Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting started with travel collections, part of Lightroom: Workflow Strategies.
Traveling and taking pictures has to be one of the world's greatest combinations. You know, you can get so much more out of your travel experiences when you have that camera in hand, and in your travel photography it requires a specific workflow. Let's take a look at how we can begin that workflow process here. One of things that we have to think about is how we work on our images when we're capturing these travel photographs. Well, typically when you are traveling-- whether it is a vacation or a short trip, or perhaps a photographic assignment-- really, we're there to experience it all, to immerse ourself, and to really observe the people, the place, and the culture.
Therefore, when we start to work in Lightroom, typically it is after the fact or at the end of the day. In other words, after taking pictures all day, we go to a cafe or to our hotel and we start this process. Or in my own experience, what I like to do is I like to work on my images on that plane ride home. I do not work on my photographs at the location, because while I'm there, I just want to soak it all up. So in this after-the-fact context, let's take a look at how we can begin. Well, one of the things that goes without saying is that we'll be working on a laptop.
This is an important consideration which will come into play as we talk about merging our catalogs later. But let's assume that we're on a laptop, we have imported our photographs, and we have imported them into a folder. One of the first things you'll want to do, then, is to create a collection. We want to create a collection of these photographs, but to do that we probably want a collection set first. I like to do it this way: in the collections panel, click on the Plus icon and choose create collection set. Next, we'll name this travel. This will be our overarching collection set.
This will be at the top level. Click Create. Next, we want to add to this different collections of the various places that we've traveled to. Let's select one folder, one set of images. Let's click on our travel folder. Here, we're going to learn a really valuable shortcut for working with collections. And shortcuts, when you are working in the field or when you are traveling, they are really helpful because time is limited. All right. Well, let's select all these pictures. Press Command or Ctrl+A, then rather than clicking on the Plus icon and choosing Create Collection, let's use the shortcut. The shortcut, to do that is Command on a Mac, Ctrl on Windows, and then N--think N for new or new collection.
This will open up the Create Collection dialog. Here, we will go ahead and type out the name of the place that we traveled to. Sayulita, Mexico. This is going to be inside a collection set inside of our travel collection set there, and we'll include these selected photos. Go ahead and click Create. Well, now we have all of these images inside of this collection, and what's great about this is we can have various collections for the different places which we've traveled to. And here, these photographs, they are the RAW files directly out of the camera. Nothing has been done to these pictures.
Well, before we even begin to process them, one of things that we'll want to do is start to select the keepers. Let's take a look at how we can select these photographs and how we can do this efficiently when working with travel pictures. And let's do that in the next movie.
The second workflow covers location shoots for travel photography. Chris shows how to label photos with travel-specific keywords and add locations to photos with the Lightroom Map module. At home the images can be added to catalogs, laid out in a book format, or printed on multi-image sheets.
The final two methodologies cover the editorial or commercial process and a more personal and creative one. Whatever the shooting scenario, this course offers an organized and comprehensive workflow for taking photographs through the editing process in Lightroom.