I think I’m onto something that could be hot for photographing drupalists. 🙂
For some years I have been using Koken to publish galleries directly from Lightroom (LR). This is easy and fast. But because my website is based on Drupal, I have two island systems: Website and galleries. I think this is suboptimal.
I would like to be able to export images directly from LR to Drupal and maintain my own image database.
Achieved so far:
- Export-Preset in LR, which with the help of Jeffrey Friedl’s amazing plugin ‘Run Any Command’ (http://regex.info/blog/lightroom-goodies/run-any-command) automatically generates a myImage.yml file with metadata for each exported myImage.jpg:
filename: "myImage.jpg" lightroom-uuid: "43CD9A97-05ED-463A-A0F2-31182C5FAB5E" caption: "" keywords: "Alpstein, Altmann, Appenzell, Berg, Berge, Fälenalp, Orte, Schweiz, Zwinglipass, mountain, mountains" captured: "2013-07-17T17:42:55.00" shutterspeed: "¹⁄₁₆₀₀ Sek." aperture: "f/5.6" iso: "100" focallength: "100 mm" croppedwidth: "3840" croppedheight: "3840" megapixels: 14.7 MP aspectratio: "quadrat"
- Synchronize images and ymls to the server via FTP or rsync.
- missing step (see below)
- Display image stock in a view.
- Drupal: Automatic import that searches through the sync folder, creates a media entity for each image and populates the fields with the metadata from the yml.
- Use Lightrooms Image-UUID (in yml) to detect and update changed images (image or metadata).
- Detect deleted images and delete the corresponding media entity.
Tried and tested so far:
- Creation of nodes using ReST-API. This would remotely control the entire functionality.
Pro: Relief of the web server
Con: Additional step in the process. Difficult to implement – at least with my knowledge. 🙂
I would rather have a solution via a custom module, which e.g. checks the image stock via cronjob and keeps the media entities up to date.
Any help or advice is very welcome.
Best regards Patrick