How to Analyse your Lightroom Catalog with Lightroom Dashboard

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Lightroom Dashboard analytics

Have you ever wondered how often you use a particular camera or a lens? Or how often you shoot at certain aperture or ISO settings? Or how many photos you shoot per month or year?

If so, then you’ll find Lightroom Dashboard very interesting.

Lightroom Dashboard is a free web based application that analyses the data contained in your Catalog, and displays statistics and graphs to help you visualise the result. It was created by Cheyne Wallace, a software engineer and photography enthusiast based in San Francisco.

To use it, just visit Lightroom Dashboard and drag a copy (not the original) of your Lightroom Catalog to the webpage. Lightroom Dashboard takes a few minutes to analyse the data in the Catalog file and then displays its findings.

To protect your privacy your Catalog isn’t uploaded to the website’s server. For large Catalogs (1 GB +) there’s a free Catalog converter tool that extracts the information required by the app and saves it in a smaller file, so your browser doesn’t freeze up.

This is what happened when I tried it with my Lightroom Catalog. I set the time period to one year using the options at the top of the screen.

Lightroom Dashboard analytics

When you click on the Lenses tab the app shows you which lenses, focal lengths and aperture settings you have used the most.

Lightroom Dashboard analytics

Click the Cameras tab to see which cameras and ISO settings you have used. Here you can see that I have hardly used my X-Pro 1 since I bought my X-T1 camera.

Lightroom Dashboard analytics

Click the Files tab to see which file types are contained in your Catalog.

Lightroom Dashboard analytics

If you click the Filter button you can filter the results according to camera, lens or both. I changed the settings to show the results of my 56mm lens when used on the X-T1. You can see that the aperture setting I used most with this lens is f2.8. That makes sense as I use it principally for portraits. ISO usage is more evenly spread.

Lightroom Dashboard analytics

Lightroom Dashboard analytics

Lightroom Dashboard analytics

Practical uses? It’s certainly interesting to see which cameras and lenses you use the most, especially if it throws up a surprise. You can also analyse different periods of time to see how much your choice of camera equipment and settings changes. If you use a zoom lens you can see which focal lengths and aperture settings you use the most, which may help you decide whether it’s worth buying a prime lens.

I would like to see the ability to filter by Collection added. For example, with this feature you could create a Collection containing all the landscapes you’ve taken in the past year to see what lenses and settings you have used. I don’t know if that’s possible but I have already left my feedback on the website!

 

 

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