Aug 23 2011

Lightroom Metadata Bug?

I am having problems with metadata that I enter into Adobe Lightroom’s catalog not consistently saving to JPEG files that were downloaded from my camera. My goal is to have the metadata saved directly to the JPEGs without extra steps such as exporting files from the catalog or resaving images as JPEGs in Photoshop.

I am experiencing the same issues with Mac OS v 10.6.8 and 10.7.1. My photos are captured with a Nikon D50 as JPEG (setting: FINE). I am running Lightroom 3.4.1.

I set catalog settings to automatically write changes into XMP, set Lightroom to back up each time I exit, and set camera RAW cache to 50 GB. All other settings I left as default. Pictures were copied into the catalog as JPEG from my camera card. I tagged and added captions or titles to numerous pictures.

Today when I opened Lightroom, some pictures had the exclamation point badge (sidecar file has conflict) and some didn’t. When I tried to resolve the mismatching sidecars by clicking “retry metadata export” or “save metadata to files” manually within Lightroom, the program would go through the motions of exporting the metadata (progress bar, etc), yet when I checked the actual file that the catalog is linked to, the metadata was not included in the information for the actual image. The exclamation badge still showed in the catalog also.

All the metadata I entered into the catalog remains there and is correct.

Photos captured on the same day, downloaded from the same camera on the same day they were taken can behave differently. Some photos will have the metadata saved properly, others will not.

LR and Info Highlighted

In comparing the info for files where the metadata wrote and those which didn’t, I noticed that the permissions are different. I changed the permissions of the non-written files to match the written files and tried to resynchronize with no luck. I can export a photo from Lightroom and the metadata will be included in the newly created file. I can also download the files from my camera, open and resave them as JPEGs in Photoshop, import them into Lightroom, and the metadata writes to the files with no problem.

Is anyone else having this problem? I can’t find anything in the forums or searching the web.

UPDATE: Adobe has released version 3.5 for testing. The problem I was experiencing seems to have been fixed.

Aug 2 2011

Beer Bread Experimenting

I’ve been trying to develop a beer bread recipe that is similar to The Great Dane’s. It has a light, yet hearty texture and is dark in color, like a pumpernickel.

The recipe I found online gave me a pretty heavy loaf with hardly any flavor.

I tried some New Glarus Brewery ales, and also a mix of brown sugar and molasses. I could taste molasses more than any other flavor.

The other day I bought some stout beer to try in the recipe. I also mixed some whole wheat flour in with the white. My thinking is that in the mixing process too much gluten was forming and if I added a less processed flour, the density of the loaf would be reduced.

The recipe I ended up making turned out to be pretty good. I think it still may need some more tweaks, but I’m happy with how it is now.

>1 cup whole wheat flour
>2 cups all purpose flour
>1.5 tsp baking powder
>1.5 tsp instant yeast
>2 Tbsp brown sugar
>1 Tbsp molasses
>1 bottle (12 oz) stout beer (I used Zonkers)

  • Preheat the oven to 400 F
  • Mix the dry ingredients, then pour in beer. Mix until dry ingredients are wet. It is important to not mix too much or you will get a lot of gluten formation.
  • Place dough into loaf pan
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes (Bread will crack on top. This is normal)

You can add other spices and herbs to suit your taste. Experiment with rosemary, thyme, garlic, whatever flavor profile you are trying to achieve. My may also want to change the beer if you’d like a lighter beer flavor.

Happy Baking!

Aug 1 2011

Fonts Don’t Float, and Neither Do Pictures

These pages were created using a technique I learned at the Daily Digi. Suzy talked about how when text is printed on a page, it should follow the texture of the page to look real.

I decided to test this out on photos too. It made the photo really blend into the page and look like it was crumpled up, just as the page appears.

2010010300 Hallie's MiniMe

2009081600 Mary Poppins copy