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So over the last few weeks we have started organizing old photographs that were just chaotic at best. I have shown you how to use software like Lightroom to assist in this. Today we are going to finish this up. I am going to show you how to go back and create catalogues for each project that will assist you in the future for finding images later on.

Lightroom’s catalogue system is really easy and useful, so let’s walk through this.

So what you have in image (A) is just a general overview of a Lightroom layout. Now this is a catalogue for some head-shots that I did earlier this month.

Now what I am going to do is bring up a series of images and create a catalogue on of that project. I will be using a project from last November for this.

So I am going to go to File -> New Catalogue (B)

So at this time it will allow me to select where the catalogue is located and I am going to keep the catalogues in the same folders as the images, but you can put all the catalogue in another folder just for catalogues. (C)

So now you have a complete new catalogue and a lot of your settings are reset to default. That is because each catalogue has it’s own settings. This is useful because if I take these images and the catalogue to another computer that has Lightroom and open the the catalogue all my settings, presents, metadata info will travel with me. (D)

Now all you have to do is import the photographs that you want in that catalogue. (E)

Bam! Now you have a catalogue for every series/project that you have and all of this really only took me maybe a few hours. (F)

Yes I took the time to put my ID plate back up.

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