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Photography Related Sites Hacked! Here’s How To Secure Your Passwords Today

Recently it was revealed that a few photography related websites had been compromised, and account passwords were leaked to the ‘dark web’. This is really concerning, especially if you re-use your passwords across websites, or if you just make small changes to keep them -sort of- unique. The solution is to use a service that creates long, unbreakable passwords, so that you don’t have to remember them in the first place. Read on to find out if you were affected by these hacks, and how you can ensure that you minimise any possible repercussions.

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Back-up Your Files Correctly: The Story of How I Almost Lost All My Photographs

In early 2018, I almost lost all my images (from 2006 to 2014). I also almost all the pictures that my father had taken from 2008 to 2014. Turns out, I didn’t lose them all, but that’s only because of a happy accident. Not everyone has these happy accidents to fall back on.

The question I asked myself was: How could I have been so silly? But a better question was: How could I have avoided the possibility of data loss altogether? And that’s what we’re doing to answer today.

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How-to Save RAW File Edits Without a Lightroom Catalogue file

If you don’t do this one thing, you will lose all your edits when your Lightroom catalog file gets corrupted.

This is the one setting that I always turn on as soon as I install Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (LR) on any computer: Automatically Write Changes into XMP.

I suggest that you do it too, because it has saved me many times. I really don’t know why Adobe sets this to ‘off’ by default. It should always be turned on! Here’s how to turn on XMP sidecar files for Adobe Lightroom Classic.

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Photoshop Process – Edit Brian’s Picture

A while ago, Brian Auer posted a project on his blog where he invited people to use a photograph that he would supply and process it in Photoshop (or any other image editing software). The idea was to see how different people take an image and work on it.

Brian was kind enough to give us the option of starting from the original RAW file from his camera as long as we reminded ourselves time and time again that we did not own the photograph, but were only borrowing it for purposes of this project.

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