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One key aspect of LR, one that many users initially struggle with, is that its organizational features mostly try to abstract you away from the file system and folders. LR invites you to see your photos as a collection or database, and you typically organize them by different dimensions, not by file location. I cannot tell you which of those methods or ...


TL;DR - The answers by John and Mark tell you what to do. This answer addresses why those are good answers. I don't use Lightroom, so this may not apply completely. The answers by @john and @Mark are very good. I just want to highlight some fundamental issues that they assume, but don't explicitly state here. 1) To be sane, you need to store each photo in ...


Everyone has their own needs and their own ways of doing things. The trick is to use the tools available to make life easier for yourself in achieving what you want. Ways I make life easier for myself include: Applying custom metadata presets on import to add copyright information etc. to the metadata. Metadata presets can be applied after import too. If ...


In short the use of metadata is the most powerful and flexible way to be able to find and organise your photographs and Lightroom is designed with that approach in mind. Adding location metadata and some keywords (as needed) makes it easy to find groups of related photographs - my main filter is by date and location with keywords being used to tag types of ...


I use Lightroom across two Macs (a laptop and a desktop) by keeping the Lightroom catalog and the image files in a Dropbox folder. Because of the size of all the files, it makes a paid subscription to Dropbox necessary in my case. The only disadvantage I have found is that you have to remember to shut down Lightroom when you're not using it as if you keep it ...


Personally, I'm a big Lightroom user. I sync my workflow by having my working catalog on a Dropbox folder (though any similar service, e.g., Google Drive, will work). The only downside is that the catalog can grow to be quite large, and you may end up needing a Dropbox subscription, especially if you're working with a large catalog of RAWs. Previews/Smart ...

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