Understanding catalogs


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Understanding catalogs

Lightroom is built on a catalog system. Before you jump into using Lightroom, it's important to understand what a Lightroom catalog is and how it works, so that you don't inadvertently cause Lightroom to lose track of the photos that you bring in. So a catalog is a database that contains a record of each photo that you import, and when I say import, I'm making those little air quotes because you don't actually physically import a file into some location inside of Lightroom. There is no such place inside of a Lightroom catalog file. What you do import into Lightroom is information about your file, including where the files are located on your hard drive, or even on an external drive if you so choose.

So inside the Lightroom catalog there will be links to your actual files wherever they live, there will be little previews of your actual photos which is what these are, and there will be some metadata, or information about the files that you bring in. So here, for example, I&#...

Understanding catalogs
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Understanding catalogs provides you with in-depth training on Photography. Taught by Jan Kabili as part of the Up and Running with Lightroom 3

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