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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
As I mentioned previously, collections are really interesting, because they give you the ability to group and organize your photographs in a way that isn't contingent upon file, or folder location, or structure. Let's take a look at another way where we can use collections in order to group photos in this particular context. Well, in my general photos folder, one of the things you'll notice is that I have a subfolder titled frs. Here I have some images of a couple of different professional athletes, and I decide that out of all of my different photographs I want to create a Collection, which just contains photographs of athletes.
What I can do is I can go ahead and first select a few athlete photographs, like these. I'll press Command+A to Select All. Next, I'm going to go ahead and click on this Plus icon and here I'm going to do is create just a simple Collection. I'm going to Name this one Athletes. I'll Include the selected photos. In this case, I'm not going to include these in any kind of a set, although I could, but just to show you something different, I won't. All right, well, now I have this particular Collection that I'm building now of Athletes. Well, as I go through my Library, let's say that I notice on one particular date or one particular folder, I have some other athletes.
Here we have some surfers. We'll go ahead and select those photos by clicking, and then holding on the Shift key, and clicking again to make a contiguous selection. Then I'm going to drag these into this Athletes collection here. I'm going to go ahead and click through another folder and again, I have another athlete. I'll select those images, and drag those to this Athletes collection. So what you can see is that I can have images, which are in different folders and for that matter, on different hard drives, if need be.
So here, if I click on Athletes, now it's going to show me all of the athletes that I have in my entire catalog, if I had gone through all of my images. In other words, one of my colleagues, who is a nature photographer, Ralph Clevenger, phenomenal photographer, a really creative guy, someone who inspires me in just immense ways, well, he actually doesn't even use folders. He actually ignores folders altogether. And the way that he organizes his images is by collections. So for him, it doesn't matter when an image was captured; rather, what matters is the subject.
So he has one collection which is titled Lions, another one which is titled Frogs, another one which is titled Humming Birds, another one which is titled Sunsets, and you get the gist. So he uses these collections in order to group all of his photographs, so that when someone calls up Ralph and says "Hey, I need a Great White Shark photograph," he doesn't have to dig through all of his folders; rather, he simply clicks on a collection which is titled Great White Sharks, and then he finds an image that he think will work for that project and sends if off to the client.
So as you can see, collections can be helpful for not only evaluating your photographs, but also for having a different type of organizational structure, whereas you can group photographs in a way that isn't contingent or dependent upon folder, or file location, or structure.
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