Posts tagged with Initial setup

My recommended initial setup

My Lightroom catalogue is in a mess. Should I start from scratch?

No. Leave existing stuff as it is – sort it out later when you find such things easy – and add keywords to these images.

New stuff, get it in a simple date based folder structure as described. Do include the date at the start of folder and filenames using a convention like YYYYMMDD. You won’t always be using LR and dates/text help, and this helps sort by shooting date and also helps ensure no originals ever have duplicate filenames. Also do include very broad “shoot” description – eg “Charlottetown”, but don’t waste time including in the file name anything that’s more image-specific like “Charlottetown bicycle”, “Charlottetown seals” etc. Instead put that time into keywords.

Managing panoramas

Here’s a quick tip for managing panorama frames.

My own long-term practice has been to assign the green label to originals which are intended to be the component frames of panoramas, HDR, or other multi-frame techniques.I also stack them.

I do this as soon as possible after importing the files from the card. The risk I’m trying to avoid is that I might review one of these frames on its own and decide it’s a dud – badly composed/exposed – and delete it.

Green warns me that the frame is actually destined for stitching or whatever. That colour then carries over to the combined image, so I can then do smart collections by label and file type.

Solo Mode


Right click one of the section headers, such as “Publish Services” in Library’s left panel
Tick “Solo Mode”
You need to do this to each panel in each module

What happens

When you click on one section’s header, that section opens and the others close


It really cuts down on the scrolling up and down the left and right panels

10 Things I Wish I Could Tell A Slightly Less New Lightroom User

It was interesting to read Scott Kelby’s 10 Things I Would Tell New Lightroom Users and I was surprised to see how many of his points would also be on my list. 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7 are good, though 9 and 10 are very questionable. That article was actually inspired by recent Aperture refugee Scott Bourne’s post 10 Things I Wish I Could Tell Every New Lightroom User which was really more of a list of learning resources.

As I was preparing a “Lightroom not Photoshop” talk this evening for Richmond and Twickenham Photographic Society, I thought a top 10 would be a useful exercise for me too. So…. hello, I’m Scott – well, actually John – and here are 10 Things I Wish I Could Tell A Slightly Less New Lightroom User:

Until you know what you’re doing, use a single catalogue. And even then, think twice – remember more…