Natalie Doing Yoga in Hartford

Natalie and her sister own and operate the Vasu Tribe Studio and Spa in Hartford. I first encountered Natalie at the Om Street 2017 event in West Hartford and connected through Instagram. We were able to get together and roam through Hartford near her studio and found great locations that she had wanted to do a shoot at including the CT Fastrack station and an underpass on Capitol Avenue with some colorful graffiti.   I love working with other creative people. You get so much more out of the effort. You can follow her Instagram @yogi_on_fire as well as @vasutribeyoga

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Took a week long trip out to Yosemite. I had not been out there since I was 7 in 1969 and before I knew who Ansel Adams was or had picked up a camera. So it was interesting to see the park with adult eyes and after seeing photos by Adams of the park over the years through the different books I had collected. His photos are great, but seeing the sites first hand is just amazing. It was fun making my own photos of the area.

BOHO – Tie Dye – Hippies Groups Shoot

Had a great time at this group shoot organized by Isabel and PFP Studios.
It had all the hippie elements, black light, bare feet, flowers in the hair, hoops, denim, and even some rope work.

The model at the top is Heather
The other models are Grace, Paige, MissyDaniellea, and Taylor

Lightroom at the center of your web presence – Part 3


In Part 1 and Part 2 I discussed how I set up this website so I can easily manage my photos through Lightroom

In this final part, i want to tell you about how i manage my social media through Lightroom

I have accounts through Flickr, Facebook, and Instagram. I also have a Twitter account, but that is handled indirectly and I will explain that later on in this post.

Lightroom comes with a Publish plug-in for both Flickr and Facebook, but I use plug-ins from Jeffrey Friedl for Flickr and Facebook. The plug-in for Instagram is from Capture Monkey

I have all my social media collections / albums in Lightroom set up as Publish services using normal collections rather than smart collections and just drag and drop to publish. All of these plug-ins have an Export function that would let me just export to the sites without having to separately log-into each site and upload the photos.

The reason I use the Publish function is that I can then keep a running account of what I have published on my social media sites through Lightroom. I can right click and Select Go to Collection to see which social media accounts that photo appears in. I have also set up Smart Collections that show which photos / versions have been published in each site.

Now with Facebook, you have to keep in mind that you actually cannot republish photos if you update them. You would have to delete them and then publish as new, but you lose all the comments and the likes for that photo.

The Instagram plug-in cannot update the photos due to the way Instagram itself works, but you can republish to update hash tags and captions.

I mentioned that I publish indirectly to Twitter. What that means is that I am not sending out images as tweets from Lightroom.

What I have done is use IFTTT (If This Then That) to put out a tweet whenever I publish a photo to Instagram or when I publish a new post on this site.

One other thing i do is that I carry my portfolio on my smart phone and a tablet. While not exactly a social media service, it is a form of sharing.

If you look back at Part 1, you will see that I organized my portfolio galleries on this web site using keywords (gallery_*) and smart collections with the NextGEN Gallery plug-in

For getting my photos on my portable devices, I am using another plug-in from Jeffrey Friedl called Collection Publisher

I then set up smart collections under the Collection Publisher service using the same setting as I used in NextGen Gallery Publish service. The Collection Publisher outputs to a folder on my PC which is synced automatically to a folder on the Amazon Web Service (AWS). On my Android devices, I have an app called FolderSync that then syncs the files from AWS to the device automatically.

I hope you found the information useful and has given you some ideas of how to use Lightroom to effectively manage your photos on your web site, your social media and your smart phone. If you have questions please contact me

The photo at the top is a black light experiment with Paige Russell

Lightroom at the center of your web presence – Part 2


In Part 1 I presented how I manage my portfolio galleries on this website through Lightroom. In this post I am going to cover the front page gallery and photos in the blog posts

The front page gallery is the one you see when you first go to It is what I would call a virtual gallery, as these are photos selected from the other galleries.

The gallery_Front_Page keyword is set to export (Include on Export is checked) and appears as a tag on my WordPress site. I use a Nextgen Gallery Basic Slideshow Gallery  that selects images that have the gallery_Front_Page tag. So to update what is shown on the front page, I simply add or remove the gallery_Front_Page keyword in Lightroom and publish the photos to WordPress from Lightroom

For posts on my blog like this one I have a keyword format post_{YYYYMMDD} (Year, Month, Day). These keywords are also set to export (Include on Export is checked) and appear as tags in WordPress. In the post, I use a Nextgen Gallery Basic Slideshow Gallery  that selects images that have the post_* tags for that particular post and have set the slide show to not automatically run so it appears as a static image with the Show Thumbnails to allow you to see all the related images and click through them manually. They get organized with a gallery_Post_Only_{YYYY} keyword and into a smart collection for that keyword like all the other galleries on the WordPress site, but these Post Only galleries are not shown through a gallery page, unlike the gallery_Belly_Dance gallery example from Part 1. The images are all managed through Lightroom, but i do log on to WordPress to create and publish the posts like this one.

In Part 3 i will be covering what I use in Lightroom to manage my photos on portfolio on my portable devices, Facebook, Flickr, and Instagram

The the model in the photo at the top is Marianne with a 1987 Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio

Lightroom at the center of your web presence – Part 1

Rosh Sillars talks about your web site as the center of your Social Media Solar System Plan

I see my use of Lightroom as an extension of this idea.

When I first started using digital technology in my photography, finding an efficient way to manage and publish images became a project in and of itself.

I built my earliest website from the ground up using a product called ThumbsPlus to manage the images and then use the database to display images on the web

I was even using my own linux server I had built myself to learn web coding.

I eventually realized that was way too much work and I started using Lightroom to manage my photos.

In 2010 I found a plug-in for Lightroom that let me post images to WordPress galleries.
In WordPress i am using the Nextgen Gallery Plugin
In Lightroom I am using the NextGEN Gallery Export by AlloyPhoto

Check out this post on Publishing with the Lightroom Plugin
I am using a keyword format of gallery_{Gallery_Name}
So for photos in my Belly Dance gallery I have a keyword gallery_Belly_Dance assigned to them. These keywords are set up to not export (Include on Export is unchecked) so they are only used within Lightroom. See Use Keywords on for more information on using keywords in Lightroom

I set up smart collections in the NextGEN Gallery Export in Lightroom for each of my gallery_* keywords to go into a photo gallery on my WordPress website. All I then do is publish the collection in Lightroom and the photos are sent to WordPress.

Each gallery in WordPress is on it’s own page and the page contains only a Nextgen Gallery Basic Slideshow Gallery  pointing to it’s relevant gallery. If I make changes to the the existing photos, the WordPress gallery is automatically updated once i have published from Lightroom. To add or remove photos from the gallery, I just add or remove the relevant gallery_* keyword in Lightroom and republish the gallery to make changes on the WordPress website, without having to log into WordPress at all. It is all managed in Lightroom.

Check this tutorial on Lightroom Publishing for more information

In my next post I will go through how I manage the images for the front page and posts on the site with Lightroom

The picture at the top is a multi-exposure HDR done in Lightroom at the Saville Dam in Barkhamsted, Connecticut.