The many ways to organize photos in Lightroom include not only folders and keywords, which I covered in Part 1 of this post. Take things a step further and try out collections, Quick Collections, and stacks. Here’s a quick guide to what these features are and when to use them:
Collections–A collection is a virtual group that can include any imported photo, regardless of where it’s located or what keywords you’ve assigned it. Collections come in handy for organizing photos by project. Think use, rather than subject matter, when you’re creating a collection. For example, you might want to collect an assortment of unrelated photos to include in a Web Photo Gallery, a contact sheet, or a slideshow you’re creating in another Lightroom module. A library can hold multiple collections, and the same photo can belong to more than one collection.
Quick Collection–A Quick Collection is a one-off, temporary collection. You can have only one Quick Collection at a time. Use it to group items for immediate, short-term use. If you want to preserve a Quick Collection, choose File > Save Quick Collection to save it as a regular collection.
Stacks–A stack is a virtual pile of photos. When photos are piled into a stack, you see only the one at the top. This saves viewing space, and helps keep track of similar shots. Stacks are useful for grouping multiple exposures of the same subject, and for grouping original photos with their virtual edited copies.
Armed with Parts 1 and 2 of this quick guide to Lightroom’s organizing features, you’re ready to go out and get serious about organizing your photos. Let us know how it goes by adding your comment below.