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What's Workflow?

Workflow is doing things in a certain order.

By following a workflow, you'll get better results in less time.

Don't do willy-nilly workflow.

Devise a one-two-three workflow.

The workflow below is a typical one for the beginning user of Lightroom.

Please adapt the workflow to your own personality and needs.

Start Small

At First

Avoid importing thousands of photographs into Lightroom.


You can import everything, if you wish.

However, do consider importing only those photographs that you want to see and/or edit.

New Photographs

At first, only import new photographs from your SD card.

New photographs are photographs not on your computer already.

We'll import old photographs—photographs already on your computer—later.

Change the Backup Setting

By default, Lightroom backs up the catalog only once a week.

Let's say you return from a trip.

You organize and edit lots of photographs.

Then, Lightroom crashes.

All of your organizing and editing are lost.

Change the default setting to Every time Lightroom exits.

Do the following—at home.

Press Ctrl + Alt + , (Windows) or Cmd + Option + , (Mac).

The Catalog Settings window opens.

Click the General tab.

Look for Backup section at the bottom.

Select Every time Lightroom exits.


Two Types of Lightroom Users

Collections Users

Your photographs are located on your computer in date folders.

You don't have folders with names of events, destinations, and so forth.

You'll be putting your photographs into collections, which are like albums.

Go to Collections Workflow.

Folders Users

Your photographs on your computer are located in folders with names—not with dates.

For example, let's say you're a birder.

You have two hundred folders with the names of species of birds.

Or, let's say you travel extensively.

You have three hundred folders with names of destinations.

These folders are organized under folders with names of countries.

If you're like the above two examples, go to Folders Workflow.