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Lightroom 4 Essentials: 01 Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module

with Chris Orwig

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It is typical for almost all photographers to work with multiple hard drives. Therefore, here we're going to explore how we can work with multiple hard drives and also how we can work with what's called the Volume browser inside of the Folder panel in the Library module. Well, the first thing that I need to do, of course, is import some photographs from another hard drive. So, we'll go through the import process that we've seen before. I'll click on the Import button in the lower left-hand corner of Lightroom here in the Library module. I am going to import images from this hard drive, which I've named sashimi and then I have a sub folder titled photo_library.
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  1. 2m 1s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 0s
  2. 13m 33s
    1. The broad Photoshop Lightroom overview
      3m 52s
    2. The photographic workflow puzzle
      3m 45s
    3. Why use Photoshop Lightroom?
      5m 56s
  3. 30m 18s
    1. The Photoshop Lightroom interface
      5m 21s
    2. Using the interface shortcuts
      4m 57s
    3. Working with panels
      4m 24s
    4. Customizing the identity plate and module pickers
      5m 49s
    5. Customizing interface elements
      5m 5s
    6. Creating a custom panel end mark
      3m 45s
    7. Using module tips
      57s
  4. 36m 32s
    1. Importing images and looking at file formats
      5m 27s
    2. Importing preferences
      3m 13s
    3. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 10s
    4. Setting catalog preferences and import and preview options
      5m 38s
    5. Importing from a folder
      4m 2s
    6. Importing photos from a CF card
      10m 22s
    7. Creating an import preset
      2m 40s
  5. 11m 37s
    1. Drag-and-drop importing
      2m 8s
    2. Auto-importing from a watched folder
      4m 48s
    3. Importing from iPhoto or Aperture
      4m 41s
  6. 9m 36s
    1. Introducing tethered capture
      3m 47s
    2. Working with tethered capture
      2m 55s
    3. Considering color management with tethered capture
      2m 54s
  7. 24m 21s
    1. Introducing catalogs
      3m 12s
    2. Demystifying catalogs by way of comparison
      3m 34s
    3. Optimizing and backing up catalogs
      6m 13s
    4. Importing and updating legacy catalogs
      6m 38s
    5. Exporting a catalog
      3m 53s
    6. Learning more about catalogs
      51s
  8. 41m 51s
    1. Working in the Grid and Loupe views
      2m 14s
    2. Navigating and zooming
      4m 47s
    3. Customizing the Grid and Loupe views
      5m 14s
    4. Customizing the Filmstrip
      3m 17s
    5. Comparing two images
      5m 23s
    6. Surveying two or more images
      3m 15s
    7. Working with folders and files
      4m 2s
    8. Deleting and removing images from folders
      3m 1s
    9. Working with multiple hard drives
      8m 2s
    10. Dual-monitor support
      2m 36s
  9. 30m 25s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      5m 20s
    2. Adding ratings with the Painter tool
      3m 32s
    3. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 58s
    4. A filtering workflow
      5m 54s
    5. Filtering by file type
      1m 54s
    6. Filtering by type and metadata
      3m 22s
    7. Sorting photos
      1m 58s
    8. Stacking photos into groups
      4m 27s
  10. 21m 51s
    1. Using Smart Collections
      4m 7s
    2. Using Quick Collections
      2m 25s
    3. What is a collection?
      3m 39s
    4. Working with collections
      3m 22s
    5. Going further with collections
      3m 17s
    6. An evaluative-collection workflow
      5m 1s
  11. 12m 23s
    1. Overviewing the new Map module
      2m 32s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 46s
    3. Creating saved locations
      6m 5s
  12. 10m 44s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      3m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 12s
    3. Making incremental adjustments
      3m 53s
  13. 31m 41s
    1. Playing video in Photoshop Lightroom
      3m 50s
    2. Trimming a video
      4m 11s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 2s
    4. Using presets to edit the color and tone of a video
      1m 49s
    5. Setting the poster frame
      1m 35s
    6. Capturing a still image from a video
      3m 9s
    7. Exporting to a hard drive
      2m 37s
    8. Publishing to a hard drive
      3m 35s
    9. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 18s
    10. Publishing video to Flickr
      2m 35s
  14. 17m 11s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Converting to DNG and the Embed Fast Load Data option
      3m 45s
    3. Reducing file size with the lossy compressed DNG
      5m 54s
  15. 22m 39s
    1. Adding keywords
      3m 33s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 6s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      1m 58s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      1m 29s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 44s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 23s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      3m 26s
  16. 27m 34s
    1. External editing preferences
      5m 14s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Editing an original TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      3m 40s
    4. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      4m 44s
    5. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      4m 34s
    6. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      4m 39s
  17. 29m 1s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      4m 44s
    2. Publishing to a folder
      4m 5s
    3. Using exporting presets
      4m 51s
    4. Emailing photographs from Photoshop Lightroom
      5m 34s
    5. Exporting to Adobe Revel
      3m 39s
    6. Uploading photos to Facebook and Flickr
      6m 8s
  18. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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Lightroom 4 Essentials: 01 Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module
6h 13m Beginner Mar 05, 2012

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Join photographer and author Chris Orwig in Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module, as he explores the interface of this popular image-management program and shows how to use its Library module to organize and manage a photo library. The course covers importing both still images and video; shooting in tethered-capture mode; organizing and rating images with flags, stars, labels, and location tags; and working with collections. The course also details how to export, email, and share photos, and introduces the Lightroom 4 video-editing features, as well as its ability to work together with the full editing power of Photoshop. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Customizing the interface
  • Importing from a memory card
  • Auto-importing from a watched folder
  • Considering color management with tethered capture
  • Working with catalogs
  • Comparing two images in a library
  • Working with multiple hard drives
  • Stacking photos in groups
  • Using smart collections and quick collections
  • Using Quick Develop to process images
  • Editing the color and tonality of video
  • Adding copyright data to photographs
  • Exporting, emailing, and publishing photographs
Subjects:
Photography Photo Management Sharing Photos
Software:
Lightroom
Author:
Chris Orwig

Working with multiple hard drives

It is typical for almost all photographers to work with multiple hard drives. Therefore, here we're going to explore how we can work with multiple hard drives and also how we can work with what's called the Volume browser inside of the Folder panel in the Library module. Well, the first thing that I need to do, of course, is import some photographs from another hard drive. So, we'll go through the import process that we've seen before. I'll click on the Import button in the lower left-hand corner of Lightroom here in the Library module. I am going to import images from this hard drive, which I've named sashimi and then I have a sub folder titled photo_library.

Now, what I want to do with these pictures is simply add them to the Lightroom catalog. In other words, we want our photographs to stay on the external hard drive. We don't want to move them off of that, they can stay there. We just want Lightroom to know that that hard drive and this folder on that hard drive exist. Next, on the right-hand side, we'll do our usual File Handling settings and Apply During Import, add a little bit of metadata. Sure! Next step is to simply click Import. Now, once Lightroom picks up these files, you'll notice that there's a new Volume browser.

I am going to go ahead and close these two-volume browsers just so we can focus in on what we have here. For starters, you'll notice there's a little green light to the left of the hard drive name. Now, this light is actually pretty helpful, because here's what it's telling us. If it's green, well, there's 10 gigabytes or more of space free; if it's yellow, well, less than 10 gigabytes of space is free; if it's orange, less than 5 gigabytes of space is free; and then if it turns red, that's when you really need to start thinking about using a different hard drive, well, then it has less than 1 gigabyte of space free.

You know you never want to fill a hard drive all the way up. Really if it gets to that orange light you want to start thinking about using another hard drive and not filling it up or kind of over filling that drive with information. Next, on the right-hand side, we have some information. We have information, in this case, about the data on the drive, and you can right-click or Ctrl+click and you can choose different Volume Info. Currently, it's on Disk Space. You can choose Photo Count. It'll update both of these or we can choose Status, is it Online or Offline, or of course we can simply select None, which will take all of that information off.

Now I tend to prefer to have at least some sort of information there, because I think it can be valuable to say okay, well, how full is this drive, how much data do I have on that drive and it gives you kind of a heads up in regards to thinking about when you may need to add another drive to your workflow. A couple of other things I want to highlight here is that if we go ahead and open up this Volume browser, we can see we have a number of different photographs. Now, what's interesting about this is we can do really anything that we want to do in Lightroom. We could go to Develop Module, we could go to the Slideshow, we could create an online web gallery, because this drive is connected.

Yet what can happen sometimes is that this drive may not be turned on or it may be disconnected. Let's go ahead and take a look at that scenario. In order to do that, I am going to right-click or Ctrl+click on this Volume browser and choose Show in Finder or Explorer and then I am going to eject the hard drive. So, I'll go ahead and do that by clicking on this Eject button here or by right-clicking or Ctrl+ clicking and choosing Eject. Now, once this is ejected, if I go back to Lightroom what will happen in the second is this will become grayed out.

It will tell me that this hard drive is actually offline, in other words, it isn't plugged in. What's interesting though is I can still continue to work with these files. So, I am going to open up a larger view of this. I could scroll through these images. I could also add star ratings to these. Let's say we want to add a two star to this one and maybe a three star to this one. We could go ahead and add different types of metadata to these files. We could also work with keywording or adding comments to these pictures. So, there's still a lot that you can do.

Compare this for a second to the Adobe Bridge. If you're working with the Adobe Bridge and a hard drive is turned off, well there is nothing you can do. You can't view files, you can't access files, you can't do really anything. But Lightroom, because of the catalog, it has this built-in memory, and that's one of the beauties, one of the reasons why so many people like Lightroom because we still have access to the files. We can still view them and work with them in some really fascinating ways. The other thing that's helpful is sometimes what will happen is this. I am going to go to my Catalog panel here and just look at All Photographs.

And let's say that as I am looking through these photographs, I am just scrolling through everything that I have in my library and I come across one that I want to work with, and let's say it's this one here, this sunrise shot. Well, all of a sudden I see this little question mark (?) next to it. What that question mark (?) is telling me is that there's some sort of problem with this file. Well, I am not exactly sure what the problem is but I am guessing it's on one of my five hard drives, which is turned off, because a lot of times we have a number of different hard drives. Well, I don't really know which hard drive it is.

Well, there're a couple of different ways we can find that out. One way is to right-click or Ctrl+click and then choose Go to Folder in the Library. What this will do is it will take me to that folder and then I can say oh, yeah, that was on this particular hard drive. I'll go ahead and flip the switch on that one and I'll be on my way in order to work on that image or in order to be able to work on it and then export it to send it to a client, because if the hard drive isn't plugged in, there's a lot I can't do, no develop settings, no exporting, etcetera. You get the gist.

I can't print the pictures. So again, this gives me a really handy way to know which of my drives that's on and this is really helpful if you have multiple hard drives. Okay, well, let's go back to perhaps another scenario. Go to All Photographs and let's say we pick another picture, this one here. And we're looking at this picture and it tells us this one is offline or missing. It's not part of this library. Well, another thing that you can do is if you go back to the Grid View, you can click on this little question mark (?).

This will say, this file can't be used because the original file can't be found. Would you like to locate it? In this case, yeah, sure. the previous location was on a hard drive which was called sashimi. Okay, great! Yeah, that's right. I forgot to turn that one on. I'll go ahead and flip the switch on the hard drive and then I'll be on my way. So there you can see there're a couple of ways to really reverse engineer or figure out where these files are saved or which hard drives they're on in order to then turn that hard drive on.

And the beauty of this is that, of course, we can start to view these files and work with them regards to metadata or adding labels or stars, but even more, we don't really have to necessarily remember where they're saved, so we can have all of these different hard drives. We don't have to have all of those hard drives on at once because both you and I know the more we have a hard drive on, the shorter its lifespan because hard drives have a limited lifespan. So, in this way, I can only have my essential hard drives on and then if I have some files that are archives on other hard drives, well, I can have those off and then only turn them on as needed.

The last thing I want to point out here is that you can of course expand and collapse these various volume browsers, and then if ever you decide to stop using images on a hard drive, let's say, for example that unfortunately the sashimi hard drive, well, it was lost or stolen or it died. Well, if you need to remove this from your Lightroom catalog, from your Library, you can select the folder and then click the minus button (-), this will then remove that folder. I'll go ahead and do that and it will also remove the Volume browser just kind of clean everything up.

So, now the Folders panel just displays those hard drives which are active, those hard drives which we want to work with.

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