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The Digital Photographer’s Notebook: A Pro’s Guide to Adobe Photoshop CS3, Lightroom, and Bridge by Kevin Ames

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Chapter 9. Lightroom Catalogs

PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE CREATIVE PEOPLE. We love creating about as much as we dislike—okay, hate—doing the repetitive work required to keep track of our creations. Sometimes we avoid the task of cataloging our work altogether, thinking, “I know where it is.” (Or ought that be “rationalize our disdain for the mundane”?) Remember that the shortest pencil is better than the longest memory.

This section of the Notebook is about managing our digital negatives. Metadata and sequential naming, along with a robust system of archiving, are three quarters of the process. The last component is the catalog that takes the “I know where it is” out of mind and into a searchable database. The best part is that most of the work is done ...

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