Setting up Catalogues


Lightroom Essentials


Lesson Info

Setting up Catalogues

Let's, go ahead and make one, so to create and new catalogue, and the main reason I want to show you this because I want you to see what you're going to see in light room if you've not been using it before when it's empty, so I'm gonna choose file new catalogue, and the program is going to ask me, where do I want to put it? Okay, so wherever you want your catalog to live on your hard drive, this is what you what, you do it by default light room wants to put it in the pictures boulder so I've already made ah folder here say it went right to my pictures, so I've already got this folder all set up. Now, I need to give the new catalogue and name, so we'll call this one see il demo catalog live because I keep one hanging around practice with so I can get those confused, so we're going to go ahead and click, create and that's going to say, you're closing this catalogue let's, just back it up, and we're going to take a deep breath and say, it's, okay, light room, we understand your panic. We'...

re going to get and now automatically it's gonna open up a new fresh catalog, give it a second because it thinking about all those different files you all saw, it has create folder is making all those different files, it takes a second for it to do its thing. So this is what you're going to see when you first start using light room, whether you have photos on your hard drive or not. Okay, so the first thing I want to do obviously is get some photos into this thing, so we want teo import some photos, so we're going to say file import photos and video, this is how you would emerge catalog's here if you've got catalogs and you want to try the one catalog methodology your philosophy, then you would just choose file import from another catalog and that's your merge so you could do it that way, but we're going to choose import photos and video, so this is going to give us the import dialog box, which basically works in three different sections. Where do the photos live thatyou wantto important delight? Remember it can't see anything that you don't import with it. How do you wanna handle the import? Do we want to make a copy as a digital negative? So this would be copying the files from wherever they live, either on a memory card or your hard drive and converting them into adobes standardized format, which is dan ji? I don't do that because on import, because what if I delete pictures? I'm going to sleep, which I'm merciless at deleting pictures absolutely merciless, so I don't choose ever to copy is a de angy because I want to keep all those files around, so why wait and let it convert if they're not gonna be hanging around? So I use this is archival strategy, not as a working strategy if you copy your photos, that's just copying them from point a to point b cop actually copying them into the catalog without actually no that's the ad. Okay, this is just copying them without moving them. So if you've been using some other strategy and you've got your directory structure all set up on your computer, you're probably going to want to say ad instead of copy. But if you're copying from a memory card or if you really do want to duplicate them on your hard drive, for whatever reason, and you would choose copy and it's really neat, because as you click, these different buttons like light room tells you exactly what's gonna happen so very helpful, so copy photos to a new location and add to catalog. Now, if you really want to move the photos on your hard drive from one spot to the other and add them to the catalogue and you click move up here and add is probably what you want to do if you've got your own hierarchy already developed on your machine and you just want to start using light ray missed it so you'd say ass that keeps him where they are in your hard drive but creates a record of each photo in the catalogue so in here we're going to see the second shows us where we can choose which photos were imported and then the part on the right hand side is just where do you want him to go and what kind of pre sets do you wantto apply while they're being added into light room so really that's all there is to the import dialogue but you get to a smaller version of this by clicking this little appointing triangle at the bottom left gives you like a teeny teeny version it's about like pitting itunes and convinced a mode where it just looks like a little players out of the big thing what you get an import preset set up you might want to roll this way because you don't need to see all those other options if you've already got him all set up in presets but we'll go back to the big one okay so now we're going to select a source so I don't have a memory card played down so we're just going to go hunting around on my hard drive for pictures so I could get a couple different ways I could use this little poppet menu right here or light room shows me all of the hard drives that are attached to my computer right here in the source menu. If you've ever used I photo, you can think of this whole left side of the whole time we're in light room as a source menu. Where are you on your hard drive? Uh, same with itunes. You know all of your your playlists and all of that on the left what folder or even or what playlist or even where are you in this program that's what's going on on the left hand side here. So since my pictures live on my other drive I keep on my application files on this one and all my pictures on my second one here and now we can go find out where my pictures live here. So it's just like navigating around in your directory structure celso, find where the pictures live. So here I am in the pictures folder and for this test catalog let's go down into the two thousand thirteen file and you can see that my own strategy when I import photos I make I do it according to location, shoot location so I have ah, a year folder and then inside of that folder is where where have you been so that's where we can go to import those pictures and now it gives us a preview of all the pictures were to be imported into the light room catalog and it'll take a second to draw them cause it's reading them either from your memory card or from your hard drive, whatever. So here you can say, show me all photos in the either folder or memory card that I am pointed teo over here on the left hand side or just show me what's new so let's say you've got a memory card and you didn't delete everything from it before you put it in your computer again and then if you click, new photos and light room won't show you the ones that it already knows about. So which photos do you want to import? You could manage that by using these old check boxes right here and you can even from this point going onto something prettier. You can see a nice big preview of these images even before you import so let's say you're trying to decide if you want to import that one or not, you could just double click it and you get a pretty decent sized preview right here before you've even imported the image you can also either double click like I just did, or you can use these two icons down here to show either a single image or all of the images now obviously it would take us forever to go through here and d select the ones that we didn't want to import so what you might consider doing is clicking this uncheck all button and that turns them all off that means nothing is going to be imported at this point and then just go back in and click the ones that you want teo import so several different ways um to do that okay, what else can I show you from here so let's go ahead and we're going to let light room copy these photos just for the sake of this this demo here so it's going to copy them to a new location that's just so I don't screw up my original photos sir and cheese coffee so do you pay attention to what you have this button set tio and I'm gonna go down here and find a uh a nice subset of pretty ones and I'm going to select multiple photos and then I'm going to make a light room turn on the check boxes for me so if I want to bring in let's say we'll start right here click wants to activate it and you know it's active or selected why? Because it's highlighted now I can use this little scroll bar to cruise on down and incidentally you can change the thumbnail size of the previews that you're saying with this well slider right here so let's cruise on next I don't want to import all of these because we'll be here a while but we can import quite a few it really is quite fast and if you if you let your catalogues live on if you do have an ssd drive which are faster than regular spinning platter hard drive if you put your catalogs on sst like we'll be smoke and fast whether you're pictures live elsewhere on a slow platter drive or not all right well we fast because the catalogue is on the sst so I keep the uh the application on the necessity and uh the catalogue we'll both my drives us to steven okay so let's say we'll let light room in port o all the way down to this one so shift click after you've clicked one to activate it shift click the last one in white women going turn on everything in between or select every between and then you can just say then you can just click in any check box and that everything that selected the checkbox gets turned on so that's how you can make that a little bit quicker you can also determine how you're viewing these thumbnails here before you import him you've got a little sort menu right here you can just leave mindset to sort by capture time chronological makes more sense to me but you've got a few other options that you can turn on there now let's, take a look at what to do with these items over here on the right hand side oh, incidently if he wanted teo, select just a few pictures that were not sequential than you would command or control click to turn on select those other pictures if they're not right next to each other. Okay, so over here on the right hand side were saying, where do we want to pick the pictures light room in any time you see these little arrows that let you know that you've got a little poppet menu so you've got a few little destination shortcuts over here but for the second demo I'm just gonna let it keep it on this sst right here now for file handling under previews I want to go ahead and choose standard if you remember we set a standard up or you can sit standard up in your preferences. How big do you want that preview to be? Set it to the size of your monitor may as well let it happen to an import. Go make yourself a cup of coffee or have a nice glass of vino while this imports happening but by default light room wants to build the tiniest, tiniest tiniest previews screw that change the mill preview to standard or if you want one toe one but when the one light room's gonna do that anyway when you zoom in so I like to keep this set two standard so that's preview size that you're going to be using in the library module in light room five we have the option to turn on smart previous and you definitely want to do that just do it because if you ever if you have your images on external drive and you ever I don't have that drive with the and you wantto edit your images in the developed module specifically then this will let you do that so enlightening five go ahead and turn them on and just leave that on uh by default light room won't won't import suspected duplicates so that's a great thing so you want to leave that on if you've got another hard drive connected to your computer or if you've got multiple drives in your computer you can have light room make a backup automatically boy talk about efficiency right because not only you know you've got your catalog and light rooms would be back in a few catalog but you've already during the import process why you're off making a cup of coffee light room is making a backup to another drive for you so really efficient especially for studios and I think anybody lot of folks think light remotes is for pro photographers no it's not is for anybody who's moved me on my photo on the mac or picasso on a pc really so renaming files what's your naming convention hey, do you want to roll with the name that the camera, that completely useless name that the camera gives them new? You can choose to rename files on import now if you are, if you have used your operating system to import your files. So that means you've just in the os, you've plugged in the memory card and you have dragged the files from point a to point b and that copies them into your directory structure, and then you go import them into light room. You're not going to get these naming conventions because what you do in that situation is you click add instead so you don't get the opportunity to rename the files if you're saying hey, my files or where I want them to be light room, don't you go messing with him? But I want you to know about him so important, but you can. I'm going to show you how to battery name later on, anyway, so doesn't really matter. But that's, how you could that's why you may not see that re naming opportunities if you're just if you used your os toe, import those images, so when we come back, what will dios we'll talk a little bit about naming strategies on give you a couple of ideas. Of how you might want to do that. And then we'll look at setting up a preset for your names that were your photos from this point on. Have the same kind of naming convention in right before we get a break. I want to give you one thing to think about. Do not be in trouble with yourself for any of this stuff that you have not done yet. Don't be in trouble with yourself that you don't have a naming convention. Don't worry, set a naming convention today and use it moving forward. Don't worry about yesterday or last year, what you did or didn't do. And don't worry about going back and redoing this stuff. Just make a decision now and use a convention moving forward and, you know, give yourself a little bit of cheese about how it's been in the past.

Class Description

Ready to take control of your photo library and actually enjoy image processing? Join best-selling author and image-editing/stock expert Lesa Snider for a comprehensive three-day immersion into Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

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Software Used: Adobe Lightroom 5