Digital Photo 150 at Napa Valley College

Lightroom Questions – Introduction


1. What is nondestructive editing?

The original is not edited, not altered. Information about the adjustment is stored in the Lightroom database.

The catalog is a disk-browser.  Changes are not written to the image file.

2. List the Steps in a typical Lightroom Workflow.

Create a Master catalog. Import images on location into a working catalog using a laptop.  Import the location catalog into the Master Catalog and transfer images to main hard drive folder.  Additionally, burn a disk of the images, while on location.  I also backup images to external hard drive so I have two image copies off the computer, one in  a master catalog, and one in a hard drive folder named MasterImages.  Lightroom is ready to shake rattle and roll… open Photoshop from within lightroom and all version are saved as, back into Lightroom so I have version stacks for comparison and the psd files are also in the catalog. For blogging, only the .jpg file is used to make a duplicate, a small edition at 72 res. for the blog, and the other versions stay in the catalog..

3. How can you increase the viewing area without resizing the application window?

Go to Full Screen mode, panels hidden: Command + shift + F.

Go to normal Screen mode: Command + Option + F.

Shortcut to cycle screen modes is F.

4. What advantage is there to grouping  images in a collection,  rather than grouping them by a shared keyword tag?

Compare mode: Shift + C../ now F7 is the collections panel, and I click the + sign in the Collections panel, create… Drag from Library grid onto collections panel.  Another advantage to collections is they can be temporary or permanent and can sort by type of image or by whatever way you want to arrange the images for your own needs.  If I photograph a fashion show, I might want a collection of just shoes, then a collection of short dresses… and after the newspaper deadline, I can delete the collections  and make a quick collection just of the images we used, and convert the quick collection to a regular collection and date it.  That collection can be added to the newspaper archives for that date, in a folder named images, or the photo editor may want to photo archive the images we created at the show, in a larger collection named for the Fashion Show and date.  So the images we used are now in two collections, on by the date of newspaper run, and a collection just for the show.  Now the newspaper is selling reprints for those interested in buying copies, so they would make prints from the fashion show collection, not simply from the images that ran that day, but from all the images in the show… if so ordered…  They would probably have a contact available for the customer to look at in deciding which prints to order (personally that order project would be a problem with time consumption, unless the contact sheet was left with a secretary to take orders by number and there was a cutoff date for orders of one week… but this is just an example of advantages of collections…In sharing by keyword, many images use the same keyword, and keywords overlap… Take a trip to the zoo and photography animals and lets use some keywords:  Quadriped, shows us all the 4-legged animals… striped, shows us the striped 4-legged animals: I could describe further why keywords is not good, but am afraid my descriptions of keywords might get a little dicey…I’m thinking of the baboons… keywords….(let’s stop).

I used 600 images at a fair one day… collections: by location and type of ride, by activity and the catalog (date and event).  2010 Napa City Fair held all the collections… easy to find images.  Images can be in more than one collection.. but the images in a collection can have same action performed on them, for instance a collection of images can be made into a slide show.  When the images are rated, the fives can be a quick collection, then renamed and saved.

5.  Why is it recommended to create a special collection for each slideshow, print, or Web project?

Makes good sense to me… can’t imagine trying to fetch images from more than one collection since we can only work on one collection at a time.  Having the images for a single Web project in one collection is good practice because the Web project will be using a folder named images. The collection images can be ftp’d to the server in one move.  You cannot drag and drop grouped folder views, or filter views, that span more than one folder.  A catalog image can be assigned to only one folder at a time but collections can reference the master image, therefore many collections can reference the same image.  We do things by collections, such as printing or slideshows, so it makes sense to put all the slideshow images into one collection.


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