I'm a photographer and hire a contractor to post process my work. She will be moving out of state. I want to continue to use her services but am trying to find away to use some type of electronic transfer method.
I have tried sending her a prebuilt catalog with 1:1 previews via ftp. Its a copy of my local catalog and where the local raw files reside. I sent her just the catalog and I thought she could edit the previews and send me the catalog back. She was able to see the previews but the sliders were grayed out and it said the files were missing. Of course they were.
I don't want to ftp her 40gb of raw files per job. That would be crazy. Is there a way to fool lightroom to thinking the files are there so she can edit the previews? Or is there some way to unlink them from the raws so it lets her perform edits on the 1:1 previews???
With previews, she can do keywording and anything in Library.
Instead of JPEGs, what you may consider is a DNG workflow. You would send her lossy DNGs which will be much smaller and which she will be able to adjust. She would then send back the catalogue and you would then have to marry up the adjustments to your originals. If you use real (ie not lossy) DNGs, this is simple enough - LR will simply be seeing your real DNGs instead of her lossy ones. So in one sense you are fooling LR. Alternatively, my Syncomatic plug-in syncs the adjustments (except crop) between lossy DNGs and your raw files (using the name to match).
Or what about giving her remote access to your machine? Much would depend on the bandwidth at each end and in between.
Interesting. I don't have much experience with DNGs. I will have to give that a try. Thank you johnbeardy.
Interestlingly enough, she mentioned she couldn't edit the files, but you state she should have access to everything in library. I wonder if she tried that or skipped right to develop. I'll have to have her try that 1st. That may be good enough. Remote access isn't a good option for me. I'll report back on the DNG method.
How can I get your plugin johnbeardy?
But do test the lossy DNG method first and become familiar with it. You will have to be careful not to confuse lossy and real DNGs - they'll have identical filenames and in Finder/Explorer will only appear different because of their filesizes. Inside LR there's a DNG panel which distinguishes them, and also File Type in the filter panel.