Have you ever wondered how many of your images were taken with camera A, or camera B? How about what shutterspeed or ISO settings you most commonly use? Well, a new – and free – plugin is now available for lightroom which can help you determine just that.
The new plugin, called Lightroom Analytics, is simple to use and can really help you better understand your shooting habits, as well as possibly your clients preferences. It is as simple as selecting the images that you want to analyze, pressing “export metadata” and then loading that exported metadata file into the Lightroom Analytics Viewer that you also download.
The results are an easy to digest assortment of pie charts and bar graphs which help you quickly and easily analyze your images and how you shot and processed them. Curious about what common settings or processing features all of your clients “picks” had? Do a quick lightroom analytics export and you can get a quick idea of what your clients actually liked about the images they chose, in camera settings and processing form – data that is much more helpful than anything a client can say to you about an image (example “I just love that image”).
When used as an analytical tool, rather than just a cool bunch of stats, this plugin can really benefit photographers that already have or want to implement some sort of review process after completing a project. Using this plugin, you can get an idea about what cameras and lenses you used the most and at what settings the most images were shot.
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If you are trying to really figure out your style and what you like your images to look like, you can use this plugin on a selection of your favorite images and very quickly you will be able to see similarities in the shots that you like and you will have a good idea of how to recreate those shots again, both from a shooting perspective as well as a processing one (assuming you do your processing in Lightroom). Think of this sort of like the “Moneyball” approach to improving your photography, looking at the numbers to see what you and your clients like best, so that you can easily replicate that in the future.
If you are interested in trying the plugin out for yourself you can find it over on www.lightroomanalytics.com. If you prefer the plugin direct download link can be found here, and the plugin viewer can be downloaded here. To find out how to install and use the plugin you can visit this page.
What are your thoughts on this plugin? Do you think that – if used correctly – this could be a valuable tool for photographers to better themselves, or at the least get an improved understanding of their shooting and processing habits? Share your opinion in a comment below to join the discussion.