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Understanding Lightroom Catalogs, Folders, Files & Collections

Do the distinctions between Catalogs, Folders, and Collections elude you? Do you have trouble finding your photos and folders because they are scattered all over your hard drive? In this course, Joe Fitzpatrick will demonstrate how to clean up your mess, bringing order to your photo collection. You will learn what catalogs are and when to have multiple catalogs, the pros and cons of different folder structures, and how to use collections to streamline your workflow.

The lessons are taught in a series of short, three to seven, minute videos. This makes it easy to learn a bit at a time or jump right to the particular thing that you need help with. Joe has been teaching Lightroom at the Understand Photography Training Center for years. Over that time, teaching Lightroom in person in small groups and one on one, he has learned what Lightroom concepts people struggle with and how to explain those concepts in an easy to understand manner.

This course is intended for someone with at least a minimal knowledge of Lightroom or as a supplement to our Getting Started with Lightroom video course or Introduction to Lightroom courses taught at our training center. Once you understand the basics of Lightroom (Getting Started with Lightroom), getting your photographs organized is your next challenge. Lightroom has a particularly sophisticated filing system that is not as simple to understand as we would like.

This online course will explain the purpose of the Lightroom catalogs, folders, & collections, then clearly explains how & when to use each one. It also talks about the different methods of naming & organizing folders and show how to reorganize folders on your hard drive so that you can easily find your images anytime.

As with everything at Understand Photography, We Simplify the Technical!


Your Instructor


Joe Fitzpatrick
Joe Fitzpatrick

Joe Fitzpatrick is one of that rare breed of photographers who possesses both a vast array of technical knowledge and the ability to communicate it in clear, simple terms. Joe is the type of person who needs to know how everything works. If he doesn’t know, he’ll figure it out! And then he’ll simplify it so that the rest of us can understand!
Joe focuses primarily on nature photography; landscapes and birds. He is SW Florida's Lightroom expert.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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