Automatically Creating Settings Appropriate to Your Camera

by Ken Milburn

I've discovered myself forgetting to make settings in my files that I have discovered need making for virtually every image I shoot with my current ca'mera. All I have to do to set those settings without changing the settings that I want to set individually for every picture is to click the Reset button to return all the settings to their defaults. Then I set such sliders as Clarity, Vibrance, Sharpening, and any noise reduction that I tend to need at ISO 200 (for the rare shots that don't use ISO 200, I can always change that setting for the appropriate group of selected images). I then create a Preset named Pentax10D (my current camera model). You may have other settings that are fairly consistent for you. Or you could create presets for several different types of shoots and use those on the appropiate occasions. When the Preset dialog appears (see below), be sure to turn off all the settings that you don't want to have changed when the Preset you created for your camera runs.


Next, I go to Auto Import > Auto Import Settings. You can see the dialog below. I set the Watched Folder for the drive that the OS automatically assigns to my card reader. I create a folder that has the date and location or client of the shoot as it's name. For Filename, I choose Filename. I'd like to preface the file name with the client name or photo category, but I can't do that without loosing the camera's original filename. I like to keep those letters that precede the number of the shot because they immediately identify the camera brand that was used. This won't mean anything to folks who stick with one brand, however. Personally, I find that difficult given all the rapid changes that are happening in digital photography at this point in history.


Now comes the good part: Open the Develop Settings menu and choose Pentax10D--or whatever camera you made the pre-sets for. I have also set up a Metadata pre-set that contains all my copyright information. So now you know that all your files have your notice attached to their metadata, not that it can't be erased, but at least you can show that you put it there.

Finally, since I change this dialog's settings every time I insert a card, this dialog show up as soon as I put the card into the slot. So I just add those two or three keywords that will work for every image--such as the name of the general locale or location they were shot it. If there's only one subject type (such as Fashion or Wedding, I put that in, too. I also check the Render Standard Size previews box.