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I don't want a catalog - Can that be done?

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Dec 08, 2022 Dec 08, 2022

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I am a newbie to Lightroom.  My usual workflow will be:

- optical corrections (and sometimes another preset) in DXO Photolab
- Preliminary edits in Lightroom Classic

- Export and edit in Photoshop CC

When I exit LR Classic, I don't want anything left behind.  Can LR be set up to have no catalog or must I delete the catalog every time I exit LR Classic ?

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Community Expert , Dec 08, 2022 Dec 08, 2022

Again, no. If you want the functionality of just Develop module (minus all the good functionality the DAM provides like Virtual Copies), use Adobe Camera Raw. No DAM/Catalog. 

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Community Expert , Dec 08, 2022 Dec 08, 2022

Just to amplify that: Lightroom was developed for people who specifically wanted a Catalog - to escape from the sort of  file based working you describe.

 

Those who were perfectly happy with file based working, which had been the only game in town before - at least from Adobe - have continued to be free to work in that way instead. ACR parametric editing is no different so far as what you can do - but how you work in doing that, is very different.

 

So, the Photographer's bundle offers you the

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When I exit LR Classic, I don't want anything left behind.  Can LR be set up to have no catalog ...

 

By @mangurian

 

No. LR works only with an catalog. 

I already think your workflow is way too complicated. Why to will used Lightroom when you're using DxO Photolab? All what you done in Lightroom can be done in PhotoLab. 

  

My System: Intel i7-8700K - 64GB RAM - NVidia Geforce GTX 1050 Ti - Windows 10 Pro 22H2 -- LR-Classic 12.1 - Photoshop 24.1. - Nik Collection 5 - Topaz Sharpener AI

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You want Bridge and Camera Raw. You clearly don't understand the nature of Lightroom. 


Sean McCormack. Author. Magazine Writer. Former Official Fuji X-Photographer.

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Just to amplify that: Lightroom was developed for people who specifically wanted a Catalog - to escape from the sort of  file based working you describe.

 

Those who were perfectly happy with file based working, which had been the only game in town before - at least from Adobe - have continued to be free to work in that way instead. ACR parametric editing is no different so far as what you can do - but how you work in doing that, is very different.

 

So, the Photographer's bundle offers you the choice of two radically different workflows:

  • literal management of images on disk via Bridge, via ACR for parametric edits, into Photoshop for other editing and output
  • importing to Lightroom (Classic or cloud based) for virtual management, subcontracting some editing tasks out to Photoshop, and with both output and parametric editing able to happen on-the-fly.

 

Either of these can connect to mobile apps and (to some extent) talk with the other workflow, via the common linking resources of Creative Cloud.

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Again, no. If you want the functionality of just Develop module (minus all the good functionality the DAM provides like Virtual Copies), use Adobe Camera Raw. No DAM/Catalog. 

Author “Color Management for Photographers" & "Photoshop CC Color Management/pluralsight"

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