Lightroom is my primary software for image management and editing, it is a superb piece of software. Whilst you can have multiple catalogues, I do not. I have a single catalogue, called LR_MASTER, which contains all of my images. I do not want to bring all of my images with me, so I use Lightrooms ‘import from catalogue’ feature to bring over any new images, along with any metadata, previews and collections I may have created out on the road.
First step when travelling is that I create a new Lightroom catalogue on the laptop, and call this LR_TRAVEL.
Image files are downloaded, often using Downloader Pro (DLPro), which is set to rename the files it downloads, adding the camera model at the front of the filename (in case I am shooting with multiple bodies). These are downloaded into dated folders, which are automatically created by DLPro. I use dated folders when travelling as I often only want to review that days files. I do not use individual dated subfolders on my desktop machine, having instead just a master folder for each outing.
Once images are downloaded, and backed up, I may do some very light work on that days images, where details are fresh in my mind. I try to get titles done, any special locations, and even basic keywords, to help reduce the workload when I return to my desktop. However, I am mindful of the fact that if I am working, I am not out shooting, so try to only use what is truly downtime to do some metadata.
When I get back home, I import LR_TRAVEL into my main Lightroom catalogue (LR_MASTER), point Lightroom to the location of the trip folders on one of the external drives and copy over all of the images from that trip. I backup everything to a second internal drive, and 2 external drives, 1 of which lives off site.
Currently I have 3 of these 1TB drives – Samsung M3 1TB on Amazon
Once I am happy that everything has transferred and been backed up then I will wipe the external travel drives, and delete the LR_TRAVEL catalogue and it’s previews from the laptop, ready for the next trip.
I am always looking for ways to improve my workflow, so please do leave a comment, or a suggestion.
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