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Backing Up Your Library

Lesson 5 from: Lightroom® 4 Fundamentals

Laura Shoe

Backing Up Your Library

Lesson 5 from: Lightroom® 4 Fundamentals

Laura Shoe

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5. Backing Up Your Library


Class Trailer

Day 1


Pre-Show Banter


9:00 am - Introduction: Why Lightroom®?


The Lightroom Library Catalog


Staying Organized


Backing Up Your Library


Importing Your Photos


Preferences & Settings


Settings Q&A


Reorganizing Files and Folders


Using Views and Labels to Evaluate Photos


Filtering and Stacking Photos


Assigning and Managing Keywords


Keywording Q&A


The Metadata Panel


Searching for Photos


Creating a Collection


Day 2


Day 2 Pre-Show Banter


The Map Module: Assigning Locations


The Develop Module


Fixing Your Photos: Histograms and Cropping


Fixing Your Photos: Spot Removal Tool


11:30 am - Upgrading to Lightroom® 4


11:45 am - Basic Developing in Lightroom® 3 & 4


Basic Developing Part 2


Color Adjustments


Tone Curve Panel


Making Subtle Adjustments


Lens Corrections


Local Adjustments: Partial B&W


Local Adjustments: Portrait Touch Up


Additional Local Adjustments


Graduated Filter


Bonus: Day 3 Preview


Day 3


Day 3 Pre-Show Banter


Bonus: Recap of the Develop Module


Virtual Copies


B&W and Creative Effects


Noise Reduction




Sharpening for Portraits


Syncing Changes to Multiple Photos




Creating and Using Presets


11:45 am - Lightroom® and Photoshop


Sharing Your Work


Exporting for Web


Exporting for Print


Workflow Recap


Thanks + Credits


3:00 pm - Lightroom® 4: Publishing


3:30 pm - Lightroom® 4: Video Editing


3:45 pm - Lightroom® 4: Book Module


Lesson Info

Backing Up Your Library

So the next part of this the last part of this presentation, I believe so. I'm hanging there were going to get to light room. Here is how to back everything up or how to make sure that you understand what needs to be backed up. So let me see where I am in here, okay? Backing up your photo library. So again, remember that you have to critical components of this library. Now, if you lost your light room catalogue, you need to understand that your light room catalogue contains all of the work you've ever done on any of your photos and light room. So you would lose all of your light room work if you didn't have the catalogue backed up or if it became corrupted. That's not quite as bad as losing your photos, right? Um, but it's it's still important, but, um, so we have to deal with these two scenarios now, I don't seem to have a pointer, which is s I can't can't really point to this, but on this set up that I have here, I've got a light room catalogue and then notice that I now have a backu...

ps folder within the light room catalogue. Okay, that's making backups of my catalogue. Over time, those backups are still on the primary drive. It does not protect against the hard drive crash. What the's therefore is to protect against catalogue corruption. If you open light room tomorrow and it says I'm sorry, your catalogues corrupted. I tried to fix it, but I just couldn't. If you have these back ups from yesterday and from a week ago and from a month ago, you can back up to before you had the corruption issue. Okay? And these backups are created by that backup prompt that comes up when you close like room or open light room and light room to Okay, so those air just backing up the catalogue and we'll we'll set that up, you know, in a little while, those air just backing up the light room catalogue. That prompt is not backing up your photographs. And now it says in fine print in that dialogue that that's the case. But still a lot of people don't notice that, and when they're hard drive fails, they have they have no backup. So these backups of the catalogue are over time. Are critical for the corruption issue. The next part of your backup strategy is, of course, to back up your entire photo library, the image files and the catalog, the entire photo library folder over to an external hard drive. And, of course, backing up Teoh to several external hard drives. You have redundancy, and one of those is off site or in the cloud is important as well. Okay, but you can see already an advantage of having both your image files and your catalog in one folder. If you back up that photo library folder with the two components, you know you're covered. Okay, you've got both pieces of your your photo library backed up to an external drive. So I have an external drive. You know, I have. I have a few of them to replicate this process that looks exactly like my main drive. So if my primary drive fails, I can plug in the external backup and be up and running right away with both critical components. Now, for the catalogue noticed that I have the light room catalog on my main drive with a backups folder, and then that's replicated onto the backup drive. That's great. It just gives me some redundancy in my catalogue Backups. So I'm protected if the hard drive fails and protected if catalogue becomes corrupted, etcetera. Now, I definitely recommend that you have an offsite backup. If someone breaks into your house and takes your computer and your hard drives, you know, or you have a flood or something, Um, you're still gonna lose everything. Right? So offside or in the cloud. Now you have to do this. Backup from one drive to another outside of light room like room does not have a tool to do this backup. So a program like Windows seven backup time machine on the Mac. A Chronis true image for the PC Carbonite for the Mac there. Lots of programs out there. You need to set up one of those programs to regularly back up your drives. And I love those programs because you can schedule the backups. You don't have to remember they only after you do the first backup, they only back up incrementally. So they're not gonna every night copy 100,000 files over there. Just gonna copy what you've changed. So we'll manage that process for you. Now if you've split your library. Okay. I'm sorry. If you split your library onto two drives your main library onto two drives, then I personally would mirror the backups just so that I could keep straight, you know, in terms of which is on which, which hard drive. Um, but that's up to you. You could have one huge backup drive that just backs up hard drive number one and then hard drive number two. And I believe that was the last one. Yeah. Does light room keep any files open either in the catalogue or photos? That would prevent a backup from working like your excellent left light room? You know, running when you go to bed and you have your backup kick off at 1 a.m. or something like that. Is it gonna fail or have a problem if light room is still running? I've never experienced a problem with that. Um, so yeah, I mean, you certainly I wouldn't be working in light warm as you're doing that back up, you know, but but I haven't experienced any problems. Question from the question was how maney from Richard and how Maney catalogue backups in the backup holder Can I delete the older ones from 2010 for example? Yeah. When we get into catalog settings and what the backup looks like, I'll show you where the backup folder is. It is important to delete some, right, Because overall there, you know each individual one, maybe only megabytes, but 300 days worth of those things, and you're talking many, many gigabytes. So it is important to go in there and delete delete. You know, the old ones occasionally. Just leave a few spread out in time, so I'll show you where to do that. Okay, so that's the That's the hard part of the day, where its power point rather than the exciting part of working in light in light room. But we're ready to go ahead and get started in light from here. So let me jump over there, and I'll just show you these aren't the photos that we're actually going to be working on. But I wanted you to see that. I'm gonna introduce this, of course, in much more depth. This you know, the orient you to the library module. But here in the folders panel, it's showing me folders that light room knows about meaning that I've imported, and it's showing me where they are on my hard drive. So notice that these photos you're seeing here are actually sitting out on an external hard drive. Okay, so light room doesn't care whether I'm telling it about photos on an internal hard drive or an external hard drive. Now, my plan. I could dive straight into setting preferences and catalog settings and options, but I feel like, um, it's just not a very exciting way to start. And some of you were starting out with blank catalogues. So I want us to import some photos first, and then we'll take the time Teoh to go into all of the preferences. But let's actually do one fun thing before we even do that. You see where it says Adobe Photoshopped light room for here. You know, I love light room and I'm losing my memory, but I do tend to know that when I'm in light, remem in light room. So I like the change. I like to change this to say who I am, in case I forget that. So this is called the identity plate so we can customize their dead people. You can have your business name. You could have a business logo. So let's go ahead and set this. So on a Mac, you're going to go upto light room on a PC you would go to edit. So that's one of the very few differences like our Mac to PC. So like Ramana Mac PC, and then we're gonna go down to identity plate set up. Now, the first thing we need to do for this to work is to check this box of the top that says enable identity plate custom. As soon as we do that, we're gonna see out here in light room, whatever is in that box now. So I'm gonna go ahead in this black box here. I've said used a text identity plate, and I'm just gonna start typing typing. So Laura shoe digital workshops and you can type beyond the end of the box. It looks like it's cutting it off, but it's really not. And then once you've typed in what you'd like to put, you can click and drag to highlight the text or just do control on the PC command on the Mac A so command day, and then you can change the font. So let's go with Yeah, let's go with Actually, like what you guys have here. You could also change this. The whether it's regular italics, you can change the font size. And then this little gray square here is a color square. So, actually, what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna is gonna highlight Lord Xu. And this little gray square means change the color. So this color of dialogue looks different on a PC, but you can choose a different color click out of that made you say Okay, how do I do this? There we go. Now, you can also use a graphical identity plate. If you have a logo you can click on, use a graphical identity plate and then tell light from where that logo is. Okay? The last thing you could do in here I won't take the time to do it is that you can change the font and the size of the module picker appear in the top, right? So if you wanted this module picker to match your identity plate, you could change those settings here for that as well. So once you've got something you like. You can go ahead and hit. OK, now light room will store that in the pregnant. I think a settings file, so it will always, always be there from now on. Okay, so that's all the phone we're gonna have today. So now we have to way gotta get into.

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Ratings and Reviews

Miguel Lecuyer

Great workshop! New to Lightroom and found it very helpful. Saved me a couple hundred dollars and time by not taking an evening LR class. Creative Live workshops match my learning style perfectly. Laura is awesome! My only complaint is maybe Laura can use a PC next time which is what she seems more comfortable using. Her shortcut mix-ups on a Mac were making me a bit dizzy :)

a Creativelive Student

I cannot express enough how impressed I was with Laura and this class. I learned more in the 3 days of this workshop than I did in all 6 weeks of a class I took online that cost three times as much. I left not only impressed by the class but MOST importantly - refreshed and energized to put my new knowledge to use! Thank you for that!!!

a Creativelive Student

Excellent workshop bar none. I learned more about Lightroom than I did from any other tutorial/workshp that I previously encountered. Thanks Laura!

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