Folders used to be used for two functions.
Photographers used to use folders:
• To store their photographs.
• To organize their photographs.
Now, use folders for only one of the functions.
• Use folders to store your photographs.
• Use collections and keywords to organize your photographs.
The folders you see in the Folders panel in Lightroom are always located on your hard drive, probably in My Pictures or Pictures.
You can create a folder using Lightroom.
You're not creating a folder in Lightroom.
Rather, the folder is created by Lightroom on your hard drive.
Collections are created in Lightroom and appear only in Lightroom.
Collections are not on your hard drive like folders.
A photograph can only be in one folder, its "home."
A photograph can appear in many collections.
|Folder 1||Folder 2||Folder 3||Folder 4||Folder 5|
|Collection A||Collection B||Collection C||Collection D||Collection E|
|5.4 - Folders versus Collections|