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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques, photographer Chris Orwig shows how to master the subtleties of Lightroom 3 and maximize its efficiency. The course begins with an in-depth exploration of Lightroom catalogs to keep track of photos, collections, keywords, stacks, and more. Along the way, Chris shows how to integrate Bridge and Photoshop in the Lightroom workflow and shares advanced techniques, including image editing with the adjustment brush, automating actions, using plug-ins and extensions, exporting to email or an FTP server, and more. Exercise files are included with the course.
One of things that I'm passionate about is teaching, and I jump at the opportunity to teach in different situations, whether in a corporate context or speaking at conferences. One of the things that come up again and again is that photographers have made a mess with their catalogs, and they don't know what to do. You see what's typically happened is they have started off with a default catalog, like this one here, and then for some reason they created another catalog and then another and another and so on. They have all these different catalogs, and they don't really know where their images are or where the catalogs are, and it's just a big, tangled mess.
What they need to do, or what perhaps you need to do, is to clean up this mess. Here is the best way to do this. It's really simple. All that you need to do is create a new catalog. Name it something really simple, like here I'm recommending perhaps your initials_photography, or your business name, or just something that you know, hey, this is my main catalog. Then while in that main catalog with nothing in it-- I'm talking about no images, nothing-- you then will go through systematically wherever these other catalogs are--and many times these are in different locations, in different folders or subfolders.
So, you really want to create a detailed list of all of these over here, wherever they are at. Go through them one by one and choose File > Import from Catalog, the next one, the next one, and the next one. Eventually, what you'll have is one main catalog, and now is the time to celebrate. Now is the time to say, you know what? You have peace and happiness and joy because you really cleaned up the mess. You've done some serious spring cleaning. You've gotten rid of all of these catalogs, combined them into one, so you can actually get to the art and craft of photography.
Now, here's what I recommend you do now. You may be thinking to yourself, "Okay, I have pretty good workflow and everything and I understand catalogs and whatnot." What I want you to do is to search around for your other catalogs. Just make sure you don't have any stray or abandoned catalogs. If you do, go through the simple process. Combine them into one. Once you've done this, you won't regret it, because of what it will do is it put everything together. Then once everything is together, you can then move forward and have a more effective, creative, and efficient workflow.
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