How do I create multiple catalogs?

Community Beginner ,
Jan 04, 2021 Jan 04, 2021

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I am coming from Capture One and want to keep the same working flow which works for me. Sessions. Each shoot is it's own individual thing. How do I make catalogs work as a session. 

 

I thought I was doingit right but all my shoots are now in one catalog and confused how to spearate them. I know a lot of people perfer all shoots in one catalog but that isn't for me.

 

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LEGEND ,
Jan 04, 2021 Jan 04, 2021

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File menu item, Select New Catalog.

 

But IMHO that is a very bad idea.

It is not the way LrC was designed to be used.

You can separate Shoots with Keywords or use a Folder structure, Job Name + Date or whatever you like to name the folders that Shoots images are stored in and use ONE Catalog that contain ALL your images.

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LEGEND ,
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@Just Shoot Mesays

 

"But IMHO that is a very bad idea."

 

And I say:

 

But IMHO that is a very very bad idea.

 

He's absolutely right, you can distinguish the different shoots via metadata or folders. There are a large number of advantages to one catalog compared to multiple catalogs, and a lot of disadvantages to multiple catalogs compared to a single catalog.

 

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Community Beginner ,
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Hi guys thank you for the responses. I don't like having one catalog for all images. I understand the collections and breakdowns but I feel much more comfortable for my needs such as draging the folder (shoot) I am working on on to my local drive and then placing it back. I appreciate the feedback guys. I got it going. 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 05, 2021 Jan 05, 2021

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Here you'll find a good article about the pro and cons about having multiple catalogs.

Should you have one catalog or multiple catalogs? | The Lightroom Queen

 

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