Thing-a-Day 11: Using Lightroom for Monthly Groundhog Day Reviews

Lightroom Process

I go through spurts of digital photography, which I do mostly to document things that I’m doing. One of the tools I use is an EyeFi SD card for digital cameras. This card automatically downloads photos over WiFi to my computer. While it’s admittedly easy just to pull out the card and plug it into a reader like a Muggle, having the wireless transfer is a nice time saver because I have three cameras that I pull photos from: an old Canon EOS-40D DSLR, a point-and-shoot FinePix F200EXR, and the built-in camera of my iPad 3. The less fiddling I have to do, the better.

I’m now handling all my photos through Adobe’s Lightroom import workflow, with the originals stored on Western Digital MyCloud 2TB network-attached drive on a gigabit ethernet hardwired network. It’s not a perfect setup, particularly because the backup of the MyCloud isn’t automatic at the moment and it could go BOOM at any moment, but overall it’s been pretty handy because I can access this drive through local Lightroom catalogs on my PC and my Macintosh.

The point of this? I just realized that since I’m generally taking pictures of notable things going on, and I have all the photos from all my cameras in one place, I perhaps could write my Groundhog Day Resolutions Review just by collecting the pictures.

And so, that is exactly what I did. I went through all the photos I had between October 10 and November 11, added 45 interesting ones to a collection I called “GHDRR November 2014”, and then printed a 9×5 contact sheet to a file. This is my Groundhog Day Review report for November 11. It’s not as wordy as they usually are, but I think it may work as a “good enough” reflection tool. It usually takes me two or three hours to review and write-up the past month’s experiences, and frankly I didn’t feel like doing it today. The photo collection does a pretty good job of reminding me what I did this week. What it doesn’t capture are some of the behind-the-scenes actions, but I’ll just quickly fill those in.

Read the Groundhog Day Resolutions Review for November 2014 here. Time…saved!



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