How can you get the same keywords and hierarchical structure in a second catalog? And why would you want to? Generally, we recommend using just one catalog. Maintenance is easier, and you get full search ability. However, if you go on vacation, you … Click to continue
How do I update my Copyright for 2023?
2023 already! How do you update your copyright in Lightroom? Here's the simple steps. It's so easy to forget this as the year only changes - well, once a year! So, if you automatically add your dated copyright when importing photos, did you … Click to continue
How do I change metadata on multiple photos in Classic 11.0?
Can't change metadata on multiple photos in version 11? What's changed? There's been a change in the Metadata panel to improve performance, but it is tripping people up. At the top of the Metadata panel, just below the Preset pop-up, there's two new … Click to continue
How do I create a Smart Collection?
Are you always searching for your favorite photos of your dog? Or perhaps the photos you haven't edited yet? Or more complex combinations, like all of the best photos taken with a specific camera/lens combination in a single location? You may have … Click to continue
The time on my camera was incorrect—how do I change the capture time?
We’ve all done it… Daylight Savings Time changes, or you go on vacation abroad, and you forget to change the time stamp on the camera. It’s not a problem though, as Lightroom makes it very simple to correct the capture time. We'll do this using … Click to continue
How do I clean up my keyword list?
In a previous post, we learned how to start keywording from scratch, but many Lightroom users have already added a few keywords, so this week, we'll do some cleanup. This is mostly aimed at Lightroom Classic, where the keywords are held locally and … Click to continue
How do I assign keywords to my photos?
Having decided how you’ll keyword your photos and whether to use a flat list or hierarchy (Lightroom Classic), you're ready to start assigning keywords to your photos. All the principles we looked at before apply to both versions of Lightroom, but … Click to continue
Should I use flat or hierarchical keywords?
In the last post, we were talking about the kind of keywords to add to your photos, but this week, let's talk about the pros and cons of flat vs. hierarchical keyword lists. Please note this only applies to Lightroom Classic, not the cloud-based … Click to continue
What kind of keywords should I assign to my photos?
As the number of photos in your catalog grows, finding a photo is essential. One of the best ways to do this is by assigning keywords to your photo(s). Keyword tags are text metadata used to describe the content of the photo. Unlike collections, … Click to continue
How do I rearrange existing photos into a new dated folder structure?
In a previous post entitled How do I reorganize my Folders panel we discussed how to create, rename and delete folders, and how to move photos between folders. If you're moving to a dated folder structure, Lightroom won't create the folder structure … Click to continue
How do I use the Import dialog’s Destination panel to put the photos into dated folders?
In an earlier post, we briefly discussed using the Destination panel to choose where to select the location for your photos, highlighting the folder in white. We also said that Lightroom can automatically organize the photos into subfolders for you, … Click to continue
How do I reorganize my Folders panel?
Lightroom only automatically organizes photos (for example, into dated folders) while importing. But if your existing folder structure is a mess, you can tidy it up manually by creating, moving, renaming and deleting folders and photos. While … Click to continue
Why not organize photos into folders by topic?
Having decided where to store your photos, you also need to decide how to organize them. Why not just organize your photos by topic? Before you used photo management software, such as Lightroom, you may have organized your photos into folders by … Click to continue
Where should you store your photos?
Where should you store your photos? And why does it matter? Because Lightroom doesn’t hide your photos away from you, they’re kept as normal image files in folders on your hard drive. It's one of the common misunderstandings we discussed here. The … Click to continue
How do I consolidate photos from multiple drives?
When you start to run low on hard drive space, you may try to solve the problem by buying additional hard drives. However, over time, it's easy to end up with photos all over the place, and then it’s hard to check that they're all being backed up. In … Click to continue