I’m pretty chuffed that I can now title a post “lightroom love” as in now I get it, I truly get it!
I’ve been OK with using Lightroom for quite some time, but the struggle was real, people! The struggle was real.
When I wrote My Struggles with Lightroom in 2012, I could not have been more confused, and I could not have disliked the organizational part of Lightroom more.
However, armed with some of Kim Klassen’s helpful and information-packed classes, I slowly got the hang of it (I can’t even tell you how many times I went over the free “Leap into Lightroom” class) but it was many, many … many times. And even recently when I realized my workflow had taken a wrong turn somewhere along the line, I revisited it.
So why do I feel the need to shout it from the rooftops today? Well, because this past October I started a new catalog and file system all.by.myself!
I’d been using the same catalog for two years, which isn’t a bad thing. It was pretty well-organized, but I felt the need to start fresh for 2017, so to make good and sure I was going to be using it in 2017, I started in October of 2016 (he he.)
You can see the name at the top of this screenshot “LIGHTROOM OCT 2016-DEC 2017 CATALOG.lrcat”.
I’m not going to go into my file structure or workflow because I think that’s something a person has to figure out for themselves.
However, I will divulge one little secret, and that is; I’m not big on keywords … they drive me a bit bonkers. Bonkers is not good.
Before I switched catalogs I made sure I that:
- I studied Kim’s lessons thoroughly (again)
- the old catalog was organized as possible (and backed up of course)
- I had exported all images I was going to use for Instagram or my blog so I wouldn’t have to be switching back and forth, causing mass confusion in the process
- I knew how to set up sync with Lightroom Mobile (again), that part scared me because I viewed it as a hassle
I started this process at the beginning of October, and today I made the commitment.
It takes time and courage … and I found I had both :)