The collection went away
lrc at red4est.com
Thu Oct 15 00:42:19 EDT 2009
On Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 06:01:43PM -0500, Stan Halpin wrote:
> On Oct 14, 2009, at 4:24 PM, Larry Colen wrote:
> > However their methodology of file handling seems a bit
> >weird at times.
> Lightroom is built around SQL. Like any database program, the
> organizational structure is designed to facilitate storage and
> retrieval, not necessarily user comprehension. Good news about this
> approach is that it allows very fast processing of search/sort/
> retrieval requests from among tens of thousands records (images). As
OK, this sounds promising.
> others havwe suggested, file it and forget it. Lightroom can find it,
> you don't need to fret about an organizational structure that you can
> make sense of. If you have problems with Lightroom, you can try to
> "learn Lightroom" or you can find a general simple discussion of
> database systems and work from there.
> Another good thing about Lightroom is that they have nicely layered
> the image processing functions onto the database functions without
> compromising either too badly.
Let's say that I want to create an ubercatalog, as suggested.
And lets assume that I don't want to lose the work that I've already
done on my 20 or so catalogs of about 570 directories with about
Godfrey said that I should merge catalogs. But, when I look in the
indexes of my lightroom books, neither said anything about merging
When I look at the menu there is
and open recent (which seems to be recent catalog)
There are also a bunch of library functions, which seem to operate on
the catalog, but they may only look at a particular directory tree at
The list of directories over on the left very quickly gets
unweildy. However, since I name all of my download directories with
yymmdd_subject i.e. 091014_cormorants_1
It'll be very easy for me to set up a structure
and if I want all of my best shots, I frob the item in the library
menu to include subdirectories, go to raw_photos and have it only show
the ones rated five stars.
If I'm willing to set aside all of my work, I could move everything
into the directory tree that I want, open a new catalog, and tell
lightroom to import all 61824 files.
Can I then just "import from catalog" to recover all the work I've
done on those files without duplicating them?
What if I've moved them from where they were when I made that catalog?
I've seen lightroom recover from files being moved, I've also seen it
get terribly confused.
The first step is learning to take great photos,
the second step is learning to throw away ones that are merely good.
Larry Colen lrc at red4est.com http://www.red4est.com/lrc
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