With these 5 simple tips, you can take a fun hobby or job and make it even more fun through STREAMLINING! Here’s how:
1. Automate Tasks by Hacking Your Registry!
Create a Windows Registry key to make it faster to move from Windows to Adobe Bridge using a simple text editor.
- Just open Notepad, and type the following:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDirectoryshellAdobe Bridge] @="Browse with Adobe Bridge" [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDirectoryshellAdobe BridgeCommand] @=""C:Program FilesAdobeAdobe Bridge CC (64 Bit)Bridge.exe" "%1""
- Modify the last line to point to your specific Adobe Bridge installation (don’t forget the double slash marks).
- Save the text document and name it something simple like, “Cool Registry Modification.txt”.
- Make a copy of the file.
- Rename the file extension from .txt to .reg.
- Double click on the .reg file. Windows will open the registry editor. Click Yes to install it.
Now, when you right click on a folder, you can open Bridge at that exact folder. This will save you time and headaches! How can you do this on a Mac? I have no idea.
2. Convert to DNG
If you are using Lightroom and you are shooting raw files, you can easily convert them to Adobe’s Digital Negative format (DNG). This will losslessly compress your original raw files into a format that is about 20% smaller. That might not sound like much but over a lifetime, that’s going to add up to Gigabytes of saved storage.
- Combines .NEF and .xmp files into one .DNG file (cleaner folders)
- DNG is about 20% smaller than typical raw file formats
- Can compress lossy or lossless
The keystrokes are Ctrl A (select all), Alt L (select the Library) then D (convert to DNG). I check all of the boxes except for the last two.
If you aren’t using Lightroom, Adobe has a free file converter for both Windows and Mac at this link.
3. Customize your Camera
This might sound obvious to some power users, but many new cameras, and some slightly older cameras, have a lot of customization built-in. Here are just a few of the things I’ve changed on my Nikon D3S:
- (f4) Assign Fn Button: Access top item in MY MENU: I set this to show me the battery details with one button press. I use when prepping for every shoot every day.
- (f9) Release Button to Use Dial: Set to YES – Now, buttons are sticky, so I can just press ISO button once and then adjust with the rear dial while my hands in shooting position, not ISO setting position.
- My Menu: I’ve added a bunch of items to My Menu because I frankly find them difficult to find by poking around. My favorite is the non-CPU menu for using AIS lenses.
- (f1) Multi Selector Center Button: I’ve set this to zoom in an adjustable amount when in Playback and Live View modes. I use this for checking critical focus. The amount it zooms in is adjustable. In Shooting Mode, it resets the focus point to the center.
4. Nikon Manual Viewer 2
At first, I didn’t think this app was very useful. But I decided to download it anyway and give it a try. The amazing thing about this app is that all of the text is hyperlinked to other parts of the manual. So when it references setting the Fn button to preview the depth of field, page 119 of the manual is clickable!
MORE COOL FEATURES:
- You always have the most recent up-to-date version of the manual
- You can download any Nikon user manual
- You can change the background wallpaper on the app (not a big deal, but still nice)
5. Make Collages with Tych Panel 2
This free collage maker is a great way of showcasing your photos on a website or in an email. I use this every time I distribute photos. I take the best 4-8 photos and make a few different collages from them. Then I use them as a preview of what’s inside the folder in the email that I distribute. Works great and I get a lot of positive feedback!
Here are a few I’ve made with Tych Panel 2 in both Photoshop CS6 and CC:
With these tips, you can streamline your photography in no time!