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Using Collections in Lightroom

It’s no surprise that file organization is something we will see a lot in our lives as photographers, and learning how to use collections in Lightroom is something that will change the way you organize, access and maintain your catalog in Lightroom .

Anyone who has used Lightroom for some time may have their own method for organizing their files, but it is always a good idea to learn a new trick. And today’s trick is to use a really cool feature that is always underutilized in Lightroom.

This feature is to use collections in Lightroom. Collections are very different from working with folders, but they serve almost the same process.

While working with folders changes the position of where the file lives on your HDD, which can cause problems when done the wrong way. The collections do not change anything directly on your HDD, but only within the Lightroom catalog .

Creating one or more alternative addresses for the same photo. A photo can live in the landscape collection while also living in the portfolio collection without the need to have two copies of the same file. Cool huh.

Using Collections in Lightroom

In this week’s video, you’ll see how easy it is to work with collections, just click on play at the top of the page. In addition to being able to divide by collections managed by Lightroom itself, you will also have the ability to create your collections.

Using Lightroom and the collection system present in it you will create a great way to organize your photos.

See a full article on how to organize your photos on Lightroom here

Written by Rix Mascarenhas

Rix Mascarenhas is a photographer, videographer, and drone pilot at

Art lover, always involved with crafts, design, painting etc... As a photographer, I enjoy taking pictures and creating stories that have meaning and help people to thrive. My work is guided by the stories behind each scene that really represent the moment.


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