Store, Tag, Create
It’s that simple.
Organizing Your Photos for Lightroom 5 brings clarity and simplicity to a sometimes confusing process. By stepping back to view all your photographs through Peter Krogh’s three step approach, you will be able to create and share your images knowing your collection rests on strong foundations.
This eBook is written for Adobe Lightroom 5 users, but the approach can apply to earlier versions. Whether you are a beginning user or a veteran user, all will gain insight, tips, and most important, assurance that your own photo library is well-organized for the future.
208 pages provides 10 chapters of text. Each chapter has videos to show the steps, adding up to 7 hours of embedded video. You can review the entire Table of Contents for the full line-up of instruction.
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What others are saying
As a newly released eBook, we’re thrilled with the early reviews of 5 stars on Amazon.
“I found techniques that I had never considered, like setting up special smart collections to find specific unkeyworded images. The clear writing and videos and considerations from the ground up will help Lightroom beginners. More experienced hands are likely to find a few Lightroom asset management techniques that will make Lightroom even more useful.” - Conrad Obregon, January 25, 2014
“I have found this information to be very helpful in in tidying up my image library as well as in helping me streamline my workflow. Particularly useful in my view, is Peter’s thorough explanation of how best to work with Lightroom Collections. Used in the way Peter outlines, I find Collections to be an invaluable workflow tool that I had not previously used to full advantage. Whether you are just starting out with Lightroom, or have been using it since version 1 or 2, you will benefit from this book.” - Richard Anderson, January 26, 2014
Organizing Your Photos with Lightroom 5 ”is a must have resource for Lightroom users. The format is excellent in that explains the technique in easy to understand text, followed by video presentations that illustrate the technique. You can if you wish just follow the serial videos. Chapters are laid out for the novice or skip to appropriate subjects for more advanced users. Peter lines out how to set up your library from the beginning to decrease your workload and make it simple to categorize and locate images. Can not image using Lr5 without this book.” - Joel Lillevig, January 27, 2014
For the PDF download: The eBook is a PDF delivered in a single downloadable Zip file. The file size (3.6 GB uncompressed) is large so be sure it is fully downloaded before opening. In order for a Multimedia eBook to function properly, you’ll need to keep everything in the folder arrangement, as it was when originally delivered. If you move the video files or the PDF, the eBook can’t find the proper video to play.
Any computer that can run Lightroom 5 should be able to view a PDF. You may need to download the free Adobe Reader application in order for video files to launch and play. Read our eBook FAQs page for more details.
TIP: If you are a new Lightroom user, take advantage of Victoria Bampton’s Free Quick Start eBook for Lightroom Beginners. We consider this an essential resource, as well as her The Missing FAQ series for Lightroom.
Published by DAM Useful Publishing December 2013
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DAM Book Guides are multimedia eBooks that provide an in-depth look at a particular challenge in the world of digital photography workflow. While they are built on solid DAM fundamentals, they concentrate on the workflow itself.
Organizing Your Photos with Lightroom 5
Table of Contents
- My assumptions about the reader
- About the demonstration movies
- What about organizing my videos
- How this book is organized
Chapter 1 – Store, Tag, Create
The foundation of an organized Photo Library is a layered approach to storing the images, tagging them for content, and making creations from them. This chapter lays out the basic principles of organization.
- Creating an organized library
- Storing the photos
- Organizing with tags
- Creating projects
- The Lightroom Catalog
- Adding intelligence to your image collection
- Start big and subdivide
- Multiple Files and Multiple Versions
- Sample Import workflow
Chapter 2 – The Lightroom Catalog
The Lightroom catalog is the hub of your organized Photo Library. This chapter outlines the basics of catalog storage, naming and backup. We’ll also look at the process for combining your existing catalogs into a single Master Catalog.
- What we’ll cover in this chapter
- Catalog basics
- The elements of a catalog
- The ideal number of catalogs is 1
- Lightroom catalog storage
- Working with offline photos?
- Managing catalog size with preview settings
- Merging your existing catalogs
- Merge, or start over?
- Catalog merging workflow
- Lightroom catalog backup
- Make backup copies of your catalog
- Make backup versions of the catalog
- Using the Backup .lrcat to rollback a catalog
- Metadata Writeback
Chapter 3 – Photo Storage
This chapter describes the elements of solid storage and backup. This includes recommendations for storage media, folder structure, file names and backup processes.
- Our goals for file storage
- Hard drive types
- Folder structures
- Parent, Year, Month, Project
- When you outgrow your Photo Library
- Size-limited buckets
- Collecting legacy photos
- File naming
- Making a file naming preset
- File backup
- File and folder handling in Lightroom
- Checking for completeness and integrity
Chapter 4 – Finding & Filtering with Tags
This chapter describes tagging strategy for organizing your Photo Library. You’ll see how to tag the images to describe the content and the quality of the photos. You’ll also see how to use the the Library Filter and Smart Collections to find and filter by tags.
- Creating useful tags
- Who, What, When, Where, Why and How (good)?
- Choosing a source to filter
- Using the Library Filter bar
- Using ratings and flags
- Making filter presets
- Using Smart Collections
- Using labels
Chapter 5- Keywords
Keywords are the most versatile tagging tool in Lightroom. We’ll examine how to create keywords, organize them, and filter with them. You’ll see how to get started with Keywords, and tag your Library methodically.
- Using keywords
- Building your keyword structure
- Getting started
- Tag your shoots
- Adding keywords while you search
- The Keyword List
- The Keywording Panel
- Finding images without keywords
Chapter 6 – Metadata Presets
This chapter explains how Metadata Presets work. This time-saving feature allows you to apply frequently-used tags to photos with recurring locations or themes.
- Metadata preset basics
- Preset strategy
- Creating custom presets
- Make location presets
- Making a preset to remove all tags
Chapter 7 – Location Tags
Place names are among the most clear and useful tools for tagging your photos.. This chapter presents strategies for making the tags. We’ll also look at the Map Module and GPS tagging strategies.
- Privacy issues
- Map tag or location name tag?
- Adding place names
- Adding location tag names to a large collection
- Adding GPS tags with the Map module
- Adding GPS tags with a tracklog
Chapter 8 – Collections and Projects
The Collections panel in Lightroom is the place where you can bring your photos together in useful ways. This chapter outlines how Collections work, and how they can be employed to creative purposes and to streamline workflow.
- Shoots and portfolios
- Collections are the hub of your projects
- Working with Collections
- Organizing your Collections
- Managing a shoot with Collections
- Managing a portfolio project with Collections
- Module Creations
- Making a Collection “Permanent”
Chapter 9 – Using Publish Services
Publish Services allow you to share your photos to your own devices, to sharing services, to social media and other web services. This chapter explains how to make and use Publish Services.
- What does Publish do?
- Basic hard drive publishing
- Publish to Sharing Services
- Push images out to social media
- Deliver shoots
- Upload online portfolios
- Backup your most valuable photos
- Publish Services details
Chapter 10 – Managing Derivative Files
Sometimes you’ll need to create a new version of the file to send to another person or program. This chapter explains the workflow and storage options for the creation and management of Derivative Files.
- Keep it simple
- Why make derivative files?
- Storing derivate files
- Naming derivative files
- Virtual Copies and Snapshots
- Store and Stack with Original
- Export and Forget
- dedicated derivative storage
- Export for another application
- Export to Derivatives Folder and catalog
- Re-catalog Master Files only
- What about the derivatives I already have?
- Consult The DAM Book