Organise Your Lightroom Catalog!

Welcome to our blog dedicated to helping you organise your Lightroom catalog like a pro! If you’re a photography enthusiast or professional who uses Adobe Lightroom to edit and manage your photos, you know how important it is to have a well-organised catalog. From creating folders and collections to using keywords and ratings effectively, we will guide you through the process of keeping your catalog tidy and efficient. Learn how to streamline your workflow, find images quickly, and make editing a breeze with our tips and tricks. Say goodbye to the chaos and hello to a beautifully organised Lightroom catalog!

Organise Your Lightroom Catalog!

Hey everyone in today’s video I want to share with you some tips on how to keep your Lightroom catalog organized so today I want to share with you two different methods the first one is if you shoot very often and the second one is if you don’t shoot that often so

File Management

There are lots and lots of different ways that you can keep your Lightroom catalog and your photos organized and I’m not saying this is the right way but this is the way that works for me and I’ve been doing it for the past eight or so years so it’s been a very efficient Method for me I did a lot of experimenting when I first started my business to find a method that’s right for me and to this day I still change up little things here and there if I find a way to do something easier or if I find A better way to keep my files organized so from today’s video you might implement this entire workflow for yourself or you might get a few ideas on how to implement some things into your already existing workflow to start things off regardless if you shoot very often or not that regularly it’s going To be very difficult to keep an organized Lightroom catalog if you don’t already have a good file management system in place first so that’s where we’re going to start I would recommend to choose one place to download all your photos – whether that’s a place on your Computer or an external hard drive when I first started photography and it was just a hobby I made the mistake of downloading my photos – pretty much any way that was convenient so I had some photos on my desktop I had some in my downloads folder I had some on an External hard drive and that made it really hard to find particular photos when I needed them and it also made backing up a really difficult task by the way I’m not including backing up in today’s video but if you would like to see a video about that please let me Know in the comments a good rule of thumb to have with backing up is that if you only have one copy of your photos you may as well have no copies at all so yeah let me know in the comments if that’s a video you guys would like to see my current file Workflow is that I have an external SSD which has two folders where I download all my SD cards – every time they have a photo shoot one of the photos is called weddings which obviously all my weddings go there and my second folder is called Firdous from camera which includes all my portrait Photo shoots client photo shoots travel photo shoots pretty much anything that’s not a wedding goes into this folder so the first thing that I do is make a new folder when I have a new SD card to download and I name it in a particular Way the first thing I do is that I start with the date backwards so for example I would start with nineteen point eleven point zero one for the first of November 2019 and this pretty much helps keep all my photos from all my photo shoots in The correct order that they were shot in then I put a dash and name the topic of that photo shoot which could be the Eva fashion or client or travel and then I put a final dash and include the name of the client the name of the photoshoot or The name of the country that I was visiting so here’s an example from earlier in the year while I was traveling this is how I kept all my folders organized from my time in Europe as you can see they all very clearly labeled and if I ever need to find a Particular further it will take me literally less than a minute to be able to find which folder that further is in the last thing I want to mention with file management is that I don’t import every single further from a photo shoot into Lightroom I really import the Photos that I’m going to edit so when I download my SD card into the correct photo I like to rename it in a subfolder called deselect then I use a program called freedom mechanic to go through and cull all my images by giving them one style and move all those one-star Photos into a folder called selects and then only the photos in the selects folder will get imported into Lightroom if you don’t have further mechanic you can also do the coloring process with Adobe bridge as it also allows you to give photos a one-star edit and to be Able to decide which images you’re going to be editing the reason why I don’t do my selection slash culling process in Lightroom is because I want to keep my Lightroom catalogs as small as possible as I met this keeps them running a lot faster and a lot smoother and the second reason is That because culling and Lightroom is quite a slow process so with photo mechanic it gives you an embedded JPEG preview of an image while you’re selecting so when you’re going through 3000 raw wedding photos it’s a much faster process as pressing next you see an instant preview of every single image That you’re calling and now finally onto the Lightroom catalog so the first method that I want to show you is the one that I use most often which is if you shoot regularly I have a lot of photos and a lot of client photo shoots That I need to get through so this is the method that I use most often so for me I make a new Lightroom catalog for every single photo shoot that I do and there are a few reasons for that so the first one is as I mentioned many times Already is to keep my Lightroom catalog as small as possible to have it run efficiently faster and smoother the next reason is that I only have a catalog with related images so when I sit down to edit a wedding I will open up that weddings particular Lightroom catalog And early those photos will be in there which means that there are no distractions the next one is that I won’t have any missing files from my catalog because I have such a large turnaround of files usually when I finish a photo shoot I’ll back it up onto my separate locations and then Delete it of my working SSD if I had multiple photo shoots in one catalog I would constantly have missing files and lastly when I finish a photo shoot I usually have no reason to ever go back to it again in Lightroom so instead of having multiple shoots that I won’t need In one catalog thus slowing it down I simply just archive that Lightroom catalog with the fritters that I’m backing up so now my file management will look a little bit more like this I have the main photo my D selects and selects then I have another folder Called Lightroom which is where I save the Lightroom catalog and my final folder is called export which includes all the exported fritters that I add in my room once I’ve delivered that photoshoot and my client is happy I will back up that entire photo catalogue and all to my external hard drives deleted Off my SSD and I usually never have a reason to ever go back to it again the next method of organizing your Lightroom catalogs is if you don’t shoot as often or you like to revisit and edit your older photos the only time I have to do This is with my Lightroom presets for digital film actions where I have a big catalog of photos taken…

FAQ: Organise Your Lightroom Catalog

1. How important is it to organize my Lightroom catalog?

Organizing your Lightroom catalog is crucial for efficient photo management. It allows you to easily find and work on your images, as well as keep your workflow streamlined.

2. What are some ways I can organize my Lightroom catalog?

You can organize your Lightroom catalog by creating folders and collections to group similar photos together. You can also use keywords, flags, and star ratings to further classify your images.

3. Should I use keywords in Lightroom?

Yes, keywords are a powerful tool for organizing your photos. They allow you to easily search for specific images and can help you quickly categorize your photos based on different criteria.

4. How often should I update my Lightroom catalog organization?

It is recommended to regularly update your Lightroom catalog organization to ensure that it stays relevant and reflects your current workflow. This can be done on a weekly or monthly basis, depending on your photo volume.

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