Over the last several weeks we've been discussing various components within Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 by stepping through my own workflow process. Last week we reviewed how Collections can help keep your photo catalog organized. This week we'll begin to look at the power of "keywording".
While my own workflow process is not always completely linear in nature, it generally follows the following path:
You'll notice that "keywording" falls in between separating the keepers from the trash (why take the time to keyword stuff you're deleting) and cataloging, or placing photos in collections. Why keyword BEFORE sorting your images into collections? For me, there are a couple of reasons:
- I process the contents of my memory card after every shoot. I find it easier to keyword all the images that are left in the special "Previous Import" collection while they're still together and not scattered through various other collections. Note: Check out the Smart Collection "Without Keywords" to find images you've yet to keyword.
- Usually I'm going to have multiple images of the same subject matter from the shoot so I can quickly select multiple images and apply the same keywords at one time.