A Workflow Story – 13 Video Tutorials on Location Workflows & Lightroom Catalog Management – For Lightroom 4 & 5 …


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With the advent of Lightroom 5, this video series (which was originally based on Lightroom 4…) stands the test of time, and is still 100% relevant for learning location workflows and catalog management. So rather than updating the entire series right now to simply reflect the new LR5 Smart Previews feature, I’m throwing that Lightroom 5 Library video into this series, as a free bonus tutorial.

For those of you who previously purchased the online version of this series, this update will be there waiting for you when you log in. If you prefer downloads, just send me an e-mail request, and I’ll gladly send you the links. (Note! This is the same video as Library 5 update video #2. So if you’ve already requested and downloaded that update, you don’t need to download this video too.)

Why “A Workflow Story”? This video series is wrapped up in a bit of a story, because that’s the best way to structure the information. Sure, I could have followed the herd and created a couple of dozen 5-minute videos showing you various techniques for fixing a pile of disconnected problems. But then… that’s just what it would have been. A pile of fast-food videos with no context, no theme, and no thread to help you develop the tools you need to trouble-shoot Lightroom catalog problems on your own.

Besides, I don’t think anyone has yet tackled this pervasive problem at this level. This “workflow story” wraps up a complete analysis of Lightroom Location Workflows and Catalog Management for the professional photographer and the serious amateur. If you have a growing library, or if you shoot on location, you need this video series!

This video series has two sections. The first 5 videos step you through the default Lightroom Import behaviors, and show you how and where your digital library probably first went off the tracks. Then, I lead you step-by-step through getting it all consolidated onto one hard drive or RAID, how to move folders around, how to relink missing folders… everything. All with an eye firmly focused on creating a perfectly organized photo library.

Then, in the second half of the series, we go shooting on location to Northern Italy. There are three major ways that a photographer might approach an extended location shoot such as this, and we step through all three, from start-to-finish. This process not only gives you a solid understanding of how Lightroom works, but also gives you the tools to design the workflow that works best for you, rather than relying on the confusing mess of advice that is out there in the forums.

Watch these videos, and you will gain a complete understanding of effective Lightroom Catalog Management.

The complete online series is only $24.95. Most mobile devices are supported with special formats.

The new video titles for this series are:

Total Running Time
Lightroom Import Defaults 19:35
Lightroom Folder Basics 20:37
Fixing Broken Links 10:39
Getting Your Catalog Organized 18:01
Moving The Lightroom Catalog To An External Hard Drive 14:42
Three Possible Location Workflows 18:05
A Basic Import Workflow For The “Temporary Catalog” Workflow 37:33
Import For The “Offline Master Catalog” Workflow 15:13
Resolving The XMP Workflow 7:50
Merging Catalogs 7:00
Resolving The “Offline Master Catalog” Workflow 8:55
Updating Folder Locations –   (Check out the free sample movie, here.) 5:23
Lightroom 5 Library Update 2 – The Smart Preview Workflow 22:20
Total 3:20:30

A full list of the chapter markers for these videos can be found here.

Click here to see more information on the updated Library series.

If you previously purchased the Catalog Management DVD on Amazon, send me an e-mail with your Amazon transaction number, and I’ll gladly send you download link for the new video.

If you’d like to hear more about the general style of the videos, check out what customers from all over the world have said about my Library series, by clicking here. If you’d like to read an impartial review, check out what the Imaging Resource Newsletter says, here.

(Please note that this series does not cover the entire Lightroom Library Module, the Develop Module, or any of the output modules. It is dedicated to catalog management and location workflows. Click here to see our Library module tutorials.)

Online access to this entire series is only $24.95. Please read the instructions below, and then click the Buy Now button to purchase. (You can use credit cards on Paypal, too… having a Paypal account is NOT required.)

IMPORTANT! In order to receive your login instructions, you must find and click the “Return to Merchant” link on the Paypal confirmation page! If you somehow do not get to the confirmation page, e-mail me (georgej@gmail.com), and I’ll be happy to send you the link.

(Note that if you purchase using Paypal, you are not purchasing a DVD! This is online access + downloads if you want them. Click the Amazon link below, if you want the DVD.)

The Flash plug-in or an HTML5-compatible browser is required to view the online version of these tutorials on a desktop or laptop computer. The videos will probably play fine in your browser just as it is, but if you need a Flash plug-in update, you can download the latest version for free, here.

If you would like to purchase the DVD from Amazon.com, click here. IMPORTANT NOTE! The Catalog Management DVD’s currently shipping on Amazon do NOT include the new Smart Previews video! Amazon DVD’s will be updated with the new video shortly. In the mean time, if you purchase the current DVD, I’ll be happy to send you the download link free.

Amazon Develop DVD

Thanks! And I hope you enjoy the tutorials!

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George January 30, 2014 at 8:03 AM

Hmmmmm….. Robert, I’m not sure what video you watched…. but it seems like when you say, “the difference between backing up lightroom’s catalog versus the photos”, the video you’re talking about is Library video #16.


And yes, it does walk you through, step-by-step, HOW to backup to an external disk.

Or…. am I misunderstanding your question? George

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