Storing Your Photos


How To Get and Stay Organized in Lightroom


Lesson Info

Storing Your Photos

So let's get organized in light room, so it's really interesting to me find a fair number of photographers, they struggle a little bit with light room, and I think I have identified the single problem that causes photographers to get a little bit confusing, like room that is, they just dive in and, like I was a little bit different from other software that you might be familiar with in that it's sort of all inclusive and all encompassing and it's really workflow driven, and it becomes, I think of it as command central for organizing, optimizing and sharing your photos. In short, when you start using like rooms manager images it's critical that you always start everything from my room, and I'm gonna take you through a basic workflow for working in light room. But first, more importantly, we'll take a step back when I touch light room, really, and we're just going to talk in general concepts course, all touch like from a little bit just to demonstrate some of these concepts. But the thin...

g to keep in mind, first and foremost when it comes to light room, is that light room is a catalogue driven, application like room is using a central database, as it were to keep track of your photos that does not mean that you don't have to keep your photos around. I've heard a couple of photographers who made the mistake of assuming once they brought their images in the light room, they could delete them off their hard drive because they were magically being stored somehow by light room, not the case, and so they're really just two pieces. It might seem a little complicated, I promise it's not as complicated as it might seem on the surface, it's just different from what a lot of photographers they're used to in terms of software. Those two pieces are the light room catalog that's the information about your photos essentially, and the other piece is your photos themselves so let's, just take a quick look at those two pieces in this case, this is just a quick little demo catalog. We're going to switch to a different catalog in just a moment, but I'm going to open up a finder view here or an explorer of you if you were on windows. Here are the photos in this catalog specific folder out on my hard drive so those in the photos I don't have to worry about those photos too much other than backing them up always every night, very carefully, but I don't have to think about the photos themselves because that's what like rooms, therefore it's managing everything for me. But I need to maintain an awareness that the photos are actually out there on my hard drive somewhere we'll talk about the specific location in just a moment and then we also have the actual light room catalog files something's going to go into the catalog settings don't worry about these particulars at the moment we'll talk about some of these options in just a moment, but now here we can take a look at the catalog files themselves there's the lr cat filed the leg room catalog file and the lr data file you don't need to worry about them other than again maintaining an awareness that they are actually out there we have our photos somewhere we have our catalog somewhere and light room works with both of those so that we can actually organize, optimize and share our photos so let's take a look at how like room actually works we're basically working with all these various modules today we're only going to focus our attention on really the library module, but we have the develop module for optimizing the map module for putting our photos on a map in terms of location. The book slideshow print and web module, which I just referred to is the sharing modules, but we're just going to focus on the library module to update the catalog and to therefore sort of update our photos in the background we'll talk about organization management folder structure all this sort of stuff as we go through the basics of getting organized and most importantly staying organized in light room so we've talked about storage location where I don't care anywhere you'd like anywhere that has enough capacity for all of your photos for me that means I cannot keep my photos on my laptop because I don't have a big enough hard drive on my laptop my light room catalog has just shy three hundred thousand photos all five star rated in my head but that takes up about four terabytes of storage space unfortunately little laptop those and let me have four terabytes of storage so that's not an option and so for me personally that means an external hard drive not actually this one this is my traveling hard drive that I used when I'm on the road because it's got this rubberized patting so when I drop it not if but when I drop it it will be relatively safe but at home I've got a four terabyte hard drive that's my master storage on the road I might have another location but really in my mind it is one location yes of course when I'm on the road I need to have storage I don't want to take my big four terabyte hard drive with me so all supplement with these other approaches when I'm traveling it's a little bit of a unique situation I suppose but at home one storage location that doesn't need to hard drives that doesn't in some photos on your internal hard drive and some on your external hard drive can you do that? Of course like room will let you do anything you want you can make a cluttered mess of your photos if you want to my recommendation is have all of your photos in one place so that you don't have to think about where your photos are if you've ever scanned slides remember the film days uh those were so much fun and then you have to scan all your slides and where you're going to store them and you need software to tell you which cd or dvd remember those two go pull off the shelf when you need a file I don't wanna have to think about any of that when it's where are my photos it's there on my hard drive the hard drive where I store all of my photos so one place we'll talk about the full their structure momentarily but let's first address the question of ok we've got our photos out on an external hard drive probably that is what works for me maybe you're primarily working in a studio environment with a desktop computer with big huge hard drive that can store all of your photos that's perfectly wonderful I don't have that type of situation because I'm away from home more than I'm at home so unusual using my laptop

Class Description

A consistent workflow is key to keeping your photos organized in Lightroom. In How to Get and Stay Organized in Lightroom, Tim Grey will help you develop a workflow that is right for you.

Tim will guide you through the essential components of an image-management workflow and recommend reliable systems for organizing your photos. You’ll learn how to import photos into your catalog, manage folders, and identify favorite photos. Tim will help you develop a functioning protocol so you can always find the photo you’re looking for.

Software Used: Adobe Lightroom 5


Doris Woodruff

Tim is an excellent teacher with the skill to make any part of lightroom clearly understood. He goes at a pace that allows me to follow easily though I am a new lightroom user! After watching this class i recommended it to a friend who was even more a newbie than I and had really messed up beginning use of lightroom..after watching she and I were able to start fresh and get all her photos organized and now both of us can confidently download into lightroom and set up any photo and find anything quickly and be efficient in our time! Thanks Tim!!