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Lightroom is a beast to learn how to use. Now, it’s not PhotoShop level, but pretty much any Adobe software is pretty intricate with a ton of capabilities. While this particular blog post does not go into all the minute details of how to edit photos, it will go over how to organize them.
When I first started using Lightroom, I didn’t know what a Catalog was…which is fine. I eventually learned and it has made my life much easier and more organized. For those that don’t know, a Lightroom Catalog is basically a group of photos. How you organize those photos is up to you. I start a new Catalog for each session, while others have Catalogs for each month of the year or each individual client if they are shooting them multiple times. You have to figure out what works best for you.
Once you establish how you’d like to set up your Catalog, you are able to create “Collections” within a catalog. A collection is just that–a collection of images that is a subset of the larger Catalog. Now…why would you want to split up a Catalog into smaller Collections, you may ask…
I do it for two reasons:
Now…how to set up a collection!
Lastly, I want to note that you can still view ALL photographs within the catalog if you would like to do so! Simply go down to the bar with all the images and just above there, you will see which Collection is currently selected. View all photographs by clicking “All Photographs.” This may seem simple, but I was stumped on that for a while…no shame!
If you have more questions about Lightroom, I am happy to help in any way that I can! If you’re interested in organizing your files on your computer/hard drive and would like to know how I do mine, you can access that in the “File & Lightroom Organization” module of The Photography Framework Shop, which can be found here!
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