Lightroom: Provide metadata analytics in Lightroom

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I would like to see meta data analytics added to Lightroom. I recently ran across a plugin for Lightroom:
http://lightroomanalytics.com/report/...
I have felt for a long time that this sort of analytic capability would be wonderful to have in LR. The data is there in each LR database. Doing this type of analysis would be very useful to many photographers, I would think. It certainly would be for me. As a concrete example, I would to see what f-stops and shutters speeds that I use for wildlife photographs. Similarly for landscape photography. It would also be interesting to see how this has changed for me over time, too. Any plans to include something like this in LR? Thanks for your time and consideration!
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Rob Cole

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|> "I would (like) to see what f-stops and shutters speeds that I use for wildlife photographs"

Lightroom already has a pretty good way of doing this, not as pretty as a colored pie-chart, but just define metadata columns in the lib filter.

Assuming you have keywords assigned to identify wildlife photos, having keyword, aperture, and shutter speed columns is all you need to do, no?

Rob
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Yes, I am aware of the meta data filtering in LR. And I do use it. I have over 100,000 pictures in my LR library. What I would like to see is a nice, concise, and clear visualization of the aggregate meta data information. For example, for a set of pictures that I specify, what percentage of them are f4, f5.6, f8, etc. Similarly for shutter speed. Similarly for lenses, and perhaps even focal ranges for a specific zoom lens. And then there are analysis of the LR development module features... What is the average saturation increase that I use? What is the bell curve for my use of the clarity slider? How often do I change the exposure level in LR, and by how much? And so on... I want simple charts that show me this type of information.
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I tried using the plugin. It is a two step process - first, generate the data, second, display the data. The first step appeared to work (it generated what looked to be correct XML data). The second step did not work for me. Could have been user error, although I did fool around with it trying to get it to work. At any rate, the more I thought about it, the more it seemed like something that should be part of LR. I sent a brief email about this to Julieanne Kost at Adobe (their PS and LR evangelist). She said this was a solid request for LR and that I should post the request here. Hence, my post. I love LR and hope this gets added.
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Thanks Keith. and fingers crossed for ya.

PS - I hope you reported the problem to the plugin author - I'm 99.9% sure he/she would want to know if you couldn't get it to work - assuming you read & followed the instructions I mean ;-}.

Cheers,
Rob
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It's a solid request, but to be honest I don't think this one will make it anytime soon. There are already a few plug-in for stuffs like these. In addition, this type of analyzing is done once in a while, maybe once or twice year.
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I confess it sounds like a feature which might be confined to plugins for the foreseeable future. Maybe best to try and get that lightroom-analytics plugin to work.. or one of the other ones (?)
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Have you looked at www.lightroomstatistics.com.

They have all kinds of statistical analysis. Not only on camera stuff like ISO, Aperture, but also "Develop" module related analysis.
For example, how much time did you spend on developing a series of photos, what photos did you develop during a certain period, like yesterday, this week etc.
Further, the have an Assessment report that analyses your usage of Lightroom. For example do you apply tone curve adjustments, of sharpening or... Ideal for trainers to get in instand insight in the usage of Lightroom of their students, but also a very nice feedback on your own usage of Lightroom. It also can serve as a quality check tool to analyse photos, before sending them of to your clients, on the web etc.