Over the years I have built up a disparate collection of both JPEGs, RAWs and RAW+JPEG from various different cameras, which are currently organised on disk by camera model and then date/event etc. I now shoot mainly RAW only, but sometimes at events such as motorsport I switch to JPEG only. My wife's photos (all JPEG) are also part of this collection.
I also have some images which are waiting to be HDR'd or form parts of as-yet unmade panoramas (in both RAW and JPEG).
I've recently purchased Lightroom 4.1, mainly so that I can reprocess my RAWs, but I really like the features that allow me to catalogue images into collections, add keywords etc. So, it's time to do some reorganising.
Ultimately, I want all the existing JPEGs and postprocesed RAW images (as JPEGs) on my home NAS so that the whole family have access. Lightroom will only be installed on my personal machine, so I really want a seperate method for the family to browse/search the 'finished' images on the NAS. I will need a method to search the NAS 'library' by various tags/metadata, but this can't be Lightroom as explained.
My initial thinking is to have two different Lightroom catalogues - one only for RAW images and another for only JPEGs. For my RAWs, I will rename/caption/tag as I import or develop then export to a folder from where I can Import to my LR "JPEG" catalogue. For all my existing JPEG-only images, I will import these only to the JPEG catalogue and add tags etc.
I would then synchronise my 'finished' JPEG folder structure to the NAS. How much of the tag/metadata information that I've added in LR will be stored in the JPEG file? Will it be readable by other software?
Or am I going about this in entirely the wrong way?
All thoughts and comments gratefully received. Sorry for the long (perhaps rambling?) post!