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In this course, Chris Orwig investigates the Lightroom properties as a digital asset management (DAM) system—specifically, its catalogs, which track the location, metadata, and keyword tags associated with your images. The course shows how to import images into a catalog and keep them current with synchronized folders, maintain good backup practices, and recover and restore a catalog. Chris also provides his recommendations on hard drive options, and explains the process and benefits to raw processing when working with catalogs.
In order to develop and to build more advanced catalog skills, it's helpful to start off with the basics. And that's what we're going to do here because sometimes it's the basics which help us learn how to work with catalogs more effectively later. Well, here I am going to focus in on how we can locate our images and how we can do that using the Folders panel, as well as how we can do this outside of Lightroom. Well, after having imported our photographs and media files into Lightroom, we can navigate to the Folders panel. In the Folders panel, we can click to expand the various folders and you can see that we have subfolders as well.
We can drill down to folders by simply clicking on the folder name, or if we click on one of the upper folders, it will show us everything inside of the subfolders. Well, let's say that we're browsing our images this way and we scroll up to the top and we click on a photograph, this one here. Well, how then could we navigate to the folder for this image rather than guessing and simply clicking through all of our folders? There has to be a better way, right? What you can do is to right-click or Ctrl+Click on top of the image and then select Go to Folder in Library.
This can be a really helpful shortcut because it can take you instantly to that folder, and it can show you the other images inside of that folder. All right! Well, after having navigated to the specific folder, let's say that we want to get out of Lightroom, and we want to see this folder on our hard drive. Well, how can we navigate to that location? Once again, hover over the image and then right-click or Ctrl+Click, and here choose Show in Explorer or Finder depending on your operating system, and what this will do is it will open up a window and show you that image on your hard drive.
All right! Well, why is this important? Well, this is important because later what might happen is you might lose track of your images, or you might not be able to find them. And by knowing how to find them whether inside or outside of Lightroom, well, that can really help you out down the road as your catalog skills improve.
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