Not Your Everyday Banana

by Bart Arondson

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Short answer: It can be, depending on what you'll do. Long answer: Usually, from database/storage point of view, the keywords engine is split in two (groups of) tables. Now I'll take in consideration the simplest case with just two tables which will explain pretty clearly (IMHO) the phenomenon. The first (group of) table(s) is the table which holds the ...


Your example is in fact worse than you realize: the rule keywords contain words John Doe will find photos with the keyword John Irvin Doe, John Joseph Doe, John Doe, as well as partial matches like Jane Doe and John Smith. The trick is quotes: a filter with the rule keywords contain words "John Doe" will find only the keyword "John Doe."


The easiest way to check this is to import a controlled vocabulary with large number of files. For example, David Rieck, an author of the has a LR's version of his CV that contains several thousands of well-structured keywords. Performance is a wide termin and it might reflect to different aspects of the program. In your case, you ...


Your question isn't correctly written. I'll try to untangle it, tough. You cannot say that till "n" keywords you won't get any performance degradation and from "n"+1 (ok, "n"+100 or whatever) you suddenly will feel it. The performance degradation is a quite incremental process. It is rather an oblique line and not a stair-like graph. Also, of course, it ...


Are you wondering about the distinct list of keywords in an entire catalog or are you wondering about the number of keywords for a single image? I am doubtful that there is any practical limit to the number of keywords allowed in a Lightroom catalog. It wouldn't make sense to have an artificial limit in the software itself but it is possible. Lightroom is ...

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