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Workflow with multiple camera sources (some Raw, all can do JPEG)

gwwinaz

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I have about 80,000 images. All have been imported into Lightroom. I use a variety of eight different cameras. Most of my pictures have only JPEG images. Cameras that can take raw images are my Sony A77 (ARW), Olympus TG-6 (ORF) and my Samsung S10 phone (DNG). On my S10 I usually just shoot JPEG. I have some external applications that only accept JPEG format.

My main purpose for using Lightroom is organization beyond the file structure (which is well organized). JPEGs from all cameras are grouped together by subject (from years ago) or by year and sub-folder with the date as the first part of the subject folder. My 3D pictures are in a 3D sub-folder under the subject folder. My Sony and Olympus raw files are in an identical file structure under Pictures ARW or Picture ORF at the top.

If I'm editing pictures in a folder, since Lightroom doesn't make permanent edits, I keep Published collections. I only have a few of these.

I plan to use keywords and collections to pull pictures together on specific subjects (I've barely started this process).

My current workflow is to import JPEGs from camera memory cards to an appropriate folder. I then make mirror folders for any raw files in their structure. I then import each folder into Lightroom. I color label JPEGs green, raw images red, and JPEGs that have 3D images blue. I rarely use Photoshop although I took a Photoshop class and I'm familiar with editing in Photoshop. I then create collections to see JPEGs and Raw images side by side to cull out pictures which I permanently delete from disc. Lastly I add keywords.

I frequently read recommendations to shoot only in raw. If I do that on two of the cameras, I'm not sure how to keep track of everything. Currently I know every image is available in the Pictures (JPEG) structure and I usually reference this structure in my external programs. I could create a collection but my other applications can not access a collection. I could create published collections for every folder. Maybe I could start this approach in 2021 and only reference this structure.

For my use of Lightroom is there a good workflow that supports raw files from two cameras and just JPEGs from all the others, knowing I'll need JPEGs for my other applications?
 

PhilBurton

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What other applications? How and why do you use them?
You can always export JPGs from Lightroom, from RAW files or the orginal JPGs with edits applied.
 

gwwinaz

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What other applications? How and why do you use them?
You can always export JPGs from Lightroom, from RAW files or the orginal JPGs with edits applied.
The application I use the most is Cyberlink PowerDirector. I mix images with videos to make family movies. It is supposed to import raw files and convert them to JPEGs but I couldn't get it to work. I wouldn't want another version of JPEGs anyway. I sometimes use Corel programs and also make web pages. I share some pictures with family, usually via Dropbox.
 
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I wouldn't want another version of JPEGs anyway.
I think you are missing the purpose of a Image Asset manager like Lightroom. Images that come from the camera are the source and you NEVER want to change that source image. If you want to crop, convert to B&W or adjust the tone to bring out shadows, you develop a derivative image. The latest computer monitors have an aspect ratio of 16:9. Older monitors were 4:3. Cameras shoot with an aspect ratio of 3:2. If you want your 'movies to fill the monitor or show on your nome TV, you want the images to fill up the screen with no black margins. To do this you crop to the 16:9 aspect ratio and preserve the best parts of the image.

You do not want to limit your self to the original image that came from the camera. More importantly, you do not want to even access the original image except through theImage Asset manager tool (Lightroom) You always want to send a derivative of your original the next app and not risk changing or losing it with some other app like CyberLink Power Director.

Power Director has one purpose and that is to assemble videos and images into a continuous stream and produce a composite video. It may have features like creating a JPEG derivative from a RAW file but it is not designed to do that to the extent that Lightroom Classic can.
 
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