What I love about Luminar is the various tools you get with the software… especially the Orton Effect and Sunrays. The photograph above is one completed in Luminar before importing back into Lightroom.
Once in Lightroom, I decided to create a black and white version of the image.
Naturally, I didn’t stop just there… I created another version with more drama to it….
I just love this image..
Culling my Lightroom Catalogue
After reading a couple of posts from Rob Sylvan on his blog Lightroom Killer Tips, Starting over Part 1 and Starting over Part 2, I decided to cull the images in my catalogue instead of starting over. On saying that, I did learn that should you wish to start over again, Virtual Copies can’t be exported as XMP data. And you will lose all of those virtual copies you created should you decide to go ahead and start your Lightroom Catalogue afresh.
Hence, after reading these two posts, I opted for culling… I am working my way through all of my images, and those I don’t like, those that are slightly out of focus, or for certain won’t ever be processed I am deleting … not just from my Lightroom Catalogue but from my external hard drive as well. Well, what is the point of keeping an image that is never going to be used, or out of focus? No point at all!
Well so far I’ve deleted over 2000 images… and have learnt that Snapshots are the way to go instead of Virtual copies… especially if you have any inclination of possibly starting from scratch with your Lightroom Catalogue.
And in future, I intend to be strict with myself… and cull as I import… I will definitely be going through the images after an import and rejecting those that I have no intention of using in future.
For me, this does cut down on disk space as well as keeping my Lightroom Catalogue to a more manageable image count.
If you are like me.. and have two hard-drives that you use to back up images.. during import you can select a second hard-drive to import your images to. So if you don’t want to be brave a delete the rejects.. perhaps during import you set up another hard-drive as a backup which collects all your images. And only use your main hard-drive with the images you use for Lightroom.
And another reason I chose to delete rejected images from Disc is simply because if you don’t and you want to synchronise that Folder then Lightroom will reimport all those images that you flagged as rejected.
So after I’ve finished culling my three Golden Rules to keep my Lightroom Catalogue free from clutter are:
Main Drive – Only images that I want to work on in Lightroom
Backup Drive – All images, including those rejected for whatever reason.
Use Snapshots instead of Virtual Copies
And of course I will be looking into the plugin suggested by Rob about creating Snapshots, once my catalogue is culled and then I can remove the virtual copies and use snapshots in the future.