This is a rather open ended question. I realize that everyone's workflow is different, and there are no ultimate solutions that work for everyone, but I would like to ask you for advice about storing exported (JPG) files in Lightroom alongside the main (RAW) file.
I've always struggled with coming up a good solution for this problem. Let me summarize.
- Photos I have have been taken with multiple cameras. Point-and-shoots, cellphone cameras, DSLRs as JPG and finally, DLSRs as RAWs.
- I generally work on RAW files and export them to JPG, although, there is a backlog of RAW files that have not been edited yet.
- I also edit some JPGs, if there is no RAW version of the same file.
- I want to be able to browse the photos quickly. Generally, I found exported JPGs faster than corresponding RAW files (even if exported in max quality)
The current state is that if there are RAW files, I store them in a subfolder titled 'RAW' inside the main folder. For example 'Botanic Garden/RAW'. Then when I am done correcting the RAW photos, I export them to the main folder (Botanic Garden).
This works, because most of the time I can easily figure out what has been exported and what has not.
The main weakness of this solution is that I don't take advantage of the LR feature that groups pairs of images (RAW + JPG) and treats them as one. And my catalog shows twice as many images as there really are! (Terrible for storing full size previews!)
I hope I described my problem clearly. Please let me know if you've had similar problems and how you solved it.
EDIT: I found this: handy solution, that would work if I chose to get rid of all exported JPGs. Let me know if this is what you would recommend.