George Jardine – Lightroom Workflow & Catalog Management Series

Nose On | Leica M-E, Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 pre-ASPH
Nose On | Leica M-E, Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 pre-ASPH

(While leaving the aircraft on the Netjets Ramp at the Westchester NY Airport I grabbed this shot of the nose straight on.)

I wanted to talk about my experience this week working with George Jardine’s Lightroom Workflow & Catalog Management Video Series.  Lightroom (LR) has become my default photo library and editing management system.  Those of you already using the software know that it has a lot of features and can be intimidating getting around how all of the options available work together.

When I began with the software I knew I had to relearn a lot of new things as LR manages your photo files much differently than my previous management software I was using, Aperture.  I made the move to LR for a couple different reasons but mainly it came with my Leica M-E purchase and Leica creates its in-camera RAW files in DNG format an Adobe standard.  Plus Leica and Adobe have been working together to ensure Leica’s RAW files are supported in Adobe’s Camera RAW engine.

I read Scott Kelby’s book on Lightroom and I found it a great place to start.  He hits most of the highlights to help a new user like me get comfortable using the program.  But I have still been wanting an in-depth course on using LR.

I don’t know why I never found George Jardin’s video series sooner but I’m glad I finally did.  I’ve just completed the first series: Lightroom Library Workflow and Digital Photo Library Management.  This video series has answered many questions I still had pertaining to file renaming, folder organization, virtual copies, collections and filtering.  After importing images from the shoot the above photo was in, I’m finally happy I now have a process I can duplicate every time and know that in the future when I’m looking for that one photo I know I can easily find it.

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