Maintaining ZenPhoto

25 October 2011 16:45 | Comments: 0 | Categories:

Album Page

Which may contain subalbums, or image thumbnails.

Album title: Suggest folders on the server are named with ordinal dates, YYYYMMDD, which will be the default album title. Change to something more meaningful.

Album description: Use as appropriate.  HTML editor is a bit flaky

Date: will default to folder creation date. Change if needed to reflect album contents



Workflow for Panoramas

18 June 2011 11:44 | Comments: 0 | Categories:

A suggested workflow for handling panoramas in Lightroom and PTGui.

In Lightroom, create a folder for panoramas, and a subfolder for each one, named by the number of the first image in the panorama sequence. Move the images to the appropriate folder.

In PTGui, for each panorama set:

Load the images and create the panorama. (Or open existing project). Use Equirectangular setting, and use sliders in the editor to remove unwanted whitespace. Note the horizontal field of (...)


Lightroom Imports

15 June 2011 11:21 | Comments: 0 | Categories:

Before importing photos from a new photoshoot, it's worth double checking your import settings - and one general preset.


  • No auto-toning
  • Plan ahead to define your destination folder
  • No need for subfolders by date
  • No need for file renaming
  • Apply lense correction
  • Use the metadata presets
  • Add lots of keywords

Lightoom General Preset

The "one other" is auto-tone, (...)


Photo metadata

26 October 2009 00:00 | Comments: 0 | Categories:

These IPTC metadata fields are all the same

Photoshop: Author
Lightroom: Creator (in XMP sidecar file)
Irfan: Byline (In jpg generated from Lightroom)
Zen Database images: IPTCByline
Zen Database images: Credit
Zen Admin screens: Credit
Zen display (in image.php): getImageData(credit);

JPG quality and file sizes

26 October 2009 00:00 | Comments: 0 | Categories:

When you Export from Lightroom and select the JPG quality it seems to use a different scale from other software.

Even setting it to 50 makes a very big file, which if I open and resave in Irfan reduces from 170 to 110 (quality 70%) (and 356 to 190). Not sure how safe it is to reduce the LR quality factor - or maybe it just generates big files.

I want a small file size because in my gallery, click on a single image and (...)