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Another tool in the toolbox for LR users with 2015.7's release. Adobe has put extra pixie dust in magical smart previews. Now not only can you edits pictures not on the computer, but you can click a button to make the computer think the pictures aren't on the computer so you can get a speed boost. Realistically I think this would be super useful if you find LR bogging down and/or you're working with super large RAWs. If you're like me and have lots of spare RAM and shoot with Medium Canon 6D RAWs for most of my work this isn't a tool I'm planning on using. If you think you'd like to and would like help just let me know.

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Great job! This is a very well rounded video on a basic skill for LR.

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Writing GPS Coordinates to Metadata in Lightroom

This morning I finally figured out a problem I was having with saving GPS coordinates to file metadata in LR. Thought I'd pass this along in case it may help others ... 

I've always been able to see the GPS coordinates in LR after mapping the photo (shown at right), and since this was displayed under the Metadata header in LR I assumed the location was being saved in the actual files' metadata. That turned out to be a bad assumption. What I discovered is that writing the coordinates to metadata was a secondary step in LR, after locating the photo on the map.  There may be more than one way to do this, but here's the path I'm taking right now:

After mapping the photo in LR (either using a GPX track or manually dropping the image on the map): (1) Right-click on the image(s) in the film strip, (2) Place the cursor over "Metadata", (3) Click on "Save Metadata to File".

After that I can see the coordinates in the file properties. I've also tested uploading a couple files to G+ and other geo-based websites to see if those sites are picking up on the meta tag, and it appears to be working fine.
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Adobe listened and made the new version of LR retain all the 6.1 options for importing.

You can read about it here:

http://laurashoe.com/2015/11/17/adobe-releases-lightroom-6-3-with-restored-classic-import-experience/

The general advice is to wait for bug reports to come in before upgrading. I'm following Adobe's feedback forum here:

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/lightroom-cc-2015-3-lightroom-6-3-now-available

and I'm not seeing any big complaints. Roll out takes awhile if you're depending on the CC app to let you know it's time to update. If thats a problem for you they say to just sign out and sign back in for it to update.

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This master explains how modern media interacts with art, the process of telling a story. It's told to modern movie makers but applies 100% to photographers and photo editors.
https://medium.com/art-science/technology-and-the-evolution-of-storytelling-d641d4a27116

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I'm very excited about this. I can't wait to edit color and exposure more like I do in PS and Lightroom. The Morph cut is going to save me soooo much time doing interviews.

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If any of you folk need help with this please ask!
Apple has officially abandoned iPhoto and Aperture. Here's help to the droves making the switch to Lightroom.

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Here's a great way to learn what happens mechanically when you take a picture.

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