Managing a Large Lightroom Library

With: RC Concepcion Duration: 00h 59m

As a photographer, one of the things you are certain to do is make more pictures. Your hard drive will fill up. If you use an external drive, this will surely fill up as well. How to do take control of this growing library and make sure you have a system in place to make sure you can always find the images? RC Concepcion shares his "Hot | Medium | Cold " workflow on making sure images go from his computer, to a removable hard drive. Finally - RC moves these images into his NAS Drive making sure that this is the final home to these pictures.

Introduction
Introduction

RC gives an introduction to his workflow class aimed at getting you a solid strategy for saving your growing image library.

Duration: 00:34
How Does Lightroom Handle Images in the Catalog.
How Does Lightroom Handle Images in the Catalog.

RC gives you a quick explanation on how the Lightroom catalog helps you manage your online life of images. By understanding this, you get a foundation for how you will setup this workflow for an expanding library .

Duration: 02:29
What Happens when Lightroom Misses Images
What Happens when Lightroom Misses Images

This lesson explains what Lightroom does when you move images around in your computer without informing it of the change. This is the most common problem Lightroom users have.

Duration: 03:01
Searching for a Missing File in Lightroom
Searching for a Missing File in Lightroom

Learn how to locate files that have been moved outside of Lightroom. This can also apply to large groups of files on your computer.

Duration: 04:22
Using Smart Previews for Editing
Using Smart Previews for Editing

Get a quick explanation on how Lightroom creates Smart Previews for images that will be imported into Lightroom.

Duration: 05:33
Searching for a missing folder in Lightroom
Searching for a missing folder in Lightroom

Its often better to search for missing folders inside of Lightroom. RC goes over the steps on how to do this and why it’s a good thing to do.

Duration: 02:22
Moving Parent Folders
Moving Parent Folders

When you have multiple nested folders in Lightroom, it’s important to figure out how to get all of the subfolder structures moved into a new location. RC gives you a quick walkthrough on how to do this.

Duration: 05:05
Strategy – Hot – Medium – Cold
Strategy – Hot – Medium – Cold

RC goes over his Hot | Medium | Cold strategy for how he works with projects on his computer and how it helps keep focus on his computer and his images.

Duration: 04:29
The Hot Project
The Hot Project

Start with moving the project to a “Hot” State with RC in his 3 Step Workflow

Duration: 06:28
The Medium Project & Its Backup
The Medium Project & Its Backup

RC goes over how to move your photographic project from a “Hot” State to a “Medium” state. RC also covers how to make sure you include this workflow into a backup strategy.

Duration: 06:45
Using Smart Previews for Editing Later
Using Smart Previews for Editing Later

In your “Medium” workflow, you can add another level of insurance by adding Smart Previews in Lightrom to give you the most amount of flexibility. RC goes over how he manages this using a Smart Collection so the sizes don’t get out of hand.

Duration: 03:54
Cold Storage – the NAS Drive
Cold Storage – the NAS Drive

RC goes over how to transition his Medium project into a longer term storage by moving to a NAS unit.

Duration: 05:06
Moving a Whole Removable Drive Over.
Moving a Whole Removable Drive Over.

RC goes over how to use the external connections of your Synology NAS to move an entire drive of images

Duration: 04:57
When I Really Need an Image from the Net
When I Really Need an Image from the Net

Learn how to get access to your images if you are away from your home using the Synology Quick Connect service. RC also talks about things that you can use to setup a cloud based backup for the NAS unit.

Duration: 03:42
Conclusion
Conclusion

You have now successfully implemented the Hot | Mediim | Cold Workfow for your pictures.

Duration: 00:51

RAFAEL “RC” CONCEPCION
RC is an award winning photographer and author of the best selling books “Get Your Photography On the Web” and “The HDR Book” by Peachpit Press. He previously served as the Director of Content and Education for Kelby Media Group.
 
An Adobe Certified Instructor in Photoshop, Illustrator, and Lightroom, RC has over 16 years in the I.T. and ecommerce industries and spends his days developing content for all applications in the Adobe Creative Suite. RC also worked with Adobe to write the Adobe Certified Expert exam for Photoshop CS6, Lightroom 4, and Lightroom 5. He has also worked with companies such as Intel, Dell, Canon, Samsung, Nokia, among others.

A sought after public speaker, he lectures at seminars and workshops around the world to passionate artists looking to gain a better understanding of their craft.

To learn more about R.C.'s travel and personal experiences visit his site below.

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