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Lightroom plug-in exports photos straight to iStockphoto

A plug-in enables photographers to upload their images directly to "microstock" Web site.

Eugene Berman's plug-in lets Lightroom users export photos directly to iStockphoto. Eugene Berman

Photographer and programmer Eugene Berman has released version 1.0 of a Lightroom plug-in that enables photographers to export pictures directly to iStockphoto, a "microstock" Web site that sells images for relatively low cost.

Adobe Systems' Lightroom is gaining in popularity as a way to edit and catalog the unprocessed "raw" images from higher-end digital cameras, and Adobe in 2007 released a beta version of a software developer kit (SDK) that lets anyone write plug-ins for exporting photos.

Other Lightroom plug-ins also exist that permit uploads to Flickr, Picasa, Zenfolio, and SmugMug.

Exporting to iStockphoto is a different matter, though. Photographers might be more inclined to take their shots on a trip through Photoshop for more careful noise reduction, edge sharpening, or selective editing not possible in Lightroom.

The plug-in provides the ability to enter keywords, upload multiple photos, and include model releases, Berman said.

However, Lightroom expert Sean McCormack rightly gripes that it would be improved if it exported the photo's title from the metadata title field rather than the filename, which is more likely to be something obscure such as DSC7893.jpg.

(Via Lightroom News.)