years now, cellphone companies like Samsung, Apple or Google have touted to have the best cameras in the world, better than the competition and most of all, just as good as the cameras from reputable camera companies like Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Pentax, Fuji, Sony and more. Basically, it’s only because one always has a cellphone on his/her person, not always a DSLR or Mirrorless.

Is Adobe going to sue me for using older products?

You may have heard about the ongoing lawsuit between Adobe and Dolby Laboratories over the use of Dolby copyrighted code. Articles like these https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/a3xk3p/adobe-tells-users-they-can-get-sued-for-using-old-versions-of-photoshop or , here: https://petapixel.com/2019/05/14/adobe-warns-that-using-older-cc-apps-could-get-you-sued/. In some cases you may have received an email from Adobe containing this text.

Is Adobe going to sue me for using their Photoshop CS3? Or for my Lightroom 4 that I bought (and paid “dearly” for) so many years ago?

Lately I have seen a lot of questions on how to make Lightroom work more comfortable. There are many ways to improve a workflow, but none have made it more comfortable to work with Lightroom than a second monitor.