Well this is the second week (15th May Portfolios) of my revamping project for this blog and I have to say I am loving going over old photographs and re-processing them. Not a lot has happened, in fact it has been rather a quiet weekend for us. And things that needed doing in the garden drastically, that have been put off by going out.. have finally been achieved. Why is it bushes grow frantically … and forever need pruning. Perhaps it is because we have let things out of control.
The Political Party that goes for a 3 day weekend will get my vote. One day doing household jobs and gardening… next day out with cameras and the third day rest.
Whilst revamping this blog and going through my Lightroom catalogue.. there are photographs that I would have binned initially that now deserve an edit due to the fact that my knowledge of Lightroom has increased over the years. Photos with elements that are distracted now have a chance of being posted because of the powers of Photoshop and Lightroom.
And what I love about my new revamp is that photographs of places are in one place… you don’t have to scour loads of blog posts to see the images. Knowing what I know now I wish I had started this blog with this new blog workflow at the beginning. It sure would have saved me a lot of time going over old photographs. And I thought as well as just saying how I work I would give you some tips on how I use Lightroom with external hard drives.
Do I delete old photos from Lightroom Catalogue
In answer to that question.. NO. I don’t delete images that I don’t like from my Lightroom Catalogue. In fact my Lightroom Catalogue has nearly 46,000 images and the only images that I delete from my hard-drive and Lightroom catalogue are those that are out of focus, that are too blurred to work with. I keep everything else. And Lightroom manages quiet well with a catalogue of that size. And I have read other photographs saying that their catalogues are nearly 3 times the size of mine. So there is no panic yet about deleting images.
However on saying that… there will become a day when my hard-drive says ‘Hey you, I can’t store another of your photographs’ and that will be the day when I have to invest in a hard-drive that has ample amount of space than the 2TB hard-drive I am using now.
Where do I store my Lightroom Catalogue and Presets.
If you are using just one computer or laptop then you can store all your presets on your main drive of your computer. But I use both a desktop and laptop… and need to work from the one Lightroom Catalogue, so my catalogue is stored on my external hard-drive along with my images. For backing up I do have another external hard-drive where I copy all my images to. And I use this hard-drive when importing images. On the import box (as I have networked all my hard-drives and I never turn off my desktop PC) I checkmark the option make a second copy of images. And I use my back up hard-drive as the place to make the second copy of my images.
I have read other photographer’s posts where they say they store their catalogue in Dropbox or Google Drive but there again, it can be quiet a pain waiting for the syncing to be complete especially if you have a Lightroom catalogue that is over 3gb.
And of course in the Preferences of Lightroom I have checked the box store my presets with my Lightroom Catalogue. By doing that no matter what computer I am on … I have all my presets at hand.