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Basic Lightroom 3 Workflow Question (Newbie User)

pimadude

Tucson, US
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pimadude Registered since 28th Nov 2012
Sat 22-Dec-12 02:39 PM

I've just acquired the Lightroom 3.6 program, which is the latest version that is compatible with my Windows XP OS computer. I also purchased Scott Kelby's book "Lightroom 3 book for Digital Photographers" to become more familiar with the program.

I'd like to know if users of this program are using it primarily as a software editing program for selected images that are imported into the program, or as a organizational tool for all their photos. I already have many photos in the "My Pictures" folder under "My Documents". These photos are organized into separate folders by date and subject.

From my initial reading of the Scott Kelby book, he advocates using a separate folder titled "My Lightroom Photos" to import photos from the camera's memory card. This folder would reside inside the "My Pictures" folder.

At this point, I'm inclined to only import photos into a "My Lightroom Photos" that I wish to edit using the Lightroom programs capabilities. I also will keep a separate folder in "My Pictures" of the original files before any edits are applied.

Does this process seem reasonable given the Lightroom programs structure and processes?

Jim

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