Lightroom – oh how I love thee. I can say with absolute certainty that I took a crucial step In the right direction when I decided to use Adobe Lightroom. This software is amazing. I will readily admit that I am finally beginning to scratch below the surface after two years of use. The more I use, the more I learn and the more I benefit. I am absolutely smitten.
I just finished – yes, only a few minutes ago, adding keywords to 4001 images (2012 and 2013 to date) in a master jpeg catalog. This change up in my workflow (previous outlined in workflow part 1 & part 2) has taken considerable time, but it has been worth every hour. The Library module of Lightroom is amazing. Meta data, keywords, oh my – love it. Smart Collections are my best friend. I can now see at-a-glance how many photos I have on specific subject matter. The Library module has easily and quickly allowed me to create Smart Collection for some of my favorite subject matter: barns, couplas, abandoned, state parks – you name it. Figuring out and establishing your set of keywords may take some time, but do it; do it now. This process will only take longer the more you put it off. I wish I would have had my act together right away – it would have saved lots of times. Some lessons are ok to learn the hard way.
I can very easily see what photos I have tagged as barn. I know which photos were taken in Wisconsin. I also know which were capture in the Spring. I have 54 shots that = barn, WI, Spring. Why is the season important? It isn’t at the moment, but may be down the road at some point. It is easy enough to add the keyword, so I figured I would. If I would have had my act together sooner, I may have added county name as a keyword. I could see that being useful in putting together different collections. These are the things you need to consider when you establish your keywords and how you will apply them.
I can also very easily share my collection of irrigation photos via my library smart collection. From all season even – Impressive eh :-). Smart Collection can do that. $150 is a small price to pay to keep your photography act together.