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PhotoKey Batch auto rotate and import?

Posted: Fri, 5th Sep 2008, 2:05pm

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Ruffles

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Hi everyone. I'm evaluating PhotoKey Batch to shoot images at a school Halloween carnival. I just started using the program last night and ran into some issues.

I'm shooting with a Nikon D3 tethered to my laptop. The Capture control software correctly tags image orientation. I'm shooting in portrait orientation yet PhotoKey Batch seems to ignore this flag and brings up all the images in landscape. How do I solve this?

The second issues is with importing. I want to point PhotoKey to the incoming directory on my laptop that the Capture Control software is storing images too so that as soon as I shoot them, I can select them for a composite. Is this not possible? It seems like a very logical work flow. If I have to click the import button and select each image individually after each shot, that will really slow things down.

Thanks for your help so far.
Posted: Fri, 5th Sep 2008, 7:06pm

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Axeman

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Once all the shots are done, you can navigate to the directory and import them all at once into Photokey batch. Just click the first one, and shift-click the last one to select them all for import.

I've never had a portrait oriented picture get turned on import, so I'm not sure what is causing that. What format are you shooting in?
Posted: Fri, 5th Sep 2008, 7:43pm

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Ruffles

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Hi. Thanks for the reply. I'm shooting portrait orientated jpg's and when I go to the directory on my laptop, all the images there (downloaded there from Capture Camera Control), are in the landscape orientation (so they look sideways in windows explorer). If I look at the exif info for them, they have the orientation tag filled out and if I open them in Photoshop or ACDSee or the windows image viewer etc., they are rotated automatically to portrait orientation. When I import them into PhotoKey Batch, they remain in landscape orientation.
Posted: Mon, 8th Sep 2008, 10:25pm

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TubeTape

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It sounds like you might need to rotate the position of foreground image 180%. You can apply that to all the incoming photo's once it's set. I might be over simplifying my understanding of your issue. However it sounds like it's not a canvas orientation problem but the fact the imported image is coming in sideways
Posted: Wed, 10th Sep 2008, 11:16pm

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Arktic

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I'm not sure, but I'm assuming that PhotoKey is ignoring the exitf data for some reason? I've had this problem recently myself - the OSX Preview application no longer alters the actual image if you rotate it, only the exitf data (which programs like FCP will ignore!).

But if you do as TubeTape says, and rotate the foreground images once they're imported, by using the 'Position' tab, you should end up with correctly oriented photos.

Cheers,
Arktic.
Posted: Wed, 22nd Oct 2008, 9:24pm

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Ruffles

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Thanks everyone. Like it was mentioned, I was able to get around the rotation problem by setting the rotation to -90 in the position tab.

As I played with the software, I found that PhotoKey Batch is designed for a workflow where you shoot all the pictures first and then process later. This won't work for me. I will be processing and printing each picture as soon as it's shot.

As it turns out, the standard PhotoKey software works better for this process. I've gone ahead and purchased it and have sort of perfected my work flow. I still have to do a lot of clicks but it works.

One area I would like to see improved is the position tab. It seems like the logical way to position an image would be to click and drag it. The vertical and horizontal sliders are slow and inconvenient. Get rid of them and instead of the mouse drag moving the entire view/canvas, move whichever image is selected with the foreground or background image buttons.