wazu: I work on a laptop for image editing and do not want to store the images in my Pictures folder, which is where LR4 imports them to from a flash card. For the life of me I could not find anywhere in the preferences to change the user/Pictures folder to a folder on an external drive. However when I decided to just copy the pitcures manually to an external drive and then let LR import them it does not then copy to my internal User/Pictures folder. This means I cannot simply use LR to import directly from the camera cards. This is the first annoying 'feature' I find to be not only confusing but non-intuitive and inconsistant. I also,would like a simple feature where I could flag my better pictures so that a backup to another seperate external drive would safeguard my keepers. Is this just too much to ask for?
When in the import dialog, look to the far upper right, and tell LR to make another copy of the images you are 'importing' to another drive attached to your laptop/desktop. What could be simpler. Import directly from your memory card (and you can make your repository for imported images another drive attached, much like the 'backup drive' I use a couple of G-Tech 4TB drives B and C. When I import from Card, LR imports from card to drive B for my source files, and also imports a copy to drive C for my second separate file location, THEN it only keeps the catalog (which is a record of all the edits I have made to my DNG's and my original RAWs are left untouched. The RAW's are copied to Drive C untouched for 2nd storage, the 'working copy' RAW's are on drive B, and the index of my file locations and edits are held within the DNG's rather than a separate sidecar.
As long as you do not make any file location changes outside LR (just like any database requires) you are good to go.
rambler35: I believe Adobe made a big initial mistake by using the term "Import".
So often we hear of people being deterred from using LR because they think the word implies that somehow an extra copy of the file is always being created and/or moved to some special LR location on the HD.
I suppose the phrase "Make Lightroom aware of where the file is located, or being placed, on your hard drive" would have been more accurate (but wordy!) description of what is happening.
Trouble is, that like Adobe, I can't think of another word or simple expression which could be used instead of that slightly misleading word "Import".
-- Richard --
wkay: why not jam a camera up someone's face at a funeral in America? Because the photographer's are just thrill seekers to see who can get the most dangerous shot. Cant beat ARABS killing each other.
Imagine your neighbors on three sides of your home (right, left, and behind) hated you have dedicated their lives, and the lives of their ancestors and grandchildren to see you no longer draw breath...
That TIME see things from the Palestinian viewpoint is irrelevant, because a single image tells NONE of the story. A consistent stream of unbiased images from both sides of a conflict...then I give a damn. Barring that, it's just propaganda...
User ranking will attract trolls to no end and provide little for site visitors in return. It will also, if mis-engineered, allow for generated efforts against specific users, which is counterproductive in any regard.
Paul B Jones: Interesting, workers (photographers) create the value, but a large percentage of that value is expropriated by capital - sort of like what Karl Marx said would happen.
Maybe it is time for photographers to create a stock image collective of our own. After all, without our work Getty is nothing.
@Walter Rowe how is that site working for your group?
mzillch: Flat batteries have existed for a long time. [Remember Polaroid batteries contained in the film cartridge, ala SX70?] Applying by spray may be new, but so what? There has been no fundamental change in capacity per volume, and THAT is what would be revolutionary. There is absolutely no claim in this DPR blurb which suggests any increase in power per volume.
+1 on capacity v. volume not remarkable. Also important would be electrolyte containment with thermal expamnsion/constriction of the substrate upon which the battery was 'sprayed'.
While the Rice work is interesting, the true commercial applications might be limited unless the folks at DARPA envision it as a "Battery is dead, spray on another and connect" for in-field re-power or better yet, in-space repower, as the weight factor of transporting pre-manufactured batteries may become prohibiive should we ever make it off this rock we call home
Well, sure seems to put to rest the rumor of a 7D MkII
bdkr65: Look at any Japanese manufacturer (I work for one and drive a manufacturing division for one) and you will see a parts shortage. Nikon (and I shoot Canon) is probably finally seeing the repair parts supply chain drying up due to the loss of smaller parts houses/manufacturers in the wake of the recent tsunami in Japan and floods in Thailand, where both Nikon and Canon parts are manufactured and/or warehoused. Take Honda for example. Repair parts for engines are on a 18 month backorder basis due to factory damage in Thailand.
Faced with a very volatile repair parts supply chain, it only makes sense that these manufacturers need, not want, to limit the number of outlets (customers) they have to ship the dwindling stocks of parts to. Frwer repair facilities means they can have a wider selection of parts at each of the remaining repair centers.
@Abrasive- Good point(s), with the exception that most non-US repair facilities (mine included) have a long history of ordering heavier and smarter, whereas most, but not all US repair facilities have grown somewhat reticent to placing proper (and larger) inventory orders and are getting by with ordering just in time and by need. Any way we slice it, it is a overall negative for Nikon users. Regrettable no matter which brand you shoot.
Look at any Japanese manufacturer (I work for one and drive a manufacturing division for one) and you will see a parts shortage. Nikon (and I shoot Canon) is probably finally seeing the repair parts supply chain drying up due to the loss of smaller parts houses/manufacturers in the wake of the recent tsunami in Japan and floods in Thailand, where both Nikon and Canon parts are manufactured and/or warehoused. Take Honda for example. Repair parts for engines are on a 18 month backorder basis due to factory damage in Thailand.