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  • Welcome to the RPG blog.

    Any good salesman will tell you about the importance of branding and the need for preservation and consistency in your company's image and mission.  Well, is it possible to make a brand out of genetics?  

    The Riley Brothers, Tim and Chris, are the RPG brand.  If you have ever encountered them at a traded show, you know that you can't miss them as they are both over 6 ft tall, blond and with striking blue eyes.  They both provide for their families by capturing beautiful wedding, commercial, and portrait photographs.

    Perhaps better than providing you, the reader, with an image of how they work, you would learn more from how they lead their lives.  

    Tim and Chris are avid surfers, who even partake in the dead of winter if they swell is good enough.  And mind you - they live in Maine!  We're not talking tropical waters here.  They ski all winter and business is usually conducted on a lift as opposed to in a conference room.  They ride their bikes - even if only to push the other one farther.  Internal competition drives them to always be striving to be better.  Better athletes, photographers, husbands, fathers.

    This is RPG.  A company built on values by two men who grew up together and have shared life's ups and downs.  This is who you want standing behind a product that you buy.  Tim and Chris care about their clients and offer exceptional customer service and even dole out workflow advice because they want to teach and reach out to the larger photographic community.

    So, perhaps when you are thinking about why you should buy a product.  Perhaps you should consider who you would rather do business with instead.  Because I don't know about you, but up here in Maine - we don't have enough people where we can be cavalier with anyone else's life or how they spend their time.  So let us save you some!


    The wife of Tim  :) 

Adobe Lightroom 3 TAT Tools

This is something I love using when editing photos in LR 3.
We just wrote an article for our friends at Album’s INC all about the TAT TOOLS.

How to combine Lightroom Catalogs

Chris and I have always loved having a Lightroom catalog for each job.
This started in Lightroom 2 when bigger catalogs slowed things down. Lightroom 3 fixed the issue but our workflow has been set and now we just love our methods. 🙂

So here is a video that shows you how to merge all your job specific Lightroom Catalogs into 1 Master.


The RPG Workflow (5 Videos)

While helping people with the keys, I often end up just teaching Lightroom. It has become my other job, and I love it! Tonight Chris and I will sharing our workflow to about 60 photographers from the Maine Photographers Coalition and we thought putting the 5 key parts of the talk into video form might be helps.

So if your new to Lightroom, or just need help with your workflow…. Take some time to watch these videos. THESE ARE NOT ABOUT THE KEYS! You will not learn anything about the RPG KEY product in this videos….. Just how we use Lightroom when we are without a set of keys.

Step #1. File + Folder Prep.
We start every job with a set of files + folders that are the same from job to job. The job folder lives on our desktop and when we are done with our edits and manipulations, it gets moved to a backup system.

Step #2. Creating a job specific Lightroom Catalog + Import
Each job gets its own LR catalog in our studio. It just makes working between two studio locations much easier for us. If you are using (LR 3+) you “might” get away with 1 catalog but speed could become an issue. In this video we explain how to change file names, preview size and all the import settings that we use.

Step #3. Flagging and Ranking our Images.
In this video we explain a few different methods for finding the keepers in a body of work. For the new to Lightroom crowd, pay close attention to how we setup the filters. If you are an RPG KEY owner the “single pass” workflow talked about in this video might be just for you!

Step #4. Image Editing.
This video explains some of the basic develop tools in Lightroom. Very basic and if you know Lightroom this video might be a waste of your time.

Step #5. Exporting.
In this video we explain how to make a watermark in the new LR 3 and the different choices we make while exporting.

RPG KEYS + Adobe Bridge

The RPG BR plug-in is a set of Macro’s designed for photographers that use Bridge on a daily basis.

The collection includes:

Assign ***
Add to Selection
Add to Selection (Contiguous)
Assign * Rating
Assign ** Rating
Assign **** Rating
Assign ***** Rating
Assign Blue Label
Assign Green Label
Assign Red label
Assign Yellow Label
Batch Rename
Camera Raw opens in Photoshop
Clear Rating
Close Window
Compact Mode
Decrease Rating
Decrease Rating Ctrl+
File Info
File Navigator View
Filmstrip Focus View
Increase Rating
Increase Rating
Increase Rating .
Invert Selection
Light Box View
Metadata Focus View
Move to Recycle Bin (Image or Folder)
New Folder
New Window
Next page Right Arrow
No Rating
Open in Camera Raw
Open Raw Image
Previous Document
Previous Page
Reset to Default Workspace
Return to Adobe Photoshop
Select All
Select First Image Home
Select Labeled
Select Last Image
Select Unlabeled
Set label 6-9
Show all Files
Show only files with 1 or more * Rating
Show only files with 2 or more * Rating
Show only files with 3 or more * Rating
Show only files with 4 or more * Rating
Show only files with 5 * Rating
Show only files with Blue Label
Show only files with Green Label
Show only files with Red label
Show only files with Yellow Label
Show Thumbnails Only
Slide Show
Switch to Next Open Window
Switch to Previous Open Window
Switch to Previous View
Switch to User-Defined Workspaces
Switch View
Synchronise (Version Cue)
Toggle * Rating

RPG KEY + Aperture 3

RPG Plug-in for Aperture 3


The Aperture module for RPG offers 90% of the same features included with our Lightroom modules.

This product includes our 58 Key Keyboard + RPG Aperture plug-in.
This includes functions for the following and so much more!

#1: All native shortcuts
#2: 24 user defines Presets
#3. All stock presets

Tint + / –
Temp + / –

Exposure + / –
Recovery +/-
Black Point +/-
Brightness +/-

Contrast +/-
Definition +/-
Saturation + /-
Vibrancy +/-

Highlights +/-
Shadows +/-
Rang +/-

Reset Adjustments

Quick Brush – Blur
Quick Brush – Burn
Quick Brush – Contrast
Quick Brush – Definition
Quick Brush – Dodge
Quick Brush – Intensify
Quick Brush – Polarize
Quick Brush – Saturation
Quick Brush – Sharpen
Quick Brush – Tint
Quick Brush – Vibrancy

1 Star
2 Star
3 Star
4 Star
5 Stat

Add Blue Label
Add Green Label
Add Gray Label
Add Orange Label
Add Purple Label
Add Red Label
Add Yellow Label

Assign Name

Black & White Controls
Chromatic Aberration Controls
Color / Monocrome Controls

Compare Mode
Duplicate Image
Create version from master
Create version from master and add to selection

Crop Tool
Customize Metadata Overlays
Cycle View

Decrease Loupe Diameter
Decrease Loupe Magnification

Decrease Rating and Move to Next Image
Decrease Rating
Decrease Thumb Size

Deselect All
Devigneette Controls
Duplicate Image
Edge Sharpen Controls

Edit with default editor
Edit with plug-in #1
Edit with plug-in #2

Email version
Empty Aperture Trash
Enter Faces View
Enter Places View
Enter Stack Compare Mode
Enter/Edit full screen

Export Masters
Export Version

Filmstrip view
Grid View

Highlights Hot and Cold Area
Highlights and Shadows Controls

Increase Loupe Diameter
Increase Loupe Mag
Increase Rating
Increase Rating and Move On
Increase Thumb Size
Invert Selected

Keyword 1
Keyword 2
Keyword 3
Keyword 4
Keyword 5
Keyword 6
Keyword 7
Keyword 8

Lift Tool
List view
New Album
New Folder
New Project
New Smart Album
Noise Reduction

Open / Close Stack
Print Image
Promote Stack Item
Put focus in Library Inspector

Quick Preview
Red Eye Correction
Reject and advance
Remove Color Label

Remove Keyword 1
Remove Keyword 2
Remove Keyword 3
Remove Keyword 4
Remove Keyword 5
Remove Keyword 6
Remove Keyword 7
Remove Keyword 8
Retouch Brush
Rotate Browser Position
Rotate Image Left
Rotate Image Right
Rotate Tool
Scale to Fit

Secondary Alternate
Secondary Blank
Secondary Desktop
Secondary Mirror
Secondary Span

Select All in Stack
Select All
Select and advance
Select Compare Item
Selection Tool

Sepia Tone Controls

Set Stack Pick

Show 1 Star or better
Show 2 star or better
Show 3 star or better
Show 4 star or better
Show 5 star or better

Show all
Show flagged images
Show Master
Show rejects only
Show unrated only

Shuttle Left / Right
Split Stack
Stack Image selected
Stamp Tool
Stop Shuttle
Straighten Tool
Swap Browser Position
Viewer Compare
Viewers Show Multiple
Viewer Show One
Viewer Stack
Vignette Controls
White Balance Controls
Zoom viewer In
Zoom viewer out