How big is your Adobe Lightroom catalog? [Poll]

A question to all Adobe Lightroom users out there!

I am nearing 70k pictures in my Lightroom catalog and it is growing up steadily, I am very reluctant in splitting to many catalogs because I like the idea to be able to search for all my pictures in on single place.

So how big is your catalog ? Any idea what is the performance limit of Adobe Lightroom 2.x catalogs ?

I have read it is much better than the 1.x version but I am looking for real life experience.


Flickr + Twitter =

I’ve been lately noticing more and more people on twitter using URLs with the domain as short ULRs for their pictures on flickr so I decided to do some research and find out how they did this.

It turned out that the short URL of every picture is provided by flickr and is included in the HTML code of the flickr page page itself.

To find out the code to your picture here is what you should do

  1. Open the flickr page of your desired picture, e.g. 
    N.B.: make sure not to include any /in/set-xxxx in the URL, for e.g. will not work, you should stop before the in/set-xxxx part

  2. Right click –> View source

  3. Now search for the “” string you should find something like
    <link rev="canonical" type="text/html" href="" >

  4. I think you guessed that you only need to copy the red part of the code above, this is your short flickr URL

Now if you happen to use firefox and Greasemonkey you will only need to download and install this script that will display the current photo's link on the page. A worthwhile script to be added Top 10 greasemonkey scripts for flickr.

More on flickr shortening service

The day I got hooked to live-view

Photo by Tiago Ribeiro

I clearly remember, not so long ago, I was “proud” to own a dSLR and not having a live-view. I couldn’t imagine taking picture with camera just looking a screen, I found that almost offending.

The day live-view hit the dSLR market I was really disappointed and was sure I was never going to use that feature.

However, just a few months after I got my Canon 40D (the first cam I ever owned with that feature) I am finding myself using live-view more and more and it is becoming a “must have” feature for me.

Here are 6 good reasons why I got hooked to live-view

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29 fresh blogs and photoblogs to add to your RSS readers

It is time to share all the new blogs/photoblogs that answered my call. Although I did break my own “1 year” rule by a few months I couldn’t include blogs that have been running since 2006 or 2007 sorry !

So let’s get started


  1. “How I Took It” by Richard Hollins (RSS)
    Richard share with us how he took and processed some of his favorite shots
  2. Alltag eines Fotoproduzenten” by R. Kneschke (RSS)
    German stock photography blog
  3. More About Photography" by Mario Bucolo (RSS)
    Mainly interesting photography links that Mario shares with his readers
  4. Jason Irons Photography” by Jason Irons (RSS)
    Reviews/hacks/tips and DIY projects
  5. Kim Pace Photography Blog” by Kim Pace (RSS)
    Almost put that one in the Photoblogs but Kim does share tips and thoughts
  6. Thorley Photographics” by Neal Thorley
    A digital blog about film photography
  7. Picture Taker”  by Keli (RSS)
    Follow Keli’s life and photography
  8. Compose Click Edit” by Chris Gilmore (RSS)
    Fresh photography blog featuring news/tutorials etc…
  9. "Enticing the Light" by Miserere (RSS)
    A photography weblog I’ve been following since (it seems) its day 1
  10. Look, See, Reflect, Do” by Ananda Sim (RSS)
    A lot of useful videos and more
  11. Carrie Lee Photography” by Carrie Miller (RSS)
    Sneak peaks from Carrie’s sessions but also tips and tricks to come
  12. Waynesword" by Wane (RSS)
    Wayne shares his thoughts about Photography



  1. “PhotoBlogging DC” by various DC metro area photographers (RSS)
  2. Amberture” by Amber (RSS)
  3. Photography by KAT” by Kathryn Lymburner (RSS)
  4. Down Dog Photo” by Jacek Walicki (RSS)
  5. BMC Portraits blog” by Brian (RSS)
  6. Mississippi Photographers Showcase” by talents in Mississippi (RSS)
  7. Linda Strand” by Linda Strand (RSS)
  8. Abducted Light” by Drewe Zanki (RSS)
  9. Julia Wade” by Julia Wade (RSS)
  10. Dream a lil dream” by Nicole (RSS)
  11. Nick Decombel” by Nick Decombel (RSS)
  12. Caralin Ruth Photography” by Caralin Ruth (RSS)
  13. Michael Valli Photography” by Michael Valli (RSS)
  14. “eye spy with my little eye” by Jason Naylor (RSS)
  15. fotally sublimed” By Andrew Kowalik (RSS)
  16. “Of Whimsy Photography” by Sara Lindsay (RSS)
  17. Rubel Photography” by Silisia Rubel (RSS)


Update: RSS links added

How to watermark using Adobe Lightroom

A couple of days ago @Plus961asked on twitter if it was possible to watermark pictures using Adobe Lightroom or if there was a need to “upgrade” to Adobe Photoshop.

Having no answers for the question back then I did some research on the issue and found out that it could indeed be done with the LR2/Mogrify plugin.

Here is a highlight about what you will need to use this plugin

Forgot to say that LR2/Mogrify is donationware that means it has a “trial” version that is limited to processing 10 images at a time and you can remove this restriction by a donation.


Now some twitter love

@TimothyArmes author of LR2/Mogrify plugin

@LightRoomQueen author of the tutorial pointed above

@adidap yours truly