How to Upload Photos Directly From Adobe Lightroom to WordPress

By on February 2nd, 2017 in Tutorials

Automattic recently released a plugin for Adobe Lightroom that instantly simplified my photography publishing workflow. The plugin allows the user to export images direct from Lightroom to WordPress.com or a self-hosted WordPress website.

Installing, configuring and using the plugin was straightforward and easy. I’ll explain how it’s done.

Installation

Download the plug from WordPress.com and unzip the plugin file. The plugin has the following file name: wordpress.com.lrplugin. Launch Adobe Lightroom and navigate to the Plug-in Manager. On the Mac, you can find the entry under the File menu. Alternatively, use a Mac keyboard shortcut ...

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From the Plug-in Manager winder click add in the bottom left corner of the plugin manager, navigate to the location of the wordpress.com.lrplugin file and select the plugin.

I suggest copying the wordpress.com.lrplugin file to the folder where Lightroom keeps the rest of its plugins. You can find this easily.

lightroom

Select one of the pre-installed plug-ins in the left pane of the Plug-in Manager. Then click the Show in Finder button in the Status section. On MacOS, this will open a Finder window to this location.

Copy — drag, and drop — the wordpress.com.lrplugin to the Adobe Lightroom plugin folder, then restart Adobe Lightroom. The plug-in is now installed.

Setup

Setup for a WordPress.com or self-hosted WordPress.org website is done the same way. However, to upload to your self-hosted WordPress (.org) website, you need to install the Jetpack plugin, which you can do by following the instructions on WordPress.com.

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Click the Log In button. This will launch your browser. You will have to log in and authorized the plugin to use your WordPress.com. You will be taken back to Adobe Lightroom once the connection is approved. Once that is done, make sure your site is selected from the drop-down list.

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That’s it. In the past, I had used another plugin called Photo Upload to export from Lightroom to WordPress. However, that plugin was more challenging to set up and use and is not free. The free WordPress plugin is as easy as to use as selecting one or more images in Lightroom, clicking the Lightroom export button and picking my blog.

4 thoughts on “How to Upload Photos Directly From Adobe Lightroom to WordPress”

  1. Jeffrey Friedl is a software developer and photographer based in Japan. For years he has been scratching his own itch and creating plugins for Adobe Lightroom that make using and exporting images from Lightroom easier. He makes these plugins available for a nominal fee — whatever you want to pay. I’ve used many of his plugins for years.
    Need to export images to Tumblr or Twitter or Facebook? Need to control what metadata is/isn’t included during any export? Need to inject Creative-Commons license data into exported images? Jeffrey has written plugins to do each of those things. And some of the export plugins can be combined with other export plug-ins. Which is what prompted this blog post.
    Some time ago I [started using the Automattic’s WordPress.com export plugin to export directly from Adobe Lightroom to my Jetpack-powered WordPress.org website. This plugin-in saves me time.
    One of Jeffrey’s plugins is the Metadata Wrangler Export Plugin. This “export filter” plugin for Lightroom allows me to strip or modify selected metadata components from images as they are exported.
    I just learnt a trick for adding EXIF data to the caption of the images I post to this website and also to Instagram by combining the two plugins.
    I use the Metadata Wrangler Export Plugin as a post-process action to overwrite the caption metadata field with image data from my Lightroom catalogue before it is exported to WordPress.
    Here’s the information inserted into the caption.
    {Title?<p>{Title}</p>—}{Caption?<p>{Caption}</p>—}

    <p>{CameraName?{CameraName}} {Lens?+ {Lens}} {FocalLengthMM?@ {FocalLengthMM}}, {Aperture?{Aperture}} {ShutterSpeed? at {ShutterSpeed}}, {ISO? ISO {ISO}}</p>

    {RightsUsageTerms?<p>{RightsUsageTerms}</p>}

    These preset template tokens inserts the image capture information such as camera make and model, and image EXIF data.
    On my WordPress website, images with a caption display will display capture information.

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