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Upload via WeTransfer

You can submit your locations to us using our WeTransfer page. Go to https://factory35.wetransfer.com/ to get started.

PLEASE NOTE: This process will take longer than using our FTP because we have to download each location. If you’re looking to make a large submission please use the FTP instead. You can follow the steps to connect with our FTP here.

If you are going to submit locations using our WeTransfer, please do the following.

  1. Submit each location as a single download. Larger files have more chance of corrupting.

  2. If you’re submission is over 1 GB consider using a Split Zip. On a Mac you can do this using Keka, a fantastic free file archiver.

  3. Make sure you send the submission to contributors@factory35.com so we are notified.

Upload via FTP

Large submissions should always be submitted to us via FTP. It’s the most robust way for you to send us your imagery and we’ll be able to process it much quicker as we don’t have to download it from the ‘cloud’.

To access our FTP go to factory35.ddns.net and login using the details we have provided you. Make sure to upload your submission to the folder with your name. If you’ve lost your login details please get in touch with us.

For both Mac and PC we highly recommend using FileZilla, it’s free and robust. See our post on FileZilla here.

Submitting previews

Our preview gallery cuts the amount of time your imagery spends sitting on a hard drive and instead gets it in front of customers as quickly as possible. By submitting previews our registered users can browse your new shoots and we can put your imagery in lightboxes when live briefs come in.

The minimum requirement to submit previews is that the files are renamed with your contributor ID. We advise you then do an initial edit and select a range of shots that resemble the location packages you will eventually produce.

Once this is done, those images can be output with the following settings and uploaded to your FTP folder.

Essential Software

To get going you're going to need a licence to some basic software, this list currently includes…

  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
  • LR/TreeExporter [Lightroom Plugin]
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • PTGui Pro

All our video tutorials and workflow are based on using the above software and we can offer support, should you have any issues. If you wish to use other software such as third party photoshop plugins or an alternative HDR stitching program you may do so however, we cannot offer any support. Please also note, you cannot use Capture One as it does not fully support the DNG file format.

Non essential software although recommended includes…

  • Name Mangler [Mac only - various PC alternatives are available] 

Tree Exporter

You are unlikely to find what on the face of it seems like a more mundane plugin out there. Yet, this little power house is one of those fundamental tools you can't understand why the guys at Adobe don't build into Lightroom.

What it does. Quite simply, it replicates the original folder structure on export [Lightroom can only export into one folder at a time without it].

The plugin is made by Photographers Toolbox and like several of their plugins they ask for a donation amount of your choice.

This plugin is essential and works with our export presets you have been provided.

> Get LR/TreeExporter 

FileZilla

Filezilla is a free, open source FTP client that works on both Mac and PC. You will need to deliver your imagery to us by uploading your locations to our FTP.

Although there are many FTP clients out there and you may already have a licence to another, we highly recommend using FileZilla as we have found it the most compatible with our FTP server. If you have any issues using a different FTP client our recommendation will be to use FileZilla, we can then offer support if you have any further issues.

You should have been given an FTP account, if you have lost your details please get in touch.

> Download FileZilla

Lightroom shortcuts

If you use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom a lot then you can speed up your workflow significantly by becoming familiar with the shortcuts for commonly used actions. Bookmark this page for reference.

If you want to take things to the next level you can create your own shortcuts. Some commonly used actions do not have a shortcut assigned by default such as 'Build 1:1 previews'. To do this the Photographers Toolbox have created a plugin called Keyboard Tamer. In return they ask for a donation amount of your choice. If you are a committed shortcut user then we highly recommend this plugin.

The plugin allows you to create your own shortcuts, as shown here with Option+Shift+D being used to convert photos to DNG.

The plugin allows you to create your own shortcuts, as shown here with Option+Shift+D being used to convert photos to DNG.

Editing locations

This two part video tutorial will walk you through the editing process of a location, from getting the raw files from your camera to being ready to grade your imagery.

Editing locations Part 1

Includes: filing, building a catalogue, editing into location packages, check for quality and preparing HDR captures for stitching.

Editing locations - Part 2

Includes: stitching HDR domes, filing and importing back into catalogue.

Setting up Lightroom preferences

How you have Lightroom set up visually is up to you but we advise making these changes when producing imagery for Factory 35 to keep your workflow running smoothly.

The file name settings for editing externally should be set like this…

 

Please make sure these preferences are used to avoid any errors that could cause submissions to be rejected.