Last Friday an interview with Tom Hogarty went live on Inside Lightroom. To check that interview out click on the link below:
In the interview, Tom was gracious enough to speak with me about future improvements to Lightroom, Lightroom’s digital asset management (DAM) capabilities, a little explanation on the new sharpening improvements, and about many other topics as well as a lot of other very interesting comments. I was very impressed with how consumer feedback influences Adobe’s direction concerning Lightroom. If you ask for it they will at the least consider it.
One of the things I found very interesting were Tom’s comments on using Lightroom as a digital asset management tool. At the moment, I have about 5,200 images imported into Lightroom. This week I plan to import about 20,000 images just to see how much the program slows down and if it slows down at all. As a test to see how fast or slow Lightroom is working, I will render 1:1 previews for one folder that contains 287 images as it is now (with 5,200 images in the catalog), then repeat this test once I have imported the new images. With 5,200 images total in my catalog it took 38 minutes 54 seconds to render the 1:1 previews for a folder containing 287 images. I will also of course work on images and see if there are other ways in which the program slows down or if it seems to run just the same as it does currently.
Of course Lightroom can be used as a DAM tool right now no matter how many images you have. With the catalog structure one can have multiple catalogs of 10, 20, 30 or even 50,000 images. That is kind of a workaround but I’ll soon find out just how well it performs. If you have any suggestions please feel free to offer them up and I’ll try to incorporate those into my testing.
I’ll report back on my findings next week. Until then enjoy the Tom Hogarty interview. That’s it for this session. See you next week….
Adios, Michael Clark