Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding why digital asset management matters to Lightroom, part of Lightroom 4 Catalogs in Depth.
In this chapter, we're going to talk a little bit about digital asset management and also working with different storage devices or hard drives. So why does this matter to Lightroom or why does it matter to the Lightroom catalog? Well, before you sit down to work with Lightroom whether on a laptop or a desktop, you have to understand this. What in a sense you're doing is you're committing to working in the self-contained, cohesive workflow because of the Lightroom catalog. The Lightroom catalog remembers and pays attention to where and how you've saved your files.
Now because this concept is sometimes a little bit vague or hard to understand, what I'd like to do is to talk about this comparatively or analogously. We'll talk about this a little bit more later in this course, but for now let's try on this analogy for size. Let's say that you own a bike shop and you have a warehouse where you have all of your bikes, all of your supplies. Let's compare those warehouses, say, to a hard drive where your particular warehouse is completely unorganized. I mean bikes are stacked on top of each other. Well, let's say you decide to get organized.
So you hire a young college student. You ask the student to go in and organize the warehouse. Well, he or she could start off by simply taking note on where everything is located, but that really isn't going to do anyone any help at all. What really needs to happen is that person needs to organize the warehouse. Then they need to catalog the location of all of the different bikes the way that it's organized. In other words, in photography what we need to do with our hard drives is we need to manage our assets.
We need to manage all of our photographs. We need to get all of those images organized. We need to get them organized in regards to where they're saved, and how they're saved; how we're organizing our folder and file structure because one of the things that Lightroom can't do is it can't solve a mess that we've created on our hard drive. Lightroom can only take note of that. Moreover, it's important that once we start working with Lightroom that we have all of this dialed in and organized so that what we're importing and bringing into the catalog is really in tiptop shape.
Well, we'll be talking about this a little bit more, and I'll talk about some considerations when it comes to thinking about hard drives and whatnot. Yet here is this movie, my real point is this, before you start to work in Lightroom, get your stuff together. Get it organized because that really matters and it will make your overall workflow that much more enjoyable and effective.
- Comparing RAID storage to JBOD storage
- Finding images in a catalog
- Importing images
- Understanding the difference between catalogs, collections, and folders
- Optimizing catalogs and upgrading legacy catalogs
- Merging catalogs
- Relinking images
- Solving conflicts with new hard drives
- Restoring from backups
- Saving adjustments to raw files