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King Tay
Posts: 168
Silver Spring, Maryland, US


I'm new to LR4, and I'm trying to understand how I organize my shoots.  Should I use one catalog for all my, which each shoot has it's own folder on my hard drive.  Or should I start a new catalog for each shoot?
Feb 19 13 09:38 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Images by MR
Posts: 7,570
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


I create one catalog for every shooting.
Feb 19 13 09:43 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
King Tay
Posts: 168
Silver Spring, Maryland, US


Images by MR wrote:
I create one catalog for every shooting.

I was thinking that, then you just save the catalog in the same folder as the images. I you create a LR folder with all your catalogs.

Feb 19 13 09:48 pm  Link  Quote 
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RW Steele
Posts: 107
Waynesboro, Virginia, US


It depends on your style and how much you shoot. If you want images to be easily searchable then creating a catalog for each shoot is NOT the route to go. I'm pushing 20K images (RAW/DNG) on a laptop with 2GB RAM and haven't had any problems. Just be sure to back up often because if LR crashes then it will take the catalog down with it.
Feb 19 13 10:17 pm  Link  Quote 
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Robert Jewett
Posts: 2,443
al-Marsā, Tunis, Tunisia


At 20K, my laptop began to slow down, at 40K it was unbearable.  I do not use LR to catalog now, instead using a system of folders.

I love the idea of LR, but even with a SSD and 8GB of RAM on a newer Mac, it really doesn't perform well.

Actually, Bridge might do what you want pretty well.
Feb 20 13 01:29 am  Link  Quote 
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Sentimental-SINtimental
Posts: 1,314
Castle Rock, Washington, US


I just have lightroom create folders by date and apply keywords on import... very simple to do this way. I also have it backup images to seperate drive also. Creating a different catalog for each shoot seems like it would take forever to find what I'm looking for cause I would have to load each catalog prior to searching.

Google Lightroom workflows and see what will work best for you
Feb 20 13 03:38 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
sofiane korichi
Posts: 16
Paris, Île-de-France, France


I create one catalog per shoot.

It allows me to browse and select photos I use the star ranking. And when its done i jump to photoshop for editing.

I shoot in raw. My PC : i5 2500K , 8GB RAM , 1 SSD system 2To storage , GTX 560 Ti
Feb 20 13 03:39 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
sensual light studios
Posts: 45
Hollywood, Florida, US


I use three catalogs, one for each of my areas of interest - landscape/nature/street, fine art nudes, and adult.
Feb 22 13 12:32 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Dan K Photography
Posts: 5,409
STATEN ISLAND, New York, US


Robert Jewett wrote:
At 20K, my laptop began to slow down, at 40K it was unbearable.  I do not use LR to catalog now, instead using a system of folders.

I love the idea of LR, but even with a SSD and 8GB of RAM on a newer Mac, it really doesn't perform well.

Actually, Bridge might do what you want pretty well.

that is strange. I have 27k photos in one catalog 4gb ram and no ssd. Lightroom works perfectly.

I do use a PC though. Maybe you need a genius to look at your Mac:)

Kidding about the last sentence. Were you using 4? then again I never had a problem when I had 3.

OP I do it exactly as your first choice. One catalog with each shoot(day) is in one directory. So far it works fine for me.

Feb 22 13 12:36 pm  Link  Quote 
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J O H N A L L A N
Posts: 9,939
Santa Ana, California, US


I use one catalog per project.
If I was selling images to stock or some other purpose where I needed to do bulk searches, I'm sure I wouldn't do that. But for the project-centric work I do, one-catalog-per is just right.
Feb 22 13 12:45 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Michael Daggett
Posts: 80
Carmel, Indiana, US


I catalog by years.

2011
2012
2013
Feb 22 13 12:47 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Mask Photo
Posts: 1,398
Fremont, California, US


I catalog as follows:
* Personal work
* erotic work (the kind i don't post here!)
* one for each long-term repeat client
* family snapshots
Feb 23 13 03:14 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
King Tay
Posts: 168
Silver Spring, Maryland, US


Thx everyone.
Feb 24 13 07:14 am  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
Rafael_Alexander
Posts: 82
Atlanta, Georgia, US


I organize my photos based on each shoot
Feb 24 13 10:37 pm  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
Internos Photography
Posts: 546
Los Gatos, California, US


I use 1 catalog for all photos (nearly 60k).  I've never had a performance issue related to the catalog, but my PC has always been well spec'd even with the actual photos stored on another server.

I even used the catalog today to determine that only 2% of my shots are at 1/8000 so debating between the D600 and D800 became a little easier.

Within the catalog, I have 2 folders, personal/business, then a folder by year, and then by "date - shoot name" to make sorting/backups nice and easy.
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Feb 25 13 01:17 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Scott McLeod
Posts: 228
Birmingham, Alabama, US


I catalog per year. Its makes it easy to go back and all 3, 4 or 5 star images from a year. I've been with LR since v1 and my first catalog started to take to long to backup, test integrity and open, etc. But that was after multiple years with everything in it.

I know some people who 1 catalog a month, or 1 per quarter.
Feb 25 13 03:44 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
A-M-P
Posts: 18,144
Orlando, Florida, US


Michael Daggett wrote:
I catalog by years.

2011
2012
2013

+1

Feb 25 13 03:51 pm  Link  Quote 
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