After installing, If you had just started up Lightroom, Lightroom will have created a catalogue in its default location,
in a folder called "Lightroom,"
which is in your "Pictures" folder.
On a PC the default Location is:
On a Mac the Default Location is:
However, You may save Lightroom catalogue(s)
where ever you want!
The exception is
Not on a Network Hard drive
NOT on a Read-only Drive Like
CD, or DVD or Blu-ray.
As many as you need, however,
Lightroom can only Load and display one catalogue at a time!
There is nothing that says you can't put ALL your Photos in one Catalogue. But, it might be more convenient to create a catalogue for each new client or project.
You can Export a catalogue for archiving.
You can also import and combine catalogues!
When you "Boot" or startup Lightroom, hold down the Alt/Option key.
the Catalogue Preferences panel will pop up and let you choose which catalogue, you want or even let you create a new catalogue!
If Lightroom is already running
you can access your Catalogues from the Lightroom Menu: File >
To setup Auto Import you can find the menu at:
File > Auto Import > Auto Import Settings… But before you do that make a folder on the desktop that you will use for Import You can use the finder to make a folder. I named mine “LR-Ingest"
This is a handy import method to use if you want to do a quick import into a current catalogue and add metadata in the process.
Works really well in a studio setup. Or, in the field if you are well organized.
Setup is similar to Auto Import...
Only a few cameras are supported (Mostly Canon and Nikon)
The studio advantage is that for a very particularly lit setup, you can take a test shot, enhance the photo in Lightroom's develop module, and save the changes as a Preset. Apply that preset to all the following tethered shots...
If you do nothing, your photos are copied to the "Mac/PC" Default location, a folder on your system drive called "Pictures."
You have the choice of placing your photos ANYWHERE you wish...
My personal preference is to place my photos on an external hard drive called Photos2, in a folder called AllPhotographs organized by the month they were photographed.
This is the path (Mac) for photographs shot in January of 2015 /Volumes/Photo2/AllPhotographs/2015-January
I also keep my catalogue in the AllPhotographs folder.
I don't rename my files until they have been added to a "Collection" and made it to "keeper" status.
If you are shooting for a client you might want rename the photos to be identified for the client.
1. Develop Settings
Always add your personal IPTC meta data on Import
Saving IPTC metadata
In Lightroom the Menu item is:
Metadata > Edit Metadata Presets… Instructions
You can also access and edit Metadata in the Import "Apply during Import Panel" or in the Library Module via the Metadata panel on the right side of the screen.
Decide to what extent you want to use keywording. (A Controlled Vocabulary)
To learn more about keywords, a controlled vocabulary, check out David Riecks website.
Lightroom user, Nick Potter, has made some Prepared Key Word lists for Lightroom ($5.00)
Digital Workflow Lightroom Keywords
D-65's keyword list contains over 5500 keywords in a hierarchal order to allow you to easily keyword your images in Lightroom. ($99.00)
Even If you DO NOT plan on using Keywords, always add SOME keywords at import.
You can preview what the destination structure will look like when you do the import.
You can Organize your import by Date or by Original Folder Structure, or dump them all into one folder...
Before you Import! Watch this Video! It's required viewing!
Learn the basics of Lightroom's catalog. George Jardine covers where Lightroom stores your previews and metadata, how it links to your source files, and how to use Lightroom with Bridge.
Library View Options
Control + J (PC)
Command + J (Mac)
Use Collections to Rate your photos and to work with your KEEPER PHOTOS.
A Grid View thumbnail with Expanded Cells… turned on...
The Library View Options for Grid View are shown below
Loupe View and Develop Module data…
The View Options panel for the Loupe view is slightly different than the Develop View Options Panel The difference is the title of the panel! Either panel lets you customize the metadata you see in the Library’s Loupe view AND in the Develop Modules display… Press the
I (eye key) to cycle through the displayed data. The data displayed below in the Develop Module is an Overlay and does not affect the image.
By the way, as you work on an image, you can compare the image you are working on to the way the image originally looked by pressing the backslash key “/” (It’s under the Delete key Mac, Backspace Key (PC))
Under the Develop Module window in the Tool Bar (T Key) is a comparison tool that lets you see Before, and After images.
Using Lightroom’s Search Filters
Use the Library Filter for just Date, and turn off all the others (set to None)
Lightroom will display the photos sequentially, using the Camera’s EXIF Data for
by Month, day, year and hours, minutes and seconds. Any photos with the same Capture time will be displayed side by side…
It would look like this in Lightroom’s Library Module…
Things to watch for are photos shot with a hi-speed
burst shooting Mode where 3 or more photos are less than seconds apart. It would be best if you stacked photos shot in a rapid sequence, or bracket first.
You can also try a search by Filename, and use as a filter Contains =
2 … sometimes when files are duplicated one of those extensions are added to the filename…
Before you use or try any of these plug-ins, make sure your catalogue is up to date, optimized and backed up…
A FREE fast duplicate finder plug-in for Adobe Lightroom using EXIF meta-data.
I was really impressed with how fast this plug-in worked and how it is implemented. The online documentation is excellent.
commercial plug-in by Jim Keier (England)
Cost is £8.50 (currently about $13.50 in US Dollars
You can watch a video and purchase it on this page http://www.lightroom-plugins.com/DupesIndex.php
Laura Shoe, a Lightroom Guru also has a video with some useful insights, you can watch it right here!
My favorite Mac duplicate finder Photo app is called PhotoSweeper
There is a Lite version http://overmacs.com/photosweeperlite.html $2.99
Full Version. http://overmacs.com/photosweeperlite.html
The PhotoSweepers work on iPhoto, Aperture and Lightroom Libraries. At the above websites you can even download a trial version.
Awesome Duplicate Photo Finder
A free Tool for finding and remove duplicate photos on your PC.