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02 Mar

How should I organize my photos?

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Good File Managment

It’s a good idea to organize your photo library BEFORE you start building your Lightroom catalog. It is important that you know how to find any image on your computer without Lightroom, (or Picasa, or iPhoto, or Microsoft Picture Manager, etc.) 

Lightroom is a powerful database than can help you organize and find things at lightening speed, but it is only an application. If you've been around computers for even a short time, you know that bad things happen. Sometimes applications don't open when you need them most. 

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19 Feb

Where should I put my photos?

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Because Lightroom doesn't hold them.

Your photos can be on any mountable drive with read & write permissions. They can't be on a thumb or jump drive, or a memory card.

Photos can be spread across multiple drives, including external drives, and drives that are offline. Once you import images from a hard drive, Lightroom remembers the drive even if it isn’t connected.

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01 Dec

Where did my photo files go after I imported them into Lightroom?

I can't find my photos.

Your photos are where you put them before importing into Lightroom with the "add" method, or where Lightroom put them using the import "copy" method.

If you don't know where you put your photos, or they aren't where you think they should be, check the Pictures folder on your computer.

By default on import, Lightroom copies photos from your camera or memory card and puts them in folders by date in your Pictures folder.

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21 Nov

Why do I need Lightroom when I have Bridge?

Doesn't Bridge do the same things?

No it doesn't.

Bridge doesn’t have a brain.

Bridge is a great pair of eyes wearing night vision goggles. Bridge sees things that the Explorer or Finder can’t.

Adobe Bridge equals night vision goggles

Bridge can preview your raw photos, and read all of the image metadata.

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20 Nov

Can I rename my Catalog?

Yes

Yes you can rename your catalog, but it requires renaming several items.

Quit out of Lightroom

Rename the catalog folder, and everything inside of the folder that shares the same name.

If you see extensions in the file name, (anything after a period) make sure to leave them in tact.

rename lightroom catalog

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19 Nov

Can I Move My Lightroom Catalog

Yes. Here's How.

Moving your catalog could be a good thing.

Although your catalog is just a brain, and not a bucket, it can still grow to be a fairly large size. Moving it off of your startup drive and onto another drive, even an external one will free up space for your operating system.

Make sure you have quit out of Lightroom.

Find your catalog on the hard drive and then copy the entire Catalog folder to the new location.

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18 Nov

Where is My Lightroom Catalog?

Probably in Your Pictures Folder

The very first time you launch the Lightroom application, a catalog is automatically created in your Pictures folder. The catalog is created before you even begin importing images.

Lightroom does not prompt you to create this catalog, which is unfortunate, because you don't have the opportunity to pick a place for the catalog, or give it a custom name.

If you've never moved or renamed your catalog, it is probably still in your pictures folder, inside of a folder  with the name "Lightroom".

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17 Nov

What is a Lightroom Catalog?

Lightroom Is A Brain

Lightroom is a Brain

A Lightroom catalog is a brain. Every time you add something to your Catalog you teach it something new.

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06 Jun

Needles

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Daily Quick Edit

cactus needles

Borrego Springs, CA. - March, 2010

05 Jun

Posterize Edits with Lightroom 5

Editing on the wild side

Under the Hood of Tone Curve Posterization

I stumbled into this style of posterized Lightroom edits after doing a daily photo edit for a month and a half. Perhaps I was getting a little bored with my daily edit challenge. From the beginning I was hoping to discover something new, as outined here.

Funny thing though, this techinque really isn't new. I first learned how to posterize an image using the tone curve on a Scitex machine in the early 90's, before I knew anything about Photoshop. I hadn't thought about doing it with Lightroom until I ran out of Develop Module tools to explore.

I've created quite a few of these images, and I am still enjoying the process. That's probably because I'm still discovering new things about it. 

Crazy Color Edit

Queen Califia's Magic Circle

This image is where I really started to bend the rules and the tone curve. The circular color shapes are added with color balance adjustments in a radial filter, but the crazy colors start by bending theTone Curve.

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