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Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques

Sending high-resolution images via FTP


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Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques

with Chris Orwig

Video: Sending high-resolution images via FTP

As a professional photographer, it's very common to have the need to be able to upload or FTP files to a client. In other words, let's say we do a commercial shoot. We take all these photographs. We show the client a web gallery of these images. They then say, "You know what? We really want these 15 or these 50 or these 100 images, and we need high-res files. And we want you to upload those files to our server, so that we can use them in some marketing campaign." Well, in order to do that, a lot of times what we do is we export from Lightroom, and then we open up an FTP program to upload the images.
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  1. 5m 57s
    1. Welcome
      2m 11s
    2. Strategies for success
      1m 49s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 57s
  2. 39m 0s
    1. Understanding how Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop work together
      6m 25s
    2. Working with Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop
      6m 35s
    3. Maximizing compatibility with Photoshop
      4m 7s
    4. Resolving Camera Raw mismatches
      7m 47s
    5. Customizing external editor naming
      3m 54s
    6. Stacking multiple photos
      5m 25s
    7. What to do when Bridge isn't seeing the raw adjustments
      4m 47s
  3. 18m 30s
    1. Setting up an additional external editor
      6m 38s
    2. Should I work with TIFF or PSD files?
      1m 3s
    3. Setting up an export preset
      4m 4s
    4. Integrating Photoshop actions into Lightroom
      6m 45s
  4. 11m 46s
    1. What are catalogs and why do they matter?
      3m 38s
    2. Where are my images?
      4m 2s
    3. The nuts and bolts of catalogs
      1m 52s
    4. Understanding catalogs, collections, and folders
      2m 14s
  5. 15m 22s
    1. Working with folders
      3m 22s
    2. Working with collections
      3m 55s
    3. The collections workflow
      8m 5s
  6. 16m 5s
    1. Exporting and importing catalogs
      7m 52s
    2. Diagramming multiple catalogs and computers
      2m 10s
    3. When to use multiple catalogs on one computer
      3m 40s
    4. Cleaning up the catalog mess
      2m 23s
  7. 10m 55s
    1. Catalog backup defaults
      4m 7s
    2. Performing a better catalog backup
      3m 45s
    3. Restoring from a backup catalog
      1m 27s
    4. Optimizing catalogs
      1m 36s
  8. 12m 24s
    1. Hard drive options
      9m 50s
    2. Further resources
      2m 34s
  9. 9m 46s
    1. Setting up tethered capture
      3m 12s
    2. Custom tethered capture white balance
      6m 34s
  10. 43m 38s
    1. Enhancing eyes
      8m 59s
    2. Whitening teeth
      2m 51s
    3. Smoothing skin
      6m 45s
    4. Reducing small blemishes
      6m 56s
    5. Darkening or dodging with the Adjustment brush
      2m 29s
    6. Adding dimensions and contrast
      4m 53s
    7. Retouching workflow with Photoshop and Lightroom, pt. 1: Reducing blemishes
      7m 10s
    8. Retouching workflow with Photoshop and Lightroom, pt. 2: Smoothing skin
      3m 35s
  11. 21m 42s
    1. Understanding color space and preventing color profile mismatch
      3m 29s
    2. Monitor calibration with ColorMunki
      1m 5s
    3. Working with ColorChecker Passport
      59s
    4. Creating and exporting a ColorChecker Passport profile
      5m 44s
    5. Choosing and applying a profile
      6m 42s
    6. Saving a profile as a preset
      3m 43s
  12. 19m 0s
    1. Are your prints too dark?
      5m 47s
    2. Monitor brightness presets
      3m 4s
    3. Custom grid layouts
      3m 38s
    4. Importing and exporting custom presets
      2m 31s
    5. Exporting from Lightroom to Pictage
      4m 0s
  13. 20m 19s
    1. Designing a custom watermark in Photoshop
      7m 0s
    2. Implementing a custom watermark
      3m 54s
    3. Using a custom watermark for effect in a slideshow
      5m 54s
    4. Using a custom watermark for effect in a web gallery
      3m 31s
  14. 15m 28s
    1. Exporting images for a Blurb photo book
      6m 45s
    2. Downloading and installing Blurb BookSmart
      44s
    3. Building and designing a Blurb book
      7m 59s
  15. 17m 26s
    1. Publishing to the iPhone or iPad
      8m 45s
    2. Publishing to Facebook
      2m 24s
    3. Publishing to Flickr
      3m 19s
    4. Publishing to SmugMug
      2m 58s
  16. 17m 31s
    1. Web galleries and web hosting
      2m 52s
    2. Creating and uploading a gallery
      6m 29s
    3. Popular web gallery plug-ins
      3m 10s
    4. Installing and uploading a web gallery plug-in
      5m 0s
  17. 25m 44s
    1. Exporting to burn on DVD or Blu-ray
      5m 33s
    2. Exporting to a blog
      9m 16s
    3. Exporting for the web
      3m 26s
    4. Exporting and posting a slideshow or video
      4m 34s
    5. Creating a Lightroom screensaver
      2m 55s
  18. 10m 10s
    1. Creating a client web gallery template
      4m 1s
    2. Sending high-resolution images via FTP
      6m 9s
  19. 10m 23s
    1. Emailing images from Lightroom
      5m 31s
    2. Emailing images from Lightroom with Gmail
      4m 52s
  20. 11m 59s
    1. Installing plug-ins
      6m 17s
    2. Accessing plug-ins
      3m 10s
    3. Creative plug-in resources
      2m 32s
  21. 45m 6s
    1. General navigation shortcuts
      6m 21s
    2. Importing shortcuts
      5m 49s
    3. Library module shortcuts
      8m 15s
    4. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 1
      4m 42s
    5. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 2
      4m 29s
    6. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 3
      5m 24s
    7. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 4
      3m 39s
    8. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 5
      5m 11s
    9. Shortcut resources
      1m 16s
  22. 6m 13s
    1. General tips
      2m 28s
    2. Increasing the cache size for greater speed
      3m 45s
  23. 55s
    1. Goodbye
      55s

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Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques
6h 45m Advanced Nov 23, 2010

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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques, photographer Chris Orwig shows how to master the subtleties of Lightroom 3 and maximize its efficiency. The course begins with an in-depth exploration of Lightroom catalogs to keep track of photos, collections, keywords, stacks, and more. Along the way, Chris shows how to integrate Bridge and Photoshop in the Lightroom workflow and shares advanced techniques, including image editing with the adjustment brush, automating actions, using plug-ins and extensions, exporting to email or an FTP server, and more. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Maximizing file compatibility
  • Speeding up the workflow with automation
  • Working with catalogs, collections, and folders
  • Diagramming multiple catalogs and computers
  • Performing and restoring backups
  • Setting up tethered capture
  • Advanced retouching techniques, such as eye enhancement and blemish reduction
  • Working with color profiles
  • Perfecting prints from Lightroom
  • Creating custom watermarks
  • Making a custom web gallery
  • Exporting and publishing photos
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Lightroom
Author:
Chris Orwig

Sending high-resolution images via FTP

As a professional photographer, it's very common to have the need to be able to upload or FTP files to a client. In other words, let's say we do a commercial shoot. We take all these photographs. We show the client a web gallery of these images. They then say, "You know what? We really want these 15 or these 50 or these 100 images, and we need high-res files. And we want you to upload those files to our server, so that we can use them in some marketing campaign." Well, in order to do that, a lot of times what we do is we export from Lightroom, and then we open up an FTP program to upload the images.

Well, there is a better way, and the better way involves using the FTP Publisher that you can find in photographers-toolbox.com. So first, go ahead and navigate to photographers-toolbox.com/products/ ftppublisher.php. Or you can simply go to the site and then search around; you'll find it pretty easily. What this allows us to do is to stay inside of Lightroom and to do our FTP transferring right inside of Lightroom.

Well, first things first. How do we work with this? What we'll want to do is click on this Download the FTP Publisher. You will note that this allows you to only upload three images at a time, although it is free. And then, if you want to make a donation, you'll then get a serial number, which will allow you unlimited amount of file transfer. So, in this case, I'm just going to use the trial version, test it out, see if I like it, and then if you do like it, go back, scroll down, and you can make a little donation there. Okay, once you've downloaded this, it will save this little lrplugin file; in this case, you can see I have it on my Desktop, in a folder called downloads.

Well, I need to install that in Lightroom. So to do so, I'll go to Lightroom here. And inside of Lightroom, I'm going to go to File and then open my Plug-in Manager. Now, we can't simply add a plug-in file from wherever it is-- currently on my Desktop. Although what I like to do is to keep them all in the same location. So, as I've shown before, it's nice to click on one of your plug-ins. You'll see, hey, this is where it's located. You can click Show in Finder. That will then take you to that plug-in folder. Grab the plug-in you want to install and then simply drag and drop it into that location, and now you're good to go.

All right, well back in Lightroom, what we'll want to do here is click out of this window and actually quit Lightroom. So here, I'm going to quit Lightroom, skip the backup--no need to do that this time--and then re-launch Lightroom. Once Lightroom has been fired up, we'll go to our File pulldown menu and go to Plug-in Manager. There you can see we have that FTP Publisher. Now, again, if you want to have unlimited uploads, you could paste in your registration code here.

It also has the ability to check for updates, debugging, status--all those things are really good to go. So we don't need to do anything else besides click Done. Make sure that's installed. We are now ready to upload some images. Well, the way that we're going to do that, of course, is to select one or more photos, and then we're going to go to File and choose Export. In Export, what we're looking for is this FTP Publisher right here, and we can then scroll through these different options. So here, you can see we can use FTP settings and here we would want to go to Edit and enter in specific settings for Server.

Now, just for demo purposes, I'm going to go ahead and type in the FTP info for my site, although this could also be the FTP information for a client as well. So just keep that in mind. You can upload to someone else's server or your own. Here, for demo purposes, I'll just do my own. I enter in my information in regards to domain name, username, and password, and typically that's all you need, and that's all you get from a client. So just include those things there and then click OK. All right, well once we have that, we can export these to a particular location if need be, and here I'm just going to export this to the Desktop. And what I'll do is I'm not going to rename these files. Leave the naming convention as is.

For the Format, it depends on our client, right? Typically though, if you're going to upload for a client, it's going to be a JPEG at 100% Quality. Typically, they will ask for some kind of resizing, depending upon their needs. Yet, in some situations, they say, "Hey, you know what? Give me the full file, the full-res thing, or for that matter give me the full RAW file or the original file as is," and here you could choose whatever was appropriate for your particular client. All right, here, we could then go through these options and add metadata or watermarking as needed.

All right, well once you've done all that, in order to export this and include this on the server, all that you would need to do would be to click Export. Now, let's keep in mind something here. The file is called mexico_19.jpg. Let's go ahead and export this. And what this will do is it will say, "Hey, this is just a trial version. You can do three images here at a time." Okay, that's fine, and we'll go ahead and upload this image to that server. It's going to go through that process, converting the file if need be, and then copying it up to that server.

Now here, just to highlight that that image is indeed on the server, I'm going to go ahead and open up a new browser window. And in this browser window, I'll go to that domain name, and remember it was mexico_19.jpg. And there we have that file uploaded to that server. So as you can see, the process is really easy. It's quick. It's fluid. Now, keep in mind that what I'm doing here is simply simulating this process. Yet it's a process that I do all the time with the majority of my clients, and what you can do is you can take these files, you can change their settings, you can change the file type, the format, the resolution, you name it, and it's a really easy and efficient way to take those images that you're working on in Lightroom and to deliver those to your clients.

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