I generally peruse a photography website in the morning with a cup of coffee in hand. Some of the posts are fairly amusing, others are just downright confounding at times. I will often submit my opinions when it comes to a question concerning the Photoshop Lightroom ("LR") application (specifically, the "Classic CC" edition), as I’ve used this application as my primary processing tool since 2010.
I have about 70,000 images linked to the application and have processed about 10,000 of those, using LR, Photoshop, and other plug-in programs. I have also taught the Lightroom application at a junior college and teach the application privately to students. Being Adobe certified in Lightroom, along with the other things I’ve mentioned, I believe I am somewhat qualified to weigh-in on LR questions and problems. I do not, however, consider myself an expert in the application since I am sure there is much that I do not know about it. But I do love using the application to process my images and I use it as my primary image processing program.
It is always amazing to me how differently each photographer approaches the program. Some of the comments I read about the convoluted way that a photographer will store their images and use the program makes me somewhat crazy at times as it seems people take a program designed to simply their photography-life and then they make it so much more complex than it needs to be. As Martin Evening, author of “The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC “book says, “The program aims to provide photographers with the tools they need most and eliminates the call for complicated workarounds.”
Adobe Lightroom is designed to assist a photographer to store and access thousands of images and to be able to find an image virtually instantly when needed. It is designed to process an image from beginning to end in many cases and when a different editor is needed it is designed to work with most of them seamlessly. It is also designed so that only one original is needed but it does allow you to create virtual copies (command or control + ' (apostrophe) - See also all keyboard shortcuts at Adobe) in the application and do different things with each virtual copy.
A virtual copy has a very small icon tag at the bottom in the shape of a rolled paper edge, it’s actually called a “badge.” It’s easy to remove a virtual copy permanently, you simply click on the delete key. In general, it is not necessary to make hard copies in all kinds of different formats and file them elsewhere. There is one exception to the “one original rule” I have, which is downloading all of my processed files to a small external hard drive for offsite storage as I don’t use cloud backup storage for anything.
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