Adding Legacy Lens EXIF Info for Lightroom metadata

The LMMM challenge is introducing me to new problems. Lightroom is my go to tool for managing, organizing and editing my photographs. So this morning, I was trying to add the aperture information and lens information to the photograph’s metadata after importing them into Lightroom. And I could not figure out how to do this. A little bit of searching the internet – and the answer was obvious. You cannot do this in Lightroom…by itself…you need to use plugins. So here I am installing a software – Exif Tool and a Lightroom plugin: LensTagger.

The first ‘Exif Tool’ by Phil Harvey (freeware). Description excerpt from Phil’s website:“ExifTool is a platform-independent Perl library plus a command-line application for reading, writing and editing meta information in a wide variety of files.”

Lens Tagger is the plugin by Dirk Essel for Lightroom (freeware).Description excerpt: “LensTagger is a Lightroom plugin that adds EXIF data to photos directly out of Lightroom.”

Here is my image metadata just after importing:
Exif Info right after importing into Lightroom

Here is the screenshot of the Lens Tagger Window:
Lens Tagger Plugin Settings

And here is my metadata after.
Exif Info after Lens tagger

In the screenshot after Lens tagger, you can see that the ‘Exposure’ field now has the aperture value, the ‘focal length’ is filled and the Lens field now has the correct lens information. Very very cool.

I will be donating towards Lens Tagger and Exif Tool I’m thinking. They are totally worth two nice meals (at the minimum).

My favorite Lightroom Plugin – LR2/Mogrify

Oh my! Oh my! You know what they say..when it rains, it pours. I’m actually writing my second article in as many days! This after an absence of oh so many months (or has it been years?)

The topic of today’s post is My Favorite Lightroom Plugin , and a few other plugins I’m trying out today. A little bit of background.

Over the last couple of weeks, I ended up buying a new SSD hard disk, and moved my Windows installation onto it. In the process, I reformatted my entire hard drive (and lost all my installations – but not data) and moved to Windows 8.1. And today, I moved to Lightroom 5.3. So I am in the process of re-installing all my favorite plugins (actually one favorite plugin) and trying out other plugins.

So on to my favorite plugin: it is LR2/Mogrify by Timothy Armes. This is a donation-ware plugin. It gives you 99.9% functionality for free – but if you donate, the functionality will go to a 100%.
From the LR2/Mogrify website :“The trial version limits the number of images that can be exported in one go to ten. Donating towards one of the projects removes this restriction and will give you a serial number that works with both.”

So what do I use this for? To add borders and logo to my image. For my post processing I almost always use Lightroom only. So after editing / developing the photographs, I add a 2px black border, followed by a wide white border followed by a 3 px black border. Then I want a watermark image – with my website name and logo on the bottom right of the image. Sometimes, I want to resize the final image output. And I can do all this with a user-defined preset using LR2/Mogrify. It is great!

Here are two screenshots of my LR2/Mogrify preset settings. This preset – i use to save the full h-resolution jpeg image, with the three borders and logo. It is also for the ‘landscape’ orientation of my 16MP camera output file. The size of my watermark png file: 350 x 139px

LR2/Mogrify Preset - Screenshot 1

LR2/Mogrify Preset - Screenshot 2

What other plugins am I trying out? here is a list with links. Since I am currently just evaluating the following plugins, in case I like them, I might just write more of these posts (Not promising!)

List of plugins under evaluation:

1. TPG LR Backup: Donation-ware by Matt Dawson. From the website “The TPG LR Backup plugin simplifies backing up your Lightroom environment. It does this by adding the ability to backup Lightroom’s configuration files, and compress Lightroom’s catalog backups, from within Lightroom itself. These tasks can occur automatically as the program starts or manually as required.

2.Jeffrey Freidl’s “Data Explorer” Lightroom Plugin: Donation-ware. This plugin for Adobe Lightroom allows you group photos and videos in your Lightroom catalog by more than 100 data criteria

3. Jeffrey Freidl’s “Folder Status”: Donation-ware. “This Lightroom plugin allows you to create a set of workflow-status yes/no fields that milestone your personal workflow, and maintain them for each folder in your Lightroom catalog. It’s quite useful to remind yourself, on a folder-by-folder basis, what processing you have done and what remains to be done….”

4.Jeffrey Freidl’s “Focal-Length Sort”:Donation-ware. “This plugin fills a specific hole in Lightroom’s “Grid Filter”, adding new fields by which you can filter images: “Focal Length” and “Focal Length in 35mm”…”

5.Jeffrey Freidl’s Video-Asset Management: Donation-ware. “This plugin for Adobe Lightroom allows you to keep track of your video files in Lightroom.”

Plugins I’d like to try someday

1. Snapshotter from “The Photographer’s Toolbox”
2. Find Similar Files from “The Photographer’s Toolbox”
3. Syncomatic from “The Photographer’s Toolbox