For a wedding photography studio like Lin and Jirsa, we like to keep multiple Catalogs in Lightroom because of the large volume of photos that we process every time we shoot.
Each wedding that we shoot can have thousands of images, so multiple Catalogs are a must for our workflow to remain at peak efficiency since Lightroom 4 will slow down with large catalog sizes. But for many photographers who shoot far less than we do, one Catalog or one Catalog per year, may just be enough to hold all your photos.
Now if you do use a single Lightroom Catalog workflow system and you have a folder with a lot of photos, we can show you how to break out those images into smaller shoots within their own respective folders inside of the same Lightroom Catalog.
This will keep your Catalog more organized making it quicker and simpler to sort through a large number of images. The best part is that unlike using Lightroom Collections (which do have their benefits) this organizational system will be usable from both Lightroom and the Operating System file browser. It is easy to set this up and we will do it all within Lightroom as shown in the video above.
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