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What is a collection?

From: Lightroom 5 Essentials: 02 Managing Images with the Library Module

Video: What is a collection?

In this chapter we'll focus in on how we can take advantage of a phenomenal feature in Lightroom which allows us to organize our images into what are called Collections. In the Library module, we'll encounter different types of Collections. In the Catalog panel, we have what are called Quick Collections, then in the Collections panel we can work with Smart Collections or Ordinary Collections as well. Now you may be wondering, well what are Collections and why do they matter? Well in a sense Collections are kind of like Folders. But they're even better. If we navigate to the Folders panel in order to expand this, we can see that we have various Folders.

What is a collection?

In this chapter we'll focus in on how we can take advantage of a phenomenal feature in Lightroom which allows us to organize our images into what are called Collections. In the Library module, we'll encounter different types of Collections. In the Catalog panel, we have what are called Quick Collections, then in the Collections panel we can work with Smart Collections or Ordinary Collections as well. Now you may be wondering, well what are Collections and why do they matter? Well in a sense Collections are kind of like Folders. But they're even better. If we navigate to the Folders panel in order to expand this, we can see that we have various Folders.

Now these particular Folders, they actually reside on the hard drive as well. They're part of Lightroom, but they're also part of the hard drive. Well Collections are like Folders, but even better. In order to understand how Collections work, what I want to do is walk through a few slides so that we can start to answer those questions. Well, what is a Collection, and why do these matter? And the first step towards understanding a Collection is to talk about what a Collection isn't. A Collection is not a Folder. As I mentioned previously, a Folder resides in a physical location on a hard drive.

And in a Folder, we can have Sub-folders and also images. And in a sense, a Folder is chained, or locked down, to a particular location. In contrast, Lightroom allows us to create what are called Collections. And Collections are unique to Lightroom, and also, they're virtual. What Collections give us a flexibility of doing is really breaking that connection between where an image resides in a Folder and where that Folder lives on a certain hard drive. Now what this means is that we can have three Folders of images, for example. And we can select an image from each Folder.

And all of those images, well, they can be part of one Collection. Or for that matter, we can have multiple hard drives. And we can select images from each and every one of those hard drives. And we can combine those into what are called a Collection. And in a sense, what a Collection is, is it's like a Folder, but it's just much stronger. Because it gives us more flexibility. Collections also allow us to reorder our images and just to group images together in some really unique and fascinating ways, and that's one of the reasons why many people say Collections are king.

Once you start to realize what you can do with Collections, you'll be using them all the time. All right. Well, now that we've been introduced to the concept of Collections. Let's go ahead and make this abstract concept a little bit more concrete and let's do that by taking a look at how we can use Collections and let's do that in the next movie.

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  1. 2m 32s
    1. Welcome
      1m 54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 22m 0s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      3m 52s
    2. Adding flags, stars, and labels more quickly
      5m 10s
    3. Using Auto Advance to speed up rating photos
      4m 44s
    4. Rating and ranking groups of photos
      1m 50s
    5. Rating and ranking in the Grid and full-screen modes
      4m 5s
    6. Quickly delete rejected photos
      2m 19s
  3. 14m 0s
    1. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 44s
    2. Filtering by still photos, virtual copies, and video files
      1m 51s
    3. Filtering by text, metadata, and file type
      3m 3s
    4. Sorting photos
      2m 30s
    5. Stacking photos into groups
      2m 52s
  4. 18m 14s
    1. What is a collection?
      2m 36s
    2. Creating a collection to group images together
      4m 35s
    3. Creating targeted collections
      2m 50s
    4. Using Quick Collections
      2m 42s
    5. Using Smart Collections
      5m 31s
  5. 10m 49s
    1. Overview of the new Map module
      2m 47s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 21s
    3. Creating saved locations
      4m 41s
  6. 11m 10s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      4m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 58s
    3. Making incremental adjustments to images
      2m 33s
  7. 15m 54s
    1. Playing video in Lightroom
      2m 40s
    2. Trimming a video
      3m 47s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 21s
    4. Setting the poster frame
      1m 54s
    5. Capturing a still image from a video
      2m 12s
  8. 11m 1s
    1. Exporting to a hard drive
      3m 29s
    2. Publishing to a hard drive
      4m 18s
    3. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 14s
  9. 18m 55s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Using Fast Load DNG
      5m 0s
    3. Saving size with Lossy DNG
      6m 23s
  10. 27m 56s
    1. Adding keywords
      6m 3s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 35s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      2m 13s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      3m 4s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 24s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 36s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      4m 1s
  11. 31m 0s
    1. External editing preferences
      4m 23s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      6m 15s
    3. Editing an original TIFF or PSD
      4m 30s
    4. Editing an original JPEG
      5m 36s
    5. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPEG file in Photoshop
      4m 3s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      3m 16s
    7. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      2m 57s
  12. 27m 40s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      5m 51s
    2. Exporting photographs with previously used settings
      1m 32s
    3. Creating and using exporting presets
      3m 45s
    4. Emailing photographs from Lightroom
      6m 40s
    5. Using Publish Services to export photographs to a folder
      5m 16s
    6. Uploading photos to Facebook and Flickr
      4m 36s
  13. 40s
    1. Next steps
      40s

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