1.5.1 Optimal Workflows

Digital photography workflows which make the best use of Photosmith include:

  • Lightroom First - Import camera raw and JPG photos directly into a single Lightroom catalog first, then sync to Photosmith via our Publish Service in Lightroom.  This is discussed in Section 1.8.1.
  • iPad First - Import camera raw and JPG photos into Photosmith wirelessly via Eye-Fi (Section 3.6.1), or FTP (Section 3.6.2). Import camera raw and JPG photos into Photosmith wired via the 30-pin or lightening dock connector through the Camera Connection Kit (CCK) into Apple’s Photos.app, then importing into Photosmith, as discussed in Section 1.8.2.
  • Proxy JPG Workflow - Import small reference JPG files into Photosmith via Eye-Fi or FTP, and camera raw files into Lightroom.  Then, upon first sync, metadata added to the JPG files in Photosmith is synced with the corresponding camera raw files in Lightroom.  Please see Section 1.8.3 for more information about Photosmith’s Proxy JPG Workflow.

Whenever possible, we strongly encourage users to consider using Photosmith’s Proxy JPG Workflow, which is discussed in detail in Section 1.8.3.  Proxy JPG Workflow imports small reference (proxy) JPG files into Photosmith, usually wirelessly from an Eye-Fi card.  Then you ingest your larger camera raw files into Lightroom as you would normally.  When our Lightroom plugin is properly configured during the first sync, metadata that’s been applied to your proxy JPG files in Photosmith are then “matched” with and synced to the corresponding camera raw file in Lightroom.

Note: Photosmith only supports a single Lightroom catalog.  Multiple catalogs, for example one catalog per client or session, is not supported, as this makes workflows far less efficient.   Recent versions of Lightroom handle large catalogs containing up to 100,000 assets surprisingly well.