Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video What is a collection?, part of Lightroom 5 Essentials: 02 Managing Images with the Library Module.
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In this chapter we'll focus in on how we can take advantage of a phenomenal feature in Lightroom which allows us to organize our images into what are called Collections. In the Library module, we'll encounter different types of Collections. In the Catalog panel, we have what are called Quick Collections, then in the Collections panel we can work with Smart Collections or Ordinary Collections as well. Now you may be wondering, well what are Collections and why do they matter? Well in a sense Collections are kind of like Folders. But they're even better. If we navigate to the Folders panel in order to expand this, we can see that we have various Folders.
Now these particular Folders, they actually reside on the hard drive as well. They're part of Lightroom, but they're also part of the hard drive. Well Collections are like Folders, but even better. In order to understand how Collections work, what I want to do is walk through a few slides so that we can start to answer those questions. Well, what is a Collection, and why do these matter? And the first step towards understanding a Collection is to talk about what a Collection isn't. A Collection is not a Folder. As I mentioned previously, a Folder resides in a physical location on a hard drive.
And in a Folder, we can have Sub-folders and also images. And in a sense, a Folder is chained, or locked down, to a particular location. In contrast, Lightroom allows us to create what are called Collections. And Collections are unique to Lightroom, and also, they're virtual. What Collections give us a flexibility of doing is really breaking that connection between where an image resides in a Folder and where that Folder lives on a certain hard drive. Now what this means is that we can have three Folders of images, for example. And we can select an image from each Folder.
And all of those images, well, they can be part of one Collection. Or for that matter, we can have multiple hard drives. And we can select images from each and every one of those hard drives. And we can combine those into what are called a Collection. And in a sense, what a Collection is, is it's like a Folder, but it's just much stronger. Because it gives us more flexibility. Collections also allow us to reorder our images and just to group images together in some really unique and fascinating ways, and that's one of the reasons why many people say Collections are king.
Once you start to realize what you can do with Collections, you'll be using them all the time. All right. Well, now that we've been introduced to the concept of Collections. Let's go ahead and make this abstract concept a little bit more concrete and let's do that by taking a look at how we can use Collections and let's do that in the next movie.
- Adding flags, stars, and labels to images
- Filtering your library by text, metadata, and file type
- Stacking photos into groups
- Creating a collection to group images
- Tagging images with locations
- Processing images in the Library module
- Viewing and editing videos
- Working with the DNG file format
- Adding copyright metadata to photos
- Adding keywords
- Opening images in Photoshop
- Exporting, emailing, and publishing photos