Managing photos in Lightroom

Poll : Managing your photos in Lightroom

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Looking back over my archive of images I have changed and refined the way I manage my images in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom since first using the beta all those years ago.

I have a process for managing and backup up my Lightroom presets and a different system for managing my Lightroom catalogues.

Lightroom offers photographers lots of freedom when it comes down to photo management so I thought it would be interesting to look at the different ways we all manage our images in Lightroom and even across different disk drives.

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The Lightroom Poll

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If you opted for “other” then please let us know what system you use in the comments. It would be great if you could share this post with other photographers, the more people who take part the more insightful the results will be. I will let the poll run for a week and produce as summary of results at the end.


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David is a documentary and landscape photographer covering everything from dramatic long exposure landscape photography through to live music. David is a former Official Fujifilm X Photographer.


  1. I use a single catalogue for all my photos with a separate one for my fiance’s, and a third our friend who shoots with my camera on occasion.

  2. I use a single catalogue at present, but the notion of a new catalogue each year is one I might consider. I suppose there’s another part of the equation not being looked at here, and that’s the total number of images. Quite different depending on whether your an avid amateur, a vacation shooter, or a professional.

  3. I use a single one as well, and also plan to start with a fresh one with the new year. Has anyone run into and issues with having too many images in a catalog in Lightroom 5?

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