Welcome at LightroomStatistics
I’m Dick Holtman, an IT professional for more than 30 years and married to an enthusiastic photographer.
Some years ago during my lunch I was walking with a colleague from East Germany. Each lunch he took his camera and GPS device to make photos.
On this occasion he said to me: “Dick, in a few years from now, I’ll be one of the few people with digital photos from the beginning of the 21th century. I asked him how come. Well, he said, people put their photos on their computers and laptops but do not make backups. Or, if the make backups, they store the backup next to their computer.”
For me this was the start for a journey into Digital Asset Management.
Some time later I bought the DAM book of Peter Krogh and read it with much pleasure.
Also at this time I met Geurt Besselink, one of the top nature photographers of the Netherlands. Be sure to have a look at his site and gallery!
As a result of sharing ideas I created the Lightroom Assessment report. Then Geurt asked the next question: “having edited a series of photos, I want to find those photos that I did not Sharpen or I did not adjust with Clarity or. So the Lightroom EditCheck plug-in was born. You can find it at Timothy Armes Photographers Toolbox. Soon some more plug-ins will see the light.
Being a Lightroom user from version 1.0 and IT professional I realized that Lightroom contains a goldmine of interesting information which can be very useful for trainers and photographers.
So I started looking for a solution the to exploit all this information to you in an easily accessible way.
One complication was that Lightroom runs both on Windows and Mac. The the analysis and reporting tool should support these platforms.
I found the solution in the Open Source JasperReports library. This is a Java library.
Based on this library I created a standalone Viewer, which you can download for free.
All the reports are created with their iReport report design tool.
The good thing is that you do not need me. You can create reports yourself with these tools and you can use my Viewer for free.
Also all the reports are open. The results can be exported in PDF, Excel, Word and more.
As described above EditCheck was the first plug-in I created and Timothy Armes was willing to host this plug-in on his Photographers Toolbox site.
Since then other plug-ins have seen the light, almost every time because I was triggered by a question or a video on YouTube.
For example the “Preset Viewer” was created when I was looking at the “All about presets” video from Matt Kloskowski. Matt was answering the question if there is a good way to see whats inside a preset.
There is not so much more to tell then I have fun in doing this.
AND I’m looking for feedback to improve.
New reports or plug-ins?
If you have interesting ideas for new reports or plug-ins, please let me know. You can use the feedback form. I might get enthusiastic …
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