Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Organization Will Set You Free!
Basic organization techniques to help you find, sort and catalog your images
Lightroom's Collections function is very useful for sorting your photos.
Collections act like little bins that you can throw photos into for later use, but nothing is actually removed from your original folder. These are only references to your photo, and you can have as many as you want. Collections are handy ways of grouping like images for a specific use or a certain subject.
The Quick Collection is always in Lightroom and is in the Catalog section of the left panel. This is helpful when isolating a small group of images that you need for a specific use, such as emailing someone or for printing. By default, there's a "+" sign after the title that says this is a targeted collection. That means that if you click on a photo and type "b", the photo will automatically go to that collection (you also can click on the circle at the upper-right corner of your photo).
Click the "+" sign to the right of Collections to add a collection. To start, try the standard collection and name it whatever you'd like. You then can drag images from any folder onto that collection to add them to it. Again, nothing is actually moved from a folder, only a reference to the image is made for the collection.
Create collections of your favorite photos, special subjects, photos you regularly print, slideshows or anything that you can group. Later, you can try grouping collections into Collection Sets or use a Smart Collection that looks for certain keywords to automatically put photos into a collection.
Any collection can be made into a targeted collection by right-clicking the collection and selecting Set As Target Collection. I strongly recommend that Lightroom users work with a right-click mouse or touchpad because of the context-sensitive menus you get from right-clicking in different places in Lightroom.
You can see more of Rob Sheppard's photography and learn about his workshops at robsheppardphoto.com.
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