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Interesting New Lightroom Analytics Plugin Helps You Break Down Your Shooting Habits

By Anthony Thurston on February 14th 2014

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.

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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”).

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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.

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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.

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Peter van Eijk

    Used it before to make the right decision which new gear i should bye.

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  2. James Matthews

    http://www.lightroomanalytics.com is pointing to Sweetheart Kitchen, an Asian style restaurant :)

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    • Jae Robinson

      Apparently the plugin is no more – I don’t even get the link going to an Asian Restaurant .. just goes to someone’s python page .. blah! Totally bummed …

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  3. Christian Seiler

    This plugin is really cool. I like to run it every once in a while, just to see the what my most used focal length, cameras, lenses etc are… The only downside in my opinion is, that it only analyses the selected photos and not all photos displayed…

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    • James Matthews

      On the left side of the Lightroom interface could you select all of your photos under Catalog > All Photographs and run it from there?

      Depending on how many photos you have it might be a bit taxing on your system resources…

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    • Christian Seiler

      Sure, but still unless you have all photos selected (with cmd + A) only the few photos that are currently selected (mostly just 1) will be analysed.

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  4. Martin Price

    That does look interesting. You can do that sort of analysis within Lightroom but it doesn’t give the results graphically. I’m a bit skeptical that many photographers would be using it on a regular basis. Could be useful to analyse what focal lengths you frequently use on your zooms when thinking about buying some primes or which bits of your kit get the most use. At the moment I can’t see what benefit an analysis of ISO, shutter speed, aperture etc would give without any reference to the context of the specific images though.

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