1. The Microsoft Windows Operating system assigns drive letters dynamically. By default, each drive is given a letter in the order that it was attached to the computer. Unfortunately this means that drives often change letters if they are unplugged or the computer is restarted.

    For photographers using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and external hard drives the Windows dynamic drive letter assignment system can be a major hassle. This video tutorial demonstrates a simple way to outsmart this system and force drive letter consistency.

    For more help with image storage and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Catalog creation see:

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  2. I made this short introduction to Google+ today in honor of Google+'s 1st birthday. I have come to love the Google+ social media and photo sharing platform over the past year. This has become my platform of choice for my sharing images, articles, and video tutorials. In my opinion, Google+ is now the best place on the web for folks like me with a passion for photography to share our work and to find inspiration from other contemporary artists.

    In this short video I show how Google+ merges some of the best features from other sites like Flickr or Twitter into a simple clean interface. I love that this is a social media service where I can easily view photographs--mine or others--without any advertising or distraction.

    If you are interested in reading Guy Kawasaki's insightful "What the Plus: Google+ for the Rest of Us" pdf see gumroad.com/l/SNBya. This short pdf really helped me understand how Google+ differs from Facebook. Guy Kawasaki's insights really helped me to understand that Google+ is a place to learn about and engage with others who share your passions rather than just another way to keep track of old friends.

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  3. Updated for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4!

    Using a descriptive catalog name makes it easier to distinguish your Adobe Photoshop Lightroom catalog from the factory default. My catalog's distinct name makes it easy for me to check that I am working in the right catalog just by glancing up at the top of my screen. Learn more at thelightroomlab.com/2010/06/getting-started-right-adobe-photoshop-lightroom-3-setup-and-catalog-creation

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  4. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom gets upset when the path that it has recorded to a specific photograph is suddenly broken. Moving files, and folders, that have been added into your Catalog using your computer's operating system breaks the path and thus upsets the index!

    If you have broken the path to one of your folders then the Find Missing Folders command can be quite useful. You can use this command to teach Lightroom the new path to your images. This command is also quite useful when we want to move a folder full of images from one place to another.

    Learn more at thelightroomlab.com/2010/11/using-the-find-missing-folders-command-in-adobe-photoshop-lightroom/

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  5. Over the last months, I have developed a Smart Collections Workflow. Visit my Tumblr at http://davidemariaferrari.tumblr.com, download a Lightroom catalog containing my smart collections and FOLLOW ME!

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