"Payoff" - Digital Photography Podcast 109

We've been good photographers who have embraced the concept of workflow, invested in software, and have tried to go about our business in an orderly fashion. So what's the payoff?

I had begun to wonder that myself. Oh, sure, there have been small victories here and there. For example, I wanted to find this photo that I call "Head Stomp." I had captured it back in Sept. 2006, and I needed it for a project. Thanks to my organizational software, it took me a matter of seconds to locate it, then export it in the size and format I needed. Nice.


But the real payoff appeared when I started working on my latest book, Digital Photography Companion, and had to organized hundreds of photos that I've captured over the last few years. I talk about that experience in this week's show.

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Looking for input. This is something not directly related to the show, but something the show got me thinking on again.

What is the most efficient way to manage collections in Lightroom? 1 Giant collection? Tons of small ones? How many shots to a collection???

I ask because I use Elements 6 to manage and tag my collection now which contains tens of thousands of images. I love its tagging capabilities, but would rather use the more professional tools (lightroom/photoshop) exclusively.

I want to be able to search across all my images, but don't know how well lightroom scales to work with large collections.

I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts Derrick or those of any others who have pondered the same thing.

Thanks, and enjoy listening to the show.

I have a clarification from the show, plus I want to respond to Trevor's question.

In the podcast where I discussed my workflow, I didn't spell out the CMYK conversion as clearly as I should have. For the images housed in Aperture and Lightroom, I have to export them as RGB files, then handle the conversion to CMYK in Photoshop.

As for Trevor's question, I think one Lightroom catalog is the best approach for keeping track of all of your images, unless you have tons and tons of pictures. That being said, I maintain about 5 different catalogs for different projects. So far, it's worked out well for me. But your mileage may vary.