Over the past few weeks, the Lightroom Analytics plug-in has been making the rounds on social media. The free plug-in will analyze your Lightroom catalog and generate a report that will visualize the metadata that your catalog contains. The data points go from camera and lens selection to what white balance was used.
I decided to take the plunge and see what my Lightroom catalog said about me!
Installing The Plug-in
Download the plug-in from the Lightroom Analytics download page here: http://lightroomanalytics.com/download/.
It looks like the plug-in website is down, so I’ve attached a copy of it here:
Extract the zip file (on most systems, double-click the zip file and follow the prompts to extract). The plug-in is inside the zip file and ends with .lrplugin. I move all my .lrplugin files to a Lightroom folder on DropBox so that I can easily access the same plug-ins on all of my computers.
Inside Lightroom, pull up your plugin manager by navigating to File > Plug-in Manager.
Click the Add button and navigate to the folder where you placed your .lrplugin file.
Select the .lrplugin file and click Add Plug-in. Back in the Plug-in Manager, the Lightroom Analytics plugin should be installed and running.
Running The Report
With the plug-in installed, it’s time to generate your report. Select the folder that you want to analyze. For my report, I selected my Originals folder that has all my raw files that contain all my metadata.
Next, navigate to File > Plug-in Extras > Export Metadata.
The plug-in will run and start analyzing the metadata in your images.
My Originals folder has just over 50,000 images, and the process took a few minutes to complete.
When the process is done, you will have a new .csv and .json file on your desktop.
Viewing The Report
To view the report, download the viewer from the Lightroom Analytics web page here: http://lightroomanalytics.com/download/. Scroll down to the bottom and look for the Download Viewer button.
Extract the viewer zip file. Inside that folder you’ll see an .html file.
Click on it to open up the start page in your browser.
To view your report, drag in the .json file that was generated on your desktop in to the browser on top of the start page and viola!
My report confirmed many things I suspected. I know that I shoot in manual mode a lot (turns out, 88%) and that I shoot with my 50mm f/1.8 more than any other lens (37%). I tend to shoot at slower shutter speeds (more theater photography and low light than sport photography) and I like wider apertures. Since I shoot raw, I don’t usually mess with my in camera settings that much, so some of the charts show single bars on the graphs reflecting the defaults, but I suspect for users that shoot more JPEG and mess with their settings a bit more, those charts would be much more useful.
My next step is to go back and run the report for year over year so I can compare the results to see how my photography evolved. But generally, my catalog probably looks like a lot of portrait photographers based on my lens choice. It also looks like someone who shoots raw and doesn’t mess with in-camera settings.
Have you run your report? What does your Lightroom catalog say about you?
Donate To The Plug-in Creator
The plug-in author has a page set up where you can donate to charity to help support his efforts. If you like the plug-in, donate here!