I am about to launch my photographic collection into Lightroom but it is something I want to do correctly,and only once.
I have a collection of several thousand images, presently foldered in Windows, by brand and model of camera. Most are my own shots but there are some collected from relatives who may have attended the same event. Inclusive of antiquated cameras and phone efforts the photos are not of great quality but are valued none the less, in that they record important events. There are also many scans of slides from mid 1960's of course, without metadata.I am inclined to introduce the same folders into Lightroom with sub-folders being "Trip A" "Trip B", and General (these are non trip photos).
My query is what should exist between those folders at the highest level and keywords at the lowest. Am I correct to think that Collections are what I need and that it is a heading and the subset is the answer. Let me example that lest I confuse everyone. The Collection title may be Country and the subset answer may be Aus, NZ, USA or whatever. Should Collections be confined to aspects/conditions that must exist in every photo? The location as earlier illustrated or perhaps Style to which the subset would be panorama, portrait. Portrait would of course have subsets of head only, head and shoulders, waist up, full body. I reckon keywords can take care of events such as Birthday, Christmas or location specific name.
I am currently using a Nikon D5100, shooting jpg and RAW. Hopefully there is now a bit better photographic quality and I will use Lightroom on the better RAW's but just pass the the jpg's through when I cannot process them to any better quality.
Have I exhibited a sufficient grasp of LR structure or have I missed significant aspects? Ant advice appreciated.